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Dracula's Bran Castle in Transylvania For Sale

Angie
Angie
Calgary
Age: 27
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Damn, look at pure beauty under the gloomy skies - the is Bran Castle in Transylvania. The finest, the bestest, the most tempting piece of real estate in the whole world, and it is for sale.

It was in Bran Castle where infamous warlord Prince Vlad the Impaler, known for his unusual cruelty spent a night in 14th century. And it was Bran Castle and the legend of Prince Vlad of Transylvania that inspired Bram Stoker to write one of the greatest books ever written - Dracula.

The Habsburgs, The Romanian royal family moved into Bran Castle in the 1920s, but had to abandon it in 1948 when Bran Castle was confiscated by Romanian communists. After fall of communism in Romania, The Habsburgs were given Dracula’s Castle back, but they’ve lived comfortably in New York and had no intentions to come back to Romania. Afterall, it’s Romania and if you didn’t know, Romania Looks Pretty Crazy (pics).

Communists restored Bran Castle in 1980s because it was falling apart. Archduke Dominic Habsburg, an architect from New York and the son of Princess Ileana - the heir to the Habsburg throne got it back in 2006. He pledged to keep it open until 2009 as a museum. Dracula’s Castle subsequently attracted hundreds of thousands of tourists who visited “the museum” but it is safe to assume that they were all attracted by the fact that this is the castle in which Bram Stoker’s Dracula takes place. It’s the Dracula’s Castle, the most famous and the scariest of all castles around the world.

Dominic Habsburg’s pledge to keep Bran Castle open as a museum expires next year and that will mark the end of interests of the Royal Habsburg family in the castle they once occupied. Even though vastly restored in the 80s, the castle is not in the greatest shape. It was built in 14th century after all and the uncompromising tooth of time takes its toll. It will require immense investment to restore it to a beautiful castle it once was, but it will forever remain the most famous of all castles in the world.

Imagine the possibilities. Imagine Vampire parties you could run in that place. Damn it, I can’t even talk about it cause I’m getting so excited I feel like crying. Imagine not spending an hour at the tour in the castle, but the week of debauchery during total lunar eclipse – got you wet in your pants already? Damn, I’m talking about the most exquisite experience a life can possibly bring. This damn castle is for sale and someone’s gonna buy it next year. The highest bidder will get Dracula’s Castle. I want to be her…



Bran Castle History

Bran Castle was built as a fortress in early 12th Century by the Knights of the Teutonic Order who named it Dietrichstein. It was built on an elevated cliff near Brasov in the Carpathian Mountains of central Romania, the area called Transylvania. Brasov was an important trading point in the medieval times and later in the 12th century the castle served as protection point of Brasov. When Ottoman Turks started to invade the area in the 14th Century, the Bran Castle served as a fortress to protect against them. It has been used as an important fortress throughout Middle Ages. The original building consisted of only one tower, but century after century more was being built until the Castle reached its current size in 16th century. In 1921, Queen Maria of Romania has the castle restored entirely and turned it from fortress into a Royal residence and The Habsburgs moved in.

Bran Castle is not the castle in which Prince Vlad the Impaler resided. His Castle, the actual Castle Dracula is now in ruin on a secluded site near the Arges River in Romania.



Prince Vlad the Impaler aka Earl Dracula

Vlad Tepes (aka Vlad III Dracula) earned his nick because of unusual cruelty towards his enemy and the way he tortured them. His favorite method of execution was impalement. Vlad prided himself in abilities to prolong victims suffering. He never stopped inventing new methods to make the impalement more torturous and long lasting. For example he always made sure the stakes are not sharp too much otherwise the victim could die of shock before they died of agony and bleeding out. Children were impaled on the same stake their mother was impaled.

Impaled bodies were left on their stakes for months. Dracula kept them organized into geometric patterns and had tens of thousands of impaled bodies at any given time. The reek the corpses and the gruesome sight of tortured bodies were so bad, that the army of invading Turks that came to conquer the area under the command of Mohammed II who conquered Constantinople got instantly sick, turned around and ran away.

1941 German woodblock print litograph of Vlad Dracula's impalement victims


Impalement was not the only means of torture and execution Dracula used. Tearing off limbs, prior to execution, hammering nails into victim’s skulls, burning eyes out with red hot metal rods, cutting off ears and noses as well as complete mutilation of sexual organs – especially in women – were also very popular. Many victims were burned alive on a stake, or boiled alive – cause that makes the body swell – skinning alive and throwing to fire ants were also utilized.

Portrait of Vlad Dracula


The real Dracula really visited Bran Castle in 1415 and stayed the night. The Habsburg heir is planning to sell it in 2009. It is expected to go for over $135 million
Feb 22, 2008 at 8:37 pm 
amhealy
amhealy
Orange County, CA
Age: 56
Posts: 82
If every member on this site pitched in, maybe we could swing a deal and found a commune.
Feb 23, 2008 at 12:08 am 
Angie
Angie
Calgary
Age: 27
Posts: 4774
I was actually thinking of getting a super hot and super cool chick and send her to New York to work something out with Habsburg heir himself. He's loaded anyway, he doesn't care for his little castle in Transylvania. It's just a matter of working out a deal
Feb 23, 2008 at 12:27 am 
anamaria
anamaria
Calgary
Age: 25
Posts: 537
Super rich people are never approachable. Pretty Woman story worked on the silver screen, but doesn't work in real life. Unless you're born under a lucky star but you would already dig a gold somehow by now. I think we're more likely to put together a fortune if thousands of people chime in than get in Dominic Habsburg's pants.
Feb 23, 2008 at 4:39 pm 
IndieVixen
IndieVixen
Red Deer
Age: 35
Posts: 373
Who from New York can go and track down the owner of Dracula's Castle? If he's an architect named Dominic Habsburg, it should be possible
Feb 23, 2008 at 5:44 pm 
Lila
Lila
Edmonton
Age: 30
Posts: 1205
You have no idea how much I'm intrigued by this one. I've been thinking about the ways to possibly acquire Dracula's Castle, but while each of them is exciting, none seems realistic enough. I mean, we live in cruel reality, nobody's gonna even talk to you unless you're already a big fish. Hence all dreams get shattered. Pretty woman belongs on the silver screen. Out there where we live the odds are right next to none

I still want Bran Castle
Feb 25, 2008 at 10:06 am 
pothead
pothead
Fort McMurray
Age: 30
Posts: 777
OK, let's take a look at this shit:

Dominic von Habsburg own Dracula’s Castle – the most notorious of all castles. The name itself is a landmark that will never fail to work. Obviously – Dominic doesn’t want to return to Romania. He lived in the castle when he was a little boy and then when communists took over and took the castle form them, the family fled form Romania. So he feels certain attachment to the castle, but he doesn’t like the country.

Why do I think this is the case? Easy – he wants to sell the most notorious castle in the world that he owns. But at the same time he says he will only sell it to the right buyer, who would respect the property and its history. Dominic has not been back to Romania since The Habsburgs fled. It’s not a communist country anymore and new government showed step of respect by giving him the castle back. Why did he not come back – he still feel strongly about the need to flee. He hates Romania and it’s unlikely he’s gonna come back.

But he grew up in the castle, his childhood is forever bound with it. So he’s gonna be picky about who gets it. You tell him you want to turn it into a vampire worship castle and you will not be considered. Romanian government runs museum in Bran Castle. He’s probably thinking of retaining that.

Let’s look at the value of the castle and potential return on investment:

$135 million… damn! Dominic von Habsburg once offered to sell it for $80 Million and Romanian government rejected the offer as extremely high. They probably know - they are running it. They know what shape it is in and how much further investment it will need in repairs and reconstruction.

I think $135 Million is highly exaggerated. But there is some potential. The museum currently gets about 450 000 visitors. If you were to buy it and retain the museum there, you would charge approximately $10 entrance fee – that’s $4.5 Million a year you would collect. You would also have little kiosks with memorabilia and food stands, so aside from entrance fees you would collect additional $20 on average per visitor. You could offer such services as having an actor dressed up as Dracula and offer people to have a picture taken with him and sell picture. So let’s assume with all those, museum related services you collect about $15 Million a year. That’s gross income. You will have to pay taxes, and cover your running costs. Probably about $11 - $12 Million a year net income. It would take you over 10 years before you start declaring any profit.

One way to enhance it is to invest few million into reconstruction and turn a few of the rooms in the castle into hotel room and rent them out for people to stay in Dracula’s Castle overnight. Because it’s Dracula’s castle and because there’s only few rooms, you could easily charge premium dollars per night. That could significantly increase the revenue and it sounds like soothing fairly within “showing respect towards the property and its history”.

Further options you have would be to run special events. If you wrapped it up in “Increasing Romanian Cultural Heritage” blabber, you may pass it as “respectful”. I could see stuff like pagan festivals and so running well with the name of Bran Castle. Romanian government may also be willing to give you a break if you come with foreign investment to the country that really needs the money from abroad.

In general I think asking price is a bit too high. Because you wouldn’t see return on investment for many years. So unless you are really into vampires and have shit loads of money, $135 Million is high. But potential is immense and unlimited. If utilized properly, Bram castle can be a major success and a great business model.

Let’s buy that thing
Feb 25, 2008 at 1:03 pm 
Tender
Tender
Edmonton
Age: 31
Posts: 736
You could set up and on line store and sell real soil from Dracula's castle:



This is form 1978. Thing like that in 2008 would be worth at least $25. Or more. Considering this is the REAL dirt form Dracula's Castle, you can overcharge easily.
Feb 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm 
vulkanis
vulkanis
Mississauga, ON
Age: 32
Posts: 155
Tender wrote:

This is form 1978. Thing like that in 2008 would be worth at least $25. Or more. Considering this is the REAL dirt form Dracula's Castle, you can overcharge easily.


Yeah, $9.95 in 1978 would be worth $31.69 in 2008 due to inflation alone. This doesnt even consider rise in value of the item.
Feb 25, 2008 at 5:23 pm 
Viper_N_Kiss
Viper_N_Kiss
BkLyN
Age: 42
Posts: 707
IndieVixen wrote:
Who from New York can go and track down the owner of Dracula's Castle? If he's an architect named Dominic Habsburg, it should be possible


HELLO? where am i? lol ... Actually i might be willing to track him down and use several of my contacts from the city to try working something out, that is if several people here were willing to put up a fee to the dude if some kind of plan got under-way.. I mean its a long-shot, but if u all are serious about ur castle business i can try to do something from my end here..
Mar 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm 
Angie
Angie
Calgary
Age: 27
Posts: 4774
Aside from being entirely broke, I'm absolutely serious. I'd lay down entire business plan and proposition for Dominic von Habsburg if he's willing to listen.
Mar 3, 2008 at 11:41 pm 
Viper_N_Kiss
Viper_N_Kiss
BkLyN
Age: 42
Posts: 707
Angie wrote:
Aside from being entirely broke, I'm absolutely serious. I'd lay down entire business plan and proposition for Dominic von Habsburg if he's willing to listen.


Well, if thats the case i can use some contacts in the city as i said to try to contact him and maybe give him a proposal.. Maybe something along the lines of all parties interested or involved to give him some kind of payment plan or an option to atleast allow the parties involved to some kind of resolution to atleast partial ownership of the property..
Mar 3, 2008 at 11:47 pm 
Angie
Angie
Calgary
Age: 27
Posts: 4774
that sounds very good. Or maybe partnership. He'd remain the owner, we'd be running it. He obviously doesn't want to live in Romania but cares for the castle to be treated in a certain way. This could work.
Mar 3, 2008 at 11:55 pm 
Viper_N_Kiss
Viper_N_Kiss
BkLyN
Age: 42
Posts: 707
Angie wrote:
that sounds very good. Or maybe partnership. He'd remain the owner, we'd be running it. He obviously doesn't want to live in Romania but cares for the castle to be treated in a certain way. This could work.


Exactly, and all those involved would sort of be involved in maybe renting out rooms or having a dracula site-seeing tour of the castle and charge 20 to 30 bux a head for, i dunno a 1 hour view of the entire castle, a small lunch and $150.00 bux if they want a 1 night stay in it? maybe?
Mar 4, 2008 at 12:00 am 
Angie
Angie
Calgary
Age: 27
Posts: 4774
Yep, plus a whole lot of other possibilities, like selling soil from the castle as advised above, etc
Mar 4, 2008 at 12:08 am 
Viper_N_Kiss
Viper_N_Kiss
BkLyN
Age: 42
Posts: 707
Angie wrote:
Yep, plus a whole lot of other possibilities, like selling soil from the castle as advised above, etc


Sounds like a plan and the potential to actually go some where but id need atleast a dozen people agreed to go in on this before i even had the audacity to get in contact with this guy, i mean he obviously means business..
Mar 4, 2008 at 12:18 am 
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