Medieval Castles of Transylvania Tour: Bran, Rasnov and PelesWith: Marian 8
What you need to know about this Transylvania castles tour
- This tour starts from Brasov. Duration 9 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 3 major historic attractions and learn about their importance for Romanian history: Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress and Peles Castle
- 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
Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
Meeting point: The History Museum Piata Sfatului Square, Brasov – 9:00 AM
Moments to expect in the Transylvania castles tour
Peles Castle in Sinaia was the summer residence of the Romanian Royal family. Built in the late 19th century, it is an architectural, engineering and interior masterpiece, the castle is very well preserved and one of Romania's top attractions where you will learn a lot about Romanian history!
The famous Bran Castle
Also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’, this hilltop fortress usually brings up visions of howling wolves and bats fluttering in the moonlight for many tourists. But besides the many legends and stories connecting Bran Castle to Vlad the Impaler, the famous Romanian prince who inspired Dracula's character, this Gothic castle has an impressive history of its, defending against Ottoman invaders and guarding the entrance into Transylvania.
The hilltop Rasnov Fortress
This imposing 13th-century fortress is located on a hilltop in the town of Rasnov and was built to protect and shelter villagers against Turkish and Tatar invaders during the Middle Ages. Due to its almost inaccessible location, it has resisted countless attacks was upgraded to offer long-term refuge. It is Romania's best preserved rural citadels with many buildings still intact, including a 143m deep well. It also offers fantastic views of the area which will impress you!
- Starting point: Brasov
- Nearest airport: Bucharest, Sibiu
- Nearest train station: Brasov
- Landscape: Hills, urban, cobbled stone
Reviews from travellers
Wonderful experience with and experienced knowledgeable guide. He knew all about Romanian history as well as Europe. Highly recommended!
Our guide was very knowledgeable about all three of the sites that we visited. The sites were all so different. Peles-ornate, over-the-top, Bran-much more simple but decorated for Halloween, and Rasnov-ruins with a great hilltop view. Our guide knew several spots from which to take some pretty cool photos and drove us down side streets to find these spots. Just be aware that you need to pay extra to take pictures inside of Peles. We bought postcards instead!
A very enjoyable trip, and doing it with a guide and transport certainly makes life easier to include these 3 sites into just one day. I enjoyed all 3 of the castles, but Peles was my favourite - it is extremely beautiful inside, and has interesting history behind it. Bran of course a must-visit in Transylvania, and despite being very touristy and busy I would say it was enjoyable. Rasnov contrasted well with the other castles, it is a very different style built by the Saxons.
Our tour of the Medieval castles of Transylvania was worth every Lei! We were picked up at our hotel and spent almost 9 hours with our guide. He continually provided us with history about the area and the site we were visiting. He was very passionate about Romania and we learned a lot! He obtained tickets to the sites with no effort by us and was well known in the area by people who were always happy to see him. The tour is something anyone visiting this area should experience. We were able to see two castles, one palace and a fortress in one day - and enjoy a nice lunch with local food in a non-touristy restaurant. He also shared stories about the mountains and Romanian Orthodox churches. The distance between the sights would not be easy for someone not familiar with the area - so thanks for the tour Romanian Friend!
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