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Go on a virtual tour of Bran Castle, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’

by Brittani Tuttle

Another unique attraction is offering virtual tours in light of the ongoing global health crisis, giving people the chance to visit one of the creepiest places in the world — Bran Castle, a 14th-century castle in Bran, Romania that allegedly inspired Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”

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Photo courtesy of Bran Castle

Thanks to Google, you can now take a virtual tour of the foreboding corridors of this famed castle, exploring practically every inch inside and out that would normally be available to guests visiting in person.

As for the location it supposedly inspired, the castle in Stoker’s “Dracula” is described as “a castle located high above a valley perched on a rock with a flowing river below in the Principality of Transylvania.” As this is the only castle in Transylvania that fits Stoker’s description in the gothic horror novel, it is known throughout the world as “Dracula’s Castle.”

Dracula himself, as we know him today, is a fictitious character who takes his name from Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler, sometimes known as Vlad Dracul), who was the ruler of Wallachia from 1456-1462 and 1476, and was known as a bloodthirsty tyrant.

You can check out the virtual tour for yourself here. To learn more about the castle, visit Bran-Castle.com.

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