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The real Dracula's Castle is up for sale
Posted on 14/03/2016

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The famous fortress, which has been on the market for years, could go for as little as 9.3 million according to locals. Time to dig deep...

The castle is on the very edge of a terrific precipice. A stone falling from the window would fall a thousand feet without touching anything!

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Bran Castle

This is how Bram Stoker described the home of infamous Count Dracula in his 1897 novel of the same name.

Gazing up at it from the trees below, you realise just how accurately the author described Bran Castle - an imposing yet crumbling mass on a Romanian mountaintop which is now up for sale for the cool sum of 47 million. But with 57 bedrooms and no indoor plumbing, the castle needs some serious investment even after the initial asking price.

Roughly a two-hour drive from capital Bucharest, the castle sits on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, and whilst there are conflicting theories about whether it inspired Bram Stoker's writing, it is still the only one to proudly hold the nickname of "Dracula's Castle".

Built in 1226 as a military fortress to defend Transylvania, the castle has been populated by everyone from military regiments and chivalrous knights to Romanian royalty and communists. It was returned to the descendents of Romania's former royal family in 2009 and has been run as one of the country's biggest tourist sites, attracting over 560,000 visitors a year.

It was put on the market well over a year ago now, after its current owners, who say they are becoming to old to manage the property, decided it needed the tender, loving care of a younger person. It was initially offered to the Romanian government for 47 million, but remained open to outside bids.

Unfortunately, Bran Castle has proved extremely tough to sell. One local recently told the Financial Times that it could go for as little as 12 million euros (9.3 million) as its owners become increasingly desperate to shift it.

If you're considering investing in the tourist attraction, or simply fancy a look around, you can take a video tour on the offical Bran Castle website.

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