Transylvania and the iconic Caste Bran became famous for being known as Dracula’s Castle. The actual castle was owned by the Austrian royalty a long time ago, and it served as a strong fort from invaders trying to take over Romania. In fact, nobody could successfully take over the land, as the castle is situated on a hill with excellent views overlooking the countryside.
Transylvania the Town
Sadly, no bats or wolf howls. In fact, it’s simply a small town with an architectural style inspired by the old Hapsbergs dynasty who originated from Germany. The towns and buildings are very much in the German country style, with wooden beams and supports along the exteriors and interiors.
Transylvania is a rather peaceful and picturesque place, which mainly consists of small suburbs of families, schools and stores. The area surrounding the castle are littered with small markets stalls selling various goods and souvenirs. There is a haunted house nearby for the kids.
The castle lies upon a hill, and this made it ideal for being the strong fort it was. It has a pretty little courtyard with a wishing well in the middle. The castle rooms are very cosy and decorated showing off random traditional Romanian dresses. I’m not sure why the dresses are put in the rooms, but Romania’s fashion industry is one that is quickly growing in Europe.
The castle interior is very small and narrow. The interior is also stone, with wooden floors and furnishings. Most of the original furnishings are not in the castle anymore. The furnishings were mainly made of wood, and there was a torture chamber. Overall, the castle rooms seemed very cozy and domestic. No sleeping Dracula in his coffin could be found 🙂 .
Finding Count Dracula
English writer, Bram Stoker, was inspired by the folktales from a collection of essays about Transylvania folklore and legend. He then made Transylvania the setting for Count Dracula’s home as the book simply describes Dracula’s home being a castle that lies high above the forests in the Transylvanian Călimani Alps. There is no proof Stoker actually knew about Castle Bran and it could have been a coincidence.
I personally think they could do way more with that town. Vampires and stuff like that are big bucks, especially in the entertainment industry. Overall, Transylvania offers a real look into Romania’s early history and relations with the rest of Western and Eastern Europe. The Castle is well-preserved and offers a look in pre-modern Romanian daily life.
- Transylvania is a 6 hour drive away from Bucharest. You can get there by tour bus or renting a car.
- There’s lots of restaurants in Transylvania to relax and view the city. Sadly we didn’t have that much time.
- There are tour guides all day in the castle