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How much time to devote to Bran castle?

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How much time to devote to Bran castle?

I read some reviews that the castle is beautiful outside but nothing to see inside.

We do not care if it is called dracula's castle but would like to see it if is worth a visit inside. How much time should be plan for this?

We are staying in Brasov and will go to The Bear sanctuary for their 10 AM 1 hr tour, then go to Bran castle, rasnov fortress, pelisor castle and peles castle.

In general, how much time would it take to take to see each of these attractions?

Is this an OK itinerary for 1 full day?

Thanks

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1. Re: How much time to devote to Bran castle?

About one hour for Bran and Rasnov each, under one hour for Pelisor, two hours for Peles (take the full tour).

It would be better to visit Peles and Pelisor on a separate day.

washington dc
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2. Re: How much time to devote to Bran castle?

OK thanks That helps us plan the day.

BTW full tour at pele's is canceled since it is undergoing renovation. We will take the growund floor & fst floor tour.

People had very negative comments about the staff at pele's castle. I wonder why

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3. Re: How much time to devote to Bran castle?

Peles is very beautiful - yes, take the ground and first flor - be prepared for a long line. so many tourusts there. but, worth it .

Bran is nice, but not WOW ! In side, I think - 30 minutes.

Since you have a car, drive a little bit further after the castle - another 5-10 kilometers and you will have amazing views over the Carpathians Mountains !!!

Rasnov - the same, 30 minutes inside. Some ruines there and a nice view over the valey.

All can be done in one day from Brasov.

1 - the bear sanctuary

2 - Peles and Pelisor Castles

3 - Bran Castle

4 - mountains views

5 - Rasnov Fortres

6 - back to Brasos, via Poiana Brasov Mountain Resort ( a scenery road instead of the national road)

MAP:

https://www.google.ro/maps/dir/Bra%C8%99ov/Asociatia+Milioane+de+Prieteni,+Strada+Tudor+Vladimirescu,+Zarnesti,+Brasov,+Romania/Peles+Castle,+Sinaia,+Jude%C8%9Bul+Prahova/Castelul+Bran,+Strada+General+Traian+Mo%C8%99oiu,+Bran/R%C3%A2%C8%99nov,+Jude%C8%9Bul+Bra%C8%99ov/Poiana+Bra%C8%99ov,+Bra%C8%99ov,+Jude%C8%9Bul+Bra%C8%99ov/Bra%C8%99ov/@45.5115668,25.344277,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m44!4m43!1m5!1m1!1s0x40b35b862aa214f1:0x6cf5f2ef54391e0f!2m2!1d25.616667!2d45.666667!1m5!1m1!1s0x40b34f3b841e0925:0x4e153b4c854ccb73!2m2!1d25.385112!2d45.5932!1m5!1m1!1s0x40b316ecd28fe179:0xf4146f4d8bc3638d!2m2!1d25.5426535!2d45.3598838!1m5!1m1!1s0x40b347e5a415de31:0xcf922792d921ab7f!2m2!1d25.367164!2d45.514902!1m5!1m1!1s0x40b345a6b7f37805:0x75bb9c935459ff9b!2m2!1d25.460278!2d45.593333!1m5!1m1!1s0x40b3449e0439a589:0xf790f8ae21edd7c8!2m2!1d25.551944!2d45.597222!1m5!1m1!1s0x40b35b862aa214f1:0x6cf5f2ef54391e0f!2m2!1d25.616667!2d45.666667!3e0

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4. Re: How much time to devote to Bran castle?

We were at Bran's Castle 3 weeks ago as part of a tour group. Be prepared for a wait to get in unless you get there early. For some, the walk up to the castle is a little steep. Once you get to the foot of the castle, there are some steep steps but it isn't bad at all if you are in shape. Because we were on a tour, we had to stay fairly close to our guide. If I had been there on my own, I would have spent more time looking at everything more closely. 30 - 45 plus minutes is probably all the time you would need. It was crowded inside too but I am glad I went. The restrooms are at the bottom of the entrance/exit. There are a ton of souvenir sellers before the entrance. Lots of it was junk but you can find something to take back. We also did Peles Castle with a different tour, just the two of us and the guide. The castle was lovely. The smaller one on site, was more contemporary and not that interesting but I would visit both if I were you. The larger castle had a gift shop and cafe. Have fun on your trip

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5. Re: How much time to devote to Bran castle?

I went there in 2016 and made 2 vids about the place, here's the first one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlMR51kJfp0

I think an hour or two is long enough to see everything.

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6. Re: How much time to devote to Bran castle?

Is it easy to visit bram castle and bear sanctuary on the same day without renting a car? Can u access those sites by public transit? We are going to be in Brasov from dec 23-27.

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7. Re: How much time to devote to Bran castle?

Yes, although getting to the bear sanctuary will involve a 2.5 km (half hour, probably more if there's snow) walk from the main road to its location, public transport doesn't reach it.

Note that the bear sanctuary can only be visited in the morning (every half hour between 9:00 and 11:00) and will probably be closed on the 25th.

Edited: 27 October 2017, 21:19
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