Bran Castle – Romania
Construction started in 1212 by Teutonic Knights as a wooden palisade, and the massive edifice soon grew to the imposing and menacing plastered stone structure standing today. As such, Bran Castle in Romania is known as the most haunted location, castle or otherwise, on the planet. Ghost hunters the world over hold this fortress on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia as the summit of their travelling exploits. Though it is one of several identified as ‘Dracula’s Castle,’ the castle Bran is most heavily identified as the true castle through the validation of Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula. This element remains steadfast, as the castle was the home of Vlad III, viovode of Wallachia, who was the inspiration for Stoker’s title character.
Vlad III (The Impaler) of Wallachia (1448-1476) was infamous for his single handed success of turning back the Muslim hordes as they swept upward into Europe. Vlad was able to stall the marauding armies form the Middle East by staking victims for display on bloody wooden poles. The obscene sight not only terrified the arguably heathen hordes, but created a mass population of disembodied souls in the process. It was these mass slaughters that primed the region with spectral presence, and maintains Bran Castle as the most haunted location in the world.
Ghost Hunting Equipment
Ghost hunters making forays into the castle and surrounding environs rely on modern ghost hunting equipment to perform the sensitive tests required to indicate spectral activity. USB compatible EVP recorders, EMF meters, thermal cameras, and full spectrum digital video recorders make up the bulk of required pack-ins. Local supplies are limited and periodic at best, so it is recommended a well-supplied ghost hunter collect their gear before heading to this remote location. Several reliable online markets exist for this specialized equipment, such as Ghost Hunting Equipment.
About the Castle Grounds
The castle is currently open to the public as a museum, with specialized after-hours tours taking place during special events and seasons. Ghost Hunters and tourists alike can explore the interior in detail, either by themselves or with a well-trained guide. The grounds are open year round, and at the bottom of the perch, a small open air museum is situated to showcase traditional Romanian peasant structures.
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