Perched high on a rocky outcrop in Transylvania, it is thought that an etching of Bran Castle was inspiration for Bram Stocker’s descriptions of Dracula’s castle in his classic vampire tale.
Although Bram Stocker never set foot in Romania, and was careful never to give his ficticious character a real background of historical significance, Count Dracula is often confused with Prince Vlad Tepes of Wallachia. Depicted by historians as a ruthless and bloodthirsty ruler, these days his role in the history of the fortress is questionned. The Teutonic Order began construction of a wooden fort in the early 13th century. After the fort’s destruction in 1242 by Mongols, King Sigismund of Hungary ordered the construction of a stone castle in 1377, while the settlement of Bran began to develop nearby. The castle guarded a strategic trade route between Transylvania and Wallachia. Find out more of its fascinating history on a journey to Romania.
Bran Adventure Holidays
8 DaysfromUSD 3,179
Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)
Explore fairytale castles and traditional churches
The trip content is very varied and if you love wildlife, wildflowers and fungi this is a great trip. Wild European Brown bear watching in the forest and the bear sanctuary was brilliant. Local hikes in the rugged countryside- Barza valley; Coja, Pestera and Postavarul nature reserve were wonderful. Brasov and Bran castle visits were informative and took you back to the past.
I absolutely loved this trip. Our guide Tudor was absolutely fantastic, he went above and beyond when organising things. We also met his wife Andra, another tour guide who helped out with some people who were unable to complete all of the walking, saving them from just sitting around the hotel. She also took me to the hospital when I had an allergic reaction to a wasp sting. Honestly the tour guides were amazing. The accommodation was brilliant, Katherina and Herman who ran the guesthouse were friendly and knowledgeable, the other staff couldn’t do enough for you. The food was delicious and we were given far too much to actually eat. The beer was nice too as well as the cherry schnapps. Excursions were all good, I enjoyed every one of them. The scenery was beautiful and people friendly. 10/10 go on this trip.