You won’t regret a moment if you choose to visit this castle, especially since it is positioned and quite close to Brasov, so you can visit several tourist attractions. You will be simply enchanted by the beauty of the castle and especially by the location where it is located. So I invite you to let yourself be carried away by history and culture and you will go home with an extraordinary soul load.
Bran Castle appears following a document issued by King Louis I of Hungary on November 17, 1377, in which he transmitted to the Saxons of the Seat of Brașov the right to build a new stone fortress at Bran, at the expense and with their craftsmen. The fortification to be built on this site was preceded by an older border fortification. This fortress, probably made of wood, was built by the Teutonic Knights between 1211-1255, being attributed to the master Theodorikus. In the 13th century, the territory of the Bran fortress was subject to the jurisdiction of the royal county of Alba Iulia. In 1395, Sigismund of Luxembourg, German emperor and king of Hungary, used Bran Castle as a strategic base for an incursion into Wallachia, after which he removed the voivode Vlad the Usurper, the rival of Mircea the Elder, his vassal. In 1407, Sigismund granted Mircea the Elder control of the Bran castles, without the related domain, and Bologa. Bran remained under the authority of Wallachia until 1419. In 1427, the castle passed from the property of the See of Brașov to that of the Crown of Hungary, which financed the fortification and expansion works. In 1498, the fortress of Bran was rented by the Hungarian royalty to the District of Brașov. In 1920, the Brașov City Council donated the castle to Queen Maria of Romania in gratitude for her contribution to the achievement of the Great Union. On the queen’s death in 1938, the castle was inherited by her favorite daughter, Princess Ileana, who was married to a member of the former Habsburg imperial family. After 1948, Bran Castle was nationalized and became the property of the Romanian state, being open to public visits since 1956. It was arranged as a museum of history and feudal art. In 1987, it underwent restoration, the work being completed at the end of 1993. The castle later reopened and re-entered the tourist circuit. On 18 May 2006, after a long period of legal proceedings, the castle was legally returned to the heirs of the Habsburg family. However, the Romanian state, through the Ministry of Culture, continues to administer the fortress for the next 3 years. Finally, on June 1, 2009, Bran Castle came into the full possession of Princess Ileana’s heirs, Archduke Dominic of Habsburg, Archduchess Maria Magdalena of Holzhausen and Archduchess Elisabeta Sandhofer.
Bran Castle was initially a military fortress of defense, being built on a rock, as a strategic point and based on the shape of an irregular quadrangle. Over time, the fortress underwent many changes, including the addition of the south tower in 1622, according to the plans of Prince Gabriel Bethlen, then the construction of a rectangular tower to the east, and between 1883 and 1886, the roof was tiled. The fortress was transformed into a royal residence in 1920, with the entry into the property of Queen Maria, and between 1920 and 1929 the most important restoration works were carried out.
Currently, the Bran fortress is visited by thousands of tourists annually, it is only 30 km away from the city of Brasov. The castle has a museum that is located on four floors, here are exhibited collections of furniture, costumes, weapons and armor, and the Bran Domain also includes the Royal Park with the two lakes, the Tea House, the Administrator’s House and the Princess Ileana House.