Visiting Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania

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For far too long I have had it in my heart to visit Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania. Perhaps it was just one of those childhood dreams that I thought would never come to fruition or perhaps there are many more readers who would similarly love to visit the castle as well, but whatever the case, it finally happened in March 2014.

I based myself in Brasov for four days to allow for plenty of time to explore Transylvania and include day trip to Peles castle and Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle). Depending on whether you wish to explore the region on your own accord by renting a car or whether you wish to hire a driver / join a tour guide once you are there, will result in how much time you will need to spend in Transylvania. 

I decided to book a personal driver for the day who picked myself and my friend Laura up from our hotel at 10am and took us to Peles Castle, followed by Bran Castle. Within just a few hours we had allowed ourselves plenty of time to see and discover both castles, as well as stopping at the Rasnov Fortress on the drive home to Brasov..

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When we arrived in Bran we discovered this town was essentially depending on tourism from the castle and had very little to offer aside from the castle. We even heard from our driver that the food at restaurants in the town was far from memorable, but tried our luck at a nearby café and opted for a hot chocolate – which was the most excruciating hot chocolate I have ever tried to force myself through. So there’s a lesson learned – pack some snacks and do not rely on food from the restaurants here – you will be disappointed!

We handed over our 25 leis each to enter the castle (roughly $8) and wandered up the steep tree lined pathway to reach the entrance to the castle. Once there, we made our way inside, handed over our tickets, and climbed the stairs to the first viewing room. It is certainly clear the castle has been modified to reflect a more modern era – with sofa chairs and the stench of a fresh lick of paint very present. But it was also nice to see a castle so well maintained, which is perhaps a product of the castle being repurchased by the royal family and the castle now being in private ownership.

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The best views were found overlooking the courtyard and there are a range of placards with the history (and myths) of the castle and Vlad the Impaler on the walls of the viewing rooms.

All in all it was a great day exploring Dracula’s Castle and a very ‘Transylvanian’ experience to enjoy. I would certainly recommend this day trip to anyone visiting Romania – and can honestly say I am glad I journeyed all this way to see it in the flesh!


Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!




    Andreia Salalidis Etiquette

    October 7, 2015

    Pleased to read about your Romanian journey, although, got some advice for everyone that wish to discover Romania and their true beauty, don’t ever visit Romania without a romanian by your side you will find it very difficult as you did. A romanian friend , in love with the country will know how to present everything as a fairytale. There are still many places to discover, and romanian food is one of the best eastern european food, if you know where to find it. Bran area is very commercial and full with traditional commoners which unfortunately don’t know how to promote their product. Bran Castle was a trading fortree, unfortunately they’ve decided to redecorate most of it. I strongly advice even for bloggers to use a trip to Romania organizer and all will come out perfect.



    August 31, 2015

    Bran Castle is worth a trip to Romania, but I do have to say it wasn’t really Dracula’s castle. Bram Stoker was just inspired by its beautiful architecture. The real Dracula (Vlad Tepes) had a castle at Poenari (actually a fortress). Unfortunetaly, part of the castle was damged throughout the years and it’s mostly ruins now.



    April 22, 2014

    I want to go there so badly!



    April 8, 2014

    Ahhh!!!! I was there in 2009!!!! I did a semester in Sighisoara when I was in college. Romania is so beautiful, I hope you loved it! Did you see all the bats at night? Crazy!



    April 6, 2014

    Love your blog, great pictures! I am going to follow you and I am very curious about your next articles. 😉
    ciao, Janneke



    April 3, 2014

    I haven’t been to Bran since I were a kid, I’m curious to see how it changed over the years. I’m glad you enjoyed your time here in Romania 🙂


    Daidri | Thee Getaway Gal

    April 3, 2014

    I love hearing that you fulfilled a dream… AWESOME! I’m a sucker for castles of any kind and this one sounds very interesting!

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