Dracula's castle: For SALE

Dracula's castle: For SALE

If you're obsessed with vampires, you might be interested Dracula's castle, which has gone up for sale. But don't be fooled. It's not the Cullins' airy home from Twilight. It's dark, dreary, scary and maybe even haunted

Bram Stoker's fictional fanged creature obviously never actually lived at Bran Castle, which goes on sale next month.

But, legend has it that Vlad the Impaler, the historical figure that inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula, was imprisoned there—so it's widely known as "Dracula's Castle."

The Bran Castle, located in the Transylvania region of Romania, looks like a scene right out of Stoker's Dracula. So it comes as no surprise that it's associated with the vampire legend, which is loosely based on the life of Vlad the Impaler.

Vlad the Impaler ruled the province from 1456 to 1462. He got the name "Impaler" because of his practice of impaling his enemies. He was known to take sadistic pleasure in torturing and killing his victims.

Legends describe how he roasted children and fed them to their mothers. It's estimated that he killed between 40,000 to 100,000 people during his reign. In 1462, Vlad was finally defeated; he was imprisoned at various places until 1474.

Shortly after being freed, he declared his third reign (in 1476), but was killed by Turks just two months after the declaration.

It's uncertain if Vlad was actually imprisoned at Bran Castle, but its association to "Dracula" is enough to goose the price of the property to $80 million.

The castle's current owners, Archduke Dominic Hapsburg and his sisters Maria Magdalena and Elizabeth, are still entertaining offers. The Romanian government has so far put up the highest bid.

Despite the gorgeous view—beautiful mountains and hilltops—the castle would not be an ideal place to live—unless you like your castles haunted by Dracula's victims and brides and 560,000 tourists who annually parade through. The lack of plumbing, accept for the one public restroom for visitors, also might be a problem.

But, hey, if haunted and no plumbing is your thing, then call Mark Meyer of Herzfeld and Rubin who is handling the sale.

Of course, you might just find yourself living Bram Stoker's Dracula in real life.

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