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

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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.)
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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

The History Museum, Piata Sfatului Square

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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Q:
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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Q:
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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Q:
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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Exceptional day visiting Romania's most beautiful castles
Lindsay_N
, Sep 2021
Had the absolute best day out visiting the castles with Charles! Great driver with lots of interesting stories about the region. He told me the history of each castle, both of which were amazing. All in all I would highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting the area and was the highlight of my trip to Romania!
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We really appreciate your detailed review for our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Lindsay!
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Fun tour packed with the right information!
Akshatha_G
, Sep 2021
Tiberiu is an enthusiastic and well informed tour guide. The visit to Bran castle and Rasnov fortress was even more memorable because of the facts and history he shared. Thank you.
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THE BEST!!!
Maria_P
, Aug 2021
ABSOLUTE HIGHLIGHT OF MY TRIP TO TRANSYLVANIA!! Karoly (Charlie) was the best tour guide I’ve ever had. He was very knowledgeable and funny! I cannot say enough good things about this tour with him. Peles palace, Bran Castle, and Rasnov fortress were all PERFECT. Thank you Charlie!!
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Excellent
ivan_a
, Aug 2021
Tiberiu was an excellent guide. Alot of history knowledge, friendly. The tour was very informative and interesting.
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Bran and Rasnov Fortress
AnaMaria_P
, Aug 2021
Great experience with a knowledgeable person, Tiberiu. We enjoyed every moment of the experience. Thanks!
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Great time with my guide (Charlie)
Joakim_S
, Aug 2021
Had a great time with my guide (Charlie), he was very easy to talk to about anything, wether it be the castles or Romanian culture in generall. He even joined me for a coffee while i waited for the train.
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Thank you so much for your review for our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Joakim!
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Fantastic guide and tour
Elizabeth_M
, Jul 2021
Tiberiu is a fantastic guide and we greatly enjoyed our trip and day with him. He showed us features of the castles that we would have missed and told us about the history of the area. He went above and beyond. I highly recommend this trip!
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History & amazing views
DrewL
, Jul 2021
Dan was a fantastic guide and turned a pandemic-period tour into a great experience. His knowledge of Romanian & Transylvanian history really built a solid base to understand what led to status quo of today.
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We really thank you so much for your review for our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Drew!
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Excellent
Daniel_H
, Jul 2021
Our host, Andras, was amazing, and it quickly became a memorable trip. He helped us with anything and any questions we had, and provided interesting history and facts about the places we visited. Would highly recommend.
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We really thank you for your review for our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Daniel!
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Excellent tour four one day
Edgar_O
, Jul 2021
Excellent tour, the guide was very friendly and gave very good explanations of all the castles, histories and details of them.
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Thank you so much for your review of our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Edgar!
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