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Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)

Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)

Open daily, hours vary by season.
Strada General Traian Moșoiu , Bran, Romania

The Basics

Even if you are not enticed by Bran Castle’s darker history, visiting the so-called Dracula’s Castle makes a lovely day trip from either Bucharest or Brasov. Views from the castle, which overlooks the medieval city of Bran, are epic, and learning about the castle’s rich history is easy, as most of the displays are translated into English. Expect dozens of tunnels, a secret staircase, and nearly 60 rooms, several with museum-like displays around different themes. Don’t miss the room dedicated to Dracula. To experience more of the looming stone edifice, stroll around its base to see it from every angle. See more of Transylvania by booking a one-day tour that combines a visit to Bran Castle with sites like Peles Castle, Poenari Castle, Rasnov Fortress, or Brasov’s Black Church.

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Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Full Day Tour from Bucharest
Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Full Day Tour from Bucharest
star-4.5
$70.03 per adult
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It was a very nice castle...
It was a very nice castle at the mountain foot, natur in autumn is incredible with so many beautiful colours!!
Amar_D, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Transylvania

star-5
Best tour of Transylvanian castles!
Christopher_P, Sep 2021
Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit
The tour guide Charley (Carol) was extremely knowledgeable and personable. He was very patient and kind. The vehicle was comfortable and clean.
star-5
Fantastic experience!
Giovanni_P, Jun 2021
Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Full Day Tour from Bucharest
Fantastic tour! Could imagine how clean and safe Transylvania is, and tour operators were really nice. I suggest this tour to anyone, convenient and super funny.
star-5
Great way to see three things in a day
Sophie_K, May 2021
Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Full Day Tour from Bucharest
Chris was very professional and knowledgeable. The minibus was clean and comfy. Couldn’t ask for anything more. Thank you !
star-5
Amazing experience. Very...
Leonardo_C, Oct 2021
Dracula's Castle, Peles Castle and old town of Brasov from Bucharest
Amazing experience. Very beautiful places. The tour guide gave us precious information. Everything was perfect.
star-5
Beautiful day in the mountains!
Melynda_S, Oct 2021
Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Small Group Tour from Bucharest
The Peles Castle was spectacular. Marius was a great guide - knowledgeable and entertaining. Highly recommend!
star-5
This is a beautiful and...
Josip_P, Oct 2021
Extended Experience at Dracula's Castle & Brasov in Transylvania
This is a beautiful and worthy, with great stop at Peles castle and Brasov. However, the Bran castle was not so interesting, we would appreciate more time in Brasov.
star-5
We will be back… what a trip!
Lauren_B, Oct 2021
Dracula's Castle and Transylvania Day Trip from Bucharest
What an amazing trip! Our guide was so informative and made the whole experience worth while. Long day but totally worth it. We will be back!
star-5
Tour guide was 10/10 and...
Caroline_K, Oct 2021
Small-Group Day Trip to Dracula's Castle, Brasov and Peles Castle from Bucharest
Tour guide was 10/10 and locations were beautiful. Don't make me write more to fill out a 100 characters minimum
star-5
Dracul
Ramin_J, Oct 2021
Small-Group Day Trip to Dracula's Castle, Brasov and Peles Castle from Bucharest
Fantastic experience. Highly professional. Recommended. Roxana was great, courteous and knowledgeable.
star-5
Recommended for everyone!
Nikolaos_T, Oct 2021
Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Full Day Tour from Bucharest
Guide was really helpful and made sure to give us the best experience possible. Drive wasn't too long and was pretty enjoyable!
star-4
Very good explanation....
Pablo_M, Oct 2021
Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit
Very good explanation. Guide knows every single details about the visit! Muy recomendable. Don’t bother about the torture museum
star-5
Bears, castles and local street food
Kris_B, Oct 2021
Libearty Bear Sanctuary and Bran Castle in One Day Private Tour from Bucharest
We had the amazing Florin as our driver, he told us all about Romania and it’s history and past on the way to the bear sanctuary and answered all the question we had, he was brilliant! The bear sanctuary was amazing we saw loads of brown bears and other wildlife best part of our trip, and then on to Bran castle, this was so pretty and and amazing too, and Florin even helped us pick our lunch and helped with the language barrier! Thanks for a great day out Florin and making the trip decent

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bran Castle is a must-see for adventurous travelers and Goth history buffs.

  • Allow two to three hours for your visit.

  • Expect long entry lines; book tickets in advance to reduce wait times.

  • Many parts of the castle have low ceilings, so watch your head.

  • Bran Castle is not wheelchair accessible, but admission is free for the disabled.

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How to Get There

Bran Castle is easily accessible from Bucharest and Brasov. Take the train from Bucharest to Brasov, about a 3.5-hour ride, and then transfer to a bus or taxi for the remaining 30-mile (48-kilometer) journey to Bran Castle. Buses run between Brasov and the castle every 30 minutes during the week and once an hour on the weekends.

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When to Get There

Bran Castle is open year-round (April 1 to September 30: Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 6pm; Monday from noon to 6pm; October 1 to March 31: Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 4pm; Monday from noon to 4pm). The castle is best visited during summer, when the weather is pleasant and the castle remains open a few extra hours. That said, winter’s gray skies and chilly temperatures offer an appropriately gloomy ambience. Try to visit on a weekday and arrive first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds. Alternatively, arrive later in the afternoon and stay to watch the sun setting in the distance.

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Bran Castle for Dracula Fans

Bran Castle is rumored to have been the home of the infamous ruler of Wallachia, Vlad Tepes, the vicious ruler who is said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula. In addition to Bran Castle, Dracula fans will enjoy visiting Targoviste, once the capital of Wallachia and where Vlad held court. An hour from there is the Poenari Castle, one of Vlad’s main fortresses. And on the way back to Bucharest is the Snagov Monastery, where Vlad is said to be buried. Visit all four sights together by booking a Dracula tour from Bucharest.

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