Tour Transylvania’s Castles

Take a tour of Transylvania’s most impressive and intimidating castles and fortresses, including the legendary Bran Castle, mythical home to Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula.
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Corvinesti Castle

One of the most stunning Gothic-style castles in Romania, Corvinesti Castle was built on the site of a former Roman camp. With a drawbridge, 100-foot well, towering buttresses and more than 50 rooms filled with medieval art, this is one of the must-see castles in Transylvania.

Peles Castle

Located near the scenic mountain town of Sinai, Peles Castle’s architecture reflects both Neo-Renaissance and Gothic Revival style. Peles Castle was the first European castle to be powered by electricity and has over 160 rooms filled with paintings, sculptures and medieval arms.

Peles Castle Arms Room

Once the summer home to Romania’s first king, Carol I, Peles Castle’s “Great Hall of Arms” consists of a collection of roughly 16,000 pieces of weaponry and armor that date between the 15th and 19th century.

Bran Castle

Romania’s most notorious castle? None other than Bran Castle, legendary home to Bram Stocker’s mythical Count Dracula. Vampire fan or not, you can’t help but feel the aura of mystery that surrounds this castle hovering high atop a 200-foot rock with its foreboding towers.

Bran Castle Interior

Inside Bran Castle, the mysterious atmosphere continues with narrow, winding stairways, 60 odd rooms filled with medieval weapons and armor, and dark underground passages.

Biertan Fortified Church

Take a trip back to the medieval age with a visit to the quaint village of Biertan, a Unesco World Heritage Site. High on a hill in the village lies a 15th-century fortified church protected by 35-foot-high defensive walls. The inside of this medieval church is equally impressive with the largest Transylvanian multi-paneled wooden altar and a church organ with over 1,290 pipes.

Rasanov Fortress

Built around the 13th century by the Tetonic Knights, this citadel’s ancient ruins are a popular tourist attraction today. Visitors can get in the medieval spirit with a tour of Rasnov’s Feudal Art Museum that displays medieval artifacts and even a skeleton locked in a dungeon.

Calnic Fortified Church

What makes this fortified church unique is its combination of Saxon noble and peasant community contributions. When the Saxon noble family sold the fortress to the peasants of Calnic in 1430, the village community built a new wall and a chapel in the courtyard. Inside the chapel, visitors today can see fragments of a 16th-century fresco.

Viscri Fortified Church

Built in the 12th century, Viscri’s fortified church is considered to be the oldest church in Transylvania. Make your way to the top of the church tower for panoramic views of Viscri’s picturesque countryside and village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fagaras Fortress

This Transylvania stronghold withstood sieges and attacks in medieval times due to impenetrable brick walls and a deep, wide moat that surrounds the citadel. Today, visitors can tour the well-preserved fortress, which houses the Fagaras County Museum, with its collection of medieval weapons and folk crafts.

Bethlen-Haller Castle

If you ever wanted to spend a night in a castle, this is your chance. With a mix of French Renaissance and Baroque style, Bethlen-Haller Castle offers history and wine lovers 14 guest rooms and four uxurious suites on a historic site with one of the largest vineyards in the country.