Deep in the mythical land of Transylvania, you find a fairytale castle with a dark history. During the day, it makes for a lovely postcard as it sits on top of a hill overlooking a charming village surrounded by a lush green forest. But when the sun goes down, the villagers hurry home and lock their doors, for strange creatures will soon roam the streets, craving the blood of the living… Da-da-da-dam.
Welcome to Dracula’s beautiful castle
The moment you step foot in the little park surrounding the castle, you see why Bran Castle is the perfect setting for a vampire tale. In front of you rises a steep hill, barely big enough to hold the small castle on its top. A myriad of tall towers in different shapes and sizes shoot up, dramatically reaching for the sky above. You get the feeling that up there, peeking through one of the many dark windows, a set of eyes could be watching you.
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Inside the castle, it’s hard not to get lost in the maze of secret shortcuts and winding staircases. A fake bookshelf suddenly swings open and reveals a flight of stairs leading to the floor below. Perfect for picking up something you forgot downstairs… Or making swift disappearances. The cheerful noises from the town below are silenced and all you hear is the howling wind. As you stand there, admiring the view, you suddenly freeze: was that the distant swoosh of a cape?