Fangs for the Memories: Dracula's Castle Up for Sale

Heir seeks $135m stake
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2007 8:36 AM CDT
Fangs for the Memories: Dracula's Castle Up for Sale
Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania which was the temporary home to Vlad the Impaler, the Romanian 16th-century prince who inspired Bram Stoker's fictional Dracula, is seen Friday, May 26, 2000. The Romanian government defended its decision to return "Dracula's Castle" to members of the former royal...   (Associated Press)

Count Dracula's Castle, complete with screeching bats, is up for sale—for a mere $135 million stake. Officially known as Bran Castle,  the 700-year-old Transylvanian abode has only a tenuous link to Prince Vlad the Impaler, the bloodthirsty inspiration for writer Bram Stoker's legendary villain, but has became a major tourist attraction with 450,000 annual visitors.

The castle was returned to the Habsburg family by the Romanian government after the fall of Communism. The current owner is a New York architect and Hapsburg heir, who wants a new buyer to "respect the property and history" of the castle, built to defend against the Turks. Vlad, who tortured his enemies, spent a night there in the 1400s. (Read more Bram Stoker stories.)

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