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“Loved the surrounding mountains, but palace can be given a miss.”

Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
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Owner description: 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 descendents. 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 HabsburgMaria-Magdalena HolzhausenElisabeth Sandhofer
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

It’s an old checkpoint/watch tower later converted to a palace. Nothing much to see here.

Narrows stairs and quite a few! Important to notice who find it difficult to climb stairs. Palace as such is 4 floors. You start at second floor, go to 4th, come back to 3rd then ground. Of course, Vlad Dracula stayed here only two nights, not much about him in the palace.

Most of furnitures were destroyed by the communist regime. All that you find inside is donated furniture from the new owner.

Thank Kunal T
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

It was quite an experience being in this place. I have grown up hearing tale of Dracula and have seen the movies so it was quite surreal. I highly recommend it... The drive getting there from Bucharest was cool too.

Thank Adrian P
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

The castle do not require presentation, it's Vlad'd, the impaler, castle AKA Dracula. The castle is miounted on the top of a natural hill, about 40/45 mts from the ground.

The access to the castle is paid, regular fee, 40Lei (or 8.5EU mar18), this includes access to the garden and the castle itself. Not guided visit except you're in a tour.

To reach Bran, where the castle sits, I arrived by route. I strongly suggest to use a GPS or a local driver to do it, could be complicated to find. People out of hotels and touristic places don't talk anything but romanian, to be fair, they try to help.

Routes also knew better times, so be careful if you drive. As I said, I contracted a local chofer to take me there, his name is Cristian, and he have 4 places in his car for this purpose. Was an excelent cicerone and warm person:0040 72 241 7573. He can schedule on-the-fy a tour based on your needs.

The castle starts in XIII century and suffered changes along the time to acomodate other romanian queens and kings. So in the inside most of furniture do not belong to Vlad's period, anyway the castle it's fantastic by itself offering a sight to another time. Also you have excellent views from their many windows.

There is no official parking so you need to find a place where to park. Before the entrance there are many places where you can take lunch for a reasonable price.

NB: I don't saw garlic ar sight so becareful!

Thank mmgarcia200
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

A popular tourist attraction and definitely worth a visit. Lots of stairs and in and out of the rabbit warren of rooms. Plenty of explanation boards. Gets busy

Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Very nice indeed. Not to be missed.

Must see NOT because it is "Dracula's Castle" (which it is not), but it is a great example of Transylvanian architecture. The castle is not really a palace,m but a fortress. So, be prepared for narrow, winding staircases (sometimes, spiral staircases).

Generally the staff is very sweet, though they struggle with English. But the English audio tour (@ 10 Ron) is affordable and makes it much better. The staircases being narrow, there are sometimes worrying moments when there is two-way traffic on a spiral staircase. I am not too sure, but the authorities could think of better "crowd flow management"

Thank nmedh
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