1. Bran Castle – Bran, Transylvania, Romania
Along with Romania’s Hunyad Castle and Poenari Castle, Bran Castle is often associated with the fictional tale of Count Dracula. Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia – otherwise known as Vlad III Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler – is thought to be the real life inspiration for the imaginary protagonist in Bram Stoker’s best-selling 1897 novel, Dracula. Legend states that during his lifetime, the real Vlad III was imprisoned in Bran Castle briefly in 1462. Dracula fans flock to Bran Castle and other Romanian sites to walk in the fabled footsteps of the fictional Count as well as the notorious real-life Prince.
(Photo courtesy of Bran Castle)