Brasov Day Trip: Bran Castle, Peles Castle & more!

Romania has many citadels, castles and fortifications, especially in Transylvania which was considered the last line of defence against the Ottoman Empire's expansion from the South. Let's go on a day trip from Brasov to visit the popular Bran and Peles castles and an impressive fortified church from a Saxon village!

What you need to know about this Transylvania castles tour

  • This is a small group tour (8 people max) that starts from Brasov [can also be done in private mode]. Duration 8:30 am - 6 pm
  • Included: transport with modern car or minibus, English guide, 3 entrance fees (standard tickets). Not included: lunch, souvenirs or other expenses
  • You will visit 2 major tourist attractions in Romania: Bran Castle and Peles Castle. Learn about their history through interesting stories!
  • We'll go the typical Saxon medieval village of Cristian to visit its impressive fortified church
  • You can replace Cristian village with a visit to Valea Cetatii Cave in Rasnov
  • You will see local life and beautiful landscapes of Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains on this tour
  • IMPORTANT: our guide-partner requires full payment of tour price in advance. Fully refundable if canceled with 3 full days in advance of tour date

Additional information

Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Peles Castle is CLOSED on Monday
- on Monday during summer season (May-Sept)
- Monday + Tuesday during the winter season (Oct-Apr)
If you book for these days you can only visit Peles from the outside and instead we can visit Pelisor, a smaller castle also part of the royal estate.

Rasnov castle is closed for restoration works and CAN'T be visited. We may tour the outside of the fortress and learn more about it.

Moments to expect in the Transylvania castles tour

Cristian Fortified Church

This Roman-Catholic church was built in 1480 and is representative of typical Saxon villages of Transylvania: fortified with 2 defence walls and 5 guard towers. Built in open fields, the Church was meant to protect villagers against Ottoman invaders but also serve as a place of worship and community. It's beautiful and worth visiting!

Cristian Fortified Church

Bran Castle - any vampires around?

Next, we move to Romania's #1 tourist attraction, Bran Castle also known as Dracula Castle. We cut through all the touristy stories so you learn about this imposing 650-years-old castle perched almost impossibly on top of a cliff overlooking a crossing of the Carpathian Mts. There's a lot of history and legends in this place and we'll see what's the connection with Bram Stoker's famous novel.

Bran Castle - any vampires around?

A superb royal residence: Peles Castle

This gorgeous castle was the summer residence of the Romanian Royal family. Built in the late 19th century in a German Neo-Reinnassance style, the castle is also an engineering masterpiece with an interior worthy of a museum - a proper royal residence! Peles Castle is one of Romania's top attractions that you shouldn't miss for its beauty, history and views!
[Peles is closed on Mon + Tue but we will see it from the outside and visit Pelisor Castle instead]

A superb royal residence: Peles Castle

[Alternative] Valea Cetatii Cave

If you don't want to visit the Fortified Church in Cristian, then we can go to Valea Cetatii Cave in Rasnov. Opened in 2010, besides the superb sculptures and rock formations created by Mother Earth, the cave is famous for its impeccable acoustic in the "Great Hall" where the Brasov Philharmonic group holds concerts!

[Alternative] Valea Cetatii Cave

[Alternative] Pelisor Castle

If Peles Castle was built for the heads of the royal family, its 'small brother' Pelisor Castle was built for the heirs. Similar yet different and with its own history and legends, Pelisor Castle is worth visiting. During the normal tour you will see it from the outside, but when Peles Castle is closed we'll also go inside!

[Alternative] Pelisor Castle
2 x 100 Euro
How to book this tour?
  1. Choose how many people and when
  2. Request a booking and fill in your details
  3. Flexible payment and cancelation
  4. Guide answers in 24h
  5. Children prices

Cancelation & refund policy


Sends us or the guide an email 24h before the tour informing us you can't make it and you'll get a full refund of your payment, no questions asked.

Location details

  • Starting point: Brasov
  • Nearest airport: Bucharest, Sibiu
  • Nearest train station: Brasov
  • Landscape: Hills, urban, cobbled stone

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