Before the vampires of Twilight ever sparkled, there was Dracula—a terrifying, bloodthirsty count that lured people back to his bat-filled castle.
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Now, over a hundred years after Bram Stoker created this seductive villain, you can get married in the medieval castle that inspired it all.
Bran Castle is a centuries-old castle located in the heart of Romania. Dracula’s namesake,Vlad the Impaler, was imprisoned there in the 1400s. Even though the place was used as a royal residence in the 20th century, locals still continue to call it “Dracula’s Castle.”
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The current owners, Archduke Dominic Habsburg and his two sisters, will rent the castle out for weddings… as long as they as they can personally approve the lucky couple.
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For almost $600,000, guests have full use of the 57-room castle and its 22-acre grounds.
You can say your vows in the castle’s dungeon:
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Enjoy a bloody toast as you drink out of ceramic Dracula heads from the nearby gift shop:
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Just don’t drink too much, as there’s no running water or working bathrooms in the medieval castle.
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Here’s a fun party game: see who can figure out where Queen Marie of Romania had her heart buried after she died! (Hint: It’s in the fireplace.)
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A wedding at Bran Castle is bound to be a chilling affair that honors your eternal love. Just make sure to keep your neck covered—you don’t want to wake up on your wedding day looking like this:
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