Monday, January 27, 2020

Bran Castle

Bran Castle (Castelul Bran)

Bran Castle (Castelul Bran)

It is an imposing 14th century hilltop castle.
You need to see it as it is one of the most famous castles in the world usually known for the myth of Dracula.

The Irish writer Bram Stoker gave birth to the Dracula myth with his famous novel.
He he did not seed it here (the castle description in the novel does not match, just the area Transylvania).
The connection between Dracula and Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) is due to the American movies based on Stoker's novel.

It is located in the Bran commune, on the Rucar-Bran passage, in Brasov county, in the Transylvania region of Romania.
It is bordering on Piatra Craiului National Park and Bucegi Natural Park.

You can get there by road (DN73) or train to Brasov and then by road or by plane to Bucharest, then Brasov and then Bran.
There is a mild climate with around 20 degrees Celsius during summer days and 10 degrees during the nights and around 0 degrees in the winter.

Before the stone castle was built as a military fortress of defense, there was a wooden castle built in the 13th century.
The castle was first documented in 1377, giving the Saxons of Kronstadt (Brasov) the privilege to build the Citadel.

The people of Brasov gave the castle as a gift to Queen Maria of Romania, so from 1920 to 1948 Bran served as royal residence. The castle is now a museum open to tourists, displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Maria.

Bran Castle

Bran Castle