The castle that inspired Dracula’s hideaway, Bran Castle, has welcomed its first overnight guests in nearly 70 years.
Deep in the Carpathian mountains of northern Romania, the castle is closely associated with bloodthirsty Vlad the Impaler. It already attracts more than 630,000 visitors a year but no one had spent a night there since it was occupied by the Communists in 1948. Guests were welcomed by Dacre Stoker, the great grand nephew of the Irish author of the gothic novel Dracula, Bram Stoker. After arriving by horse drawn carriage, guests enjoyed a candlelight dinner, re-enactments of several key events from the novel plus a few special effects including howling wolves before settling down in a red velvet lined coffin.
By Ian Mcintosh