Get excited, horror aficionados: Bran Castle, nicknamed “Dracula’s Castle,” in Transylvania is for sale, but it’s going to cost you much more than a movie ticket.
The castle, located atop a cliff in central Romania, could sell for more than $135 million, complete with rich history and legends, but deficient in bathrooms. The 14th century castle, owned by several different people over the years, is most famous for its ties to Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, “Dracula.” According to folklore, Prince Vlad the Impaler, an historical warlord who inspired the fictional story, spent time locked up in the castle.
The Telegraph reported on Sunday that the 57-room, 22-acre castle is on the market, with the sale handled by New York-based law firm Herzfeld and Rubin.
“If someone comes in with a reasonable offer, we will look at who they are, what they are proposing, and we will seriously entertain the idea,” Mark Meyer told the Telegraph. “What you have to remember is that this castle is the real thing. We don’t need men going around dressed up in old-fashioned costumes; the place speaks for itself.”
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Meyer said whoever wants to purchase the house will have a big job on their hands, since the property has no plumbing or bathrooms. He also said the new owner should purchase the property for tourism purposes. Currently, Bran Castle is a tourist destination for 560,000 people annually who pay £4. It is owned by descendants of Britain’s Queen Victoria, three siblings in their 70s with the last name “Habsburg.”
“The aim, though, is to take the whole thing a stage further, reroute the road and make Bran a destination, the kind of place people will stay for two or three days,” he said. “That’s why we’d like whoever buys the castle to continue running it as a tourist destination. This isn’t just a national monument, it’s the largest and most significant attraction in Romania.”
While Meyer did not disclose how much Bran Castle would sell for, there is evidence it could sell anywhere between $80 million -- the price offered to the Romanian government -- and $135 million or higher, a price estimated in 2007 by a former company that repped a previous sale attempt.
“At present, it makes a tidy profit, but in the right hands it has the potential to generate far more revenue than we could ever imagine,” Meyer said.
Take a virtual tour of the inside and facade of Bran Castle, aka “Dracula’s Castle,” below.