Private Day Trip to Dracula's Castle from Bucharest
Drive on to Bran to visit the famous medieval castle built as a fortress - The "Dracula's Castle" - for the citizens of Brasov with view to defend the city. Prince Vlad used the Castle as a general headquarters during his incursions in Transylvania. For many years, it has been an interesting medieval art museum. Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend and perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stoker's Dracula. Built on the site of a Teutonic Knights stronghold dating from 1212, the castle was first documented in an act issued by Louis I of Hungary on November 19, 1377, giving the saxons of Kronstadt (Brasov) the privilege to built the Citadel. Although Stoker never visited Transylvania, the Irish author relied on research and his vivid imagination to create the dark and intimidating stomping ground of Count Dracula, leading to persistent myths that it was once the home of Vlad Tepes, ruler of Walachia. While the association with Dracula is sketchy at best, the castle continues to hold a strong attraction for all fans of the Count. After the visit you will enjoy time at leisure in the souvenir market.
After a short drive you will reach the city of Brasov. Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with Gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance and has been used as backdrop in many recent period films. In this city, we are surrounded by legends of vampires and medieval stories. Here you will enjoy a walking tour through the old town centre, including the Black Church, the Council Square, the Hircher House and the baroque style building from the Austro-Hungarian times. During the walking tour you will pass by the Black Church, the largest Gothic cathedral between Vienna and Istanbul.
Start driving back to Bucharest in the late afternoon.
Pickup possible from centrally located hotels, hostels, or apartments in Bucharest
- Otopeni Intl Airport, Bucharest Romania
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- A moderate amount of walking is involved on uneven surfaces
- Peles Castle is closed as following: 12 May - 15 Sept: closed on Monday; 16 Sep - 15 May: closed on Mondays and Tuesdays; 03 Nov - 02 Dec: Peles Castles is closed for a full month for cleaning & restoration. Other sites can be visited instead
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.View Less
Guide was friendly and spoke good english! I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time.
If you like mountains, history and gorgeous scenery this is your tour. Do not hesitate even if you have little kids, everyone will be smitten by the adventure on this route. Our guide Alin was absolutely outstanding, he went out of his way to accommodate us and show us the best of what this tour had to offer. Amazing and very caring! We came here knowing nothing about this country, but we love Romania now!