There were rumors going around a few months back that the famous castle that once belonged to the world’s most famous vampire, Count Dracula, had gone up for sale for a staggering $66 million. It’s believed to be the castle that inspired Bram Stoker’s horror novel, Dracula, though there is debate around that. However as far as the majority of Dracula fans are concerned, the Bran Castle in Transylvania is the fictional hilltop home of Count Dracula, whether it actually is or not.
This eerie looking structure is believed to be owned by descendants of the Romanian Royal Family and they have been operating the property as a museum. It’s the largest tourist attraction in the entire country with somewhere in the vicinity of a half a million annual visitors, all coming to see the famous Dracula’s castle. So really there’s no reason to try and debunk the myth regarding its bloody past.
There is actually some debate as to whether the Bran Castle was the source of inspiration Bram Stoker used for the novel because some say it doesn’t match up with the story told in the book.
We can’t imagine paying that kind of money for a place like this, and truth be told, according to some reports there were never any offers on the property when listed at $66 million. As a matter of fact, when it was going up for sale, some real estate sources claimed it would go for as little as $13 million.
However if you’re into that sort of thing and started to figure out how to get your hands on that kind of money, don’t waste your time. Apparently, the owners had also read the rumors about the property going up for sale and they reached out to Express in the UK to shut down any further reports. They went on to say that all of the rumors regarding the sale of the castle were based on reports from 2006 and 2007 that had been misconstrued into current reports.
So even though it’s not exactly true, it got us thinking. Would you pay that kind of money, $66 million, for an old castle like this? To me, I couldn’t do it. I mean think of how much it would cost to heat and cool that thing! OK, I realize that if you can afford to spend millions on the property, you’d definitely have the money for that kind of stuff.
But there’s also another thing to think about; we live in modern times now, can you imagine how much work it would take to convert that old castle for indoor plumbing, electricity, and internet for those of us that require it for work! But then again, it would be pretty cool to say you live in a castle, especially one that most people believe was owned by Count Dracula himself.