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On the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, along the winding road to the famous town of Brasov, is this small village, famous throughout the country for the presence of the famous castle, whose shape stands out from a hill.
Bran Castelul it is, unquestionably, one of the great attractions of Transylvania: the Castle of Count Dracula. What then, in reality, has been, is just a detail. You can not face a trip to Transylvania without going here.
Built in the thirteenth century from the Saxon Knight of the Teutonic Order, Dietrich, in the 1377 was entrusted to the inhabitants of the city of Brasov, destined, in the following year, to become an instrument of defense of the Bran pass along the route to Wallachia. At the beginning of the 15th century became the residence of Mircea cel Batrin, voivode Valacco. And this is history. And history becomes legend ...
What link would this fortress have had with the famous Vlad Tepes, son of Vlad II called Dracul? Almost none, except that the famous Vlad the Emperor, one of the most bloodthirsty medieval rulers in history, fought a series of campaigns in the fifteenth century in the area around the Castle. The extraordinary and enchanting position perched, and the dramatic and spectacular environment, have done nothing but increase the halo of mystery and legend around the place. Only a few stones are left of the real Castle of Dracula in a completely different area.
WHY VISIT IT
It is true that this is a purely tourist place. And, it is not at all the REAL Castle of Dracula. However, it is undeniable that it is a truly evocative place. Try to come in the middle of winter, while you see its silhouette perched on the street, with the trees and leaves in motion; or, in the light of the sunset ... The courtyard is beautiful, and the view from up here is splendid. If you are in Transylvania it would be a shame not to come this far. Of course, having to choose, to 50 km from here, there is the unmissable Castle of Peles in Sinaia!
HOW TO GET
You arrive in Romania, in Bucharest, by plane. dall 'Henri Coanda airport in Bucharest, the car is the absolutely recommended means. You arrive through valleys, woods and high mountains; left Brasov, you have to travel about 27 km on DN73. Leaving the city, the indications for Bran Castelul, do not miss along the way. There is ample parking right at the foot of the castle.
It is not at all difficult to get here; be wary of those who recommend only organized tours. It's not absolutely true.
TIMETABLES AND TICKETS
Bran Castle is open every day of the year.
From October to March, Monday from 12: 00 to 16: 00 and from Tuesday to Sunday from 09: 00 to 16: 00;
From April to September, Monday from 12: 00 to 18: 00 and Tuesday to Sunday from 09: 00 to 18: 00.
Admission costs 35LEI for adults, 25LEI over 65, 20LEI for students and 7LEI for children.
For more information, we invite to consult the official website.