Let’s Visit Bran Castle Inside. Bran Castle is a castle in Bran, 25 kilometres southwest of Brașov. It is a national monument and landmark in Romania. The fortress is on the Transylvanian side of the historical border with Wallachia, on road DN73.
There’s something spooky about Bran Castle, a gothic fortress built atop a cliff in Romania. Situated in Transylvania, the property draws over half a million travelers each year, and is the number one tourist destination in the village of Bran.
The property, which is well-known as Dracula’s Castle, is widely believed to have inspired Bram Stoker’s famous novel. Interestingly enough, Stoker never visited the castle, let alone Romania. Instead, he modeled Dracula’s castle after the information he’d read about Romanian castles as well as the blood-sucking vampires and evil spirits in Romanian folklore. However, the castle in his “Dracula Movie” is best depicted by Bran Castle, which leads people to believe that they’re one in the same.
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The castle is owned by the descendants of Queen Marie, to whom it was given 1920 as a token of appreciation for her efforts to unify Romania. After her death, Bran Castle was inherited by her daughter, Princess Ileana, who ran it as a hospital during World War II. In 1948 the castle was seized by the Communist regime, but it was returned to Dominic von Habsburg, Princess Ileana’s son, in 2006.
Currently, Bran is open as a museum, largely devoted to Queen Marie of Romania. The castle is also a popular location for Halloween events, like the 2016 competition to win the chance to stay in the castle Halloween night, retracing the steps of Jonathan Harker from the opening pages of Bram Stoker’s novel.