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Bran Castle

Bran Castle, Romania

Bran Castle is situated 30 km from Brasov, between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului mountains, on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia (Muntenia).

The castle is famous around the world as being Count Dracula's (a Bram Stoker character based on Vlad the Impaler) castle despite having little to do with the mentioned character.

This nickname is the result of the castle being "cast" in multiple film adaptations of the "Dracula" book by Bram Stoker.

Fortunately, the local economy speculated this connection to the maximum, many t-shirts and other souvenirs with Dracula and the castle being available for tourists.

The castle was built by the Teutonic Knights around 1212 after they had been relocated in the area from Palestine.

The Bran Castle was confiscated by the Communist government in 1948 after being seized from Princess Ileana of Romania.

The Romanian government returned the castle in 2006 to Dominic von Habsburg, an architect from New York and the Princess' son.


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