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Looking for a new vacation home? Dracula’s Transylvania castle up for sale

- May 13th, 2014
Bran Castle. (Fotolia)

Bran Castle. (Fotolia)

If you’re in the market for a new vacation home and don’t mind that the home’s previous occupant was the undead king of vampires, you’re in luck! Britain’s The Daily Mail reports Dracula’s Transylvania castle is up for sale.

Bran Castle, one of eastern Europe’s most popular tourist attractions with 560,000 visitors each year, is being sold by the current owner, a Romanian archduke, for $86 million CDN.

Archduke Dominic and his family care very much for the castle and it’s in far better shape now than it was when run by the government,” Mark Meyer, lawyer at the New York-based firm handling the sale, told The Daily Mail. “If someone comes in with a reasonable offer, we will look at who they are, what they are proposing and will seriously entertain the idea.”

Some believe Dracula author Bram Stoker based the Gothic castle in his 1897 novel on Bran Castle and the attraction markets itself as the home of Dracula, though more recent evidence suggests Stoker had another Transylvania castle in mind when writing his novel. There are also no major connections between Wallachian ruler Vlad the Impaler, thought to be the inspiration for Stoker’s Count Dracula, and Bran Castle, though Vlad did travel through the area on occasion.

Statue of Vlad the Impaler. (Fotolia)

Statue of Vlad the Impaler. (Fotolia)

Bran Castle. (Fotolia)

Bran Castle. (Fotolia)

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