Day trip to Dracula’s Castle – Bran, Romania

From bustling cities, a lively coastline and beautiful mountains, Romania has a lot to offer, Dracula’s castle included :). Although the country as a whole is still considered a hidden gem, the castle of the most famous vampire is not.

Disclaimer: I’m Romanian and I can not be objective when talking about my country , so this post will be filled with compliments and recommendations to visit my homeland. If you’re OK with that, please read on :).

Visiting Dracula's castle in Romania.

Visiting Dracula's castle in Romania.

Visiting Dracula's castle in Romania.

Visiting Dracula's castle in Romania.

Peles Castle

I had visited the castle many years ago, but this time, it was special because I got to share the day with Bertrand and part of my family. We allowed a full day as we had more than just one destination in mind. Our starting point was Bucharest with the first stop to Peles Castle. Only 2h by car from the capital, it would have been a shame not to visit one of the most beautiful castles in Europe :). Although it was quite packed, the castle is impressive and the guide was really good. I have a low attention span but he made me listen :).

There’s more information about Peles on visitpeles.ro including prices and opening times. However, at the time of writing this post, the website was down. If you Google Peles Castle, though, you will get this info at the top of the first page. You’re welcome :).

Afer the tour and the mandatory pictures, we drove to Bran with a stop for a late lunch. We were recommended Cetatea Gradistei for traditional Romanian food as we wanted Bertrand to experience our cuisine.So, did he like it, you might wonder. Yes, yes he did :).

Visiting Dracula's castle in Romania.

Visiting Dracula's castle in Romania.

Visiting Dracula's castle in Romania.

Visiting Dracula’s Castle

Filled with energy from our lunch, we were ready to take on Dracula. I mean, to visit his castle :). Although many people call it Dracula’s Castle, it’s actual name is Bran Castle. There’s a really well-done website www.bran-castle.comwhere you can read about Dracula’s legend and the castle’s history. Also, you can find info about entrance prices and opening times.

We were lucky to arrive at around 16pm when there were few tourists left. This meant we could visit in peace, stop for pictures and enjoy our time together. Priceless!

Visiting Dracula's castle in Romania.

Visiting Dracula's castle in Romania.

Visiting Dracula's castle in Romania.

Visiting Dracula's castle in Romania.

Visiting Dracula's castle in Romania.Photography by Bertrand Delvaux.

 

Tips and tricks:

How to get there: I recommend driving as it gives you more flexibility and you can make more than one stop. I remember reading at some point that Romania is one of the countries with the lowest car rental prices. Do check when planning your trip. Below is our itinerary starting in Bucharest. If you follow the same path, allow one day to visit both castles and have time for lunch, some breaks, and a photo shoot :).

Where to eat: We were recommended Cheile Gradistei for lunch as it is only a few minutes by car from Bran Castle and it serves traditional Romanian food. Please keep in mind that our cuisine is quite heavy on meat and if you are vegetarian there are few options.

What else to see: First, you are in the mountains area, so if you are visiting in the winter, you can ski. Second, there are other landmarks to visit like Cetatea Rasnov and Sinaia Monastery if you want to stay close to Bran/Peles. Otherwise, you can drive further and visit beautiful Brasov

 

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Visiting Dracula's Castle, Romania.

 

So, is it worth visiting Romania?

What do you think my answer is? YES! Romania has such a diverse and rich land; from the coastline to the amazing mountains area and from the gorgeous countryside to beautiful medieval towns. I really hope that more and more people will discover the beauty of my country.

I still have tons of posts to share with you from South America so stay tuned. In the meantime, there is a fresh post about Copenhagen with an itinerary included. Happy reading :).

 

 

 

 

 

26 Responses
  • an old friend
    September 26, 2016

    Very prety pictures , I especially like the ones with the fountain (I thing that what it is:)) and fashionwise I like a lot the little bag .

    • Hidden Gems
      September 26, 2016

      Indeed, it is a fountain. Dracula’s fountain :). Have you not been to Bran yet? You should go, it’s really nice. XO

  • Flo @ Yoga, Wine & Travel
    September 29, 2016

    That first photo is so moody! It’s exactly what I imagine Dracula’s Castle to look like. I’m starting to hear more and more about Romania and it looks like an absolutely beautiful country. Thank you for including the map for recommended path! Will definitely bookmark it for our trip there – one day :)

    • Hidden Gems
      September 30, 2016

      Thanks for the visit, Flo :).

  • Leslie
    September 29, 2016

    I’m so glad you’re spending time traveling your own country and sharing it with us. You’re other travels are great too – but it’s fun to show off your homeland, isn’t it?

    • Hidden Gems
      September 30, 2016

      Indeed, Leslie :).

  • Lottie Reeves
    September 29, 2016

    Wow, this makes me want to go there right away…I never knew Romania was so beautiful. I love your disclaimer at the start of the post too :-)

    • Hidden Gems
      September 30, 2016

      Thanks for the visit, Lottie :).

  • Sarah
    September 29, 2016

    Amazing photos! At first, I thought your post will look dim and dark and you know, Dracula-ish. Was surprised to see it really vibrant and sunny! :)

    • Hidden Gems
      September 30, 2016

      Glad you liked it, Sarah :).

  • Kassie
    September 29, 2016

    You can feel your love for your country through this post! :) This castle looks amazing! I definitely want to add this to my bucket list now.

    • Hidden Gems
      September 30, 2016

      Spread the word, Kassie :).

  • Caroline @ The Travelling Sloth
    September 29, 2016

    Great post! I’ve always wanted to visit Romania and see “Dracula’s castle” – from all those stories and movies I watched as a kid hahah. Love how you included some tips and tricks. Beautiful photos too. Never heard of Peles Castle before so I’m really glad you mentioned it!

    • Hidden Gems
      September 30, 2016

      Thanks for the visit, Caroline :).

  • Christina
    September 29, 2016

    Oh my gosh – the castle is so beautiful!! One of my best friends is also Romanian and is always talking about how beautiful Romania is. I will have to go!

    • Hidden Gems
      September 30, 2016

      Thanks for the visit, Christina :).

  • Christina
    September 30, 2016

    This is one of the places I definitely want to visit when in Romania. Good to know car rental prices are still affordable there. This is the way we like to travel as you are able to stop at different points of interest along the way.

    • Hidden Gems
      September 30, 2016

      :).

  • Rhonda Albom
    September 30, 2016

    Thanks for the great photos. The castle is remarkable

  • Hidden Gems
    September 30, 2016

    :).

  • Alyson
    October 2, 2016

    Love your outfit! Loved visiting Transylvania too. We’re neighbours, we live in Maramures.Romania just grabbed our hearts and wouldn’t let us leave.

    • Hidden Gems
      October 4, 2016

      Glad to hear, Alyson :). I have yet to visit Maramures. I’m hoping next year we will get to do a tour of the country so I can show my other half how beautiful Romania is :). Thanks for the visit!

  • Chiera
    October 2, 2016

    I was in Romania this summer adn we spent a day also visiting Peles Castle and Bran Castle! It was a great day! Peles was so beautiful and Bran was just amazing! I was there for 3 weeks and Romania has become one of my favourite countries. Can’t wait to go back!

    • Hidden Gems
      October 4, 2016

      Glad to hear that, Chiera :). Thanks for visiting my country AND my blog :).

  • Marta Nightingale
    November 2, 2016

    How wonderful you appreciate your own country! And you’re right about everything, Romania is best!

  • AlicevstheWorld
    November 5, 2016

    I’m extremely jealous about this! What a place to visit!

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