Dracula’s Castle is situated between Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, 30 km far away from Brasov.
The first documentary attestation dates from 1377, when Ludovic I D’Anjou gave the inhabitants of Brasov the privilege to build the citadel in the location of the old stronghold. Then, between 1419 and 1424, it entered in Sigismund’s possession. At the end of the 14th century, king Sigismund gave up the leadership of Bran Fortress in favor of Mircea cel Batran.
In 1920, the Brasov Town Council donated Bran Castle to Queen Maria of Romania, who lived there with the royal family until 1947. Since 1947 the Castle is opened as a museum.
Dracula’s Castle – The Legend
In 1897 Bram Stoker wrote a terrifying story about the Count Dracula. After a century, there are still people who believe in this story. The legend of the bloody count called Dracula was not associated with Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) until the 19th – 20th century. This is due to the fact that the Romanian ruler was known as pitiless with those who did not obey him or who broke the laws, and the most frequent punishment was the impalement. Another explanation of the name, Dracula, could be represented by the fact that in 1431 Sigismund of Luxembourg invested Vlad II, Tepes’ father, with the Order of the Dragon, a chivalric order dedicated to the wars against the Turks, and whose emblem was a dragon, commonly associated with the symbol of the devil. It seems that this is the reason why Vlad Tepes was called Vlad Dracula.
The price of the tickets for visiting the castle:
- Adults: 20 lei;
- Seniors:15 lei;
- Students: 10 lei .