For Sale: Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania, Romania
Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania has gone up for sale:
Nestled in the Romanian countryside, the property is a tasty investment, and with the closest town, Brasov, some miles away, there’s plenty of peace and quiet, meaning you’ll be able to sleep for a thousand years — or least get a peaceful, lazy Sunday.
The spectacular Bran Castle in Romania has a long list of previous owners, from Saxons to Teutonic knights. But its most famous occupant was Vlad “The Impaler” Tepes, a fearsome warrior who operated in the area and was imprisoned in the castle in the 15th century.
Vlad was a member of the House of Draculesti, the name which gave rise to the famous vampire Count Dracula, the creation of the 19th-century writer Bram Stoker.
Stoker’s Dracula was also inspired by Transylvanian legend and folklore, which are full of characters called strigoi, phantoms that leave their bodies when darkness falls to terrorize sleeping villagers.
The family, whose surname is Habsburg, consists of three siblings all in their 70s, who lack the time and energy to carry out the renovations the castle needs. (It currently has no toilets or bathrooms.) According to the Daily Telegraph, the castle is now owned by the descendants of Britain’s Queen Victoria after it was restored to their control following the collapse of communism.
Mark Meyer, from New York real estate firm Herzfeld and Rubin, which is handling the sale, refused to discuss the price. The castle reportedly was offered to the Romanian government for $85 million.
“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.
“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.”