Vlad, the real-life Dracula
Bran Castle in Romania is also known as Dracula’s Castle! But make no mistake, this is not a haunted or macabre castle like the one mentioned in the novel. But this was the home of Vlad “Dracula” the third, the cruel medieval prince who ruled Romania. His life inspired Bram Stoker to create his well-known vampire lore, Dracula! Bran Castle is a must-visit destination for any fan of Dracula, and for any traveler who is interested in medieval European culture.
History of Bran Castle
Bran Castle was built in the 14th century on a hilltop between Transylvania and Wallachia. It was later acquired by Vlad the Third aka Vlad the Impaler. Why an “impaler” in his name, you might ask. Because it is said that he used to capture his enemies and torture them by impaling them on long metallic poles. It was his bloodlust that made him an inspiration for the bloodthirsty vampire character, Dracula.
Screams from the past
Bran Castle is now a museum with so many cultural and historical artifacts and crafts opened to the general public. The castle has so many ancient weapons, armors, underground passages and many creepy devices that were used during old medieval battles. Dark corridors and the creepy noises make the visit truly unforgettable experience. One recent addition to Bran Castle is the competition where people compete to win a chance to stay in the castle on the Halloween day!
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