Nearly all the city was built on the remains of Dracula's castle, near where old village of Wygol had once existed. Wygol was first established as a small village in medieval times. The castle was destroyed in the great battle between Dracula and Roland de Ronceval. The end of the battle was marked by a great explosion that destroyed areas for many miles around (the explosion itself could be seen and heard for thousands of miles, even from space).
It took almost two centuries, many generations for colonists to step into the region again as it was considered to be cursed. In an act of bravery and reclaiming their memory they decided to establish themselves on the foundations of the destroyed castle, and eventually the colony became a city. .
Over the years the settlement grew into a modernized metropolis, retaining much of its Gothic architecture. Some areas of the city incorporate parts within the massive castle. The city, while bustling, is dirty, cold, and danger lurks in the slums and alley ways. Heavily armed guards have a presence of authority here.
Dracula, who has remained hidden away over the years, must step out of his castle and explore this mysterious city that surrounds him in order to regain his power again by feeding on mortal humans. Zobek, who has adapted to the modern world, is Dracula's only hope to ending his immortality, only if their wary alliance can stop Satan's return. Dracula's castle is the key to Satan's Acolytes in preparing for their master, and the city becomes engulfed in chaos.
Apart from the overall castle, there are numerous areas within the city:
- Science District
- Victory Plaza
- Zobek's Emporium
- City Square
- Arts District
- Bernhard Metals LTD (unreachable)
- In the released in-game menus, the city is called "Castlevania City" or the "city of Castlevania" (see Leviathan (Lords of Shadow)) (as it was called during development).
- The city was called Wygol City in one of the twitter descriptions. The name "Wygol" appeared twice as a location before: Wygol Village in Order of Ecclesia, and Wygol Village in Lords of Shadow. Although the city doesn't appear to be directly on the ruins of old Wygol (which were obliterated by the great blast), it does appear to be on the foundations of Dracula's castle according to most in-game background texts, but founded by members of the Wygols (one of the great families of the area).
- European cities like Madrid and Castille - the location of Mercury Steam's offices - influenced much of the city's Gothic/modern structure.
- As can be seen in the Map Room, the map of the castle and the map of the city have several features that overlap. The city appears to be limited to boundaries of the former castle, although it is also possible that it is larger, and the Map Rooms simply do not have the capabilities to transport Dracula outside of the range of the original castle.