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Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)

Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)

Open daily, hours vary by season.
Strada General Traian Moșoiu , Bran, Romania

The Basics

Even if you are not enticed by Bran Castle’s darker history, visiting the so-called Dracula’s Castle makes a lovely day trip from either Bucharest or Brasov. Views from the castle, which overlooks the medieval city of Bran, are epic, and learning about the castle’s rich history is easy, as most of the displays are translated into English. Expect dozens of tunnels, a secret staircase, and nearly 60 rooms, several with museum-like displays around different themes. Don’t miss the room dedicated to Dracula. To experience more of the looming stone edifice, stroll around its base to see it from every angle. See more of Transylvania by booking a one-day tour that combines a visit to Bran Castle with sites like Peles Castle, Poenari Castle, Rasnov Fortress, or Brasov’s Black Church.

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Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Full Day Tour from Bucharest
Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Full Day Tour from Bucharest
star-4.5
$67.84 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fantastic
A long but worthwhile day. The guide (Christian) was excellent and full of useful information. Take a warm coat in the winter months
Adrian_P, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Transylvania

star-4
Lots to see in one day!
Alyce_N, Nov 2021
Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Full Day Tour from Bucharest
This tour is great for seeing some of the highlights of Transylvania during a short break. The tour organisation and communication was great, easy pick-up and plenty of space on the bus to remain covid safe. Bring cash for the entrance fees!
star-5
Best tour of Transylvanian castles!
Christopher_P, Sep 2021
Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit
The tour guide Charley (Carol) was extremely knowledgeable and personable. He was very patient and kind. The vehicle was comfortable and clean.
star-5
Fantastic experience!
Giovanni_P, Jun 2021
Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Full Day Tour from Bucharest
Fantastic tour! Could imagine how clean and safe Transylvania is, and tour operators were really nice. I suggest this tour to anyone, convenient and super funny.
star-5
Great trip with Serban
Aisling_O, Nov 2021
Small-Group Day Trip to Dracula's Castle, Brasov and Peles Castle from Bucharest
Myself and one friend did this tour with our tour guide Serban. He was very knowledgable and friendly, and tried to accommodate everyone on the trip all day with different requests people had. I would definitely recommend this trip to people looking to see Transylvania and the castles there.
star-5
Lovely tour
Dorianne_Z, Nov 2021
Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Small Group Tour from Bucharest
Andre is a very good tour leader. Very informative and helps you in everything. Would definitely go with him on another tour
star-5
Fantastic Tour with Toni!
Amy_W, Nov 2021
Private Day Trip to Transylvania: Dracula Castle, Royal Palace, Brasov Old Town
Toni is an incredible tour guide! We had such a lovely day with him while learning about Romania, Transylvania and the Castles. Toni always made sure we were comfortable and incorporated breaks for coffee or the restroom all throughout the day. Toni is extremely knowledgeable and makes the tour very fun! He arranged tickets for us as well and made everything very easy. I cannot recommend the tour with Toni enough!
star-5
Amazing Trip!
ADAMANTIA_C, Nov 2021
Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Small Group Tour from Bucharest
All the places we visited were amazing and so worth full! Andrei who was our tour guide and our driver, was such a great guy, friendly and funny! He explained us everything and told us so many things about Romania etc. totally recommended!
star-4
Fun in Romania
Casey_C, Nov 2021
Bran - Dracula's Castle and Libearty Bear Sanctuary in One Day Tour
Really Really great tour!!! We had a great time learning about the bears and spending some time learning about Romanian culture. We had some great food and an excellent day!
star-5
We enjoyed and was happy with this tour
John_N, Nov 2021
Small-Group Day Trip to Dracula's Castle, Brasov and Peles Castle from Bucharest
We had a good time with Stefania, the tour lady. She is knowledgeable and experienced . We recommend you should book with her.
star-5
Nice Sunday tour
Alessandro_C, Nov 2021
Dracula's Castle, Peles Castle and old town of Brasov from Bucharest
Vlad and the bus driver were very nice people, very professional. I recommend this tour. Due to the traffic, we spent some time on the bus, but they entrained us with stories about Romania history and curiosity.
star-4
Alex is the best tour guide!
Jasmine_A, Oct 2021
Day Tour in Dracula's Castle from Bucharest with Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off
Alex was an incredible tour guide. So informative and tentative to all of his passengers throughout the trip. The tour was good but I wish we had a bit longer in both castles as I felt like I had to rush through it abit to get it all done.
star-5
Fantastic Tour, very engaging
Gavin_H, Oct 2021
Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit
We had a fantastic tour with Tudor visiting Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress. He was very engaging and interesting. We learnt a lot of interesting facts about the area and it’s history. On the drive back we were taken on a scenic route to a panoramic viewpoint and got great pictures of Brasov. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Brasov.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bran Castle is a must-see for adventurous travelers and Goth history buffs.

  • Allow two to three hours for your visit.

  • Expect long entry lines; book tickets in advance to reduce wait times.

  • Many parts of the castle have low ceilings, so watch your head.

  • Bran Castle is not wheelchair accessible, but admission is free for the disabled.

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How to Get There

Bran Castle is easily accessible from Bucharest and Brasov. Take the train from Bucharest to Brasov, about a 3.5-hour ride, and then transfer to a bus or taxi for the remaining 30-mile (48-kilometer) journey to Bran Castle. Buses run between Brasov and the castle every 30 minutes during the week and once an hour on the weekends.

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When to Get There

Bran Castle is open year-round (April 1 to September 30: Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 6pm; Monday from noon to 6pm; October 1 to March 31: Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 4pm; Monday from noon to 4pm). The castle is best visited during summer, when the weather is pleasant and the castle remains open a few extra hours. That said, winter’s gray skies and chilly temperatures offer an appropriately gloomy ambience. Try to visit on a weekday and arrive first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds. Alternatively, arrive later in the afternoon and stay to watch the sun setting in the distance.

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Bran Castle for Dracula Fans

Bran Castle is rumored to have been the home of the infamous ruler of Wallachia, Vlad Tepes, the vicious ruler who is said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula. In addition to Bran Castle, Dracula fans will enjoy visiting Targoviste, once the capital of Wallachia and where Vlad held court. An hour from there is the Poenari Castle, one of Vlad’s main fortresses. And on the way back to Bucharest is the Snagov Monastery, where Vlad is said to be buried. Visit all four sights together by booking a Dracula tour from Bucharest.

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