Dracula's abode is put on the market

Bram Stoker's Dracula relinquishes his castle

by 16 May 2014

Dracula's castle, located high above a valley perched on a rock with a flowing river below in Transylvania, has been put on the market.

Bran Castle, or better known as Dracula’s Castle for its resemblance to the manor in Bram Stroker’s book, a 22-acre property with 57 rooms, has already been on the market several times in the past with previous bids reaching as much as 135 million dollars.

According to Mark Meyer, of Herzfeld & Rubin, the New York law firm handling the sale, they will be very discerning when reviewing offers. Castle Bran has now become a major tourist destination and receives around 560,000 visitors every year. Meyer also said that the Duke and the Duchess would like the buyer to maintain the castle as a tourist destination because the castle is not just a "national monument", but also a "significant attraction of Romania."

The Medieval castle - which completed construction in 1388 - has served as a warehouse, a prison, a hospital and even a museum. Herzfeld & Rubin have revealed that the manor will undergo a minor refurbishment to fix the ancient plumbing as well install a glass elevator that will lead to a tunnel in the mountain, with a light show featuring Dracula and the whole history of the place.

Indeed, the castle comes with a long list of previous owners, from Saxons to Hungarians to Teutonic Knights. In 2009, the Castle came into the possession of its legal heirs, Archduke Dominic, Archduchess Maria Magdalena and Archduchess Elisabeth.

Interestingly, Bram Stoker never visited Romania. He depicted the imaginary Dracula’s castle based upon a description of Bran Castle that was available to him in turn-of-the-century Britain.