Romania’s Castles and Fortresses

Universal literature found valuable sources of inspiration in some of Romania’s castles, with the most famous novels written about them being “The Castle in the Carpathians” by Jules Verne and “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.

Romania’s collection of castles and fortresses perhaps best illustrates the rich medieval heritage of the country. While castles built from the 14th to the 18th centuries are strong and austere fortresses built mainly for defense against invaders, those erected beginning in the late 1800s are imposing and luxurious. The most popular include the 14th century Corvinesti Castle, built on the site of a former Roman camp, the elegant 19th century Peles Castle with its 160 rooms filled with priceless European art and, of course, the Bran Castle, built in the mid-1300s and legendary home to Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula.

As a result of almost nine centuries of Saxon presence, Transylvania, located in central Romania, claims a cultural and architectural heritage unique in Europe. This region is home to nearly 200 Saxon villages, churches and fortifications built between the 13th and 15th centuries. Seven of the fortified Saxon churches (in BiertanCalnicDarjiu, Prejmer, Saschiz, Valea Viilor, and Viscri) were designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. A visit to these quaint villages, placed amidst lush farmland and green rolling hills, will give you a taste of the long-gone medieval times.

Dracula’s Castle / Bran Castle

Peles Castle, near Sibiu, on the way to Transylvania

The real castle of Dracula / Vlad the Impaler – Poienari Castle

Corvin Castle, Hunyad Castle or Hunedoara Castle – Transylvania Romania

Chindia Tower and the Royal Court of Târgoviște – built by Vlad the Impaler (Dracula’s legend)

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