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
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...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – 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.