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Bran Castle to Magura village – hiking in Romania

The beautiful hiking trails near Bran Castle

Bran Castle is located between Bucegi Mountains and Piatra Craiului Mountains, in the picturesque Rucăr-Bran Pass. If you want to find yourself traveling back in time, wandering through authentic Romanian villages surrounded by mountains, here is the place to go.

The Bran Castle

If you want to visit Dracula’s castle try to be there as early as possible during the weekends in order to avoid the huge crowds. Bran Castle opens at 9 AM every day except Monday when they open at 12 PM. Tickets cost 40 lei and last admission is at 6 PM during high season and 4 PM during low season.More info on their website.

Bran Castle

Bran Castle is nice to visit but since Romania does not offer much of Dracula tourism, you may find yourself with a few hours to spare. A good way to spend this time is by hiking a less known, but picturesque path that starts right across the road from Bran Castle.

Bran Castle to Magura village trail

The path starts with a steep climb but don’t get discouraged because soon you’ll be rewarded with some panoramic views of Bran and Bucegi Mountains. After two hours you will be able to admire Piatra Craiului Mountains in all their beauty from Varful Prislopului (1299m).

If you have more time to explore you can continue the walk towards Magura and Pestera villages. Magura and Pestera are isolated villages. The closest bus station from Magura is in Moeciu De Jos, at about 1 hour walk on a country road. You may be able to find a ride or a taxi if you ask the locals.

Quick info about Bran Castle to Magura village trail

  • Starting point: accross the main road from Bran Castle, in front of Vama Medievala Bran Museum
  • Destination: Magura village
  • Duration: 3-4h
  • Length: 8km
  • Markings: red bar
  • State of the markings: old and rusty, but usable
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate (includes portions with steep climbing)
  • Seasonality: open all year
  • Closest town to the start of the trail: Bran
  • Distance from Bucharest: 174 km (3h) by car
  • Parking: paid (4 lei/h), in front of Bran Castle; arrive before 9 am during weekends

Bran Castle to Magura village trail description

Trail markings

Red bar

Directions and checkpoints

From the parking lot in front of Bran Castle to the start of the trail (click the image to open Google Maps)

Photos of Bran Castle to Magura village trail

View of Bucegi Mountains, 30 minutes from the start of the hike
View over Bran and Bucegi Mountains, 30 minutes from the start of the hike
View of Piatra Craiului Mountains from Varful Prislop
View of Piatra Craiului Mountains from Varful Prislop (2 hours from start)

Sheepfold

Magura and Pestera villages
Magura and Pestera villages
Magura and Pestera villages
Magura and Pestera villages
Magura and Pestera villages
Magura and Pestera villages
Magura and Pestera villages
Magura and Pestera villages
Magura village
Magura village