Dracula's Castle....kind of

Trip Start Aug 26, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Flag of Romania  , Transylvania,
Saturday, October 22, 2011

This next stop was by far what I was most excited to see on this trip, Dracula's Castle. The castle was very beautiful and included a collection of furniture from Queen Marie. After our tour guide was questioned about the link between this castle and Dracula, she revealed that there was no strong link between Dracula and this castle I did a little wikipedia research and found the following. 
Bran Castle situated near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Braşov, is a national monument and landmark in Romania. The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Commonly known as "Dracula's
Castle" (although it is one among several locations linked to the Dracula legend, including Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle), it is marketed as the home
of the titular character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. There is, however, no evidence
that Stoker knew anything about this castle, which has only tangential
associations with Vlad III, voivode of Wallachia, the putative inspiration for Dracula.The castle is now a museum open to tourists, displaying art and furniture collected
by Queen Marie. Tourists can see the interior individually or by a guided tour. At the bottom of the hill is a small open air museum park exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant structures (cottages, barns, etc.) from across the country.

 So, a little disappointing but the castle was still really cool!

We also did some sightseeing in Brasov. The city was really cool, we were promised some free time but unfortunately never got it. 

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