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Popularly known as Count Dracula’s castle, Bran Castle has a reputation for being spooky. This medieval fortress is situated on the edge of a cliff near the border of Wallachia, allowing it to be a magnificent vantage point for any incoming attacks. Along with this, the castle is also referred to as Count Dracula’s Castle, which further reinforced its spookiness.
With rich history and culture hidden behind its walls, Bran Castle is most definitely a must-visit for any travel enthusiast.
On some busy days, Bran Castle may be quite crowded and the ticket lines might be quite long. To avoid spending too much time waiting in lines, you can get a skip-the-line ticket. This ticket gives you direct entry into Bran Castle and helps you spend more time exploring the castle.
Bran Castle Skip-the-Line Tickets
The guided tour tickets for Bran Castle allow you to learn the deep secrets of Bran Castle with an expert guide. Learn about the secret behind why Bran Castle is known as Dracula’s Castle and the frightening tales of Vlad the Impaler. These tickets also include skip-the-line access.
These tickets allow you to be a part of a small-group guided tour from Bucharest to Transylvania. This includes transportation along with round-trip transfers and an experienced guide to deeply explore the culture of Romania. Visit Bran Castle along with Peles Castle, a former Romanian Royal Family residence.
From Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula's Castle - Small Group
The Real Dracula Castle Tour with Visit to Poenari Fortress and Targoviste
Small-Group Transylvania Tour: Dracula's Castle, Peles Castle & Visit to Brasov
Children aged 7-11, students above the age of 18 and senior citizens above the age of 65 can enjoy discounted prices on their tickets.
You can get a full refund if you cancel your tickets up to 24 hours before the schedule.
If you already have your entire vacation planned out and you want to save time, then you can simply book a Skip-the-Line ticket. This ticket allows you to walk past long ticket queues and head straight into Bran Castle to allow you to explore it at your own pace.
If you want to cut back on your vacation expenses, we’d suggest you book our cheapest tickets, the Skip-the-Line tickets. Not only do you get to skip the ticket lines, but these tickets are also easy on your pockets. Visit Bran Castle slightly early in the day to avoid the crowds.
If you’re interested in learning about the rich and eventful history of Bran Castle, then we recommend you pick a guided tour ticket. With an expert guide alongside, you get to learn more about the beloved Queen Marie and her beautiful home.
If you want a fun excursion along with a guided tour of Bran Castle, then you should pick our Small-Group Transylvania Tour or the Real Dracula Tour or even the Day Trip to Dracula’s Castle tickets. Each of them comes with its own adventures to make your visit to Romania unforgettable.
Bran Castle has 57 rooms in total, some of which are well-restored for tourist visits. King Ferdinand’s rooms are quite well-restored and contain ornate furniture along with providing a beautiful view of the villages below. You can also explore the residence of Queen Marie and take a look at some of her belongings that depict her deep love for the castle.
There is a small torture museum located on the second floor of the castle. It is placed in a private room, which further leads to smaller rooms and then into a private balcony. You can discover some of the ancient torture tools that were used within these walls, including a chair of torture, the rack, an iron maiden, and much more.
If you’re brave enough to face the creatures of the night, then the 4th floor of the castle dives deep into Romanian Mythology. Famous creatures of the night like the werewolf, the Grim Reaper, the Strigoi, the Iele, and many more come into the light to tell you stories of how they haunt the nights of nearby residents.
There is a narrow stairway in the castle that once used to be a secret. This passage allows just one person to fit at a time and connects the first floor to the third. An antique fireplace acted as the secret entrance to the stairway.
Bran Castle has a lovely round tower that showcases its architecture with its stone and wooden walls. Made in Gothic architecture, the Donjon is one of the biggest highlights of this castle. Unfortunately, the old tower that stood here was struck by lightning and the new, remarkably well-kept tower, dates from 1593.
Bran Castle has a remarkable connection of various items within. Queen Marie collected sets of china, books, statues and icons. King Ferdinand’s room has a lovely collection of ornate furniture, a set of daggers and royal treasures. You can also find some Romanian pottery, paintings, hand-carved fixtures around the castle and other subtle details.
Constructed in a 59-meter-deep old well that was later converted into an elevator shaft, the Time Tunnel at Bran Castle is a horizontal gallery that features some of Romania’s scariest mythological creatures. It is also the longest-approved ride between two elevator stops (31.5 meters) in the area.
There is an old water well at Bran Castle that isn’t a well anymore. You can, however, explore the top of this well, which just functions as a decorative feature now. When the fortress was built in the 1400s, a 60-foot-deep well was drilled through solid rock, and there also used to be a secret room right above the water level that once held the castle’s treasures.
After the beloved Queen Marie passed away, her heart was placed in a chapel close to the castle upon her request. She wanted to remain close to her home. You can visit this shrine close across the brook at the edge of the woodland.
Bran Castle is situated deep in the valleys of Transylvania on the edge of a cliff, and because of its location, this is the only castle that fits the description of the spooky castle that Count Dracula resided in Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula. Some people also believe that Vlad the Impaler, the notorious Wallachian Prince, was the inspiration for Count Dracula’s character.
However, Bram Stoker never validated any of these claims. In fact, Bram Stoker never even set foot into Bran Castle. The castle described in the novel was inspired by some illustrations of Bran Castle that Bram Stoker found during his research. Apart from this, there seems to be no other connection between Bran Castle and Dracula’s Castle.
After the castle gained much popularity among enthusiasts for this rumored connection, the government of Romania decided to market the castle as Dracula’s castle to improve tourism.
Tuesdays to Sundays: 9 AM to 6 PM
Mondays: 12 PM to 6 PM
Last Admission: 6 PMBran Castle Opening Hours
Address: Bran Castle, Strada General Traian Moșoiu 24, Bran 507025, Romania. Find on Maps
There is a bus to the town of Bran from Brasov every half an hour. You can also get a taxi or Uber service to take you straight to the castle from Brasov.Get Directions
Wheelchair Accessibility: Unfortunately, the inside of the castle is not accessible by wheelchair as you will have to take steps to get inside. However, the surrounding gardens are still wheelchair accessible, allowing you to soak in the beautiful scenery around the castle.
Pets: Pets are not allowed inside the castle. You can, however, bring them to the Royal Park at the castle as long as they remain under your supervision.
Toilets: There are public-access toilets available outside the castle near the main entrance. However, you will only be able to access them via a slope.
Photography: You are allowed to take amateur photos and videos of Bran Castle. For professional filming or photography, you will need a signed contract. Charges are customized.
The Casa de ceai restaurant at Bran Castle is temporarily closed at the moment. Here are some other great options nearby!
Bran Chalet: Enjoy a delicious traditional Romanian meal from their a-la-carte menu.
Restaurant Bran Parc: Less than a 10-minute walk from the castle, this restaurant has a beautiful ambiance for a lovely meal with your loved ones.
Vila Bran: This restaurant offers a wide range of choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.
Budget Hotels: Pensiunea Iulia, Veverița, Pensiunea Bianca
Mid-Range Hotels: Trattoria Al Gallo, Transilvania Lodge, Contele Vladimir
Luxury Hotels: Monte Crai Chalet, On Top Chalet, Conacul Törzburg
Râșnov Citadel: Built by the Germanic Teutonic Knights in the 11th century and expanded by the Saxons in the 12th, this citadel functioned as a refuge against the Tatar invasion. It’s about 14 km away from Bran Castle.
Prejmer Fortified Church: Like Râșnov Citadel, this fortified church was also built to protect people from invasions. It’s the largest of the 3 fortified churches near Bran and is most definitely worth a visit.
Peles Castle: This Neo-Renaissance castle is a 9-hour journey from Bran and also serves beautiful views of the mountains around it. It has a museum that displays armor, weaponry, furniture, rugs, and sculptures, among other things.
A. You can book your Bran Castle tickets online here.
A. Yes, you can easily buy Bran Castle tickets online.
A. The price of your Bran Castle tickets will vary depending on the type of ticket or tour you want. The price for these tickets starts from €13.90.
A. Children aged 7-11, students above the age of 18 and senior citizens above the age of 65 can enjoy discounted prices on their tickets. Apart from this, you can also avail great offers for reduced prices.
A. The best way to buy Bran Castle tickets would be to book them online. Not only can you confirm your itinerary in advance to plan your visit, but you can also avail great offers and discounts online.
A. You can cancel your Bran Castle tickets up to 24 hours before the schedule and get a full refund.
A. Yes, there are two skip-the-line Bran Castle tickets that provide direct access to the castle without the hassle of waiting in long ticket queues.
A. Bran Castle is located in Strada General Traian Moșoiu 24, Bran 507025, Romania. Find it on Maps
A. Bran Castle is open from 9 AM to 6 PM from Tuesdays to Sundays and from 12 PM to 6 PM on Mondays.
A. Bran Castle is usually quite crowded in the summer months (June to August) and the hotel prices may also be quite high. The spring, however, has a slightly chillier temperature and is less crowded with affordable accommodation available.
A. No, unfortunately, Bran Castle is not wheelchair accessible. The Royal Gardens however are still accessible to wheelchairs.