082 Bran Castle

Bran Castle

Is Bran Castle Haunted?

Is Bran Castle haunted? We’re wrapping up Haunted Castles month on Ghostly! Last up is Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania. Many claim that this castle is home to none other than Dracula himself, Vlad the Impaler, and is haunted by his many victims. But do we know the truth? Listen and vote!

Questions Explored in this Episode

Where is Bran Castle? When and how was it built? Who built it and how long did it take? Who was Vlad the Impaler and did he ever live in the castle? How did Vlad the Impaler inspire Bram Stoker and Dracula? What is it like today? Who are the ghosts that visitors claim to see? What other paranormal activity do visitors claim to experience? Is it haunted?

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History of Bran Castle

Pat explores the history Bran Castle, Vlad the Impaler, Bram Stoker, and Dracula. This large estate was built to protect. Queen Marie was the first monarch to live there in 1920. Today it is open to visitors and hosts many paranormal investigations

The Debate

Pat and Rebecca debate the paranormal evidence. Visitors claim to see apparitions, including Queen Marie. Paranormal equipment such as EVP, EMP, Spirit Boxes, and more are often effective here.   

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Sources for this Week’s Episode
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bran_Castle
BranCastle.com: http://www.bran-castle.com/historical-timeline.html and http://www.bran-castle.com/dracula.html
Atlas Obscura: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bran-castle
Travel Notes and Beyond: https://travelnotesandbeyond.com/bran-castle-romania-dracula-castle/
DW: https://www.dw.com/en/count-draculas-haunted-castle/av-44917210
Trip Savvy: https://www.tripsavvy.com/the-most-haunted-places-in-transylvania-4150086
GA Adventures: https://www.gadventures.com/blog/transylvania-bran-castle-dracula-halloween/
Conde Nast Traveler: https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/haunted-castles-around-the-world
Tampa Bay Times: https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/2021/10/18/tampa-ghost-hunter-investigated-draculas-castle-did-he-speak-to-her/
Romania Tourism: https://romaniatourism.com/press-famous-haunts-draculas-castle.html
Amy’s Crypt: https://amyscrypt.com/bran-castle-ghosts-dracula/
Haunted Journeys: https://www.hauntedjourneys.com/haunted-sites/4553-bran-s-dracula-castle
YouTube (Sam & Coby “Our Horrifying Night at Haunted DRACULA’S CASTLE (Real Vampire)”): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVGwnroncDY

Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers

Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles”by Lowell Liebermann

Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb

Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann

“Pat Facts” and “Ghost Story” themes by Mondo

“Time for a Debate” theme by Gail Gallagher gailgallaghermusic.com