Castles in Romania are unique and picturesque landmarks that illustrate the rich medieval heritage of the country. For us, it was an astonishing experience to visit most of the Castles scattered through Romania. Geographically, most of them are concentrated in central Romania, however, you can find quite a few in the North and some in the South as well. Romania for sure will surprise you with its old, medieval, legendary and fairytale-like Castles. We will share our top 3 castles to visit. So, if you are wondering which castles to visit while you are in Romania, this travel guide will help you to decide.
First, the legendary Bran Castle, situated in central Romania, Transylvania. It was built on a 200-foot rock with imposing towers and turrets. It’s a truly magnificent castle with narrow stairways and many timbered rooms. Nowadays, it is the most visited castle in Romania and as the legend goes, the castle where Bram Stoker’s Dracula resides.
Even though the castle is surrounded by an aura of mystery, it was never a Castle where neither Stoker’s Dracula, nor Vlad Dracula, ruler of Walachia resided. Nevertheless, this clever marketing trick makes sure that each year thousands of people are thronging to see this place, take pictures and buy souvenirs.
The downside of this castle is that in peak tourist season the place becomes a bit too crowded with tourists. And with so many narrow stairways and tiny rooms, exploring the castle becomes a real challenge. During our visit, we enjoyed the view from outside and the aura of the Castle and it is really a great castle. So, if you do decide to go, we would just recommend visiting it early in the morning to avoid the crowds!
Bran, Transylvania – Central Romania. During high season (April-September) Monday from 12PM to 6PM & Tuesday–Sunday from 9AM to 6PM; Low season (October-March) Monday from 12PM to 4PM & Tuesday–Sunday from 9AM to 4PM. Price 8.5 EUR for adults.
Corvin Castle is another marvellous castle in central Romania, Transylvania, that should be on your list. Here we were impressed by the designs of Iancu de Hunedoara taste. In the 14th century, he upgraded the already existing fortress into one of the most stunning gothic-style castles in whole Romania. These days it is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe and also of the 7 world wonders of Romania.
We were left speechless when we first saw it! It’s the best medieval castle we found in Romania. The beautifully preserved structure features many impressive chambers, towers, balconies and a grand courtyard, but most of all we loved to just admire the large structure from the outside.
Hunedoara, Transylvania. Monday from 12 PM to 5 PM. Tuesday – Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Price 6.5 EUR.
All Castles in Romania are something special, but Peles Castle is on a different level. It is situated at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the lovely town of Sinaia. It was built in German new-Renaissance architectural style in the late 19th century and it looks like a fairy tale. Fun fact is that Peles Castle was the first castle in Europe to be entirely lit by electricity, which the castle produced with its own power plant.
We loved to wander around and this fairy tale like, picturesque masterpiece. It is our favourite castle and we would recommend everyone who travels through Romania to stop and take a look!
Sinaia, Walachia – Southern Romania. To go inside of the castle, you must come with a guide and the price differs depending on how many floors you want to see. But, visiting the exterior is free!