Dracula's Castle

Bran Castle, one of the most valuable medieval architectural monuments in Romania, with its historic, military and economic significance, is known by tourists across the globe as Dracula’s Castle.

It looms over Transylvania like the set of a Hollywood movie. Its towers are covered in blood-red tiles. Its belfries are as cold as the grave.

Distance from Villa Radu : 25 km

 

The story

Dracula, as he is perceived today, is a result of the interaction between some true historical facts about the reign of Vlad Tepes (“Vlad the Impaler” or Dracula) that have become legends, and some facts as recounted by various historians of that time, who intended to place the great ruler in a negative light. These accounts have been exaggerated over time through the association with the character “Dracula” as imagined in the 1897 novel of the same name, which was published in England by the Irish author Bram Stoker.

The truth about the ruler of Wallachia, Vlad the Impaler (1456 -1462; 1476) is known through various accounts by Romanian and foreign historians. Convinced that only a strong internal rule could ensure order in the country and successfully organize its defences against external dangers, Vlad the Impaler resorted to an authoritarian regime that imposed honesty and diligence as virtues on his subjects.
Dishonesty (theft), laziness and trickery were harshly punished by impaling those who disobeyed the law, a cruel punishment, but one that can only be understood in its historical context. This was a period of great cruelty, when many other equally cruel punishments were inflicted, such as staking and hanging.

Highlights
  • Set in a private resort
  • Magnificent scenery & fresh mountain air
  • Large living room with dining area
  • Free satellite TV & Wi-Fi
  • Table tennis & games
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Outside dining place & barbecue grill
  • Huge terraces & balconies
Guest Comments
We have just returned from a wonderful week in Brasov county. The Radu villa was well equipped, clean and bright. About 15 min drive from downtown Brasov, the villa is located at the end of an unpaved ... — YD3, 20 Jul 2015
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