The Bran Castle was built between 1377-1382, and its first role was that of a defense military fortress, based on the form of an irregular quadrilateral.
Over time, the fortress underwent many modifications, including: the addition of the southern tower, building a rectangular tower to the east, and between 1883 and 1886 the roof was tiled.
The fortress was transformed in royal residence in 1920, with the entry into the property of Queen Maria, and between 1920-1929, the most important restoration works were carried out. (source: wikipedia )
Despite its famous legend of bloody mystery and that of vampires that lived there, the history in the Bram Stoker’s book is just a fiction. Dracula, the main character of the book was inspired by, as we know him “Vlad the Impaler”. He never lived there, his real house now being just the ruins of an old castle.
Indeed, he was cruel and evil, and he soon became famous in his period of time, due to his brutal punishment methods.
According to the Silesian detractors in Transylvania, he often ordered the convicts to be skinned, boiled, decapitated, blinded, strangled, hanged, burned, rooted, chopped, nailed, buried alive, etc. He also gave orders to cut off the nose, ears, genitals and tongue. But the favorite tortoise was the impalement, from which he was given his nickname (ro. “Vlad Ţepeş” or eng. “Vlad the Impaler”).
Nevertheless, the modifications that this castle underwent, transformed it today in one of the most visited castles in Romania , and giving it a spooky and well looking interior.