Bran Castle

When people think about Romania, thoughts of vampires and Dracula immediately come to mind. Bran Castle is one of the most well known, and visited sites in all of Romania. Interestingly, the majority of Romanians do not like the link between Romania and Vampires, which is understandable because the country has many things to offer.

Getting There

The castle is located about 2 hours north of Bucharest in the Carpathian Mountains in the Transylvanian region. The castle is near Brasov, in the small village of Bran.

History

In 1377 the Hungarian King, Louis the Great, commissioned the people of Brasov to build the castle to serve as both a fortress for the Eastern border of Transylvania and as a customs checkpoint.  The castle was completed in 1388. Over the course of the next hundreds of years, the castle changed hands between several different groups and kingdoms. It underwent multiple renovations during that time as well. In modern history, the castle was transformed into a museum by the communist regime. After the fall of communism, and multiple legal proceedings, the castle was returned to the rightful heirs in 2009. Today, the castle is open for visitors and is a very popular attraction. If you have some spare change lying around, the castle is for sale for $80 million.

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