Dracula’s Castle Could Be Yours (For a Blood-Curdling Price)

Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle, in the Carpathian mountains.
Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle, in the Carpathian mountains. –BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS

Want to take your vampire obsession to the most extreme level possible?

If watching re-runs of “True Blood,’’ “The Vampire Diaries,’’ and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’’ just isn’t satisfying your vampire addiction, you’re in luck.

If you’re a multi-millionaire, that is.

The 14th century castle that inspired Bram Stoker to write “Dracula’’ in 1897 about a bloodthirsty vampire named Count Dracula, has been put on the market by the owner, Romanian Archduke Dominic von Habsburg, for an undisclosed price. Apparently, the Romanian government has already offered around $80 million.

The hill-clinging Romanian castle, officially known as Bran Castle, is currently being used as a museum for previous owner, Queen Marie of Romania’s, art and antique collection, but if the right offer comes along, the archduke might just have to sink his teeth into it.


Sure, Dracula might be a fictional character who never actually lived there, but the real person his character was based on, Vlad the Impaler- son of Vlad II Dracul and prince of Wallachia, apparently spent two months imprisoned there in the mid-15th century.

Teutonic knights, Hungarian kings, and Romanian royalty have also graced the eerie crimson red turrets.

If you aren’t scared off by the undisclosed price, the lack of toilets, and the 560,000 tourists who visit the castle annually, you might just find yourself bewitched with the property’s estate garden, quaint wishing well, and stone courtyard.

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