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Castle Dracula
Romania (light green) and Transylvania (dark green)
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Castle Dracula is a fictional castle in the Borgo Pass, on the borders of three states (Transylvania, Moldavia and Bukovina) in the midst of the Carpathian Mountains.




Stoker describes it as “a vast ruined castle, from whose tall black windows came no ray of light, and whose broken battlements showed a jagged line against the moonlit sky” (page 20). There are several real castles that may have inspired Castle Dracula:


Bran Castle
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 Bran Castle is situated on the border of Transylvania and Wallachia. There is evidence that the real Vlad III Dracula used the castle during raids in Transylvania, but there is no indication that Stoker knew about Bran Castle.

The castle is marketed to tourists as Dracula’s castle.

Bran Castle website.






Poenari Castle
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Poenari Castle is a ruined castle in Romania and was used as one of Vlad III Dracula’s main fortresses. 















Hunyad Castle
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 Hunyad Castle in Romania is said to be the place where Vlad III was held prisoner after being deposed in 1462. This is the least likely influence, yet its impressive Gothic appearance comes closest to modern ideas of a ‘typical vampire castle.’ 











Slains Castle is a ruined castle in Scotland, near Cruden Bay. It stands perched on a cliff looking out over the North Sea. Bram Stoker holidayed at Cruden Bay and was said to be greatly impressed by the castle. Visually, this castle more closely resembles Jonathan Harker's description of Castle Dracula. Local residents affectionately refer to Slains Castle as Dracula’s Castle. Find out more about Slains Castle from


Slains Castle
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