This weirdly 2D-looking castle is Bran Castle, home of Dracula 🧛. Except it wasn't really Dracula's home, it just looks the most similar to the castle described in Bram Stoker's novel. Nobody's even sure if he actually went here!
On a sunny August day, it doesn't quite have that eerie Dracula air, but I can imagine during a foggy, rainy or snowy day it can look pretty haunted.
It also might be worth visiting in winter to avoid the crowds - this place is BUSY. It was still worth going to, but it was absolutely packed out - so do bear that in mind if you're visiting in peak season!
There are lots of displays both on Dracula, vampires and Transylvania, and also the history of the castle, which is all very interesting.
Dracula was based on Vlad the Impaler, who ruled part of Romania in the 1400s. You can probably guess what this gruesome guy was famous for from the name... And there were all sorts of rumours about his vampirish tendencies.
Hence, Dracula was created in 1897. I'm definitely going to have to re-read the book now, but visiting Dracula's Castle is one of the best things to do in Translyvania for sure! 🏰 📌 Bran, Romania. 1496 (!) miles from London #exploretransylvania#visittransylvania#visitromania#seeromania#exploreromania#bestphotosromania#europetraveller
Karte. (די) קאַרטע is Yiddish for ‘map’ (noun). Another word in Yiddish for ‘map’ (noun) is: (די) מאַפּע (‘mape’). In German, קאַרטע is (die) ‘Karte’ or specifically in the case of the background image above: (die) ‘Landkarte’. In Hebrew, מַפָּה (‘mapah’) is ‘map’ (noun). I took the background image above in Gornja Radgona, Slovenia; earlier this month. The background image above was taken in the former classroom of the primary school which was located inside the castle in Gornja Radgona, during the period in which it had been nationalised by the Yugoslav government. A year following Slovenia’s secession from Yugoslavia in 1991, the castle was leased to a Swiss businessman, with Slovenian roots for a period of 99 years. An extensive, privately-funded restoration of the castle followed. The former classroom of the primary school is now an historic exhibit, open to visitors, with maps of the former Yugoslavia displayed throughout the classroom. !גוט־וואָך 🇸🇮😘 #yiddish#yiddishreloaded
New Slains Castle - Aberdeenshire.
The original New Slains was built around 1597 to replace Old Slains castle which was abandoned by Francis Hay, the Earl of Erroll.
Hay converted to Roman Catholicism and was deemed a traitor to the crown so he left Scotland. After 3 years Hay returned and laid the foundations for the castle.
Over 200 years later, after a few extensions, William Hay the 18th Earl commissioned an architect to redesign the castle in the 1830s. This led to the castle being virtually rebuilt.
In 1925, the castle began to dwindle. It’s was sold in 1913, ending 300 years of ownership from the Hay family. 12 years later, the roof would be removed by the new owner to avoid taxes and ever since it has fallen into ruin.
The castle faces the North Sea, offering stunning views across the water. You can sit on the cliff edge and listen to the waves crashing and the seagulls nesting on a nice day.
Located in Muiden to the east of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot’s legacy dates all the way back to 1280 when Count Floris V commissioned the construction of a stone fortress. Part of the UNESCO-listed Defence Line of Amsterdam. The Muiderslot is possibly the most impressive and best preserved castle of The Netherlands.