Dracula, written by Bram Stoker, has become the cornerstone of modern-day vampire lore.
But Dracula is more than just a story, Stoker actually based his book on the life and times of a vicious Romanian warlord, Vlad the Impaler. A man turning into a bat is a stretch, but Vlad was all too real. The castle where he lived recently went up for sale, and what’s hiding inside will send shivers down your spine.
Bram Castle in Romania was the home to Vlad the Impaler, the real-life inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
It recently went up for sale, and naturally, people are very curious about what’s inside.
After all, what little girl hasn’t dreamed of living in a castle where a medieval despot known for the brutal torture of his victims once resided?
For the price of $66 million, you can buy this castle!
You’d think people would be scrambling to buy this historical treasure.
But strangely, no one’s bitten yet.
There’s a rumor that the owners are so desperate to sell that they are willing to drop the price down significantly.
But before you think about buying, consider the fact that the place doesn’t even have indoor plumbing.
It’s also 800 years old.
The upkeep must be a nightmare.
The castle has changed hands many times. Currently, it’s owned by the Habsburgs, a royal Romanian family.
In 2009, the family opened the castle to tourists, and people flocked to see the historical site where Vlad relaxed after a long, hard day of impaling.
Here’s the castle’s kitchen garden. Notice the lack of garlic growing?
The castle has 57 bedrooms in total, which is great for large groups of guests. Anyone who can’t find a bed can always sleep in a coffin.
If you don’t want to buy it outright, the owners are also looking for people ready to take care of the castle’s maintenance.
The castle does have electricity, but strangely, no mirrors.
The echo-filled stairways are great for perfecting your haunting moan.
The study is fully outfitted with all the books you might need to brush up on your vampire lore.
You can sharpen stakes by a roaring fire in one of the main living spaces.
If you’re the nervous type, don’t worry: All the doors lock from the inside.
The castle is also rife with fireplaces, which should really up the resale value of the property.
And who doesn’t love a hardwood floor?
There’s also an open dungeon…
This recently refitted servants’ kitchen is only slightly tainted by an ominous sense of doom.
Who needs cheap party cobwebs when you’ve got the real thing?
There’s no security system, but the castle does come with a built in armory.
Would you spend the night?
It might have a ghoulish history, but Bran Castle is mesmerizing.
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