Bran Castle

Bran Castle was built as a customs point on the most traveled merchant road linking Transylvania to Wallachia. It stands on a 60 m high cliff overlooking a narrow mountain crossing. It was built between 1378 – 1382 in a Gothic architectural style. Due to its placement and similarities to the description in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, Bran Castle becomes the legendary Castle of count Dracula. The name of the famous vampire, Dracula, is associated with the historical figure of  Vlad the Impaler the bloody despot of 15th century Wallachia, who is surrounded by many other legends and stories. 
   On the 1st of December 1920, Bran Castle was gifted to Queen Marie of Romania by the Saxon mayor of Brasov. Seven years later it became a royal residence as a direct consequence of it being the favorite retreat of the Queen. The castle was inherited by her daughter Princess Ileana and it was later seized by the communist regime. 
   Today Bran Castle is a “the Rockstar” of Romanian tourism being the most visited sight in Transilvania.

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