The Teutonic Knights started to build a castle in Bran centuries ago, meant to defend the gates of Transylvania. Centuries later, Bram Stoker was writing Dracula, mentioning Bran as the residence of the vampire.
Places to visit in Bran, Romania
The medieval castle
The Teutonic Order began construction of a wooden fort in the early 13th century. The stone castle was built in the next century, while the settlement of Bran began to develop nearby. Positioned high atop a steep cliff, the castle guarded a strategic trade route between Transylvania and Wallachia. The medieval castle is a popular tourist destination as it is purported setting for Count Dracula, in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Bran Castle was also made famous in modern times by Queen Marie, after its restoration in the 1920s. Outside the castle are examples of traditional Romanian farm houses and peasant homes.
Bran is too close to Brasov not to take advantage of the big city's rich array of pubs, clubs, theatres and concert venues.