Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania


Adventure Holidays to Bran

Perched high on a rocky outcrop in Transylvania, it is thought that an etching of Bran Castle was inspiration for Bram Stocker's descriptions of Dracula's castle in his classic vampire tale.

Although Bram Stocker never set foot in Romania, and was careful never to give his ficticious character a real background of historical significance, Count Dracula is often confused with Prince Vlad Tepes of Wallachia. Depicted by historians as a ruthless and bloodthirsty ruler, these days his role in the history of the fortress is questionned. The Teutonic Order began construction of a wooden fort in the early 13th century. After the fort's destruction in 1242 by Mongols, King Sigismund of Hungary ordered the construction of a stone castle in 1377, while the settlement of Bran began to develop nearby. The castle guarded a strategic trade route between Transylvania and Wallachia. Find out more of its fascinating history on a journey to Romania.

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Bran Adventure Holidays

Carpathian Walking & Bears

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Explore Romania's majestic mountains and rustic villages looking for Brown bears

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Ages: 16+
8 Days from £1,279
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Highlights of Romania

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Journey through Romania, starting in the North and heading South.

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Ages: 16+
10 Days from £1,599
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Romania exceeded expectations - what a beautiful and varied country! Cristi was a great guide...

Susan Birtles, 2022 Highlights of Romania

I'm just back from this trip, and had a great time. The trip was full, with 16 people, and...

Maureen Pinder, 2020 Transylvania Winter Walk & Snowshoe

... and I've been to Canada, so that says a lot. ...

Murielle Evers, 2020 Transylvania Winter Walk & Snowshoe