Queen Marie’s Tea House at Bran Castle to become a café
Queen Marie’s Tea House sheltered in the Bran Castle’s park will turn into a café by the middle of the year, following an ample revamping process, thus allowing tourists visiting the famous castle to rest on their oars and serve a cup of tea or coffee.
According to the Bran Castle’s manager, the total costs of the restoration process mount to EUR 500,000, while the project aims to get the Tea House back on the touristic track. The rehabilitation plan also includes the possibility that the elevator linking the teahouse to the castle, built in the 30s, should be re-built.
Queen Marie’s Tea House was built in 1920 and it served as a place where Queen Marie of Romania was receiving guests to Bran, for a chat and a coffee. It was the same year that the entire Castle became a favorite residence of Queen Marie, who restored and arranged it to be used as a residence of the royal family. Queen Marie received the Bran Castle by the City Council of Brasov in gratitude for her contribution to the unification of Romania.
The area around the Castle was turned into an English Park with two ponds and a Tea House. An elevator was installed into the well shaft to provide easy access between the castle and the park for the Queen suffering from arthritis. Other buildings were erected: a guesthouse, a wooden church, staff housing, stables and garage. The Tea House was built in two phases.
After the death of Queen Marie of Romania, Bran castle remained in the ownership of one of her daughters, Princess Ileana, who married a member of the Habsburg family. Unfortunately, after the royal family left the country in 1948, the historic building was nationalized and abandoned, becoming almost a ruin during communism regimecos. Only after the ’90s, the Tea House of Queen Mary has been partly restored.
Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle is the most visited sight in Brașov County. 630,206 tourists visited it last year, 14.50% more than in 2014.
If in 2014 most of the visitors were foreigners- 61 percent, the balance was somehow restored last year, when there were 56 % foreign tourists and 44 % Romanian ones.