The Best Castles in Transylvania, Romania

Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania
Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania. Photo by virgil maierean on Unsplash

While Transylvania, Romania has become known for its association with Dracula, werewolves, fantasies, and fairytales, the region has some of Europe’s most spectacular and oldest castles and mansions. If the medieval towns weren’t reason enough to visit the Transylvania, these castles are and some of them are even spooky. Here are three you need to check out.

Bran Castle

Some claim that this castle inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula and it continues to be surrounded by myth and magic. Vlad the Impaler, also known as Vlad Dracula, one of the most important rulers in Wallachian history, passed through Bran Castle in 1459 to settle a conflict over customs taxes.

Peles Castle

This large and gorgeous castle nestled in the mountain countryside was the world’s first castle powered by energy using its own power plant. Peles Castle has three tours that show the levels of the castle and the rooms are full of lavish decor including silk rugs, Murano glass, marble, and walnut decor.

Cantacuzino Castle

Completed in 1911 under the request of Prince George Grigore Cantacuzinol, Cantacuzino Castle is located in the mountain resort Busteni. It’s perfect for destination weddings and grand events and the traditional Romanian cuisine is to die for.