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Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit

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icon4 to 5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Immerse yourself in the legends of Transylvania with a visit to Bran Castle and Râșnov Fortress. Departing from Braşov, the half-day hour tour begins with a stop at Râșnov to explore its imposing, 13th-century fortress. Next up is Bran Castle, also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’ — a hilltop estate that conjures up visions of howling wolves and bats fluttering in the moonlight. Wander the castle’s Gothic chambers and learn about its ties to Bram Stoker’s undead antihero. Upgrade when booking your experience and extend your tour to the beautifully ornate Peleș Castle.
  • Bran Castle and Râșnov Fortress tour from Braşov, led by a professional guide
  • Travel into Romania’s Transylvania region to visit Bran Castle, known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’
  • Visit Râșnov Fortress, a 13th-century fortress-village perched on a hilltop
  • Choose to return to Braşov after Bran and Râșnov, or opt to visit Peleș Castle

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Letting someone else drive around Transylvania gives you more time to focus on the stunning scenery.
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Professional guide
Round-trip transport by air-conditioned car or minivan
Hotel pickup and drop-off from Brasov city only
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Entrance fees to Bran Castle and Râșnov Fortress: LEI 40, around €8.5,entrance fee to Rasnov Fortress: LEI 17, around €3.5,entrance fee to Peles Castle: LEI 30 (the standard tour) around €7
3-4-hour tour extension to Peles Castle (if option not selected)
Entrance fee to Peleș Castle and Pelisor Castle

Departure Point

Piața Sfatului 28, Brașov 500025, Romania

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Explore two of Transylvania’s most impressive citadels and discover why the region is steeped in mysterious lore. Your professional guide will pick you up in central Braşov for the ride south to Râșnov, situated among the stunning Bucegi Mountains.

Learn about the storied history of Râșnov Fortress (admission at your own expense), a walled stone compound designed to ward off attacks by the fierce Tartars and used as a refuge for local villagers during medieval warfare. Explore the time-worn courtyards, ramparts and well of the 13th-century fortress built by the Teutons. Opt to have lunch in Râșnov if you like (own expense).

A short drive brings you to Bran Castle, nicknamed ‘Dracula’s Castle’ for its ties to Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic tale and its bloodthirsty villain. The high stone walls and red turrets of this hilltop citadel come into view as you approach the secluded castle, set among the dramatic backdrop of the Carpathians.

Enter if you dare, after paying the site fee (own expense), and wander through the castle’s many well-preserved rooms and chambers with your guide. Gothic furnishings and details help set the scene for ghastly legends of all that happened here, including the imprisonment of Vlad the Impaler. This 15th-century prince was notorious for his bloodthirsty campaigns against invading Turks and is said to have inspired Stoker’s malevolent Count Dracula.

If you’ve had your fill of vampiric lore, your guide will drive you back to Braşov at this point. If you’ve booked the upgrade for more, continue on to the nearby Peleș Castle.

The expansive, Bavarian-style Peleș Castle was built among a lush forest to house Romania’s royalty in the 19th century and is among the most beautiful in Europe. A guide will lead you through many of its immaculate, ornate rooms, still adorned with luxuriant furnishings and décor.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Rasnov Citadel
Explore two of Transylvania’s most impressive citadels and discover why the region is steeped in mysterious lore. Your professional guide will pick you up in central Braşov in a car or minivan for the 30-minute ride south to Râșnov, situated among the stunning Bucegi Mountains. Learn about the storied history of Râșnov Fortress, a walled stone compound designed to ward off attacks by the fierce Tartars and used as a refuge for local villagers during medieval warfare. Explore the time-worn courtyards, ramparts and well of the 13th-century fortress built by the Teutons. Opt to have lunch in Râșnov if you like (own expense).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
A short drive brings you to Bran Castle, nicknamed ‘Dracula’s Castle’ for its ties to Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic tale and its bloodthirsty villain. The high stone walls and red turrets of this hilltop citadel come into view as you approach the secluded castle, set among the dramatic backdrop of the Carpathians. Enter if you dare, after paying the site fee (own expense), and wander through the castle’s many well-preserved rooms and chambers with your guide. Gothic furnishings and details help set the scene for ghastly legends of all that happened here, including the imprisonment of Vlad the Impaler. This 15th-century prince was notorious for his bloodthirsty campaigns against invading Turks and is said to have inspired Stoker’s malevolent Count Dracula.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Peles Castle
If you’re thirsty for more, extend your tour by 3 to 4 hours and continue on to the nearby Peleș Castle (book the option). The expansive, Bavarian-style Peleș Castle was built among a lush forest to house Romania’s royalty in the 19th century and is among the most beautiful in Europe. A guide will lead you through many of its immaculate, ornate rooms, still adorned with luxuriant furnishings and décor. You’ll also have the chance to tour the neighbouring Pelișor Castle, a smaller royal residence decked out in art nouveau finery.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Small group tour
  • Sturdy hiking footwear recommended
  • Crowded in high season (July - August)
  • MONDAY BRAN CASTLE IS OPENED AT 12:00.
  • Peles Castle is closed MONDAY! Tuesday we can visit only the ground floor! Pelisor Castle is closed MONDAY and TUESDAY! More info about the admission time: peles.ro
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • RASNOV FORTRESS IS CLOSED FROM 3rd of February 2020 for 22 months! Anyhow, we could visit the outside walls and exterior court. We visit other site, instead (eg. The St Bartholomew Evangelical church / Cristian Saxon Fortified Church / Valea Cetatii Cave). The guide will inform you about the options.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please bring your own mask; we provide hand sanitizer. We are cleaning vehicles after every tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Active Travel Day Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The attraction to visit in one day are really worth!" See review
  • "It's an expensive tour, but there were only 3 of us on the tour, which was so nice, especially at Bran Castle where there were extremely large groups." See review

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Very scenic trip with a wonderful guide
BinduBhargavi_T
, Jun 2021
Excellent Day trip during the Covid Times. Charlie is such a warm personality and highly motivated guide (recommendable)! All the three castles are worth visiting. Among them Peles Castle is the most beautiful one (inside and out). Even though it was raining, Charlie made sure that we cover everything and also showed us some beautiful mountain views. Without him we would never have got there. On the whole I felt like going out with friends rather than a guided tour. Many thanks again and I recommend Charlie to everyone.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
We are so happy you enjoyed the Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit day trip with my good friend and guide, Charlie! Thank you so much for your review! It helps us a lot!
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A must do !
Priyanka
, May 2021
I had a wonderful experience doing the tour. All places covered in the tour were equally worth it. Peles is more attractive and modern while bran is medival and authentic. Even though Râșnov fortress is closed for restoration, the lower level was good enough to visit. The tour can be done irrespective of the weather and I highly recommend doing Peles as well. Main thing, Charlie's an excellent tour guide. He is very informative about the area, friendly and took us to some beautiful villages when we had additional time to explore. It felt more like hanging out with friends rather than a tour guide with Charlie. Overall, it's my best tour in Brasov.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much for booking with us and for your detailed review, Priyanka!
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Scenic and interesting trip
Tom
, Sep 2020
Excellent tour. Great guide, who was very engaging and knowledgable. Beautiful scenery by car including a few stops. The castle and its history were interesting. Excellent value for money.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you for your review!
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Amazing day trip around the castles of Transylvania
Alejandro_V
, Jul 2020
Amazing experience and doable during COVID Times! Dan was amazing, hilarious, knowledgeable, and just the perfect guy to show you around! If you’re planning to see all the castles on a day, Dan is your guy!
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Thank you so much for your review, Alejandro!
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Wonderful Guide
Sheena
, Mar 2020
Charlie was so helpful and knowledgeable about all aspects of the tour. An extremely helpful guide nothing was too much trouble
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
We really thank you for your review for Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit day trip, Sheena!
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Best tour ever
Edwin_S
, Mar 2020
Dan is a wonderful tour guide. Not only did I learn so much about Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, but also the towns in between, the history of the former Romanian royal family, and so much more. I normally have so many questions when I go on tours, but Dan's information was so thorough and interesting that I could not think of anything to ask. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see and learn about the area around Brasov.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
The Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit day trip is our bestseller! Thank you so much for booking with us and for your review, Edwin!
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Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Touring Fun
Dylan_P
, Feb 2020
Our tour guide, Bara, was great. He took our small group on a relaxed tour of the castle and fortress, allowing us to stop and ask questions or view whatever most caught our attention. He provided informative and fun background information on the region and its culture which really helped the setting. We had a great day out.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
We are so excited you have spent a great day with us in a day trip to Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit. Thank you for your review, Dylan!
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Best tour guide and a great day
MariaLouisa_A
, Feb 2020
Everything went smoothly and our guide had really good knowledge of the places we visited. Definitely recommend. Thank you
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much for your review, Maria!
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A great tour led by am extremely personable tour guide, Carlos (Charlie)
larrysadler52
, Feb 2020
A small group of four travelled to Pele Castle, BranCastle, and Neustat church with a lovely lunch along the way. A great tour guide, Carlos (Charlie) made it an incredible experience
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you Larry! Indeed the day trip to Peles & Bran Castles is one of a kind, especially when you have a guide as Carlos with you!
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Not sure it's worth it
kateeeoliver
, Feb 2020
Peles Castle was beautiful (Pelesor castle wasn't anything special), but both Bran Castle and Rasnov fortress were a little disappointing. I know it feels like you can't visit Transylvania without visiting Dracula's castle, but it wasn't a particularly memorable part of the trip. Rasnov fortress was even more disappointing. I went in December and because it gets dark early it was already getting dark by the time we reached the fortress. Be aware that you have to pay for the ride to and from the fortress, and then again just to get into the fortress. My guide was good and let me take my time exploring everything.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
I respond with another review for the same tour, taking place in late of November (and we have more): "A fantastic experience "I did the Peles, Bran and Rasnov tour yesterday with my partner. Our tour guide (Dan) was amazing, great sense of humour, incredible knowledge, and just made the whole thing really fun and unforgettable. Dan knows most of the staff at these castles, and you'll be greeted warmly at each location. The sites are a great glimpse into local history. Doing the tour with a knowledgeable guide makes the whole thing easy and convenient, and you can ask whatever questions you want. Peles castle especially is really special. All in all, I'd say this is a must do for anyone visiting Brasov, it's been the highlight of our time here." Probably you should review the sites on their tripadvisor accounts. Thank you for booking with us and for your review! Marian
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