Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)

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Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)

Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
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Speciality Museums • Castles
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Dear Visitors to Bran Castle, On June 1, 2009, we celebrated the return of the heirs of Princess Ileana with Bran Castle’s rebirth as the first private museum and premiere tourist destination of Romania. June 1st is the International Day of Children and Bran Castle’s day of revival. Fittingly, we have chosen to celebrate the day with special events for children, so that we may all remain fresh and young at heart. During the past year we have completed refurbishing the Castle, recapturing the spirit of Queen Marie’s favorite retreat and the loved home of her descendants. We have installed easy to read informational plaques and a media room for our visitors. We are currently restoring the park, as well as renovating all the facilities. We are also preparing additional cultural events and entertainment for our visitors. Following the castle’s change of ownership, director Narcis Ion remained with the Ministry of Culture, but has continued to be our valued advisor. We have welcomed a new group of managing directors: Lia Doru Trandafir, Corin Trandafir, and Alexandru Priscu. We are happy to receive every guest that comes to visit us. Welcome to our castle, our home. Sincerely, Dominic Habsburg, Maria-Magdalena Holzhausen, Elisabeth Sandhofer
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Adam F
Maryland62 contributions
Family
Have been to Bran before but it's been a while. Traveled from Brasov to Bran. We are a little adventurous so we took the city bus to altex and then took the other bus to Bran. Going and coming back was a total of $20 compared to a taxi of over $30 each way but you need to be a little adventurous to do this.
Bran is a cool little city and very touristy , which I don't mind. Tons of little stands all round selling souvenirs, and I must say they are priced decently. The line to buy tickets can be long and take a little so I suggest buying online and skipping that line. We got on wifi right there and bought the tickets and saved at least 30 minutes. Got to the top and no line to get in. The entrance is up a set of stairs, which isn't marked too well that it's the entrance.
Inside they do a good job with lots of pictures, costumes , clothing, etc.. to give an idea of life back then. Appreciated all the history. So many picture opportunities. Afterwards we walked around the grounds and got some great shots of the whole castle. While it's a touristy place, it is well worth it and you can really appreciate the history and architecture. There is quite a bit of walking so be prepared but it isn't too bad.
Written July 10, 2022
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victorm1
2 contributions
Couples
I'm originally from Brașov and wanted to show my girlfriend the famous Dracula's castle. I've visited a few times over the past years and i was genuinely impressed on what they've made of it. Very well organised, very well cared for and in spite of the high number of tourists, we didn't feel constrained. Great exposeés of the former romanian royal family with their authentic chambers, Wall projections of romanian folcloric legends (some of which, even I must admit, I had no idea existed), a European museum of torture (for an extra fee of 2 euro), and one more 'time tunnel' that looked very promising, but we did not get a chance to see. A great part of romanian history genuinely worth visiting. Souvenir shops obviously extortionate, but you dont really buy 25 tshirts at once so not a bother.
If you're in the area, make sure to pop by
Written April 25, 2022
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Ana maria g
3 contributions
Couples
Very nice history and pretty castle. Too bad that you have no way to learn about this castle except for the signs that didn’t tell very much. Inside they charge extra for the torture chamber with some replicas and a tunnel experience which basically is just some interactive Xbox screens with 5-10 seconds animations. Not worth it.
Written May 9, 2022
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mrstraveller1
York, UK1,785 contributions
When in Transylvania….. your trip will no doubt include the popular Bran Castle. It was a disappointment, inside & out. Those dark, moody & mystical photos we’ve all seen flatter it somewhat. It is located within a pleasant enough, low rise village (Bran) which offers plentiful restaurants, hotels & tat/craft shops. The interior is laughably cheesy & unauthentic, the Dracula link highly tenuous. You can pay extra to visit the Torture Museum, which was the highlight, & the ‘Time Tunnel’ which is basically an elevator & tunnel with special effects, I can imagine this would appeal to kids, but just added further to the comedy of it all for me.
Written October 29, 2021
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kbrooks2017
Surrey, UK84 contributions
Couples
As soon as we entered the castle we were squashed into a small room and pushed around by other visitors all trying to read the same information on the wall. Eventually I gave up and moved on after a tour guide just stood right in front of me completely oblivious to my presence.
The castle is a collection of small rooms up and down little staircases making it feel cramped and busy queues form at the top and bottom of the stairs with people trying to pass. Some of the rooms are roped off and you can only look at them through the doorway. There is very little interaction at the castle and not worth paying to go inside. The best it is the view of the iconic castle from the bottom of the hill.
Written February 27, 2020
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Aburel
Bucharest, Romania2,395 contributions
Family
The castle is one of the most visited places in Romania. Sometimes may be crowded but they manage to do it in a very elegant way. Tours are self guided now for safety reasons. I like how staff managed to keep masks on reluctant visitors and that made me feel safe. The place has every time a new exhibition or attraction added so even a multi returning visitor as I am finds new staff to see. The torture exhibition is a bit creepy for me but I have noticed many fans in awe… it’s so called the Dracula’s place… a lot of history there and a lot of Romanian traditions revealed in a very intelligent way for all ages. The time tunnel elevator was great, the surroundings well manicured and the staff amazing. Chapeau.
Written July 3, 2021
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Bran Castle (a.k.a. Castelul Bran) is on a rocky cliff, dominating the town below. Although there is no historical evidence that Vlad Ţepeş (the inspiration for"Dracula" in Bram Stoker’s novel) was ever there, the castle has an interesting history. In 1212 the Teutonic Order built a citadel to protect nearby Bran Pass (a strategic gateway between Transylvania and Wallachia). It was destroyed by the Mongols in 1242, but rebuilt in 1382 to protect against an Ottoman invasion. Bran Castle passed to Hungary, but due to the failure of King Vladislas II (ruled 1471–1516) to repay loans, the city of Brașov regained possession of the fortress in 1533. Bran castle was a militarily/administrative center until the mid-18th century, then fell into disrepair. With the 1920 Treaty of Trianon, Hungary lost Transylvania, and the town of Bran was offered to Queen Maria of Romania, in appreciation of her efforts in uniting the country. It became her royal residence, and was extensively renovated. The castle was inherited by her daughter Princess Ileana, who used it as a hospital during World War II. It was seized by the communist regime with the expulsion of the royal family in 1948. The castle is now a museum displaying furniture and art collected by Queen Marie, with a room describing Vlad Ţepeş (the Impaler)’, Dracula, author Bram Stoker, and vampire lore. Tourists can see the interior with bedrooms, studies, narrow passages, small courtyards, and towers, either on their own or by a guided tour. Bran Castle is open (Apr to Sep) 9am-6pm Tue-Sun, from noon Mon; early closing at 4pm Oct to Mar), with an entry fee of 40 lei (discount for students and children).
Written March 30, 2020
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Nomad88028
23 contributions
Family
This is a great castle, perched on top of a rock. Providing great views around the region, it has a lot of history and creates a lot of interest with its various display. The castle attempts to bust some myths about Vlad the Impaler - while also displaying stories about Dracula, vampires (or the Romanian equivalent), Bram Stoker.
The castle also hosts a very small torture museum, and an award-winning unusual elevator (both for additional fees).
Written February 28, 2020
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Marleen G
Honefoss, Norway11 contributions
Friends
The castle itself is impressive, and there's a lot of things to see and learn about Romanian history there.

However, I would not recommend anyone to go to Bran castle at this point: Of all the places we visited during our trip, this place by far takes covid and social distancing the least serious. They put up signs about 2 meters distance, but at the same time the staff cram so many people into one room that it's impossible to keep even half a metre distance. They also did not follow up on people walking around with the masks not covering their faces. I'm very disappointed in their approach to the current situation, and would recommend you to go visit places like Peleș etc. instead and leave Bran for a time without pandemics.
Written July 18, 2020
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miklos g
Budapest, Hungary48 contributions
Indeed overcrowded and nice. Is not overpriced as compared to other places in Romania. Nevertheless, is a jewel in its own. If you think is overpriced, do not buy a ticket. You enter the building on the stairs of the castle, where the ticket is checked, but near the stairs there is the exit, where you could entry nobody checking your ticket. It is true it is quite narrow, but if you want you can manage.
Written August 9, 2022
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