Bran Castle, also known as Count Dracula's Castle, is one of the most popular attractions in Romania. Everyone who comes here is interested in this place.
Dracula's castle is located in a town called Bran, which is located among the hills on the border of Transylvania and Muntenia. Initially, this castle served as a defense structure, but it gained its fame already in the 20th century, after everyone began to call it the castle of Count Dracula.
Bran Castle is more than 600 years old, and during its existence it has changed many owners. At first, it was the property of the Hungarians, Saxons and the Teutonic Knights. It also served as a customs post, protecting the road that connects Transylvania and Wallachia. Over time, the castle began to need restoration, but the authorities refused to do this and handed it over to the local population.
In 1920, the castle became the property of King Ferdinand I and Queen Mary, a few years later it was rebuilt, and even later it was nationalized and a medieval museum was opened in it.
Bran Castle became known as Dracula's Castle thanks to the novel by Bram Stoker, which was written at the end of the 19th century. Many travelers began to come to Romania in search of the abode of the most important vampire of all times and peoples, and then the locals decided to give tourists what they want. Thanks to Bran Castle, tourism in Romania began to develop rapidly, and every four years the worshipers of the Prince of Darkness gather in Transylvania and hold congresses.
And yet, the mystical Count Dracula had a real prototype - Vlad III Tepes, the ruler of Wallachia, who was famous for his cruelty. But he did not live in Bran Castle, but only stayed there several times for the night while hiking or hunting. After the death of Vlad Tepes, there were rumors about him that he had become a vampire - there were even legends that his body had disappeared from the grave.
Currently, the castle houses a museum of medieval art, it has seventeen rooms, including the bedroom of Vlad Dracula, a torture room, a music room, a library, an armory, etc. The castle has many secret passages and labyrinths through which you can enter or exit the building.
In 1992, the castle was restored by the famous director Francis Ford Coppola, who filmed the movie Dracula here.
Bran Castle is open every day, from April 1 to September 30, its doors are open from 9.00 to 18.00, and from October 1 to March 31 it is also open from 9.00, but closes at 16.00. On Mondays, a visit to the castle of Count Dracula is possible starting from 12.00.
The cost of tickets to visit Bran Castle for adults is about 8 euros, for people over 65 years old - about 6 euros, for students - about 5 euros, for students - about 2 euros. Photo and video shooting in the castle is free for all visitors.
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