- Bran Castle is tied to the iconic story of the aristocratic Romanian vampire
- Vlad the Impaler – the spark for the tale – was reputedly imprisoned here
- The fortress sits in central Romania, attracting legions of vampire fans
Bran Castle – which perches on a dramatic hilltop near Brasov in central Romania – has long been linked to the toothsome vampire. Constructed in the early 14th century, it is open to the public, who are able to peer into its creaky rooms and dark passageways.
Sharp-eyed tourists will point out that Dracula did not exist.
And they would – rather obviously – be correct. The most famous vampire of all was, of course, created by the Irish novelist Bram Stoker in his iconic Gothic novel Dracula, published in 1897.