Stoker further writes, "A stone falling from the window would fall a thousand feet without touching anything! As far as the eye can reach is a sea of green tree tops, with occasionally a deep rift where there is a chasm."
The chilling words of the 19th-century novelist were apparently inspired by a real castle towering the lands of Bran in Romania. Bran Castle, as it is called, was built by the Teutonic Knights in 1212. The castle was then handed over to a long list of owners, including the Saxons and Hungarians. The place was eventually given to Queen Marie, the granddaughter of our own Queen Victoria. Her descendents still own the castle.
According to The Telegraph, Bran Castle is for sale. The owners, royal heirs Elizabeth, Dominic and Mary Magdalena, are getting too old and are somewhat worried about the castle's fate.
In an interview, Mark Meyer of Herzfeld and Rubin, a New York law firm handling the sale, said, “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.”
How much? The Telegraph says that Archduke Dominic von Habsburg is offering the castle for $80million or £47million, although the price has not been confirmed.
"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," Meyer said.
The Habsburgs are also planning improve the castle. Upcoming projects include a glass elevator that will lead into a tunnel in the mountain. There's also ample land for a hotel, where visitors can stay up for the night. That is if, of course, they have the guts to endure the haunting memories of the blood-sucking Dracula.