What better way to learn about a country’s history than visiting the places where royalty has taken decisions to shape the future of its people. The remarkable castles that you can find in Romania are filled with history, glamour and of course mystery and legend.
Let’s have a look at some of Romania’s most beautiful and important castles which have been the residence of the Kings that contoured the country’s past.
Located at the end of a beautiful forest path, and set atop a hill amid the mountains, Peles Castle makes you feel you have stepped in the scene of a fairy-tale.
Inaugurated in 1883 the castle was build for King Carol the first which used it as a summer residence until the end of his reign in 1914.
Once you reach the castle you will be pleasantly surprised by its beautiful Neo - Renaissance style architecture and surrounding landscapes which will leave you speechless.
Bran Castle – Dracula Castle:
Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend and perched on a 200- foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker’s Dracula.
This castle was first mentioned in 1377 in the act issued by Louis I of Hungary that gave the Saxons of Kronstadt (today’s Brasov City) the privilege to build this stone castle at their expense and labour.
A spectacular Gothic-Renaissance castle , located in southeastern Transylvania , Corvin Castle is probably one of Romania’s most astonishing medieval constructions.
The construction of the castle started in the 15th century at the orders of John of Hunedoara who wanted to transform the previous keep build by Charles I of Hungary.
According to theories, it was the place where Vlad the Impaler was held prisoner by John Hunyadi for 7 years after Vlad was deposed in 1462. This theory was never proven, but the castle became famous after this historical rumor.
Rasnov Citadel is located on a rocky hilltop in the Carpathian Mountains, 650 ft. above the settlement of Rasnov.
First mentioned in an official document in 1331, the fortress was built as protection against invading Tartars and was later enlarged by the local Saxon population. It was strategically located on the commercial route linking the provinces of Transylvania and Walachia.
Rupea citadel is considered one of the oldest archeological sites found in Romania, dating back to the Paleolithic and early Neolithic (5500 BC–3500 BC).
The first documentary attestation of Rupea Citadel was in 1324 when the Saxons revolted against King Charles I of Hungary and took refuge inside the citadel.
The citadel also played an important role during the infamous deadly plague that decimated Europe’s population in the early 1700s by being a place of refuge for those who were not infected.