Visit Dracula at Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania

Myth has it that high above the valley of Romania, in the principality of Transylvania, lies a castle that was once occupied by count Dracula himself. You will find the gothic Bran Castle near the town of Brasov, which has long been linked to this ancient vampire, though Dracula probably won’t be there when you arrive.

Sorry for the deceiving title.

You see, the Dracula character was actually just a creation by author Bram Stoker for his novel written in 1897. Though Stoker had never even been to Transylvania it is said that his writings were inspired by the very real and murderous Vlad the Impaler, who was known for the excessive cruelty to his enemies. Vlad was also believed to have spent time at Bran castle as a guest during a time of exile.
(Dracula) Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania

The Dracula-Bran Castle connection is sketchy at best.

But, Transylvania has been extremely successful at keeping the legend of Dracula alive. Enough so that after spending the day at Stejarii Country Club in Bucharest, I was adamant about traveling the four hours round-trip to visit this mysterious castle perched atop a 200-foot rock.

I packed some garlic and headed to Transylvania.

TravelMaker Tours arranged for me to do their Two Castles in One Day Tour which would not only take me from Bucharest to the famous Bran Castle, but also to the lesser publicized, yet more impressive Peles Castle.
Peles Castle in Romania

Our first stop Peles Castle.

In the beginning of this trip, Peles Castle was merely a necessary pit stop on my way to Bran, a place to stretch my legs. That is until we walked up the path and there stood an incredibly beautiful castle surrounded by white snow.

To say it was picture perfect would be an understatement.
Peles Castle in Romania

Peles Castle’s construction began in 1873 and took 39 years to complete. With more than 160 ornate woodwork filled rooms, using 14 different kinds of wood, it’s easy to see why it took so long.

Each room had its own glamorous style.

I paid an extra 32 lei ($7.99 usd) to get a photography pass, because I didn’t want to miss capturing the breathtaking interior and the opportunity to share it with you on this travel blog.
Interior of Peles Castle in Romania

We were shown through an array of elegant rooms; such as the Florentine Hall, Mirror Hall, Arabic and Smoking Room.

Plus, we ogled the numerous pieces of artwork throughout the castle. Actually, all of the fireplaces were fake from the beginning because the King thought the smoke would hurt these pieces of art.

The King was an avid art collector.

Though this castle continuously gets overshadowed by the nearby Dracula’s Castle, it is a beauty. Don’t go to Bran without making a stop here.
Interior of Peles Castle in Romania

Inside of Peles Castle in Romania

Next stop, Bran (Dracula) Castle.

Peles Castle was going to be a tough act to follow, but if anybody could do it it would be Dracula. We arrived and were immediately greeted by souvenir shops at the entrance, just like at most popular tourist attractions around the world.

Dracula mugs seemed to be a popular momento theme.
(Dracula) Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania

Though Bran Castle is loosely linked to the Dracula legend, as I mentioned before the connection is ambiguous. But, it still draws lovers of vampire lore from all over the world.

Beware: Tourists come in droves.

I will admit that there was a mystical atmosphere surrounding Bran, especially with the bitterly cold, snowy weather. From the exterior, it looked like the perfect setting for a vampire novel.
Annette White at (Dracula) Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania (Dracula) Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania

Climbing the dozens of tunneled stairs and exploring the interior, led me to realize that the sparsely decorated rooms pale in comparison to glamour of Peles.

Though, there was a certain level of charm to the dark wood paneled rooms and stark white walls. Plus, interesting Dracula facts and vampire information is strategically placed throughout, along with relics from the royal family who previously resided there.
(Dracula) Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania

Even sans Dracula, Bran Castle should be on your bucket list. But, Peles Castle should absolutely be on there too.

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Peles Castle | Aleea Peleșului 2, Sinaia 106100, Romania | Ticket Prices | Website | Map

Bran Castle | Strada General Traian Moșoiu 24, Bran 507025, Romania | Website | Map

My trip to Bran (Dracula) Castle and Peles Castle was hosted by TravelMaker tours, but all opinions are my own.




2017-03-08T16:58:32+00:00 July 31st, 2015|Categories: QUIRKY, Romania, TRAVEL|Tags: , , |

25 Comments

  1. Edinario August 3, 2015 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    I’m honestly scared of such places, most I find very beautiful, but I’m afraid. Excellent photos !!

    • Annette White August 3, 2015 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      It is definitely a mysterious place and if you believe in Dracula it would be terrifying!

  2. Brett Aplin August 6, 2015 at 6:18 am - Reply

    These are great photos! Did you travel to Sibiu or Sinaii?

  3. Allison August 8, 2015 at 7:22 am - Reply

    I’ve never heard of this before but I’m definitely adding it to my list!!!

  4. Rekha Rajan August 14, 2015 at 4:21 am - Reply

    Sure looks scary to me. True or not true..I am not going anywhere nearby. I mean, I could pack a jar of garlic…but what if it fails to stop the dracula ;-0

  5. Sky August 30, 2015 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Ha,ha, well, good thing you didn’t need to protect yourself with garlic! On a serious note, if some is actually interested in finding out more about the real Dracula (aka Vad Tepes), there are two routes to go: the places depicted in Bram Stoker’s novel (like the Bran Castle) or the real paces that are connected to Vlad Tepes, such as the Rasnov fortress or Sighisoara city(it is believed that this was his birthplace). Or, it could be a very interesting experience to compare facts versus fiction and visit both routes.
    P.S. The pictures are wonderful. You captured a little of “Dracula’s” spirit. 🙂

    • Annette White August 31, 2015 at 7:45 am - Reply

      I agree it would be very interesting to compare facts vs. fiction!

  6. Milena Yordanova September 8, 2015 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos! The Peles Castle covered in snow is just magical.

    • Annette White September 9, 2015 at 11:51 pm - Reply

      Absolutely magical! I truly felt lucky that it happened to be snowing on the day that I went!

  7. Andreea September 22, 2015 at 4:37 am - Reply

    You should definitely visit Bran Castle and Peles Castle! But there are so many other fantastic places in Romania … Thank you Annette. It’s nice to read such good things about your staying in Romania.

  8. Debbie November 30, 2015 at 5:33 am - Reply

    Fantastic! I am planning a visit in 10 days there and your article was so helpful! What time of the year did you go though, to have so much snow?
    thanks, xx

    • Annette White November 30, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      How exciting for you! I was there at the end of March and it was cold and snowy. I’m not sure how it’ll be in December, but ENJOY!

  9. Golden Triangle Tour 4 Nights January 28, 2016 at 5:20 am - Reply

    Nice Posts, Bran Castle situated near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Braşov, is a national monument and landmark in Romania. The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, on DN73. Commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle” (although it is one among several locations linked to the Dracula legend, including Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle), it is the home of the titular character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. There is, however, no evidence that Stoker knew anything about this castle, which has only tangential associations with Vlad III, voivode of Wallachia, the putative inspiration for Dracula. As discovered by the Dutch author Hans Corneel de Roos, the location Bram Stoker actually had in mind for Castle Dracula while writing his novel was an empty mountain.

  10. Paul February 3, 2017 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Great photos, but I’m afraid LOL

  11. Ailton Cunha February 12, 2017 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Very interesting place, one day I’ll meet in person. I love Dracula story!!

  12. Angelo Caetano February 21, 2017 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Very interesting place!

  13. TCC April 17, 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Beautiful place! I really want to know.

  14. J.Lauren April 17, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Very beautiful and interesting place, plus I would be a bit scared to go!

  15. alexandre June 11, 2017 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    I would love to visit this Castle, but I have to confess that I feel a little scared. Lol
    Loved it!

  16. Thomas July 5, 2017 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Sinister, I’d rather just look at the photos! LoL

  17. Monografia August 10, 2017 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Look, even a certain schism goes there is such a place … the photos were great, but to visit personally you have to have a lot of courage … rs

    Thank you!

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