The old settlement of shepherds at the entrance of Rucar-Bran Couloir was named after the Romanian word for gate or fortified place: Bran.
The famous medieval fortified castle built between 1377 and 1382 as a military fortress dominates the entire village.
It is everything you’d expect a mysterious castle to be.
The gloomy edifice is perched on a high bed of stone in the midst of Transylvanian fores.
Its mock-Gothic towers soar against the backdrop of Bucegi mountains.
Inside there is a labyrinth of winding corridors, narrow passages and secret staircases.
But not only the majestic beauty and uncanny landscape brought its fame.
Rumours say Prince Vlad Tepes (the Impaler) stayed here once in the 1400s.
It is uncertain if Bram Stoker knew anything about this castle.
But marketed as home of his novel’s titular character, Bran castle became one of the prominent tourist destinations.
One of the 10 most beautiful medieval castles in the world, Bran is the most expensive estate in Europe (~ 120 mil. Euro) and the second most expensive one in the world.
The property built in 1926 in Beverly Hills, where “The Godfather” movie was filmed, is the most expensive estate in the world according to Forbes (2012).
During “Tu veneno” tour from 2001, singer Natalia Oreiro filmed here the video clip for “Como te olvido”.
Before visiting this legendary place stop for a while at the bottom of the hill, in the castle’s park.
Here is an open-air ethnographic museum exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant structures (cottages, barns, etc.) from across the country.
The irresistible themed souvenirs (from dolls to shirts) on display in this country-style-bazaar will be one more temptation for you.
Grand-daughter of Queen Victoria, Queen Mary of Romania was the most fascinating personality of her time. Talented painter, garden designer, creator of original pieces of furniture, inspired interior decorator and photographer Her Majesty was most of all a writer (inclusively for prestigious American magazines).
The 2 castles very dear to her soul were Pelisor and Bran, within the last one, hidden in a silver box, her heart being found.
Dare to enter the eerie 57 chambers.
Discover a museum of Romanian and foreign feudal art from the 14th to 19th centuries.
It hosts well-preserved architecture, collections of weaponry, armours, costumes and furniture.
From the highest white rooms of the castle you can admire Bran village as young princesses used to do it.