PICTURES: The Majestic 13th Century ‘Dracula’s Castle’ Is on Sale for $80 Million

If you’ve ever dreamt of living in a castle, consider the Bran Castle that recently went on sale in Romania. Just make sure you have some $80 million lying around since that’s how much the 13th century residence is currently going for.

According to Business Insider, the hilltop fortress is better known by its reputation as “Dracula’s Castle,” as some believe it was the inspiration for Irish author Bram Stoker’s description of Dracula’s castle back in 1897.

But there’s no proof this is the case. Here is a rundown on the castle’s actual history:

According to report it dates back to 1211 with a completion date somewhere in 1388. It was occupied by warriors and knights but was gifted to the Habsburg royal family in 1920. Although the heirs were forced to leave the country after the Communists came to power in 1948, today they still run it as a tourist destination, bringing in an annual 560,000 visitors.

But now, according to the Daily Mail, they’re looking for a new owner to take over the museum and possibly open a small hotel.

Mark Meyer, of Herzfeld and Rubin, a New York law firm handling the sale explained, “The aim […] is to take the whole thing a stage further and make Bran the kind of place people will stay for two or three days.”

Although they’ve received an offer equivalent to $80 million, they’re open to other bids, saying “If someone comes in with a reasonable offer, we will look at who they are, what they are proposing, and will seriously entertain the idea.”

Check out the slideshow above to see images from the gorgeous castle.

All images credited to Bran Castle

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