Bran Castle

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nr. 28 DN73, Brasov, Romania
072 358 3386

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Florin_Transylvania Florin_T…
4 reviews
New Year’s Eve Traditions in Transylvania: the garlic amulet and the onion calendar Oct 05, 2015
All the European countries have their own traditions for the New Year’s Eve. The Transylvanian traditions for the New Year’s Eve are linked with the roman and dacian antic legacy. For this the New Year’s Eve Parties from Transylvania are so unique.

The Queen of Transylvania Embassy Ball is conserving all the tourist attractions of the Romanian Culture for the New Year’s Eve. For this, all the cultural ambassadors that are coming to this event at the Dracula Winter Castle in 31 of December 2015 will have a pleasant occasion to discover the best of these old traditions.

First of all, the guests of the Queen of Transylvania are receiving a garlic amulet at the entrance of the Dracula Winter Castle. The garlic in the Romanian culture has a special symbolism. The garlic is protecting the peasants against the evil dangers. For this, the house, the stables, the kennels, the doors and the windows are smeared with garlic for driving away the evil spirits from the humans and animals.

The use of the garlic at the Queen of Transylvania Embassy Ball has also a defensive role against the possible vampires from the Dracula Winter Castle.

Once the guests of the Transylvanian party are protected from the evil, in the Dracula Winter Castle will take place the onion meteorological calendar representation.

For the old Romanian peasant mentality the New Year’s Eve is the door between two years: the old one, that is passing and the new one that is coming. For this, the first question is: how will be the weather next year in my village?

The answer is the onion meteorological calendar. All the queens’ guests at the New Year Party will receive a calendar placed on a little table. Each one will receive an onion and will have to peel it. After it, to find how much will rain in their area in the next year, the guests will put a slice of onion on each month of the calendar. In the 12 slices of the calendars months the guest will spread salt: if the salt is melting and in the onion slice is water it means that next year in that month will rain a lot and if the salt is not melting it means that the month will be a droughty one.

So, in Transylvania at the Queen of Transylvania Embassy Ball you can find the next year weather from your town and also the protection from the evil forces with the garlic amulet. Come and see it, come and enjoy it!
New Year’s Eve Party Transylvania
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jorisnow jorisnow
2 reviews
Dracula castle (Bran Castle) May 24, 2011
Bran castle is located in the middle of Romania. There is public bus from the main interchange that goes to the Bran castle for about 40 mins ride. Bran castle is located on top of a hill and you need to climb up the slope. The castle is small and you can see all in 30 mins. The fun part is that many tourist actually dressed up as Dracula to scare off other tourist haaa... Anyway, if taking train from Bratislava, it is important to book the most expensive train. Romania has 3 different types of train catering to the rich, mid-rich to the very poor. Very strange system right ? Never ever book the cheapest train unless u want to see some hollywood gang fights drama inside the train (no joke) !!
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outofoffice outofoff…
3 reviews
Tourist Trap, But Worth It! Jun 05, 2011
Despite appearing a busy tourist trap, it really is worth a visit, and has some varied and interesting history behind it. The links to Dracula (the book) are quite clearly pointed out as not being historically accurate per say, but the rest of the history behind the castle is quite real, and its location, original purpose (to protect an important route) building and extension into its current form are enlightening.

Great views, and the surrounding area has a few other sites worth visiting. Well worth the time if you are in this part of Romania!
dcal1982 dcal1982
11 reviews
A nice place to visit if you are near... Aug 09, 2010
This place is a nice sight if you are near, I say this because the place is not worth travelling to much to visit it. This is actually a castle that belonged to the Prince Vlad Tepes “Dracula” but actually he never stepped there, his true residence is the Poienari Castle. Bran is a nice castle which has been heavily reconstructed, inside it is brand new, and it isn’t very creepy actually (If it is that what you are looking for). Inside is like a history museum, most of the rooms are filled with pictures and texts, not furniture or belongings of Dracula.

The entrance the day I got there was free so I only had to pay for the transport to there from Brasov. The surroundings of the Castle, Bran Village are all oriented to promoting Dracula de “Vampire”.

As I said before I recommend to visit this place if you are near, it is not worth travelling to much to see this place.
Bran Castle main entrance.
Inside Bran Castle
Inside Bran Castle 2
Inside Bran Castle 3
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iuls iuls
2 reviews
Bran Castle Jul 27, 2010
It was the summer of 2010, my friend Kate was touring Europe decided to visit me in Romania. Together along with my cousin, went on a 6 hour train ride into the Carpati Mountains, into Brasov. There we saw and visited Bran Castle. As well as Peles and Pelisor Castles in Sinaia.
View from the train...
First glance at the castle.
navster navster
3 reviews
Dracula's castle Sep 15, 2009
Definitely recommend this 6th century old castle. very old relatively small stone castle with stunning views from the top of the hill. i remember the long flight of stairs leading up to the large front door from the ground.

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