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

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Brașov, Romania
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icon4 to 5 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

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.
  • Bran Castle and Râșnov Fortress tour from Braşov, led by a professional guide
  • Travel into Romania’s Transylvania region to visit Bran Castle, known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’
  • Visit Râșnov Fortress, a 13th-century fortress-village perched on a hilltop
  • Choose to return to Braşov after Bran and Râșnov, or opt to visit Peleș Castle

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Letting someone else drive around Transylvania gives you more time to focus on the stunning scenery.
Explore two of Transylvania’s most impressive citadels and discover why the region is steeped in mysterious lore. Your professional guide will pick you up in central Braşov for the ride south to Râșnov, situated among the stunning Bucegi Mountains.

Learn about the storied history of Râșnov Fortress (admission at your own expense), a walled stone compound designed to ward off attacks by the fierce Tartars and used as a refuge for local villagers during medieval warfare. Explore the time-worn courtyards, ramparts and well of the 13th-century fortress built by the Teutons. Opt to have lunch in Râșnov if you like (own expense).

A short drive brings you to Bran Castle, nicknamed ‘Dracula’s Castle’ for its ties to Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic tale and its bloodthirsty villain. The high stone walls and red turrets of this hilltop citadel come into view as you approach the secluded castle, set among the dramatic backdrop of the Carpathians.

Enter if you dare, after paying the site fee (own expense), and wander through the castle’s many well-preserved rooms and chambers with your guide. Gothic furnishings and details help set the scene for ghastly legends of all that happened here, including the imprisonment of Vlad the Impaler. This 15th-century prince was notorious for his bloodthirsty campaigns against invading Turks and is said to have inspired Stoker’s malevolent Count Dracula.

If you’ve had your fill of vampiric lore, your guide will drive you back to Braşov at this point. If you’ve booked the upgrade for more, continue on to the nearby Peleș Castle.

The expansive, Bavarian-style Peleș Castle was built among a lush forest to house Romania’s royalty in the 19th century and is among the most beautiful in Europe. A guide will lead you through many of its immaculate, ornate rooms, still adorned with luxuriant furnishings and décor.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Admire the high stone walls and red turrets flanked by the Carpathian Mountains. Enter the castle (own expense) and wander through with your guide. Learn about the area’s stories and legends.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Rasnov Citadel
Explore the courtyards and ramparts of the 13th-century fortress.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included

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Wonderful Guide
Sheena
, Mar 2020
Charlie was so helpful and knowledgeable about all aspects of the tour. An extremely helpful guide nothing was too much trouble
star-5
Best tour ever
Edwin_S
, Mar 2020
Dan is a wonderful tour guide. Not only did I learn so much about Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, but also the towns in between, the history of the former Romanian royal family, and so much more. I normally have so many questions when I go on tours, but Dan's information was so thorough and interesting that I could not think of anything to ask. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see and learn about the area around Brasov.
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Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Touring Fun
Dylan_P
, Feb 2020
Our tour guide, Bara, was great. He took our small group on a relaxed tour of the castle and fortress, allowing us to stop and ask questions or view whatever most caught our attention. He provided informative and fun background information on the region and its culture which really helped the setting. We had a great day out.
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Best tour guide and a great day
MariaLouisa_A
, Feb 2020
Everything went smoothly and our guide had really good knowledge of the places we visited. Definitely recommend. Thank you
star-4
A great tour led by am extremely personable tour guide, Carlos (Charlie)
larrysadler52
, Feb 2020
A small group of four travelled to Pele Castle, BranCastle, and Neustat church with a lovely lunch along the way. A great tour guide, Carlos (Charlie) made it an incredible experience
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Not sure it's worth it
kateeeoliver
, Feb 2020
Peles Castle was beautiful (Pelesor castle wasn't anything special), but both Bran Castle and Rasnov fortress were a little disappointing. I know it feels like you can't visit Transylvania without visiting Dracula's castle, but it wasn't a particularly memorable part of the trip. Rasnov fortress was even more disappointing. I went in December and because it gets dark early it was already getting dark by the time we reached the fortress. Be aware that you have to pay for the ride to and from the fortress, and then again just to get into the fortress. My guide was good and let me take my time exploring everything.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
I respond with another review for the same tour, taking place in late of November (and we have more): "A fantastic experience "I did the Peles, Bran and Rasnov tour yesterday with my partner. Our tour guide (Dan) was amazing, great sense of humour, incredible knowledge, and just made the whole thing really fun and unforgettable. Dan knows most of the staff at these castles, and you'll be greeted warmly at each location. The sites are a great glimpse into local history. Doing the tour with a knowledgeable guide makes the whole thing easy and convenient, and you can ask whatever questions you want. Peles castle especially is really special. All in all, I'd say this is a must do for anyone visiting Brasov, it's been the highlight of our time here." Probably you should review the sites on their tripadvisor accounts. Thank you for booking with us and for your review! Marian
star-5
Fantastic tour - highly recommend!
syd_bailey
, Jan 2020
Dan, our guide, was absolutely fantastic. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the history of Romania, Braşov, Bran Castle & the Fortress, and you’ll have a lot of laughs along the way too! On my tour, there were just three of us and Dan. The perfect sized group. Thank you, Dan, for a wonderful experience at Bran Castle!!
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Nice tour guide
Gilda D
, Dec 2019
Our guide, George, was very knowledgeable and a lovely guy. It's an expensive tour, but there were only 3 of us on the tour, which was so nice, especially at Bran Castle where there were extremely large groups. We felt very special and avoided the queues. Peles was the highlight. Drac never even visited Bran Castle, so it's really overrated.
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Excellent tour with Dan!
susanherbert2017
, Dec 2019
We really enjoyed seeing Bran Castle and Dan was an excellent guide. He had depth of knowledge and took us to a lovely cafe overlooking the castle.
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Just Amazing!!!
ioanna103
, Dec 2019
I went on Peles Castle, Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov on 19/12/2019 with my boyfriend. The experience was just amazing!! We had the BEST tour guide named Charlie. He was so friendly, kind, with great sense of humor. He had so much knowledge on history. He answered to all of our questions about the castles, told us about traditions of Romania. We even tasted traditional Romanian food. The Castles were worth the visit, very impressive, especially Peles Castle(so much details on the architecture and the decoration) !! We were happy to meet a such a good person as Charlie was and see all these beautiful places. Totally recommend it! We would go again!!

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