BRASOV-BRAN CASTLE-RASNOV-BRASOV: 65 km
While visiting Romania, Transylvania is a must see place and especially Brasov and its surroundings with Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress. Join our tour to learn more about the Vlad Dracula The Impaler and get a chance to see two of the most important castles and fortresses of Romania with our special themed tour for 6 hours in the heart of Transylvania.
Unfortunately, you can't find very much information about this beautiful part of Europe. Is generally known as the birth place of Dracula, the most famous vampire in the world, a place made famous in the 19th century by the Irish writer Bram Stoker, but Romania is much more then that . In Romania, we have more than 200 castles, palaces, and fortresses, 126 of them being located in Transylvania alone.
Is worth to visit Brasov and walk on the footsteps of the famous Vlad the Impaler , even that ironically Romanians don’t recognize Brasov as the birth place of Dracula , there are plenty of buildings that remember the Wallahian ruler, statues impersonating vampires sending back to the old times when people believed in this mythological creatures.
The medieval center of Brasov is full of history and mystery that awaits to be discovered,
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Transylvania is the birth place of Vlad III Dracula, Sighisoara to be exact , in 1431 from a noble Wallahian family himself being one of the heirs of the throne of Wallahia. With an older brother, he had to wait his turn, not too long “thanks” to his uncle Vladislav II, his father’s brother killed Dracula’s father and two of his brothers, one of them being his older brother Mircea. With no older rivals left Vlad Dracula sits on the throne of Wallahia for the first time at the age 17 for only 5 weeks, a very short and tumultuous reign, time that he lived in fear and terror, always forced to look over his shoulder. Being too much for the young king he escapes to Istambul with his younger brother where they live for 8 years. This is the most known story of his first 20 years of his life.
Nonetheless, kings’ life is covered in mystery and the truth is that we know very little, maybe too little about his life. For instance a Romanian historian with German origins born in Brasov, being fascinated by the life of Dracula she did a bit of research and the result was amazing.
She found out that in reality Dracula was not Wallahian and his father was not the Wallahian king Vlad II Dracul but the emperor Sigismund of Luxemburg, who had an affair with a polish queen Anne-Marie, queen of Galizia, a region in South-East of Poland on the border with Ukraine and Georgia. Both were married to different people and because of their position, the relation it had to stay secret and the FAMOUS BASTARD he had to be born in secret somewhere far away from anybody that might know or recognize the polish queen.
Vlad II Dracul, king of Wallahia at that time, a friend of Sigismund of Luxemburg, wants to help his old friend and hosts Anne-Marie in one of his castles in Brasov, south of Transylvania, where apparently the young prince was born and lived most of his life.
Bran Castle needs no introduction. Is believed to be the home of the most famous vampire in the world. A medieval structure build in 1377-1382 at the foot of the Carpathian mountains, the military fortress was erected to stop the invasion of the Ottoman Empire, was built to protect the Southern border of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. The Castellans and their guards, they did a great job thinking that this castle was never conquered, often donated to different noble or royal families but never took by force.
Is important to know that this place was a key place in the time of war as well as it was in the time of peace. Just 20 miles/27km north-east from Bran Castle was the biggest market place in the Southern part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, in Brasov, so once a year during the biggest fair organized around this area every respectable merchant from across Europe, Middle East or the even Far East they found themselves selling their most valuable stuff in Brasov. In order to enter in Transylvania they had to pass through Bran Castle , which in time of peace was functioning as customs, to get your “visa” stamp and pay the entrance taxes the equivalent of 3% of the value of the merchandise, thing that brought lots of money to the castellan and also to the king of Hungary. Now you do understand why most of the fights that took place in this region were between locals for a higher position in the castle
Rasnov fortress is situated ~8 miles/12km north-east from Bran Castle. There were both built in the same time, 14th century, and for the same reason: to stop the Turkish invasion. Rasnov is believed that it was for the first time build in the 1st century B.C. by the Dacians, a big tribe of Tracians living in this area. Tracia was a union of a tribe living in a center-east part of Europe more than 2000 years ago, the most famous Tracian is SPARTACUS the gladiator that started the biggest revolution among the slaves/gladiators that the Roman Empire has ever experienced in its history of almost 15 centuries.
The name of the ancient city, as far as the historical facts go, was COMIDAVA changed in the 2nd century A.D. by the Romans, after they conquered Dacia their last colony, in CUMIDAVA.
Like Bran Castle being extremely well positioned on top of a mountain was almost impossible to be conquered, reason why it was often preferred by the Romanian kings of that time as a place to relax and “recharge their batteries” in such safe place , when they were passing by or even for a longer time being organized as their headquarters.
Is worth visiting this medieval fortress for the view from the top of the ruins alone.
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