It is a national monument and historical landmark of Romania, situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, nestled in the forest, at the foot of the Carpathian mountains. Originally, around 1378, it was used in defense against the Ottoman Empire and later became a customs post on the mountain pass between Transylvania and Wallachia. Then it belonged, for a short period, to Mircea I of Wallachia. From 1920, the castle became the main residence of Queen Mary of Romania. Upon his death in 1938, he was inherited by his daughter, Princess Ileana. In 1948 it was occupied and nationalized by the communist regime, which transformed it into a museum.
WHY THIS PLACE
In 2005, the Romanian government passed a special law that allowed the return of property confiscated by the communist government to its rightful owners, and in 2006 the castle was returned to Dominic von Habsburg, son and heir to Princess Ileana. Currently, the castle houses a museum open to the public, which displays the works of art and furniture collected by Queen Maria. Wonderful location and original decoration style of its interiors provide the wedding of dreams!
Its fame is mainly due to Prince Vlad Tepes, (nicknamed The Impaler), who on several occasions used it for military purposes during his reign, in the 15th century. Prince Vlad inspired the protagonist of the novel Dracula, by Irish writer Bram Stoker, and for this reason the castle is commonly known as Dracula's Castle.