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Romania Travel Blog: We Found The Best Castles In Romania
When you think about Romania, you no doubt think about Transylvania and all the stories and fables that are based around that region in the center of the country. The buildings here are large, opulent, and surrounded by beautiful, green countryside. Of course, whether you believe that Dracula dwelled in Transylvania or not, there is much more to Romania than that!
One of the country’s biggest claims to fame is the sheer number of Romanian castles you will find there. If you’re wondering how many castles are in Romania, let’s just say there are several hundreds! And some of them date back to the 14th century. These were built strong and to last, and for that reason, you’ll see some fantastically well-preserved fortresses all over the country.
One of the most famous castles in Romania, if not the most famous castle, is Bran Castle, which was built in the 1300’s. This is the castle which many claim to be ‘home to Count Dracula’, and this is the castle in Transylvania where you’ll find the most in the way of crowds as a result!
If you’re a huge history lover, Romania is an ideal spot for you. Many of the most beautiful castles in Romania have UNESCO World Heritage status and are surrounded by villages, rolling hills, and architecture that hints back to Saxon and Medieval times.
To narrow your choices down a little, here are some of the best castles in Romania we suggest you check out.
In the region of Sinaia, Romania, you’ll find Peles Castle. The mountain scenery, with the Carpathians surrounding the building really, compliments the sight before you. The castle was completed in 1914, so it’s not one of the oldest castles in Romania, but this large fortress is one of the most beautiful, for sure.
It was originally built as a summer residence for the royal family, and it has retained a lot of its opulence. Inside the castle, you’ll find countless artifacts from across the globe.
This is one of the oldest castles you will find in Romania, construction on this building began in 1570 and it was then renovated later by Count Stefan Bethlen in 1624.
Throughout history, the castle has passed hands a few times and was last owned by the Haller Family, until 2003. Nowadays you’ll find many events held on its grounds, including wine tasting! There are also lots of myths around the castle, and there is one such tale that there is an underground tunnel which leads to a neighboring fortification.
Without a doubt the most famous Romanian castle! The castle was built by the Saxons and is famous for being the place where ‘Dracula’ dwelled!
Sometimes also referred to as the Dracula fort in Romania, the castle has that iconic medieval appearance and it has dark corridors and rooms, towers that point high into the sky, and stunning green countryside all around it.
This is a top tourist spot because of the legends that surround it, but we can’t take away the beauty of the building. This is a simply spectacular structure by all accounts! You’ll find this stronghold near the town of Brasov near the historical border with Wallachia. This is also why Bran Castle is sometimes also called the Brasov Castle, Romania.
This is another of the many Romanian castles in Transylvania that were built to protect the region from the Ottomans. A very old castle, it was completed in 1225 and underwent several renovations throughout history, as it was damaged in various wars and invasions.
There is an interesting story around this citadel in Romania, which says that two prisoners from Turkey were ordered to dig a well, due to there being no water in the area. The dig took 17 years and you can see carvings from the Quran on the walls where the prisoners were working.
Corvin Castle has a fairy tale-esque look to it, but it has a rather mysterious history behind it too, making it a top visited spot in the country.
The castle is gothic in style and dates back as far as 1446. This is where Vlad the Impaler was kept as a prisoner and this imposing Romanian fortress is also connected with the Dracula legend. Basically, this bloody history has intrigued people for years!
If you’re looking for a scene for romance, head to Sturdza Castle! Located in beautiful Miclauseni, the castle is surrounded by a pristine and calm lake, with trees dating back centuries.
The castle actually has Moldovian roots and was built by a family high in social standing. Built in Neogothic style, the castle is one of the most impressive you’ll set your eyes on, and one built for peace and quiet.
The building of Fagaras Citadel began in 1310 and was designed to defend the Transylvania area from the Ottomans and other invaders. This wasn’t particularly successful as in 1541 the castle was actually attacked and captured, before being returned in 1599.
There is a bit of a bloody background to the castle too, as it is the site where torturing was carried out, before bodies were disposed of via a trap door, into the Olt River. The castle went on to become a prison, before turning into a museum, as it is today.
This particular castle has a very attractive exterior, and it was designed by an artist from Vienna. The castle has stunning park and walls, and there is a slight baroque-edge to the building too.
You will see a lot of statues around the gates too. Dating back as far as the 15th century, the castle was also a hospital during 1944, during the war, before also being converted into a children’s hospital and a farm also. These days, the castle is on the protected list and a lot of work is being done to keep it in great condition.
Cantacuzino Castle these days is a museum, and it is a very popular one at that.
You will find many heirlooms and nods to the important Cantacuzino family, and you can see paintings of them on the walls if you want a more visual take on it all. The castle was built in 1911 and is in Neo-Romanian style.
The castle belonged to the family until 1948. The architecture is stunning in style, for sure.
Of course, Romania isn’t all about castles, but how can you ignore them when they’re so old and beautiful? Did we miss a castle, let us know below.
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