For $78 Million You Can Buy Dracula’s Castle

‘Dracula Castle’ put up for sale
Bran Castle in Transylvania

The castle is one of Romania’s top tourist attractions

The descendants of the Habsburg monarchy have confirmed they want to sell a Transylvanian castle mythically linked to the fictional Count Dracula.The family were turfed out of Romania’s 14th-Century Bran Castle by the communists after World War II.

It was returned to them in 2006 after a long legal battle.

But now Dominic Habsburg, a New York architect and son of the late Romanian Princess Ileana, says he is willing to sell it back for $78m (£40m).

The local council has said it is willing to buy the castle, one of the country’s top tourist attractions.

It wants to prevent the castle being turned into a hotel or theme park, and is in the process of investigating a bank loan.

However, Romania’s culture minister said the local authorities would be “stupid” to pay such a hefty price.

For the complete article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6248537.stm

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