5 Gothic Tourist Attractions in Romania

Romania is home to some of the most spectacular Gothic sites in Europe. The Dracula myth story by Bram Stoker was based on a real person from Transylvania, Romania. Dracula’s castle can still be visited. Read on to find out more about this castle and other interesting sites to explore. 

Bran Castle

High above a valley in Transylvania, lies the Gothic home of the man the Dracula myth was based on. The Dracula story contains many descriptions of this castle and is known all over the world as Dracula’s Castle, because of its similarities to the novel. 

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One of the world’s best known castles – Bran castle in Romania’s Transylvania. Dracula, vampires and all thing unholy come to your mind when you hear the name. A nice trap for tourists and a way to secure the flow of money to local coffers. The castle which was built in the 14th century belongs to descendants of the Habsburgs. It was built as fortifications against the Turks and served to protect German colonist in the area. It was also a customs post. It is also closely linked with notorious Vlad the Impaler who was well-known in the vicinity for holding bodies of his foes impaled on spikes. In fact Vlad – as many historians believe – neither visited the castle nor possessed it but the author of Dracula Bram Stoker was inspired by the cruel nobleman as well as by other people who did bad things back then. Photo courtesy @flagshunter 😍🙏🏻👍 . Один из самых известных замков мира – замок Бран в Трансильвании, Румыния. Дракула, вампиры, и всякая другая нечисть – вот что приходит на ум, когда слышишь его название. Хорошая ловушка для туристов и прекрасный способ поддерживать денежный поток в местную казну. Замок был построен в 14м веке для защиты немецких колонистов от османов. Он так же был и таможенным постом. Сейчас он принадлежит потомку Габсбургов. Но замок тесно связан с Владом Цепешем, который был известен в округе за свою любовь сажать врагов на кол. На самом деле, историки считаю, что господарь ни разу не был в замке. Тем не менее, автор романа о Дракуле – Брэм Стокер – вдохновлялся и Цепешем, и другими жестокими высокородными деятелями тех времен. . #brancastle #замокбран #castelulbran #instacastle #instacastles #castle🏰 #medievaltimes #medievalcastle #medievaleurope #замкирумынии #medievalarchitecture #medievalfortress #middleages #замкимира #замкиевропы #europeancastles #castlesofeurope #средниевека #средневековье #средневековыйзамок #castlesofinstagram #средневековаякрепость #средневековаяархитектура #castlearchitecture #castellomedievale #romaniancastle #draculacastle #замокдракулы #владцепеш #vladtheimpaler

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Corvin Castle

This castle served as a fortress till the mid-14th century and many parts of it still remain intact. It is an incredible Gothic castle, steeped in myth and history. It is definitely worth a visit for those interested in Gothic architecture.

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Corvin Castle🏰🇹🇩 ⠀ Corvin Castle was laid out in 1446, when construction began on the orders of Voivode of Transylvania John Hunyadi (Romanian: Iancu or Ioan de Hunedoara) who wanted to transform the former keep built by Charles I of Hungary. The castle was originally given to John Hunyadi's father, Voyk (Vajk), by Sigismund of Luxembourg, king of Hungary and Croatia, as severance in 1409. ⠀ The castle also features a double wall for enhanced fortification and is flanked by both rectangular and circular towers, an architectural innovation for the period's Transylvanian architecture. Some of the towers (the Capistrano Tower, the Deserted Tower and the Drummers' Tower) were used as prisons. ⠀ The Buzdugan Tower (a type of mace after which it was named) was solely built for defensive purposes and it had its exterior decorated with geometric motifs. ⠀ The castle has 3 large areas: the Knight's Hall, the Diet Hall and the circular stairway. The halls are rectangular in shape and are decorated with marble. ⠀ The Diet Hall was used for ceremonies or formal receptions whilst the Knight's Hall was used for feasts. In 1456, John Hunyadi died and work on the castle stagnated. Starting with 1458, new commissions were being undergone to construct the Matia Wing of the castle. In 1480, work was completely stopped on the castle and it was recognised as being one of the biggest and most impressive buildings in Eastern Europe. ⠀ The current castle is the result of a fanciful restoration campaign undertaken after a disastrous fire and many decades of total neglect. 🔻 🔻 Do you want to see more beautiful pictures from Romania?🤩🇷🇴 🔻 Then you must FOLLOW US‼️ 🔻⠀⠀ ➡️ @visit_romania_com ⬅️ ➡️ @visit_romania_com ⬅️ 🔻 Photo by📸: @cristinaitul.13 & @danmihaibalanescu ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ #castle #romania #visitromania #travel #history #landscape #castle🏰 #photography #beautifuleurope #transylvania #medieval #medievalcastle #coronavirus #visit_romania #globetrotter #landscapecaptures #architecture #transylvaniacastle #exploreromania #coronaviruspandemic #exploretheworld #exploreromania #tourisme #travelblogger #discovereurope #ig_europe #tourism #nomad #corvin #corvincastle

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Poenari Citadel

This castle in Poenari was home to Vlad the Impaler, a person also associated with the Dracula myth. You will need to climb 1,480 steps to get to this impressive site, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

Putna Monastery & Museum

In Putna, you will find one of the largest Byzantine collections in Europe, housed in Gothic splendor. There are many treasures, including medieval manuscripts. Make sure you go to the museum behind the monastery for more hidden treasures. The entry price for the Monastery will get you into the museum too. 

Biserica Neagra

This 15th century Gothic Church is known as the Black Church after its walls were blackened in the great fire of 1689. This church is south-east of Transylvania and is one of the largest of its kind. It is known as one of the most important Gothic structures in Romania.