Situated in Transylvania, Romania, Bran Castle is a stunning piece of gothic architecture that is considered the home of Dracula, an iconic character created by the late Bram Stoker. The castle is a national monument in Romania and now acts as a museum.
Bran castle is the only castle located in Transylvania that fits the description of Dracula’s castle in the novel and is known throughout the world as such. Stoker never visited Romania and based his imagination and writings of the characters castle simply off description, though many historians say he has no knowledge about the castle at all, though his description of Dracula’s castle is strikingly similar to Bran Castle, but doesn’t resembled many similarities to any other castle in Romania.
The inspiration for the character came from Vlad III Dracula or Vlad the Impaler. And despite popular belief, Vlad has no link to Bram Stoker’s character apart from sharing the same name and a taste for blood.
There is also no evidence of Vlad having any connection to Bran Castle whatsoever, nor is there any proof he ever stepped foot in the castle.
Bran Castle has been traced back to initially being built to protect German colonists in Transylvania, but has been in the possession of members of nobility over the years. Bran Castle now belongs to Dominic Habsburg who spent his childhood there and disliked when people refer to his property as ”Dracula’s Castle”.
Bran castle is now a beautiful tourist attraction that sits on a grass hill, surrounded by a large spiked metal fence to protect the grounds.
Although the castle has a rich history and Bram Stoker’s stories of the undead coming to life at night to feed on the living, there are very few official reports of paranormal activity and sightings in the castle leading to the castle having very little link to ghosts, although others would strongly argue the grounds are haunted.
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