Immerse yourself in the legends of Transylvania with a visit to Bran Castle and Râșnov Fortress, in a small group tour. Departing from Braşov, the half-day hour tour begins with a stop at Râșnov to explore its imposing, 13th-century fortress. Next up is Bran Castle, also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’ — a hilltop estate that conjures up visions of howling wolves and bats fluttering in the moonlight. Wander the castle’s Gothic chambers and learn about its ties to Bram Stoker’s undead antihero. Upgrade your tour with a visit to the stunning Peleș Castle (to be paid when you are doing the booking!).
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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Explore two of Transylvania’s most impressive citadels and discover why the region is steeped in mysterious lore. Your professional guide will pick you up in central Braşov in a car or minivan for the 30-minute ride south to Râșnov, situated among the stunning Bucegi Mountains. Learn about the storied history of Râșnov Fortress, a walled stone compound designed to ward off attacks by the fierce Tartars and used as a refuge for local villagers during medieval warfare. Explore the time-worn courtyards, ramparts and well of the 13th-century fortress built by the Teutons. Opt to have lunch in Râșnov if you like (own expense). PLEASE NOTE: RASNOV FORTRESS IS CURENTLY CLOSED FOR RENOVATION. We’ll visit other sites instead.
A short drive brings you to Bran Castle, nicknamed ‘Dracula’s Castle’ for its ties to Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic tale and its bloodthirsty villain. The high stone walls and red turrets of this hilltop citadel come into view as you approach the secluded castle, set among the dramatic backdrop of the Carpathians. Enter if you dare, after paying the site fee (own expense), and wander through the castle’s many well-preserved rooms and chambers with your guide. Gothic furnishings and details help set the scene for ghastly legends of all that happened here, including the imprisonment of Vlad the Impaler. This 15th-century prince was notorious for his bloodthirsty campaigns against invading Turks and is said to have inspired Stoker’s malevolent Count Dracula.
If you’re thirsty for more, extend your tour by 3 to 4 hours and continue on to the nearby Peleș Castle (book the option). The expansive, Bavarian-style Peleș Castle was built among a lush forest to house Romania’s royalty in the 19th century and is among the most beautiful in Europe. A guide will lead you through many of its immaculate, ornate rooms, still adorned with luxuriant furnishings and décor. You’ll also have the chance to tour the neighbouring Pelișor Castle, a smaller royal residence decked out in art nouveau finery.
Public transportation nearby
Infants must sit on your lap
Small group tour
Sturdy hiking footwear recommended
Tour available with extension to Sinaia (extra cost)
On Mondays, the Bran Castle opens at 12:00
“Skip the line” ticket for Bran Castle!
Crowded in high season (July – August)
Peles Castle is closed on MONDAY! Tuesday we can visit only the ground floor! Pelisor Castle is closed MONDAY and TUESDAY! More info about the admission time: www.peles.ro
Not wheelchair accessible
Not stroller accessible
Not suitable for pets
Infant seats unavailable
RASNOV FORTRESS IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENOVATION. Anyhow, we could visit the outside walls and exterior court. We visit other site, instead (eg. The St Bartholomew Evangelical church / Cristian Saxon Fortified Church / Valea Cetatii Cave). The guide will inform you about the options.
Please bring your own mask; we provide hand sanitizer. We are cleaning vehicles after every tour.
Please note: Complimentary pick-up from Brasov city is offered for this tour/activity (as specified on the tour / activity description page). If you require this service you must contact us at least 24 Day(s) prior to your tour/activity date to verify your pick-up time and pick-up location. If you are not arriving within the specified timeframe, please contact us prior to your travels, or immediately upon arrival at your destination.
Please be ready at least 10 minutes prior to departure time.
On departure the guide will hold a signboard for you to recognise: Meeting Point GUARANTEED DEPARTURES DAY TOURS – The History Museum Piata Sfatului Square, central Braşov.
Peles Castle is closed Monday and Tuesday. Updated info on www.peles.ro
We’ll inform you about the exact pick up time at the time of your booking!
To receive a full refund, travelers may cancel up to 48 hours before the experience start time in the local timezone. No refunds will be given after that time period.
We may reserve the right to cancel a customer’s booking for a full refund in case of bad weather or not enough travelers.