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Dracula’s Castle of Transylvania

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It is a terrifying silhouette, perched on a cliff-face near the Bran Pass. This is what we imagine when we think of Bram Stokers Dracula.

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Bran Castle’s dramatic outline, rising above the treetops.

From a distance it looks very much like the infamous castle described in the novel “Dracula.”  Unfortunately the similarities are skin deep.  This particular castle has no other ties to Vlad the Impaler, who was the Dracula in the flesh.  It is possible however that Vlad visited during the course of his conquests, it was not his castle.  Vlad the Impaler’s fortress was the Poenari Castle of Romania.

There is no evidence that Bram Stoker ever visited or saw this castle and used it’s description in his novel.  It is merely a coincidence that the Bran castle eerily fits his written description of a fictional castle.

Once inside the castle all the similarities end.  The interior does not fit any of Bram Stoker’s detailed visualizations for the infamous castle of Dracula.

Daily tours of Bran Castle are available and you can even purchase Dracula souvenirs.

 

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