Visiting Bran, Romania, where is Draculas castle located

Legend of Dracula is very well known around the world thanks to Bram Stoker book and the movie made after it.

It is one of the most visited places in Romania and the number of tourists increases from one year to another!

So, it is no time to lose if you want to see with your own eyes how the bloody Dracula lived.

Bran Castle near Brasov Romania
where is Draculas Castle in Romania Bran Castle

General information about Dracula’s castle

The most interesting part about Dracula castle, Bran and Bram Stoker legend is the fact that the author of the book never visited Bran or any other medieval fortress from Romania.

The most amazing thing is that Bran castle fits best in Stoker description about where is Dracula’s castle located.

The description is so accurate that after seeing Bran castle in Transylvania you are 100% that Stoker visited it too and based on it write the fortress description from the novel.

Visit Bran where is Dracula's Castle
Visit Bran Dracula Castel

Bram Stoker’s location is a beautiful medieval castle located on top of a cliff with forest around, exactly how Bran castle is.

A place surrounded in mystery and mist with a very important place in Romanian history.

The architecture of the castle and the way it was built make from this place the perfect hideout.

Secret tunnels and passages, hidden rooms, small and dark corridors are very common for this place.

where is Draculas castle located Transylvania
Dracula’s Castle Bran Transylvania

The castle was built as a medieval fort, as a defence structure and that is why it is hidden between the trees and is built upon a cliff.

There is only one way to access the citadel; the rest of the access paths are useless unless you are a good climber and you want to climb the rock up to the citadel.

where is Draculas castle located

Bran Castle, known as Dracula castle is located in a small mountain town called Bran.

Bran is located 30 kilometres away from Brasov and 180 kilometres away from Bucharest.

You can reach Bran, where is Dracula castle located by car, by train or by bus.

Bran is located 30 kilometres away from Brasov and 180 kilometres away from Bucharest.

For us this was the perfect day trip from Bucharest, as we wanted to see it for a long time.

How to get to Dracula castle

Car is the easiest and most comfortable way to get to Bran.

Doesn’t matter if you rent the car from Bucharest, Brasov or any other place you have the flexibility and freedom to plan your trip as you like and visit Dracula’s castle in Transylvania whenever you want.

Car rental Brasov
Car rental Brasov

Because the price per day for a rented car is not very high, we definitely recommend you to get a car and explore the surroundings.

Romania is a very beautiful country with many medieval castles in Transylvania, untamed nature and magnificent cities.

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Another way to get to Bran Castle is by using public transport and train. From Bucharest, you can take the train to Brasov.

If you want to go with public transport it is a little more complicated.

Brasov to Bran by car map
Brasov to Bran by car map where is Draculas castle

From Bucharest airport, you have to take the train or the bus to get to Bucharest North Station.

From Bucharest North Station you have to take a train to Brasov.

It is a 2 and a half or 3 hours ride.

Once you get Brasov train station you should get out and take a bus to Bran. The bus reaches Bran station from Brasov in about 30 minutes.

The main advantage of public transport is that it is inexpensive, but with public transport is pretty complicated and you waste a lot of time.

Car is much more efficient and comfortable and is the best way to go to Bran, where is Dracula’s castle located.

A short history of Dracula’s castle

The medieval castle was built in the 14th century when Luis I of Hungary gave the permission to Romanian people from that area to build a defence fortress.

The fortress was used to defend the area against the Ottoman Empire.

Over history, the castles had multiple usages and gain different roles in Romanian history. During World War II it was transformed into a hospital.

At the beginning of the 19th century, the castle became the residence of the Romanian Royal family and during the communist regime, the medieval castle was confiscated by communists.

Bran Castle interior room
Bran Castel interior room of where is Draculas castle

By 2005 the castle was transferred into Romanian Royal family property and in 2009 it was open to the public.

Starting with 2009, Bran town developed from a small mountain town into a beautiful mountain resort with many authentic accommodations, great guesthouses and wonderful hotels.

Dracula's Castle in Transylvania
Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania

Bran the place where is Dracula’s castle located had become one of the most important attractions from Transylvania.

Where to sleep when visiting Dracula’s castle

You can book accommodation in Bucharest and take a day trip to Bran, but it will be a long and tiring day!

Here are our suggestions of available accommodations in Bucharest Romania area << click

One of the best options is to book accommodation in Brasov and take a day trip to Bran. this is the best way to visit Brasov and its surroundings, too.

Brasov is a mountain city with a great atmosphere and very welcoming people!

Here are our suggestions of available accommodations in Brasov area << click

On your tour across Romania, Bran castle should be on your travel list. It is a good day trip from Bucharest

Bran Castle Dracula Castle
Bran Castel Dracula Castle

No worries if you don’t have time to take a tour across the country. Bran castle is an ideal destination for a day trip from Bucharest or Brasov.

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