Construction on Bran Castle, best known as “Dracula’s Castle”, first began in 1377 on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, and was completed in 1388. Its nickname comes from the fact that it closely matches the description of the castle in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” in which Stoker himself never visited, but is believed to have read about it and based the castle in his novel on what he read. If you want to own this mythical castle, it’s going cost you a pretty penny, or at least $135-million. Believe it or not, the 57-room manor on 22 acres has been on the market several times in recent years. Continue reading for a video and more information.
The castle is now a museum open to tourists, displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Tourists can see the interior individually or by a guided tour. At the bottom of the hill is a small open air museum park exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant structures (cottages, barns, etc.) from across the country.