The Spanish publication El Pais has ranked Bran Castle on the third place in the top 20 most beautiful castles in Europe. The castle, known mostly by the Bram Stoker novel, Count Dracula, is visited annually by many foreign tourists, especially due to its history and appearance.
The article is titled “The most beautiful castles in Europe: from the fantasies of King Nebun, in Neuschwanstein, the Loire Valley and the forests of Transylvania, to 20 fairy castles” and briefly summarizes the history of each of the chosen ones. The castle in Romania ranks third, after the famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, and not least the famous Chenonceau on the Loire Valley.
“Bran Castle is a medieval fortress near Brasov, on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia in Romania, which owes its reputation and the huge tourist attraction to Count Dracula, the character of Bram Stoker’s novel. It is more than certain that the real historical figure of Vlad III Dracula has ever stepped into this castle, whose present structure was built by King Ludovic I of Hungary in 1377. Vlad Ţepeş lived in the castle of Poenari, in the center-south area of the country, a castle whose ruins can also be visited, “says the article in El Pais.
The National Institute of Statistics showed that between January 1 and November 31, 2016 Romania was visited by about 2.4 million foreign tourists. The figure represents an 8% increase over the similar period of 2015, the majority (around 76%) coming from Europe.
Of these, 10,000 tourists come from the Iberian Peninsula. According to Mediafax, Spain is ranked nine in the top European countries that visited us in 2016.
The leading places are occupied by Germany, with 270,000 tourists, Israel, with 232,000 tourists and Italy, with 218,000 tourists.