Bran Castle

Dracula's Castle

The castle is presented to tourists as Dracula's castle, although it bears little resemblance to the description in Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. The historical model of the novel character, the Walloon prince Vlad III Dracula, probably never entered the castle either.

House of Habsburg

In 2006 the castle was returned to Dominic von Habsburg, his sisters Maria Magdalena and Elisabeth, and the heirs of Princess Ileana and her husband Anton Habsburg-Lorraine. Dominic Habsburg offered Bran Castle to the Romanian state for 80 million US dollars. Since the state rejected the offer, the new owners opened the Bran castle on June 1, 2009 as a museum. Objects and furniture belonging to the Habsburg family are on display there, including a crown, a scepter and a silver dagger belonging to King Ferdinand.

History

1367 First mention of the place.
1427 King Sigismund gave the castle to Brasov.
1529 The castle survived a siege by Wallachian troops.
1593 Self-ignited gunpowder destroyed the powder tower.
1690 The place is populated with Romanian hut dwellers who are subjects of Brasov.
1695 The population numbers 33 families.
1713 The population counts 211 families,
1789 The Bran Castle was unsuccessfully besieged for the third time by a 5,000-strong Turkish army.
1883-1888 The castle is being restored.
1920 After Transylvania was annexed to Romania, Brasov gave the castle to Queen Maria, the wife of King Ferdinand I, on December 1. The queen then had the castle rebuilt and restored.
1970 Under President Nicolae Ceaușescu, the castle was expanded into a tourist attraction.
2006 The castle was returned to Dominic von Habsburg, his sisters Maria Magdalena and Elisabeth, and the heirs of Princess Ileana and her husband Anton Habsburg-Lorraine.

Places in the surroundings