Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle) Transylvania, Romania
Bran Castle, more commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, is located in Bran, Romania, on the border of Transylvania. It has become a famous tourist attraction and is a national landmark and monument in Romania.
Bran Castle is known for its connections to Vlad III, maybe better known as Vlad the Impaler, son of Vlad Dracul. He was the inspiration for Dracula due to his reputation for cruelty which gave rise to the name of the vampire known as Count Dracula in Bram Stoker‘s 1897 novel of the same name.
There is no evidence Stoker knew of the castle despite describing such a place in his novel. The vision for the castle in Stoker’s novel was an empty mountain top, Mount Izvorul Călimanului, located in the Transylvanian Călimani Alps near the former border with Moldavia.
Vlad III was known for his inhumane torture techniques of impalement, a method of execution, by penetrating the body with an object such as a stake. Records show that his victims could suffer for hours, and sometimes even days. Infants were impaled on the same stake that went through the mother’s chest, and corpses were typically left for months, which deterred foreign invaders after seeing the gruesome sight of thousands of bodies.
Outside of the castle’s fame for its connections with Vlad III and Dracula, it is a beautiful old building with intriguing design, but many have reported supernatural disturbances, not too surprising considering the talked of history. Inside the castle you can find winding staircases, historic architecture, and stone passage ways which lead to many different rooms, all of which are said to be haunted to a certain degree.
There is a market just outside of the castle where you can find blood-red wine, vampires masks, even wooden stakes, and other merchandise focused around the legend of Dracula, so if you’re a fan of the fictional blood-sucking supernatural being, paranormal activity, the history of Bran, Vlad, or harchitecture, Bran Castle is definitely one for the bucket list!
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