Bran Castle / Bran (Brasov), Romania
Based on a online travel article I read yesterday, Bran Castle which is located outside of Brasov, is one of the ten most beautiful castles in the world. Both the keepers of Bran Castle and the Romanian Tourist Board are keen to emphasize links between Bran Castle and Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Count Dracula. While the connections are tenuous (Vlad may have spent a night or two there at best), there's no denying the spooky charm of this massive structure's many turrets and towers. After several days of dreary November greyness, it turned into a brilliant day for vampire overload in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania. And four of the other top-rated castles are here in the UK; which I hope to visit if I ever get a work-free weekend!