Dracula’s Castle is situated between Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, right where you enter Rucar-Bran Pass.
Dracula – as known today – represents the result of the intersection of some real historical events, legendary, related to the reign of Vald Ţepes – Dracula, of mentions of some chroniclers of those times, aiming to put the great voivode in a bad light, amplified in the upcoming centuries by the association with the character of fiction novel “Dracula”, issued in England in 1897, written by the Irish writer Bram Stocker.
The truth about Vlad Ţepes (1456-1462; 1476), prince of Ţara Românească, is known from numerous works of Romanian and foreign historians.
Convinced that only a harsh reign from the inside could install order in the country and organize successfully its defense from external dangers, Vlad Ţepes applies a domineering reign, imposing to its subjects honesty and diligence as virtues; dishonesty (theft), laziness and craftiness were harshly punished by impalement, a hard punishment, but which could be understood only related to the period he lived in, a very cruel period, which has known other punishments, equally harsh, such as burning at the stake, hanging, etc. More information available on Barn Castle website.
The castle is now a museum open to tourists, displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Tourists can see the interior individually or by a guided tour. At the bottom of the hill is a small open air museum park exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant structures (cottages, barns, etc.) from across the country.