Bran Castle, History and Visit to Dracula's Castle (with Map & Photos)

When Bram Stoker created the character of Dracula, he did not imagine what he would unleash: a worldwide fascination for vampires and an enormous interest in Transylvania and all the corners that Vlad Tepes, the person he was inspired by, stepped on, looked at or touched - in part- the Irish writer for his character. Here I tell you all about Bran Castle, better known as Dracula's Castle.

Bran Castle, Dracula Castle
Bran Castle

The reality is that Bran Castle was never the residence of Vlad Tepes, the Prince of Wallachia on whom Bram Stoker relied to create the famous character of Count Dracula.

Bran Castle, Dracula Castle
Bran Castle

However, history, legends and a keen eye for tourism businesses have made “Bran” synonymous with Dracula and that each year hundreds of thousands of people come to this corner of Transylvania to visit him.

In order to understand the relationship between Vlad Tepes, Count Dracula and Bran Castle, you have to go back a bit in time and unite certain historical facts and circumstances.

Bran Castle, Dracula Castle
Bran Castle

So, to give you some context in your visit to Bran Castle, I will tell you about how the vampire stories came about, the story of Vlad Tepes, about Bram Stoker and finally I will give you all the practical information for your visit to the known as "Dracula's castle".

Bran Castle Map