Dear Visitors to Bran Castle, Your imagination will kindle dreams of myths and reality that are part of the Castle’s legend, like Prince Dracula that enshrouds the region in mystery and the romantic Queen Marie, who made the fortress a fairytale Castle.
You will also enjoy many events, we are preparing for the whole year, celebrating culture, history, music, food and fun. 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 variou 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 th 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. As a result of the drastic measures of his regime, Vlad the Impaler succeeded in installing order all over the country: “alien to mercy and clemency,” as the historian A.D. Xenopol recounts, he channelled his fierce nature towards the well-being of his country, and after cleansing it from its inner evil, he overcame the degradation in which the country had indulged. Vlad’s deeds, however, triggered the hatred of many of his contemporaries. They defamed him and accused him of bargaining with the Turks against the country’s best interest. He was imprisoned by King Matei Corvin. Over time, he was characterized as a cruel man, but a man who “devoted his fierce nature to the wellbeing of his country.” He was later associated with the legend of the vampire Dracula, the protagonist of Bram Stoker’s famous novel, which Oscar Wilde described as perhaps the most beautiful novel ever written. The link between the character in Bram Stoker’s novel and the ruler Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) was even suggested by the author himself: “…it was indeed that ruler, Dracula, who acquired his name by fighting against the Turks across the great river right at the Turkish border.” Bram Stoker believed that this was no ordinary man, because, over the course of centuries, he has been consistently