Welcome to Bran


These seem minor quibbles when you gaze up at the turreted fortress, guarded from the east by the Bucegi Mountains and from the west by the Piatra Craiului massif. Meanwhile, the castle’s museum pays greater homage to Romanian royals than immortal counts. Ignoring this, a gauntlet of souvenir sellers hawk fang-adorned mugs and Vlad-the-Impaler compact mirrors (really).

The bulk of visitors see Bran as a half-day trip, with a stop at Râşnov Castle. Daring hiking trails down from the Bucegi wind up here too.


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$95.15 Day Trips & Excursions

Dracula's Castle, Peles Castle Small-Group Tour from Bucharest

Itinerary & visits: Bucharest - Sinaia: Visit Peles Royal Castle in Sinaia - General Exhibition standard tour 1 hour (on Mondays and Tuesdays during the winter season you will visit Cantacuzino Palace in Busteni or Rasnov Citadel in Rasnov instead) Peles Castle, erected between 1873 and 1914, has been the summer residence of the Romanian Royal family and it is the most visited museum in Romania. Sinaia - Bran: Visit Bran Castle (also known as Dracula's Castle) Bran Castle (14th century) has been serving for ages as a military fortress controlling the entry route to Transylvania and it is nowadays frequently associated with Dracula"s myth. Bran - Brasov: Walking tour of Brasov downtown Brasov - Bucharest The tour includes transportation, guide services in English and entrance fees, but does not include the lunch (around 10-15 USD).  Kindly note that Peles Castle will be closed between 8th- 10th of April, due to Easter Holiday, Rasnov Citadel will be visited instead. Between 16 September and 14 May every year, Peles castle is open from Wednesday to Sunday only. On Mondays and Tuesdays, Rasnov Citadel will be visited instead. Between 15 May and 15 September every year, Peles castle is open from Tuesday to Sunday only. On Mondays, Rasnov Citadel will be visited instead. Between 1 November and 1 December, Peles Castle is closed for cleaning. During this period, you will be able to visit the smaller replica - Pelisor Castle. Please note that during official holidays and weekends the traffic to the mountain area might be busier than usual so the return could be later than scheduled (around 9 -10pm).

$124 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour of Transylvanian Castles and Brasov's Old Town

Begin your private tour with convenient hotel pickup in Bucharest. Drive to the heart of the Carpathian Mountains for spectacular mountain scenery and allow you to discover the most famous castles of Romania, Bran and Peles. Stop at the beautiful Peles Castle, built by the Romanian Royal family at the end of the 19th century as their summer residence in a German-Renaissance architecture style. Visit Bran Castle, which dates back to 1377 and is best-known as Dracula's Castle, from Bram Stoker’s famous novel. Head to the medieval city of Brasov, which will enchant you as you step back in time. Explore the city founded in the early 13th century by the Teutonic Knights and later developed by the Saxons. See historic sites such as the Black Church, Council Square and White Tower. Return to your hotel at the end of your tour. 08.00am: Start time, pick-up from your hotel in Bucharest - EXCEPT for every Wednesday (the tour will start at 8.30 am) 08.00am – 10.00am: Drive to Sinaia 10.00am – 11.30pm: Visit Peles Castle 11.30pm - 12.00 pm: Optional - refreshments at terrace with overview of Peles Castle (own expense) 12.00pm – 13.00pm: Drive to Bran Castle 13.00pm – 14.30pm: Optional - Lunch (own expense) 14.30pm – 15.30pm: Visit Bran Castle (moderate walking is necessary) 15.30pm – 16.30pm: Drive to Brasov 16.30pm – 17.30pm: Brasov Walking Tour 17.30pm – 20.30pm: Drive to Bucharest, drop-off at your hotel

$76.12 Day Trips & Excursions

Dracula's Castle and Peles Castle: Private Tour from Bucharest

In the morning you will meet with your travel guide at the hotel to start your day trip to the Peles and Bran. The journey will start driving through the Prahova Valley, in order to reach Sinaia, where you will visit the impressive Peles Castle, built in the 19th century, according to the specifications of King Carol I, in order to be the royal family’s summer residence. Our day trip ends with a visit to the famously known Dracula Castle, situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Our next stop will be in Brasov, one of the top destinations in Romania. In the main square, situated in the heart of the city, you will admire the Old City Hall and all the lovely medieval buildings. We will cross the Council Square and reach the famous Black Church, the biggest gothic style church between Vienna and Istanbul.  Tour highlights: The Peles Castle The castle, one of the elite monuments in Europe and in the world, spreads over 3200 square meters with 160 rooms that impress through their beauty and elegance, each of them reflecting a different European country. The most famous one is the Great Armory Room, hosting 4000 exhibits collected or received as a gift from all around the world. The representative style is German Renaissance, but you will also find elements belonging to the Italian Renaissance, Gothic, Baroque and French Rococo style. The Bran Castle The castle, set on a 60 meters cliff, guarding the road to Transylvania, was built in the 13th century. The castle is known to be the home of Bram Stocker’s character, Count Dracula, a relentless inspiration for Hollywood. The construction amazes with its picturesque courtyard, the towers with a whitewashed color and the rooms containing exquisite collections of beautifully carved furniture, painted icons, statues, ceramics, and silverware.  The Black Church The history of this landmark is quite turbulent: the first church built on this site was ravaged by the Mongol invaders in 1242. Afterwards, it was rebuilt between 1385 and 1477, in order to face another disaster in the 17th century. “The Great” fire destroyed the city and along with it, the church. The restoration took almost 100 years and since then, the sanctuary was given its current name because it walls turned black after the calamity. The church host a 4000 pipe organ and 119 Anatolian carpets.

$162.94 Day Trips & Excursions

Bucharest Day-Trip to Discover Dracula's Life Journey

You will spend the whole day searching for clues about Dracula's life (in the 15th century he was known as Vlad the Impaler). He was the ruler of the Wallachia region. His seat of power was in Targoviste. This is the first stop of the day where you will visit the ruins of his court and the tower of Dracula. Afterwards, you will head to Curtea de Arges and visit one of the most beautiful churches in Romania. It is here where the first two royal couples of Romania are buried. From here you will journey to the gateway of the Carpathians, to the ruins of Poienari Castle and learn more about the myth of Dracula. You will drive through the mountains to reach Dracula's Castle in Bran, the notorious dark and mysterious place. The last stop of the day will be at the Snagov Monastery, where it is believed to be the final resting place of Vlad. On this full day trip enjoy an exclusive lecture on Dracula and Vlad the Impaler and decide between fact and fiction while passing through different stages of his life making it the most complete Dracula Day Trip in Romania.

$70.17 Private & Custom Tours

Private Day Trip to Dracula's Castle and Peles Castle from Bucharest

Meet with your guide in the morning in Bucharest's Revolution Square, or alternatively enjoy a pick up from your location or hotel.Leave the city on route to Sinaia. The first stop is Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania, in Sinaia, a well-known mountain resort. Nowadays the Castle is one of the most important museums in Transylvania where one can admire furniture and ornamental objects, carpets, tapestry, sculptures, paintings, collections of weapons from the 15th to the 19th centuries.Continue the journey to Bran and the famous Bran castle, also popularly known as 'Dracula`s Castle,' The gothic fortress, located 15 miles (25 kilometers) from Brasov, grew in fame thanks to novel written in 1897 by Bram Stoker which was later on adapted into a feature film by Francis Ford Coppola. The first documents about Bran Castle appeared in 1377. Throughout history, the Castle had a strategic mission as the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. First it was under the reign of the King of Hungary, Sigismund of Luxemburg, and after that under the Romanian voievodes Mircea cel Batran and Vlad Tepes and later on it came under the jurisdiction of the City of Brasov. In 1912 it was donated by the municipality of Brasov to the Romanian royal family, in order to become their residence.After strolling around the imposing Bran Castle, make the short drive to the charming city of Brasov. Stroll the streets of this 16th-century city, learning about the history of the place. Take note of the medieval fortress in town, one of the most fortified in all of Europe. See the old city walls, the Black and White Towers and many other centuries-old structures. The tour concludes when you return to Bucharest with a drop-off in Revolution Square or at your chosen location.

$572.08 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Private Tour of Transylvania from Bucharest

Day 1: Bucharest - Sinaia - BrasovPeles Castle: Located in Sinaia (approx. 44 km from Brasov), it is considered by many, to be one of the most beautiful castles in all of Europe. Against the natural back drop of the Carpathian Mountains, the castle is a masterpiece of German Renaissance architecture.In the afternoon enjoy a tour of Brasov medieval town. The highlights include, the Black Church, Citadel of Brasov, Ecaterina's Gate, White Tower, Black Tower, The Blacksmiths Bastion, The Weavers Bastion, The Ropemakers Bastion, The Drapers Bastion.Overnight: Hotel Bella Muzica 3* or similarDay 2: Brasov - Bran - SibiuThe first stop of the day will be Bran, where you will visit the Castle of Dracula. The castle has an aura of mystery and legend and is perched atop a 200-foot-high rock. Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created from Bram Stoker’s Dracula.Sibiu - This fortress town is pedestrian-friendly with two easily accessible levels: the Upper town, home to Sibiu's historic sites and the Lower town lined with colourful houses on cobblestone streets and surrounded by imposing city walls and defence towers which overlook the river Cibin. The highlights of the tour include: the Evangelical Church, The Bridge of Lies, Historical Center, The Stairs Passage, Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, Brukenthal Museum, the Towers and Bastions.Overnight: Hotel Levoslav 4* in Sibiu or similarDay 3. Sibiu - Biertan (UNESCO site) - Sighisoara (UNESCO site)The Fortified Church of Biertan - The architectonic ensemble from Biertan is an impressive site for it's location, as well as its aesthetic and historic value. It has been preserved since the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century, and is included in The UNESCO List of World Patrimony.Sighisoara is one of the few inhabited fortified towns in the world and it provides a splendid example of medieval town planning. Here, all the elements of the medieval world have been perfectly preserved. The highlights of the tour include: The Clock Tower & History Museum, The Church on the Hill, House of Dracula, The pupils roofed stairways, German cemetery.Overnight: Hotel Cavaler 4* in Sighisoara or similarDay 4. Sighisoara - Prejmer (UNESCO site) - Harman - BucharestThe Fortified Church of Prejmer - This is one of Eastern Europe’s best preserved fortified churches and lies approximately 16km North East of Brasov. Surrounding the cross-shaped church (originally built by the Teutonic knights) are walls 12m high and 4m thick that protected the church and Prejmer’s inhabitants during times of war.The Fortified church of Harman - it is bit smaller than Prejmer fortress but matches it in charm and architectural value.