Bran Castle in Transylvania is the tourist attraction also known as “Dracula’s Castle“. Although there are other Romanian castles that have as much of a connection with Vlad III and Bram Stoker, Bran is the one marketed as such.
Whether or not this structure has anything to do with Dracula, it HAS seen a bit of history, beginning with the Teutonic Knights in 1212. By the 1400’s the fortress was used in defense against the Ottoman Empire. It later acted as a WWI hospital and remained a royal residence until the communists seized the property in 1948. It is said that the structure lacks bathroom facilities because they were ripped out during this time. So, it’s not perfect.
In 1956, the communists transformed the castle into a museum but it was in terrible disrepair. Restoration began in 1987 and was finally finished by 1993. By 2009, the castle was returned to it’s rightful heirs Archduke Dominic, Archduchess Maria Magdalena and Archduchess Elisabeth. It was reported earlier this year that the castle was placed on the market to the tune of $80m.
But enough talk. Let’s look at pictures!