Nearly half a million foreign tourists come to visit Dracula’s castle

branNearly 500,000 foreign tourists visited the Bran Castle, one of Romania’s most famous tourist destinations, also known as “Dracula’s castle”, in 2016. The Rasnov medieval fortress and the Black Church are also popular destinations for foreign tourists who come to the mountain city of Brasov, in central Romania, says Romania-Insider.com.

Located in central Romania, just 30 kilometers away from Brasov, and 170 kilometers north of the capital Bucharest, Bran Castle draws many foreign tourists each year. The medieval castle became known worldwide due to its striking resemblance to Dracula’s Castle, as depicted in Bram Stoker’s famous Dracula novel, published in 1897.

The castle is now owned by Prince Dominic Habsburg-Lothringen, the son of Princess Ileana of Romania, and the grandson of King Ferdinand I and Queen Marie of Romania, who got it back from the Romanian state in 2006.

The Bran Castle received more than 800,000 tourists last year, up from the 610,000 visitors in 2015. “The 800,000 tourists paid for tickets, but we had an average of 2,200 tourists per month who enjoyed free entrance to a various of public or private events organized at the Bran castle. More than 60% of the tourists visiting the castle were foreigners,” Bogdana Balmus, PR manager of the castle told Agerpres.

Famous American actor Johnny Depp visited Bran Castle in June last year, during his visit to Romania where he and his Hollywood Vampires (rock singer Alice Cooper, and guitarist Joe Perry) had a concert. The Bran Castle also opened up its gates on Halloween night for a lucky Canadian couple who won an international contest organized by Airbnb.

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