Dracula found! Alive and well, living in Bran.
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August 3rd, 2008 – by: cmgervais
Our plan was to visit Bran Castle, an impressive-looking medieval mountaintop fortress I had seen in photos. My guidebook, Fodor’s, lists it as an “off the beaten path” attraction. Yeah, right. When we got to the town of Bran, we found Tourist Central. Cars, people, and souvenir vendors, chaos… a real madhouse.
We found a place to park just out of the main area of town and walked in, following a sign that pointed upwards towards the castle entrance. About 14 million other people were on the same path and things weren’t looking very good for a pleasant visit. When we got to the top we found a long line for tickets.
Instead, we visited the town’s less-popular-but-still-busy open-air museum. Here were old dwellings brought in from various villages, restored and preserved…kind of like what we saw in Sibiu, but on a much smaller scale. Fair. Worth the fifteen minutes we spent there, I guess.
On the way home, we flirted with the idea of visiting the medieval mountaintop citadel of Rasnov, but were deterred by a packed parking lot and more hoards of people. So, back to Brasov. It’s nicer there… no vampires.
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