Bran Castle and Râșnov Citadel
Monday morning we took our time getting up because the Bran Castle, our main destination, didn’t open until noon. We ate breakfast at the hotel and enjoyed surfing a bit on the web. We left at around 11h30 for Bran Castle, aslo known as Dracula’s Castle.
The main square and road leading to Bran Castle were full with kiosks, small shops and a bunch of things to buy. We shopped while my uncle bought the tickets and then we went up to the caste. The castle itself is pretty bare but I love the narrow staircases and the medieval feeling. We took audio guides in French but had to switch to English because the accent was too strong to focus. The whole castle has been refurnished with furniture donated by Queen Marie of Romania. It was sadly insanely crowded for the space available and we missed the one room that talked about Dracula. Oh well. From what I understood he only stayed there very shortly and when the author talked about this castle he had another in mind. We enjoyed it more for its beauty than its association with the story.
On our way back to the hotel, we visited Râșnov Citadel. It was build between the first century before and after Christ but assumed it’s purely military application in the 15th century. Since then, it’s of course fallen into ruins. It’s fascinating to see how high and exposed the citadel was but how well you see the surrounding locations. It puts things in perspective!
Later in the evening, we went out on foot to the closest city in search for some apples for my aunts stomach, lemons for my throat and food for all our bellies.