BRAN CASTLE

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Experience the history, the myth, the intrigue and the magic of one of the most emblematic places in Transylvania by visiting Bran Castle. Positioned high atop a 200-foot-high rock and surrounded by an aura of mystery and folklore, the castle owes its fame to its majestic towers and turrets as well as the mystique generated around Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula.

Bran fortress was first attested in an ordinance issued on November 19, 1377. Bran Castle boasts a commanding view of the charming village of Bran.

What to see?

The King and Queen’s Rooms

There are 57 rooms at Bran Castle and the rooms that were once occupied by King Ferdinand and Queen Marie still contain some of their belongings. King Ferdinand’s rooms are especially well-maintained and you can see his old furniture, armor and also a collection of daggers.

The Torture Room

It is said that King Vlad III was imprisoned and tortured here. You can discover some of the torture instruments on your visit as well. One particular highlight of these is the torture chair covered with spikes all over its surface. There are also other tools like the iron maiden, the rack, and much more.

A History of Dreads

Romania has many mythological stories about spirits, creatures and other beings that come out at night to torment the people living in and around Bran. The History of Dreads exhibit at Bran Castle sheds some light on some of these mythological creatures. Here, you can learn more about the Grim Reaper, the Strigoi, the Werewolf, the Iele, and many other such creatures.

Queen Marie’s Heart

Queen Marie considered Bran Castle to be her home. She loved the castle and the people around so much that she wanted to be buried in the castle gardens after her death. She also wished that her heart be extracted from her body and placed in a church on Black Sea Shore. Today, Queen Marie’s heart rests in a chapel built on a cliff close to Bran Castle.

The Narrow Stairway

There is a narrow stone-carved staircase inside Bran Castle that once functioned as a secret passage during emergencies. It connects the first floor to the third and is built in such a way that only one person could fit through at a time. A fake fireplace concealed the entrance to this tunnel, which left it undiscovered for generations until Queen Marie decided to renovate the castle in 1920.

The Whishing Well

Bran Castle used to have an ancient water well in its courtyard that only functions as a decorative feature today. This well also used to have a secret chamber right above the water level that served as a hideout during invasions.

When Queen Marie renovated the castle, she extended this secret chamber horizontally to run under the castle and attached an elevator to the tunnel for her to descend without the stairs.

The Time Tunnel

A traditional well was dug into the stone while the fortification of Bran Castle was being erected. Then, in 1930, Queen Marie of Romania purchased the property, and she and architect Karel Liman decided to convert the well’s shaft into an electric elevator. As a result, the horizontal gallery was dug to connect it to the Royal Park at the castle’s foot. The two galleries were forgotten soon after the Royal Family left in 1948, and were overwhelmed by darkness and stillness.

A multi-disciplinary team created a part of the rock that has weathered the ages, observing historical events at the crossroads of cultures and nations, seventy years later. Today, the Time Tunnel thrives and develops as a result of human ingenuity and inventiveness in the field of technology.

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