Gloriously sitting in the Transylvanian Alps of Brasov County in central Romania is a medieval stronghold known as the Bran Castle.
The whole region of Transylvania is often depicted in movies and TVs as the home ground of blood-sucking mythical beings known as vampires and their archetypal Dracula.
Surprisingly, the previously mentioned Romanian castle resembles Castle Dracula, as described by Bram Stokers in his gothic horror novel titled “Dracula,” published in 1897.
The mythical creature is often associated with or said to be Vlad III Dracula’s personification, also known as Vlad the Impaler.
Bran Castle is as accurate as Vlad was, although most historians agree that he never actually set foot in the building. It was neither under his rule nor a friendly place for him.
Even Bram Stoker is not known to have visited Transylvania at all. As vague as the connection is, people, seem to enjoy the mystery anyway.
The relation between Bran Castle and Dracula – or the lack thereof, has proven to be a good marketing campaign for tourism. In case you plan to visit anytime soon, here are some facts you should know.
10 Transylvania: Its Product And Its People
Although Bram Stoker never visited Transylvania, his description of Castle Dracula is eerily similar to that of Bran Castle.
As it turned out, Stoker’s imaginary depiction was based on a report of Bran Castle already available to him during the turn-of-the-century Britain.
The author is widely purported to have used Bran Castle’s illustration from an 1865 book called “Transylvania: Its Product and Its People” by Charles Boner as an inspiration for the description of the fictional Castle Dracula.
9 Queen Marie Of Greater Romania
After Transylvania became part of Romania, Brasov, led by Mayor Karl Schnell, reached a unanimous decision to offer Bran Castle to Queen Marie of Greater Romania.
People saw her as a great queen who spread her blessings everywhere she walked and to the hearts of the country’s population.
From that moment on until she died, the castle was a favorite residence of the queen. The court was then restored and arranged to be also the residence of the royal family.