My first review published on this blog was about Stoker’s novel Dracula. Now I’ll tell you where the beautiful landscapes and magical castle depicted by the author are in real life.

Because Bran Castle is the only castle in Transylvania that actually fits Bram Stoker’s description of Dracula’s castle, this place is known throughout the world for this reason. Bran Castle is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, in beautiful surroundings, and is now a museum.

 

When you arrive at Bran Castle, you just know there is something mystic there. It’s exactly how it is depicted in the book: the castle is surrounded by forests and it is raised on rocks.

This fortress has a long history. The first documented mention of this castle is the act issued by Louis I of Hungary in 1377. Consequently, in 1438, Bran Castle was used in defense against the Ottoman Empire.

In 1920 the castle became a royal residence within the Kingdom of Romania, and became the home of Queen Marie, the last queen consort in Romania, a very popular queen, both in Romania and abroad.

Inside the huge castle it is said there are several secret chambers, and dungeons.

 

Have you ever been there or do you plan to go there?

 

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