8 Beautiful Historic Castles in Transylvania
Transylvania is a land of vast beauty. Although it's known for tales of werewolves and Dracula, Transylvania is home to some of Europe’s oldest and prettiest castles. From Baroque design to Neo-Gothic structures, these castles will leave you inspired to take your home design style up a royal notch.
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Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni, Romania was completed in 1911 at the request of Prince George Grigore Cantacuzino. The castle was built in the Neo-Romanian style of architecture which was popular at the time. Today it is open to the public as a museum.
Daniel Castle Varghis
Located in Varghis, The Daniel Castle dates back to the year of 1580. The castle's design is a mixture of the Baroque, Classical and late Rennaisance styles. Upon arriving and seeing the castles aged stone fence, you can immediately sense the castle’s history. This castle has seen everything from structural additions to damage from Military operations.
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Located in Haromszek, Daniel Castle may not be what you think of when castles come to mind. Castles in this region of Transylvania were significantly smaller than castles in other parts of Europe. Although this castle is small in size, it's big on beauty with a gorgeous spiral staircase leading to the dining hall which has the original full-scale wall paintings throughout its interior.
Peles Castle is a large and beautiful castle nestled into the mountain countryside. This was the world's first castle powered by locally produced energy, using its very own power plant. Peles castle offers three tours with varying levels of the castle included.
We love Count Kalnoky's castle because it paints a true picture of Medieval Transylvania life. The castle itself has been turned into a museum with gorgeous artifacts and tapestries from the Count’s ancestors. The guestrooms are furnished with antique Transylvanian furniture that will make you want to hit the first vintage store you see once you arrive home. Although the castle has been turned into a museum with artifacts and tapestries from the Count's ancestors, you can stay in the guesthouses.
Bran Castle is surrounded by myth, magic and intrigue. Although some claim that this castle is the castle that inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula, the one thing we can be sure of is how stunning the castle is. The Gothic fortress is building is situated on a cliff and made of a combination of wood and stone. Today, this beautiful, yet eerie castle is open for tours, ensuring you’ll have a trip that you will never forget.
Poenari Citadel Castle was the fortress used by Vlad the Impaler. Poenar is made of up gigantic stones and its sheer size and location made it almost impossible for an attack. Although the castle fell victim to an earthquake in 1888, you can still visit the castle's ruins.
Banffy Castle is a gorgeous castle that has been owned by the Banffy family since 1387. During World War II the family was evacuated and the castle interior was destroyed and taken over by German military forces to use as a field hospital. Although it was on the World Monuments Watch List of One Hundred Most Dangerous Sites in 2000, it has now been restored and will be hosting an electronic music festival called Electric Castle in July 2018.