Dracula’s Castle & More

Peles Castle

Location: Sinaia – Southern Romania

Nearby large towns: Brasov (40 miles north), Bucuresti (80 miles south)

Nearby main attractions: Bran (Dracula’s) castle (30 miles north-west),Brasov (40 miles north)

Nearest train station: Sinaia

Nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the picturesque town of Sinaia, Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many one of the most stunning castles in Europe. Commissioned by King Carol I in 1873 and completed in 1883, the castle served as the summer residence of the royal family until 1947. Its 160 rooms are adorned with the finest examples of European art, Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows and Cordoba leather-covered walls.

Bran Castle

Location: Transylvania – Central Romania

Nearby large town: Brasov (16 miles northeast)

Nearest train station: Brasov

Address: Str. Traian Mosoiu 24, BranTelephone: 0268 237.700 or 237.701

Email: office@bran-castle.com

Web: www.Bran-Castle.com

Opening Hours & Admission charge: www.bran-castle.com

Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend and perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker’s Dracula. Built on the site of a Teutonic Knights stronghold dating from 1212, the castle was first documented in an act issued by Louis I of Hungary on November 19, 1377, giving the Saxons of Kronstadt (Brasov) the privilege to build the Citadel.

Transf?g?r??an

Transf?g?r??an was constructed between 1970 and 1974, during the rule of Nicolae Ceau?escu. It came as a response to the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. Ceau?escu wanted to ensure quick military access across the mountains in case the Soviets attempted a similar move into Romania. At that time Romania already had several strategic mountain passes through Southern Carpathians, mainly inherited from pre-communist era (?oseaua Câmpina-Predeal and the high-pass DN67C) or built in the first years of the Communist regime (DN66 Bumbe?ti Jiu-Petro?ani). These passes, however, were mainly on river valleys, easy to block and attack in event of a military invasion. Therefore, Ceau?escu ordered the construction of a road across the F?g?ra? Mountains, which divided North-Western from South Romania.

Rasnov Fortress

Location: Transylvania – Central Romania

Nearby large towns: Brasov (9 miles northeast)

Nearest train station: Brasov

Rasnov Fortress (Rosenau in German), is located on a rocky hilltop in the Carpathian Mountains, 650 ft. above the town of Rasnov. First mentioned in an official document in 1331, the fortress was built by Teutonic Knights as protection against invading Tartars and was later enlarged by the local Saxon population. Strategically located on the commercial route linking the provinces of Transylvania and Walachia, Rasnov differs from other Saxon fortresses in that it was designed as a place of refuge over extended periods of time. As such, it had at least 30 houses, a school, a chapel and other buildings more commonly associated with a village.

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