Lonely Planet review for Bran Castle
Despite popular myth, Bran castle has no links with Vlad Tepes, the medieval prince most often associated with everyone's favourite vampire. And, with its fairytale turrets and whitewashed walls, the castle is not exactly menacing. It was actually built by Saxons in 1382 to defend the Bran pass against Turks.
Many rooms have been subjected to a modern redecoration and look as if they are inhabited by rich eccentrics. The furniture is indeed a highlight of a visit here. The fountain in the courtyard conceals a labyrinth of secret underground passages. The entry fee includes admission to an on-site ethnographic museum and the nearby Vama Bran Museum.