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The train from Budapest pulled into Bra┼čov right on time, and I took a bus from the train station to the other end of town where my hostel was. For those that do not know, there are a couple castles (and ruins) in this area, and some attribute at least one of those to Vlad Tepes, otherwise known as Count Dracula. I guess the hostel does some tours, but unfortunately not on the day I was there. I had met two groups of people on the bus ride to the hostel who were planning the same trip to the castle, so we agreed to shower up and then head out there.
For whatever reason, group of two guys decided not to go to the castles that day, so I was stuck with the group of two girls... :) After getting some information from the really cute girl working the desk who talked and looked Irish but swore she was from Romania, we were off to the bus station.
The bus takes you right to the castle (I guess there's not much else in the town), so we got off and headed to the site. Although Vlad Tepes never lived here, it is still often called Dracula's Castle. It is rumored that he spent some time here though...in the prison! Entering the site, you have to walk up a series of stairs to the castle, which offers a look out over the rest of the area. Upon entering the castle, one must put on these slipper things as to not damage the floor - actually, it looks like these things polish the floor when you walk around.
Once inside the castle, it is self guided with signs in English. It was nice to travel at our own pace and spend some time admiring the view. Once we were done spending time at Bran, we decided to head over to Rasnov, Romania and check out another castle there.