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Not for sale: Dracula's castle in Romania

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The Bran Castle The Bran Castle

No, you can't buy this massive estate called the Bran Castle located in the mountains of Romania about 120 miles away from Bucharest, but you can sure come visit it.

This 14th-century castle is one of the most beautiful European sights. It served as a prototype for the home of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Bram Stoker has never been to Romania. According to the Bran Castle's website, he wrote the description of his character's home based on a book by Charles Boner, "Transylvania: Its Product and Its People", published in London in 1865.

A few media outlets reported this week that the castle which is now a museum complex and a popular tourist attraction is up for sale. But this unique property is not on the market.

The museum's public relations and marketing manager Alexandru Priscu said the museum is in the middle of a huge investment plan - they are renovating the buildings, the elevator structure and are about to reopen the Tea House located near the main building. It will become a garden cafeteria.

The museum displays collections of historic artifacts and art pieces collected by the Romanian royalty.

The castle's events calendar is packed with concerts, events celebrating different Romanian traditions, the Medieval Tournament and a jazz fest. They are constantly adding new exhibits and events to this special and unique museum, Priscu said.

More than half a million visitors come to see the castle every year, and the number is growing, Priscu told WFLA.

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