Brasov is an old Transylvanian town set at the foot of a mountain and filled with medieval architecture, cobbled streets, small houses and the legendary Black Church. Saxons from Brasov built the turreted Bran Castle in a mountain pass between the Bucegi and the Piatra Crailui Mountains in the 14th century. Its original purpose was to protect Brasov from the Ottoman Turks, but it also became a strategic trade center.
Its connection with Prince Vlad Tepes, aka Vlad the Impaler, is tentative, but its placement on a cliff looming 60 meters above the town, its Gothic stone walls, towers and secret passageways came to embody the popular image of a Transylvanian vampire castle. And so it has become “Dracula’s Castle” and a popular destination.
PUBLISHED: July 23, 2013