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Dracula’s Castle – Bran, Romania

Fact or Fiction?

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Nestled on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, Bran Castle is the most famous tourist destination in Romania. Commonly referred to as “Dracula’s Castle”, it is known as the home of the titular character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. There is, however, no evidence that Stoker knew anything about this castle, which has only tangential associations with Vlad III, Stoker’s inspiration for Dracula.

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 from across the country. As of 2014, the castle is reportedly for sale.