Universal/Hammer fans might want to dig out their credit cards, Bran Castle, nicknamed “Dracula’s Castle,” in Transylvania is for sale. The castle, located on a cliff in central Romania, could sell for more than $135 million. The 14th century castle, owned by several different people over the years, is most famous for its ties to Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, “Dracula.” According to folklore, Prince Vlad the Impaler, an historical warlord who inspired the fictional story, spent time locked up in the castle
The Telegraph reported on Sunday that the 57-room, 22-acre castle is on the market, with the sale handled by New York-based law firm Herzfeld and Rubin.
“If someone comes in with a reasonable offer, we will look at who they are, what they are proposing, and we will seriously entertain the idea,” Mark Meyer told the Telegraph. “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.”
The building is not suitable for residential use, as it has no plumbing or bathrooms. He also said the new owner should purchase the property for tourism purposes. Currently, Bran Castle is a tourist destination for 560,000 people annually who pay £4. It is owned by descendants of Britain’s Queen Victoria, three siblings in their 70s with the last name “Habsburg.”
While Meyer did not disclose how much Bran Castle would sell for, there is evidence it could sell anywhere between $80 million — the price offered to the Romanian government — and $135 million or higher, a price estimated in 2007 by a former company that repped a previous sale attempt.
“At present, it makes a tidy profit, but in the right hands it has the potential to generate far more revenue than we could ever imagine,” Meyer said.
Check out some images of the castle below.