Travel Day: Brasov to Belgrade, Serbia

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View of Bran Castle from the village

Hired a taxi to see Bran Castle and Rasnov.  Total price was 60 Lei, but we had some people from the hostel join us, so it was only 15 Lei each.  Definitely much cheaper than what the hostel would have charged us.

Bran Castle is named after the nearby town, but more popularly known as Dracula's Castle.  Bran Castle was originally built in the 14th century as a defensive stronghold against the invading Turks.  Early in the 20th century it was occupied by the royal family, but they were expelled in 1948 by the Communist Party.

Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, allegedly used Bran Castle as his inspiration for Dracula's Castle.  Since then, Bran has been used in many film adaptations of the novel, and has informerly become known as Dracula's Castle.

looking up
  A small market at the foot of the castle has made use of this connection, and you can purchase pretty much anything imaginable related to Dracula and vampires for that matter.  Another interesting myth involves Vlad the Impaler, who Bram Stoker based the novel Dracula on, and the fact that he once occupied Bran Castle.  This is commonly believed today as just a myth.

About 15 km away sits the fortress of Rasnov.  Rasnov was originally built as a citadel around the 13th century.  There really isnt much to look at here.  According to legend, there was a particularly long siege of the fortress, and the occupants needed drinking water, but they did not have a well.  So they ordered 2 captured Turkish soldiers to dig a well with the promise that they would be set free.

Bran through the trees
  Well, apparently it took them 32 years to finish the well and the soldiers were killed anyway, after all that, how tragic.  The well still remains today.  The best thing about Rasnov is the view you get of the surrounding Carpathian Mountains, so dont forget your camera.  Otherwise, it would be difficult to get much out of this trip, unless you are really into fortresses and such.

We had lunch in Brasov at Pasta Pizza Venezia.  And then made our way to the train station.  The international ticket window closes at 7pm, so make sure you get your tickets before then.  Apparently Romania is in the process of upgrading its system with the help of the Germans, and the transition is not so smooth.  We had much trouble just securing tickets on the train.  After several hours we had our tickets on the overnight train to Belgrade.  We were able to get a private sleeping car, which was very important.  We got some snacks for the train, and it turns out was very wise because there were no dining cars on the train.  The beds, however, were very comfortable.

Authors note:  It says Serbia and Montenegro on this website, but they are actually separate countries now.  Montenegro is the worlds newest nation!

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View of Bran Castle from the villa…
View of Bran Castle from the vill…
looking up
looking up
Bran through the trees
Bran through the trees
Rasnov
Rasnov
View of the Carpathians
View of the Carpathians
Carpathians
Carpathians
the town below
the town below
Pizza Pasta Venizia
Pizza Pasta Venizia
Snacks on the train saved us
Snacks on the train saved us
top bunk looks like a swing!
top bunk looks like a swing!
Brasov
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