Tales of Horror from Eastern Europe – Dracula’s Castle

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Night at Bran Castle, Romania

Night at Bran Castle, Romania

 

Legends and myths can be found anywhere but Dracula’s castle is always wins the first place when both the horror and the myth are connected. Romania is famous because of its wine, nature, rural life, incredible mountains and many other things, but this country is quite popular because of the Transylvania and Dracula’s castle. You can get a full impression of this Romanian side if you visit not only the castles but also the places around. There are plenty of locals who offer an overnight stay in their houses which helps you get the best impression of all the local culture.

Bran Castle

Inside the Bran Castle, Romania

If you go there, you will definitely see amazing architecture along with locals who keep alive their old professions – for example, a tailor, blacksmith, weaver and so on. This Romanian part still shows a unique and historical Romanian daily life. The most famous city in this part is definitely Brasov and it is attractive because of the mountains on each side. Nature is breathtaking and there is possible to see even a bear who gets to the city from above, desperately seeking for some foodstuff.

Amazing Romanian Landscape

Amazing Romanian Landscape

If you experience this, do not panic; locals say that all you need to do is to sing loudly and the bear will get scared and leave. According to the people who live in Brasov, bears do not have any intention of hurting people, they are just seeking for some food.

Who was Dracula and what is the story about Dracula’s castle?

Once upon a time, there was a leader Vlad Cepes who had now been named Dracula. He grew up in a small city called Sighisoara, today known as a city on the Unesco’s World Heritage List. He was a leader in Romania seven centuries ago and he became “famous” because of the brutal killing of his anyone who did not want to be on his side. He made his opponents suffer in pain. Vlad Cepes got the name Dracula afterwards, when a book by Bram Stoker described Dracula in brutality. What is interesting is that writer Stoker have never been in this castle and he actually created the story from the stories he heard. He was writing about the ghosts who leave their bodies during the night and do awful things to others.

Amazing Romanian Landscape

Amazing Romanian Landscape

Today you can find a Historical Museum and also many historical weapons in Sighisoara. Be aware that you can find also a Dracula’s house in this village but this house is rebuilt and today his house is a restaurant which instead of light has candles on every table.

Horror in Bran and Peles castles

Did you hear about the scary and exotic trip to Bran castle? I’d suggest try to go there during the full moon! It is located on the top of rocks and if you really love scary stories, myths, and legends this castle will be perfect for you, but if you are not… think twice if you want to go there. As you can imagine, visiting the castle is more popular during the Halloween when there is a special program for the tourists. If you are brave enough, in this castle you can also book your room for sleeping but that will go on your own responsibility. Why? People say they have hallucinations there because of all the stories they hear.

Bran Castle, Romania Dracula

Bran Castle, Romania Dracula

 

This castle is actually the famous Dracula castle and there are approximately 500 thousand people visiting it every single year. Actually, Dracula never lived in this castle, he only spent some time there while he was in prison. This castle firstly was gifted to Dracula’s grandad, a famous duke. Later, this castle was gifted again and last century became a land of the state and now it is a Museum.

View from Bran Castle

View from Bran Castle

 

The other significant castle is for sure Peles castle. The Peles Castle is located in Sinaja, the village which is known today as a ski resort.

Eagle Eye View of Peles Castle, Romania

Eagle Eye View of Peles Castle, Romania

Fairytale Castle, Peles Castle, Romania

Peles Castle, Romania

There are many stories about this castle and this castle is often compared with the best castles in the Europe. There are people who think that this castle is the most amazing castle in the whole of Europe particularly because of the wild nature around the castle.

Music Room, Peles Castle, Romania

Music Room, Peles Castle, Romania

Peles Castle from inside is also marvelous, however, the security do not allow taking pictures, which is in the era of technologies and pictures very unacceptable for visitors.

Peles Castle, Romania

Peles Castle, Romania

 

What is unusual is that before you enter the castle you need to wear footwear provided by the hosts. They do not allow visitors to walk on the carpets in their own shoes even if those carpets are not original ones. They consider this collection as priceless and there you will find the whole silver and gold collection of silverware, some concert rooms, also walls which are covered with expensive skin and sculptures from ivory from that period of time.

Wall art, Peles Castle, Romania

Wall Art, Peles Castle, Romania

If you are visiting this castle, avoid going in the winter because of the background provided by the natural surrounding is missing.

She is a blogger with passion for writing and photography, her articles had been published in several online magazines.

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