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Top Castles and Fortresses in Transylvania

Top Castles and Fortresses in Transylvania

Stirring the imagination with legends of medieval sieges, bloodthirsty counts, and royal intrigue, Transylvania’s Saxon castles are a major draw for visitors to Romania. From crumbling fortresses to elegant estates, here are the region’s must-see castles, all accessible by car from Bucharest or Brasov.   

Bran Castle

Also known by its nickname, Dracula’s Castle, this well-restored medieval haunt seems a fitting residence for Bram Stoker’s mythical vampire—though any connection to the real-life Vlad the Impaler is murky. Straddling the border of Transylvania and Wallachia near the village of Bran, the castle’s red-roofed towers and delightfully Gothic rooms can be toured independently or with a guide. 

Peles Castle

The one-time summer residence of the Romanian royal family, this storybook neo-Renaissance palace tucked into a forest near Sinaia is considered by some to be the most beautiful in the country, and perhaps all of Eastern Europe. Admire lush baroque furnishings and art on a guided tour, and check out nearby Pelisor Castle, a smaller art nouveau manor in the same complex, if you have time. 

Rasnov Fortress

Partially in ruins, this imposing hilltop citadel in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains was built in the 13th century as a refuge from marauding Tartar armies. Learn about medieval warfare and sieges while exploring the crumbling courtyard and ramparts of the walled compound. 

Rupea Citadel

Recently renovated by the Romanian government, this fortress near the city of Brasov sits atop one of the country’s oldest archaeological sites. The current hilltop citadel dates back to the 14th century and was used as a refuge from invading Turkish and Hungarian armies, plague, and other medieval threats. 

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Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit

Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit

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Immerse yourself in the legends of Transylvania with a visit to Bran Castle and Râșnov Fortress. Departing from Braşov, the half-day hour tour begins with a stop at Râșnov to explore its imposing, 13th-century fortress. Next up is Bran Castle, also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’ — a hilltop estate that conjures up visions of howling wolves and bats fluttering in the moonlight. Wander the castle’s Gothic chambers and learn about its ties to Bram Stoker’s undead antihero. Upgrade when booking your experience and extend your tour to the beautifully ornate Peleș Castle.
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Small-Group Tour Sighisoara, Rupea Fortress and Viscri Day Trip from Brasov

Small-Group Tour Sighisoara, Rupea Fortress and Viscri Day Trip from Brasov

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Explore three historic highlights of Transylvania on a fascinating day trip from Brașov. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage-listed church in the medieval village of Viscri, and wander through the fortified Saxon town of Sighişoara — known as the birthplace of the warlord who inspired Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula. Finally, learn the history of the imposing, 14th-century Rupea Fortress on a guided tour.
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  • 9 hours
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2-Day Transylvania Culture Trek from Brasov - Small Group Tour

2-Day Transylvania Culture Trek from Brasov - Small Group Tour

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Spend two days immersed in the medieval legends and dramatic scenery of Transylvania on this guided tour from Brasov that combines the best of Romanian culture and nature. Hike among the most majestic peaks of the Carpathians in Piatra Craiului National Park, tap into the region’s vampiric lore at Bran Castle, and imagine medieval sieges at imposing Rasnov Fortress. Get a taste of mountain village life with an overnight stay at a local guesthouse and included meals.
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  • 2 days
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