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Day 24: Bran Castle, Romania (Dracula Stayed Here-Perhaps)

Out of his Coffin', Drac's voice did ring, seems he had trouble with just one thing, he opened the lid and shook one fist, "Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?"....lyrics from the song "Monster Mash" by by Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt Kickers

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Today was the day that we set out for Bran Castle (not Bram from the Bram Stocker fame but Bran). However, the castle's appearance and description from Bram Stoker's novel Dracula seems to me to have an eerie resemblance to that detailed in the book (sits atop a large rock that has a precipitous rocky drop to the bottom). Hense, Bran Castle has become the defacto Dracula Castle even though Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) may have only stayed there one or two nights if that (tourism at its finest). By the way, the novel itself is a classic that still resonates today in popular culture and is certainly good business in the Transylvania area, notably the town of Bran.

The drive to the castle from Brasov was relatively quick. We passed through the countryside, some newer suburban communities, and a few small villages until we reached the entrance to the castle.

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As a disclaimer, the castle is really a museum that contains a number of rooms, stairwells, furniture and art that were from the time of Queen Marie. In order to get into the castle, one had to pass through a small area that sold food, t-shirts and souvenirs.

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So, upon entering the castle the first thing one sees is a timeline of ownership...none of which has anything resembling the Drac. The current owner of the castle is the son (blue jacket in the photo) of Princess Ileana who sold off the original furniture and is trying to sell the castle (on eBay?). Once the government found out what he was up to, they passed some sort of law forbidding the sale of their national heritage (we were told he keeps trying though).

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We passed through a number of rooms and creepy stairwells until we reached the top of the castle and rang the bell of success as noted in the pictures below.

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The view from the top of the castle landing was quite majestic.

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We suppose it being Halloween and this is "Drac's Castle" it was only fitting that a few of the rooms were indeed haunted,

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and of course, a good old fashion torture chamber is present as well.

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As we descended the stairs into the courtyard, we passed through the giftshop (a lot of clever Dracula t-shirts) and then into the gardens.

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Of course, what would a visit to the castle be without the iconic shots of the scary structure?

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After our visit to the gardens, we headed back to grab a small bite to eat at one of the local vendors.

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We were back on the road in early afternoon passing through the countryside until we reached the Marriot in Bucharest for our final two nights (one of nights is a half night since we have to leave the hotel at 3:00 am for the airport).

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On our final day we will be going to the Mogosoaia Palace and the Snagov Monastery in the morning.

Posted by Argenti Travel 17:18 Archived in Romania

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