Situated on a cliff at an elevation of 762m, Bran Castle in Transylvania is often associated with the dark myth of Count Dracula, a blood-sucking vampire who could give Edward Cullen a run for his money. Bran Castle, however, was originally built to defend Transylvania’s border.
Completed by 1382, in record time, Bran Castle was originally built to defend Transylvania’s border and included a customs station. In Bram Stoker’s famous gothic horror novel, Count Dracula lives in a creepy castle perched high above a valley. The resemblance to Bran Castle is uncanny, yet Stoker never actually visited the castle or even set foot in Romania. Still, you probably wouldn’t want to stay overnight in Bran Castle and, even if you wanted to, the castle is now a private museum.