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About Dracula's Castle

Bran Castle situated near Bran, in the immediate vicinity of Brasov, is a national monument and landmark of Romania. The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia.

Dracula – as known today – represents the result of the intersection of some real historical events, legendary, related to the reign of Vald Tepes – Dracula, with mentions of some chroniclers of those times, aiming to put the great voivode in a bad light, amplified in the upcoming centuries by the association with the character of fiction novel "Dracula", issued in England in 1897, written by the Irish writer Bram Stocker.

The truth about Vlad Tepes (1456-1462; 1476), prince of Wallachia, is known from numerous works of Romanian and foreign historians.

Convinced that only a harsh reign from the inside could install order in the country and organize successfully its defense from external dangers, Vlad Tepes applies a domineering reign, imposing to its subjects honesty and diligence as virtues; dishonesty (theft), laziness and craftiness were harshly punished by impalement, a hard punishment, but which could be understood only related to the period he lived in, a very cruel period, which has known other punishments, equally harsh, such as burning at the stake, hanging, etc.

Dracula (Vlad Tepes) – between legend and reality

In 1897, Irish writer Bram Stoker published "Dracula" novel, who made the Ruler Vlad Tepes famous all over the world. Stoker read the stories about Dracula, published in the 15th – 16th Centuries and was shocked by its acts of cruelty. He decided to choose him as the main character. He read some books about Transylvania and thought that this "exotic" country would be a suitable framework for Dracula's deeds. In fact, Stoker used Vlad only as inspiration, because in his novel, Dracula is not ruler Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes), but a Transylvanian count who lived in a mysterious castle, where he lured his victims to drink their blood.

Vlad Dracul, the son of Mircea the Old (Mircea cel Batran), was the father of Vlad Tepes. Why he was named "Dracul"? At that time there was a feudal order founded by Sigismund of Luxembourg, called the "Order of the Dragon". Vlad Dracul was part of this Order. He was proud to belong to this order of cavalry and thus, as ruler of Romanian, ordered to put on the coins the symbol of that dragon – so, the nation dubbed him Vlad Dracul (Dracula) or Vlad the Dragon. From here comes the name of his son, Vlad Tepes who became famous all over the world, as the Dracula count.

Vlad Tepes (1455-1462; 1476) was the ruler of Wallachia, known for his cruelty, who punished his enemies or those who were not subjected, by impaling. It is known that the rebellious or disobedient nobles were impaled, too.

History remembers an event in 1456, when Vlad Tepes commanded to be gathered together all the beggars and the thieves, and after feasting them, he burned them alive.
 
Legend and true history about Dracula intermingle and are being kept alive by tourist destinations like the Monastery of Snagov near Bucharest, the Bran Castle near Brasov, the Old Princely Court in Bucharest, the Princely Court in Targoviste and the Poienari Fortress near Vidraru Dam.


Contact and information:


Address: Str. General Traian Mosoiu, no. 24, Bran, Romania
Phone: +4 0268.237.700
email: office@bran-castle.com
web: www.bran-castle.com

Opening hours:

1st of May – 30th of September
Monday: 12:00 - 18:00
Tuesday – Sunday: 9:00 - 18:00
Last entry: 18:00
 
1st of October – 30th of April
Monday: 12:00 - 16:00
Tuesday – Sunday: 9:00 - 16:00
Last entry: 16:00

Tickets:

Adults: 25 lei
Students: 10 lei (with student card)
Pupils: 5 lei

Free access:

Persons with disabilities
Institutionalized persons

Photo fee is included in ticket!

Professional filming / photography is allowed after signing a contract.

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