No trip to Romania would be complete without stopping in on the spooky and impressive “Dracula’s castle.” Located about 25 kilometers from the city of Brasov, Bran Castle is a perfectly intact Saxon Citadel dating back to the 14th century. More recently, the castle served as a royal residence until the expulsion of the royal family in 1948. Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend and perched high atop a 200 foot high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Narrow winding stairways lead through some 60 timbered rooms, many of which are connected by underground passages housing collections of furniture, weapons and armor dating from the 14th to 19th centuries. Have a good look around, but you might want to stock up on crucifixes and garlic if you stay after dark.
While the association with Dracula is sketchy at best, the castle continues to hold a strong attraction for all fans of the Count. For real vampire enthusiasts, the town of Sighisoara is a must. It is where the famous “Vlad the Impaler,” the real Count Dracula, was born and is also flush with beautifully preserved medieval sights.
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