Bran Castle, Romania
Bran Castle, Romania. Yes, this is Castle Dracula. Bran Castle was built between 1377 and 1388. Its most famous tenant, Vlad the Impaler, did not take possession of the castle until 1459
. Vlad’s reputation for ruthlessness – and for his bloodsucking ways – was forever minted when he killed hundreds of Saxons from nearby Transylvania and burned the city of Brasov to the ground. Thanks to considerable embellishment from Bram Stoker, Vlad’s notoriety continues to this day. Bran Castle enjoys a steady stream of visitors throughout the year, with Halloween being the most popular time of the year.