Designed to delight those fascinated by the Gothic legends of Transylvania, this half-day tour takes you to the heart of the mysterious Romanian region. After hotel pickup in Brasov, tick off top attractions such as the dramatic Rasnov Fortress and Bran’s Castle, whose Gothic turrets and hilltop perch have earned it the nickname of ‘Dracula’s Castle’. Upgrade your small-group tour, limited to only eight people, to include a visit to Peles Castle, a striking example of Neo-Renaissance architecture.
Half-day tour of Rasnov Fortress and Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) from Brasov
Perfect for travellers with limited time in Transylvania
Visit the imposing ruins of the 13th-century Rasnov Fortress
Delve into the legends surrounding Bran Castle, associated with Bram Stoker's legendary monster, Dracula
Upgrade to include a visit to Peles Castle, shrouded in more vampiric lore
Small-group tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Brasov
After pickup at your Brasov hotel, greet your guide and board a car or minivan destined for the dramatic ruins of Rasnov Fortress. Built in the 13th century, the striking backdrop of the Bucegi Mountains enhances the beauty of the fortress.
Listen to history-rich commentary featuring tales of medieval warfare and local legend, and opt to enjoy lunch in Rasnov village at your own expense. Then, proceed to Bran Castle, arguably the crowing architectural feature of Transylvania.
The Gothic castle, complete with high stonewalls and rust-red turrets, was used to incarcerate Vlad the Impaler and therefore inspired the creation of Bram Stoker’s bloodthirsty villain, Dracula. Pay the entrance fee at your own expense and then wander through chambers with filled antique furniture and Gothic embellishments.
After enriching your knowledge of Vlad the Impaler’s gruesome legacy, return to your Brasov hotel and bid your guide farewell. Alternatively, if you’ve opted to upgrade, continue to Peles Castle. You can decide to upgrade on the day of your tour and simply pay in cash.
Follow your guide through immaculately preserved rooms, decorated with luxurious furniture for the viewing pleasure of Romania’s royal family. Choose to pay an additional visit to the neighboring Pelisor Castle and then conclude your tour with drop-off at your Brasov hotel.
What a great tour. We got to see everything without being rushed at any point. The castle and fortress were both very interesting, and we were lucky enough to arrive at Bran before the crowds. Our guide Tudor was exceptional as well - very knowledgeable and friendly, with flawless English too.
The tour prices for going to Bran Castle and Rasnov fortress were varied. We spontaneously found this tour including entrance fees for 78 (for 2 persons). Somebody advised us to take a taxi or Uber to go there but it's rather far, and we had a tour guide who is very nice and helpful, came to pickup and drop-off at the hotel. During the visit, our tour guide was telling us the history of Bran Castle. Surprisingly Dracula was not the owner of this castle which is unexpected. However, we had good time visiting the castle and the fortress with our tour guide Charlie. He made our trip very memorable...
We were picked up from our B and B for a 40 minute drive from Brasov. Out of the city on smooth and rough roads through small villages of plain houses. We arrived in Branov at around 9:30am, with only a few other tourists along the vendor-lined street to the castle. A steep walk up a modern stone walkway, then more steps to enter. Our guide provided interesting info on the castle and Queen Mary, who improved conditions there. Through different rooms bedrooms, music, dinning, etc., towers and walkways. Back down the way we came through a garden with a pond. On the vendor's street, now teeming with people. All sorts of Vlad Tepes souvenirs,honey, walnut jam, cheese and other food vendors. Then a 30 minute drive to the city of Rasnov and the main square. We took it easy and rode the funicular up at a small cost. Continuing on a dirt path to the medieval fortress on the top of the mountain. Passing through a spiked gate into the ruins of the village houses inside. People still live here, selling their hand-made crafts and trinkets. Onward to the highest point of the mountain for incredible views. We returned on a different route through mountain forests and ski resort areas, stopping for a few photo-ops along the way. Our guide gave us a recommendation for a traditional restaurant back in Brasov: Segurina, and dropped us off there for an excellent mid-afternoon meal!
Dan was the man! We were picked up from our apt, shuffled throughout the city and our stopping points, and dined at a wonderful restaurant to top off the day. If you’re lucky you’ll even get a chance to have Dan sing a bit throughout the experience. Friendly, prompt, and at ease. Highly recommended.