Bran Castle – Peles Castle – Rasnov Fortress
from your hotel at 8:00 am
but we can smile in any language
this tour is for everyone
well it might be ± 1 hour
Highlights of this day tour:
- The one and only Peles Castle – History of Romanian Monarchy, architecture, and gossips.
- People believe this is Dracula’s castle but is it? Bran Castle – History of Transylvania and storytelling about Vlad the Impaler.
- Definitely the oldest one. Rasnov Fortress – About Transylvanian Saxons culture, lifestyle, architecture.
Read more about:
Peleș Castle is a representative building that mirrors parts of Romanian history. This ‘Swiss chalet’ looking castle will amaze you with its looks, evoking great figures from Romanian history. Located in the geographical center of Romania, on a valley in the Carpathian Mountains, in Sinaia, at 120 km distance from Bucharest, this Neo-Renaissance Palace was built between 1873 – 1883.
Latter in the 19th century, Peles became an entire complex of buildings, featuring Pelișor Castle, Foișor Hunting Chalet, Guard Pavilion, the Power plant, Economat Villa, Sipot Villa, and the Royal Stables.
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 “the Rockstar” of Romanian tourism being the most visited sight in Transilvania.
The Donation Diploma signed by king Andrew II of Hungary and then approved by Pope Innocent III, one of the most influential and powerful popes in the middle ages, with his Papal Bull in 1211, gives the strategic S-E region of Transylvania, called Burzenland (Țara Bârsei), to the Teutonic Knights Order, in return for defending the southeastern border of the Hungarian Kingdom against foreign invaders.
The Teutonic Knights plan of defense was building five Strongholds (quinque castra fortia), including Rasnov Fortress build in 1211 as a wood-and-earth fort. Rasnov Citadel was built as a strategic fort and was able to offer refuge, for short intervals, to the population of Rasnov and two other nearby villages in case of an invasion. From the beginning of the 16th century to the end of the 17th century, the Saxon population from Rasnov permanently inhabited the citadel which gave Rasnov Fortress the look of a medieval fortified Saxon village.
Nowadays Rasnov Citadel is one of the most visited places in Romania gathering tourists from all over the World.
Morning Pick-up from your hotel in Brasov
…and away we go! Today I will be your tour guide for these castles and also provide transport to the sights, special parking places, photo tax and skip the line, and taking you to lunch.
The first stop is Peles Castle in Sinaia where we park the car close to the castle, as a guide I will operate the tickets faster and due to your visit, I’ll guide you inside the most exquisite castle from Romania.
On the way to Bran Castle, we’ll decide how hungry we are, we can eat before Bran Castle or after the visit.
Lunch @ la Promenada Restaurant
We will stop in Rasnov where I highly recommend having lunch here because they have Romanian traditional food and beverages. This is a family-friendly restaurant located at the edge of a forest in a quiet place and is known as the best in town.
After lunch, we’ll drive for 5 minutes and get out of the car right in front of Rasnov Fortress. For the rest of the hour we’ll visit this iconic stronghold.
Evening drop-off at your hotel in Brasov
At the end of the tour, I’ll take you back to your hotel.
By choosing this private day tour you will have not just my full attention but also a car at your disposal with me as a driver.
I’ll be your guide for all the sights that we will be going to visit. Promise to try to answer all of your questions.
I know from my experience how unpleasant might be to deal with foreign money, so you don’t have to bother with this, the cost of the tickets is included.
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We accept credit card and cash as payment, after the tour is ended.