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Bran Castle, alleged home of Vlad Tepes and Dracula, for sale for $135M US

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According to Wikipedia, Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (1431–1476/77), was a member of the House of Drăculești. He was posthumously dubbed Vlad the Impaler, and was a three-time Voivode of Wallachia, ruling mainly from 1456 to 1462.
The Ambras Castle portrait of Vlad III, c. 1560
Home of the real Dracula?
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How about Bran Castle, the mythological birthplace of the Dracula vampire myth? Legend has it that Bram Stoker, author of 1897’s famous Dracula, modeled the immortal vampire’s Romanian castle on the description and dimensions of the real castle that actually exists as a tourist attraction in Transylvania, Romania.

According to Impressive Magazine, “Bran Castle currently is one of the most famous castles in the world. This castle has become widely known as Dracula’s Castle, being located near the city of Brasov, in Transylvania, Romania. The castle is placed between Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains. Bran Castle dates back to the year 1377, when the administrative fortress was first mentioned. Throughout the years, the castle had an important role in protecting the area from the Ottomans and Tartars invasion. Historians actually claim that this is the reason why the inhabitants of Brasov built this castle, to protect them against invasions.”

Christopher Middleton at The Telegraph reports“That the Romanian castle's current owners—Archduke Dominic Habsburg and his sisters Maria Magdalena and Elizabeth—are working with the New York law firm Herzfeld & Rubin to find the right buyer for the estate.”

“If someone comes in with a reasonable offer, we will look at who they are, what they are proposing, and will seriously entertain the idea,” says Mark Meyer, of Herzfeld and Rubin. The New York law firm is handling the sale (he’s also the honorary American consul for Moldova).

The property comes with a long list of previous owners: everyone from Saxons to Hungarians to Teutonic knights. And although the facilities may not be exactly state-of-the-art (the plumbing is reported to require some work), there’s no questioning the detachedness of the property. It stands on top of a hill, and is most definitely not overlooked by neighbours (sic).”

Plus, true royalty is a factor in this castle equation; in addition to whispered stories that the fabled Vlad Tepes was imprisoned here for a night or several months (depending on which history you follow) there has been a lineage of titled royalty associated with Bran Castle. The Telegraph reports that “In the real world, too, the castle has a whole dungeon full of gripping stories. In 1920, back in the days when Romania had a royal family, the fortress was given to Queen Marie, the granddaughter of our own Queen Victoria. When she died, in 1938, she bequeathed the castle to her daughter Princess Ileana, who in 1944 set up a hospital at Bran, to treat soldiers wounded in the war. The royal tenure came to a sudden end, though, when the communists came to power.

“In 1948, the entire royal family was given 24 hours not just to get out of the castle, but out of the country,” says Meyer. “They were packed off in a train.”

Before they left, though, one of the princess’s six children, 10-year-old Dominic, ran into the village, to give his bicycle to his best friend. Naturally, he did not expect to return, but 58 years later, following the fall of the Ceausescu regime, Bran Castle was restored to the royal family, and both Dominic and two of his sisters (Maria Magdalena and Elizabeth) have been running it ever since.”

So if you have $135M lying around, look no further then Bran Castle for investment purposes. There are tourist opportunities, royal associations, and a huge connection to the most famous vampire of all time. What could go wrong?

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