Dracula's Transylvania Castle Goes On The Market

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The castle is now owned by descendants of Romania's royal family — and the expected asking price is around $80 million.



Appropriate music for today's last word in business: real estate.

Dracula's castle is for sale in the central Romanian region of Transylvania.


Think of it as a fang-tastic deal. You could be - go ahead, laugh.

INSKEEP: Yeah, I am.

MONTAGNE: You could be the owner of Bram Castle, which is its actual name. The real life man who inspired Bram Stoker's bloodsucking "Dracula" is believed to have been a prisoner there. That would be Vlad the Impaler who terrorized the region in the mid-15th century.

INSKEEP: The castle is now owned by descendants of Romania's royal family, and the expected asking price is around $80 million.

MONTAGNE: But with a half-million tourists visiting a year, the castle won't necessarily be a financial bloodletting for its new owners.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep.


Copyright © 2014 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from