City of Bran (Brașov County)

The city of Bran is included to the region Brașov County and to the county Bran

Presentation of the destination

Bran: An Introduction

The village of Bran is often overshadowed by the medieval fortress that sits above it. Bran Castle, once attacked by the infamous Vlad the Impaler, has become a popular destination for visitors to the area because the castle is similar to the home of Dracula in the famous novel of the same name.But the commune of Bran itself has a lot to offer visitors. This charming, medieval town has lots of old buildings and is surrounded by natural beauty. Bran is located about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from the nearby city of Brasov. Bran itself is actually composed of five smaller villages. The population of the commune is about 5,600 people.The currency in Romania is the Romanian leu. The country sits in the Eastern European Time Zone and recognizes Eastern European Summer Time. The country has four distinct seasons, including warm to hot summers, moderate springs and falls, and cold winters. Romania does not get much precipitation, except at higher elevations.

Points of interests / things to see

Bran Castle

Bran Castle is by far the most popular sight in the area. Situated on a hill just above the commune, this fortress sits on the border between the regions of Transylvania and Wallachia. Because of its resemblance to the castle in the famous Bram Stoker novel, the fortress is often referred to as "Dracula's Castle."The castle was originally constructed in the 14th century under the order of Louis I of Hungary. It served as the residence for area royals for centuries. Today, the castle serves as a museum for locals and visitors. It displays artwork and furniture that was once part of the collection of Queen Marie of Romania, who lived in the residence in the early 20th century.Bran Castle is located at Str. General Traian Mosoiu, nr. 24. During the high season, from May through September, the castle is open Mondays from 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. and Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Between October and April, the castle is open Mondays from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.Tickets cost 25 Lei for adults, 15 Lei for seniors (ages 65 and over), 10 Lei for students, and 5 Lei for pupils. For more information on visiting Bran Castle, visit, call +4 0268 237-700, or e-mail

Piatra Craiului National Park

The Piatra Craiului National Park is one of Romania's most significant parks. The park's mountains are unique in their narrow, saw-like ridges. The highest peak stands at 2,238 meters (7,343 feet). The park has many entrances, one of which is in Bran.The park has a variety of plant and animal species, including butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, birds, bats, chamois, wolves, bears, and lynx. The park is popular among animal lovers and climbers, who brave the ascent up the area's sharp peaks. A visitor's center educates tourists about the species living in the park. Amenities include hiking trails, educational walks, and an enclosed brown bear observatory. Hike up to the little villages nestled among the mountains and see how the people there live. Biking, horseback riding, sledding, and rock climbing are all activities visitors can arrange within the park.To access the Piatra Craiului National Park from Bran, follow the Brasov-Pitesti national road. Follow the touristic route from Inima Reginei toward the village of Magura. Maps of the park are available for purchase at the visitor's center for a cost of 15 Leu.Various fees are charged for optional additional activities, such as walking tours, transport, and wildlife observation. Information on these fees is available on the park's website. For more information on Piatra Craiului National Park, visit

Bran House of Horror

The Castelul Groazei, called the Bran House of Horror in English, is basically a giant haunted house. Just down the street from Bran Castle, this attraction capitalizes on the success of the area's most famous attraction. The House of Horror serves as a reminder that visitors are in the heart of Dracula country, where vampires and other mysterious creatures were rumored to lurk. The attraction transports fearful visitors through about a dozen small, dark rooms where scary surprises await around each corner. A prison and a torture chamber send chills down the backs. Light effects, costumed actors, and mysterious sounds make visitors jump. Visitors include Count Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein, and Satan.Though the whole trip will take less than 30 minutes, few leave the building without adrenaline pumping through them. Children are welcome to the attraction, but the House of Horror may be too scary for young or fearful kids. The Bran House of Horror is located just a few minutes east of central Bran by foot. The cost of admission is 15 Lei for adults. Credit cards are not accepted, so bring cash. For more information on the Bran House of Horror, call +40 0268 236 894, visit (in Romanian only), or e-mail

Rasnov Fortress

The Old Fortress, a 14th-century structure that protected local Saxons from foreign invaders, is one of the area's most popular attractions. From up on the hill, visitors can see beautiful views of the town of Rasnov and the Romanian countryside.The fortress was once located in a very strategic area, along the commercial route that connected the regions of Transylvania and Wallachia. The fortress eventually grew into a small village and now contains houses, a school, a chapel, and other buildings.The fortress is accessible by car from Bran or by foot from Rasnov. To get to Rasnov from Bran, follow the road that leads to Brasov. Rasnov is about 15 kilometers (9 miles) down the road. Once in Rasnov's city center, take the road toward Poiana Brasov. At the end of town, turn left. A road weaves through the forest and leads right up to the fortress parking lot. If traveling by foot, stand in the city center park. Face the big hill and go through the big entrance between a shop and a pub. Follow the path for about 15 to 20 minutes. The path winds through the forest up to the fortress. Walkers will have to climb: the fortress sits about 200 meters (650 feet) above Rasnov. Entrance to the fortress is about 12 Leu.

Bran Village Museum

The Bran Village Museum is an open museum located nearby Bran Castle. It tells the story of the small town, highlighting how Bran's traditional architecture evolved over time. Learn about the region's economy, which is dominated by cattle, wool processing, forestry, agriculture, and woodworking.Established in 1936, this open-air museum contains more than 300 structures collected from all around the region. It shows how residents lived, ran their households, and operated their farms. The museum highlights various architecture styles the town has seen throughout the years. Visitors can learn about how the town used windmills, water wheels, and fisheries before the days of modern technology. Some of the oldest pieces in the museum date back to the 17th century. Children are invited to try their hand at craft activities.The Bran Village Museum is open year-round. Between May 1 and October 1, it is open from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Monday. From October 1 to May 1, the museum is open from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and is closed on Monday. The Bran Village Museum is located at Traian Mosoiu, 489. Admission is 12 Leu for adults and 6 Leu for students and seniors. For more information on the museum, call +40 0268 238333 or e-mail

Zanoaga Ski Resort

For those who love winter sports, the Zanoaga Ski Resort offers beautiful white slopes and hot, home-cooked meals. Located only 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from Bran, this ski area has a vertical drop of 145 meters (476 feet) and a trail length of 650 meters (2,133 feet). At the ski resort lodge at the base of the mountain, visitors can rent skis and sleds or purchase hot beverages and meals. The cost to rent skis is 35 leu and to rent sleds is 12 leu. Cable transport up the mountain is 5 leu per trip or 45 leu for 15 trips. Parking at the resort os 12 leu a day.The resort is open from 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Some Saturday night skiing is also available.


This historic town dates from Roman times. Wedged between an expansive, green forest and beautiful mountains and bisected by the River Ghimbasel, Rasnov is picturesque, friendly, and quiet.The Old Evanghelic Church, right in the city center, dates from the 13th century. Its painted murals were designed around 1500. The Old Orthodox Church is about a 10-minute walk away. This 14th-century church also houses a small museum.Chelle Rasnoavel, a beautiful green canyon, is a beautiful sight for relaxation or recreation. A river runs rapidly through the canyon and small waterfalls stream from above. This is a popular place for picnicking, walking, and climbing. To get to Rasnov from Bran, follow the road that leads to Brasov. Rasnov is about 15 kilometers (9 miles) down the road.

Biserica Neagră (Black Church)

Biserica Neagra, or Black Church, is a Lutheran Gothic-style church in the city of Brasov. Constructed in the 14th century, this church later inspired the design of other religious buildings in the area. The church got its name from a disastrous fire that blackened its walls many centuries ago.The church has a 4,000-pipe organ from the 19th century and many pieces of medieval art, including an old bust of John the Baptist, which may be the oldest piece in the building.A small donation of 10 Leu is requested. Brasov is located about 29 kilometers (18 miles) from Bran. The drive between the two towns takes about 35 minutes.

Peles Castle

Peles Castle is a neo-Renaissance structure that sits in the Carpathian Mountains near the town of Sinaia. The castle was built between 1873 and 1914 and was commissioned by King Carol I of Romania. One of the castle's most notable rooms is the Holul de Onoare, or Honor Hall, which was completed in 1911 and spans three floors.The castle is now a museum, which can only be explored on a guided tour. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The castle is best accessible by car and is about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Bran. For more information and comprehensive directions to the castle, visit, e-mail, or call +40 244 310 918.

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Surrounding towns

  • Râșnov ~10.6 km
  • Bușteni ~40.0 km
  • Zărnești ~10.8 km
  • Codlea ~25.3 km
  • Predeal ~32.1 km
  • Moieciu de Jos ~4.9 km
  • Bran ~1 m
  • Azuga ~36.7 km
  • ~16.7 km
  • ~34.4 km

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How to get there ?

Getting to Bran/Getting Around

Most visitors flying into Romania will land at the Henri Coanda International Airport in Bucharest. Several daily trains connect Bucharest to the Gare de Nord in the town of Brasov, which is the most accessible town near Bran. Brasov also has daily train connections to Budapest and an overnight train to Vienna. From Brasov, Bran is accessible by car, bus, taxi, or minibus. Car rentals are available in Brasov, but visitors can also order a taxi to take them from Brasov to Bran. Buses travel between the towns several times a day and depart from Autogara 2.If traveling by car, highway route DN73 connects the two towns. It is about 31 kilometers (19 miles) between the two cities. The drive takes about 40 minutes.Once in Bran, the town is easily explored by foot. A car is the easiest way to access sites outside the town, but taxis and buses also service much of the region.

Bran city hall

City hall address
Primăria Bran
DN73 504, Bran 507025, Romania
City hall phone number
+40 268 236 413
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Hotels in Bran (Brașov County)

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Bran Belvedere Residence

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Contele Vladimir

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Pensiunea Casa Doina

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Serena Guesthouse Bran

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Hotel Wolf 2

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Hotel Wolf 1

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Casa din Bran Villas

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Casa Din Bran - Inn Cuisine

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Transylvanian Inn

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Pension Ana Bran

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Vila Monica

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Pension Muntele Rece

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Pensiunea Laura

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Casa Enescu

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Hotel Hillden Lodge&Restaurant

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Pension Bran Ioana