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Bran Castle

Bran is a village in the southern Transylvania, in the department of Brasov. It is famous for the Bran Castle and an important agrotouristic place of Romania.

Get in[edit]

To go to Bran from Bucharest take a train to Gare de Nord to Brasov. Will take about three hours. Then take a cab or a mini-bus. Regular buses go to Bran from Brasov (and back) from Autogara 2 throughout the day. Another easy way to go there is to rent a car.

Get around[edit]

Bran is a small village you can walk around. There are some other nice places to see around Bran, like Rasnov, for this you can take a taxi or local bus (50 meters north of the entrance to the castle).

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Bran is most famous for Bran Castle [1], which is more commonly referred to and marketed as "Dracula's Castle". In reality, Vlad Tepes never called that castle home, and it is unknown whether he even visited. The exterior of the castle is truly impressive; inside, it is a bit of a disappointment. All the walls are plastered over, ruining the feel of being in a spooky old castle. You are limited to a single pathway taking you through the castle, with many interesting sights and areas roped off or locked.

The fortress at nearby Rasnov is also interesting with fewer crowds. It has been reasonably reconstructed, with work continuing.

The Peles Castle in nearby Sinaia is outstanding. This former summer palace for the King of Romania is exquisite and one of the truly fairytale castles of Europe. You have to take a guided tour, but it is well worth it.

Located 25 Km from Brasov and 190 Km from Bucharest, Bran represents both a historical place and a legend. Bran is the gateway between Transylvania and Valachia with one side lined by the Piatra Craiului Mountains and the other by the Bucegi Mountains. Bran hosts one of the most visited castles in Europe, the Dracula Castle, the source which inspired the most fascinating legend of the blood- shedding Count Dracula. The Castle was built by the inhabitants of Brasov in the interval 1377-1382 to protect the mountain pass from the invading Turks. At the beginning of the 20th century it became the favourite residence of Queen Maria of Romania, a queen for whom the Bran inhabitants manifested a deep gratitude, as they also benefited from a profound appreciation during the Romanian monarchy. Although the name of Bran is closely linked to that of the Bran Castle, the region is extremely rich in tourist attractions: the Moieciului Gorges, the Bucegi Mountains and Piatra Craiului, Pestera Dambovicioara, Cetatea Rasnovului (Rasnov Fortress), and also Brasov and the neighbouring Saxon fortresses from Prejmer and Harman. More distant sites can also be visited, such as: Peles Castle in Sinaia, the medieval fortress Sighisoara (UNESCO Patrimony), or Biertan, one of the biggest Saxon fortresses in Transylvania. Bran has also become a place which competes with the town due to its smart villas built in recent years. Living within a well-meaning nature, with hardworking and welcoming people the people from Bran always knew how to benefit from the assets they had from tourism. Rural tourism has been practised in the region for some decades, representing a feasible alternative to the large hotels in the Valea Prahovei or Poiana Brasov resort. Poiana Brasov resort is a traditional place for skiing, but also for spending Summer holidays. the access from Rasnov is pretty short (9kms).

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Inside the castle

After visiting the Castle, spend some time also in the Bran Village Museum, located in the Castle's park. It presents you pieces of the history of this old Transylvanian village.

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There is a market near the Castle. The souvenirs are quite "kitschy", but you can get one.

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There are plenty of pensions and camping places.

  • Bed & Breakfast Vila Predelut, 45, Inv. Nicolae Bos Street. (Vila Predelut is located in Bran area, at 25km from Brasov city and 140 km far from Bucharest, the capital of Romania), [2]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. Vila Predelut, a new built villa, is located at 1,500m from the famous Dracula Castle in the Bran area, one of the most beautiful touristic areas in Romania. We offer six rooms with individual bathroom with shower. Every rooms has a balcony with beautiful view to Bucegi Mountains or Magura Branului Hill and from the terrace you can see the Dracula Castle. Besides visiting the Dracula Castle and the traditional handcraft market you can also do light trekking in the villages and surrounding mountains and hills or even hard trekking if you are a professional. In the evening you can enjoy yourself and relax in the local Romanian traditional restaurants. The strategic location of the villa helps you to visit the following interesting and attractive destinations: - City of Brasov, located at 25km, one of the most beautiful cities in Romania, with a lot of beautiful landscapes, a medieval centre with beautiful streets and buildings, a must stop place when you are visiting Romania - Poiana Brasov, located at 28km, the most famous mountain resort in Romania, a very nice place to visit and a lot of trekking places - Rasnov Castle, located at 16 km, also formerly owned by the Prince Vlad Dracul, a nice and beautiful old castle - Peles Castle, located at 50km, owned by the Romanian Royal familiy, a very beautiful and vivid castle - City of Sighisoara, an UNESCO heritage, the last living citadel in Europe - And a lot of other places with full rich history, the stunning landscapes of Transylvania and beautiful German Saxon churches and fortresses Other service that we offer: - Affordable transportation from/to Bucharest, Otopeni airport - 140 km - Affordable transportation from/to Brasov Railway Station - 25 km - Free internet wireless - International telephone, at operator tariff cost - Bookings for local restaurants - English language - fair level Vila Predelut is the best place for you to visit the famous Dracula Castle and the beautiful Transylvanian area. 45Euro. (45.524349 N,25.360808 E) edit

Bran Castle Information about Bran Castle and the Village of Bran, Romania

  • Craiasa Branului, Strada Tohanita, [3]. checkin: 12; checkout: 12. Villa Craiasa Branului in Bran Predelut is an affordable, luxury holiday home located near Bran (Dracula's) castle, made famous in Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel. Set atop the heights of Predelut village, overlooking Bran, Zarnesti & the valley of Brasov with beautiful views of the Transylvanian Alps including Piatra Craiului, the awesome Bucegi Massive & a host of other treats including orchards, forests & plains. If you are looking for an incredible holiday in a place steeped with history and mystique, why not come and stay somewhere surrounded by unparalleled wild and ancient beauty, a place equipped with everything you could need. From a wood-burner to a Playstation, from bicycles to Sun loungers, right through to feather-down bedding, pillows and pure cotton sheets and all the comforts you might wish in your own home have been accommodated. 80.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Peles Castle is 50 km away in Sinaia.



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