We thought the festivities in Romania would be celebrated more but we only really saw kids’ costumes, masks and odd items for sale in some shops. – a visit to Bran.
Bran Castle is set upon a 200 foot hill and was made famous by Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Although the author never visited Transylvania, Bran Castle is said to be only castle in all of Transylvania that actually fits Bram Stoker’s description of Dracula’s Castle that is why people later referred to it as Dracula’s Castle. As for Vlad the Impaler, known as the inspiration for the character of Dracula, he lived close to the area but he has no significant role in the history of Bran Castle (Bran Castle was a formal royal residence). Regardless of the incoherent stories that surround this castle, it remains a gem of Trandylvania and is surely worth a visit during our one week in Romania.
How to Get to Bran:
Bran can be reached by taking a bus from the Autogara 2 Bus Station in Brasov. The bus cost 7 Lei per trip and takes less than an hour. Note that the same bus goes to Rasnov so it is best to do these two places in one day trip.