You Could Spend Halloween Night at Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania

Airbnb keeps getting more creative in their accommodation offerings.

If you’re looking to go all out this Halloween, you could have the chance to fly to Transylvania and shack up in Dracula’s castle.

That’s a pretty big deal – nobody has stayed in the fortress since 1948.

Today, Airbnb announced that Bran Castle in Transylvania, the inspiration for Dracula’s castle, has been listed for Halloween 2016.

The great grandnephew of Bram Stoker himself, Dacre Stoker, will host passionate Dracula fans for an overnight evening in the home of the legendary vampire.


Image: Robert Harding

On Halloween night, two guests will get to relive the tale of Jonathan Harker, the protagonist from Bram Stoker’s famous novel, Dracula.

The journey begins before they set foot on the sprawling property. The brave guests will travel by horse-drawn carriage through Transylvania during sunset to the retreat, nestled in the Carpathian mountains, in the heart of Transylvania.

The castle is rich with history and dates back to the 14th century.

Dacre Stoker has carried on his great uncle’s interest in vampires and is a well-respected vampire expert. Stoker will humour and horrify guests with his tales and vampire legends, some of which have never been told before. He’ll explain the historical connection of how Vlad the Impaler became known as Dracula and how the legend lived on for centuries.


“Bran Castle is where the legend of Dracula was born, and I have many stories to share as I guide the guests through the dark secret passages of the castle for a private unveiling of its many mysteries. Bram Stoker included many references to real people and real historical anecdotes and questioned whether vampires are really a myth at all,” said Dacre Stoker.

Guests will embark on a journey through the castle’s labyrinth of dark corridors, squeaky staircases and eery nooks to a secret passage that will lead to a grand dining room, where an intimate, candle-lit dinner awaits.

The carnivorous meal will be prepared in a traditional way, exactly as it’s described in Bram Stoker’s novel. For those not familiar, this means a robber beefsteak and paprika hendl chicken.

Sleeping accommodations include luxurious velvet-trimmed coffins.


Once dawn breaks, if guests make it through the night, they will enjoy an early breakfast on the castle’s terrace, watching the sun rise over the beautiful Transylvania horizon.

Visit the Arbnb listing page to win the chance to spend one night in Dracula’s Castle.

Be prepared to answer the following question: What would you say to the Count if you were to come face-to-fang with him in his own castle? Submissions should be between 50-500 characters or less in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese and 50-300 character or less in Chinese, Japanese or Korean.

The contest closes at 11:59 p.m. CET on 26th October 2016.

Winners and their guest will be flown in from anywhere in the world.

If you don’t win, remember you still have plenty of options for Halloween night.

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