Itinerary: Bucharest - Bran - Rasnov - Bucharest
In this trip you will be traveling in the Prahova Valley, part of the Carpathians, cross the famous Sinaia resort to the most famous tourist attraction in Romania: Bran Castle.
Even if it has little to do with Vlad Dracul III or Vlad the Impaler, Bran castle remain in the collective mind known as Dracula's Castle, as a result of Bram Stoker's book and the subsequent film adaptation of the novel Dracula.
SCHEDULE and LANDMARKS
BOOK YOUR TOUR
Tickets to all the sights visited can be purchased at the entrance.
Opened daily between 9.00 AM and 18.00 PM. Ticket price is RON 10. You can access the citadel by funicular directly or by car using the zigzag road up to the citadel. Please note there is a toll parking.
Since May 2015 Rasnov hosts the largest park of natural size dinosaurs in Europe.
For more information visit the official website www.rasnov-turism.ro
Opened daily during the summer season, between 9.00 AM and 18.00 PM, except for Mondays when Bran castle opens at 12:00 PM.
During winter visiting hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM except for Mondays when it opens from 12:00 AM to 04: 00 PM.
For more information visit the official website www.bran-castle.com
Built in the 14th century in Tara Barsei, probably in the time of the Teutonic knights, the fortified Citadel of Rasnov is the second important historic landmark at the entryway of Transylvania and closest to Bucharest.
The fort is spectacular by its high position, offering a sensational view of its surroundings, but most of all for the historic details about the old Transylvanian Saxons who lived in the Citadel.
The Citadel has two rows of courtyards, an interior courtyard and an exterior one.
The interior courtyard shows an old village organization, with still standing buildings named “the priest’s”, “the teacher’s”, while the exterior courtyard was house to the animals, cattle, further proof of the agricultural occupations of the residents.
Rasnov Citadel has become famous due to the fact it was the set for the movie “Cold Mountain”.
Associated rather to the myth of Dracula than true historic figures, the castle gained its fame following Bram Stoker’s homonym novel. The history of the Bran settlement (which means “gate” in Turkish) begins in the time of the Teutonic knights, in the 13th century, when it was a mere fortress. Only a century later did the people of Brasov received permission to build a castle which was finished in 1388.
Having a troubled history and being passed over between several owners, including being briefly owned by Mircea the Wise, Bran Castle finally ends up in the ownership of Queen Maria in 1920. The current appearance and interior decorations are part of the Queen’s legacy as she was the one who oversaw the restoration works and was in charge of decoration.
FLEET - TRANSFER TYPES
Skoda Octavia or similar
Mercedes E Classe or similar
5-8 SEATER Minivan
Mercedes Vito or similar