It served as an important strategic stronghold in an area which was often involved in local and regional bran de la varicoseza. The castle was modified a number of times over the centuries, and was occasionally a focal point in the conflicts of the region — most notably in when it withstood a siege from Ottoman forces.
It also served as an important trading and customs post, generating significant income for the local towns. Over time, the military importance of Bran Castle diminished and it became an important political centre and residence.
InBran Castle became an official palace of the Romanian Royal Family, and the famous Queen Maria played an important role in its restoration, development and décor — as she did with many of the royal residences at the time. While the figure upon which the vampire is loosely based Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler was a prisoner of Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus here for about two months in there is little more that connects them.
The castle is open year-round closed Mondayswith shorter hours during the winter.
History[ edit ] Wooden castle of the German Order[ edit ] Inthe Teutonic Order built the wooden castle of Dietrichstein as a fortified position in the Burzenland at the entrance to a mountain pass through which traders had travelled for more than a millennium. This castle was destroyed by the Mongols in
Come at Halloween for the extensive and ghoulish programme of events and tours. The views from the castle across the surrounding landscape are glorious, particularly in summer. Public transport options are non-existent.
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