Dense, ancient forests, winding roads, inaccessible terrains were a perfect place for vampires. Vampires, being already dead, didn’t have the need for food or water, they only needed fresh blood. Beings without shadow and reflection presented a serious problem to Romanian people throughout the ages. Legend says that the leader of all vampires, Count Dracula, is in the hibernation and all he needs to be brought back to life is fresh blood, and the one who succeeds in joining back his body with his head shall be rewarded. So, beware and make sure you bring a hawthorn steak and a bundle of garlic so you can protect yourself from this blood suckers.
“We are Transylvania, our ways are not your ways, be prepared because you know something is going to happen. Welcome to Transylvania” – are the words that welcome you to your mysterious journey through Romania.
Transylvania’s name translates as “land beyond the forest” and it is an intriguing country hidden behind endless views of Romanian Karpats. It represents a cradle of Romanian civilization in which many myths and legends are embedded, including the one created by Bram Stoker about Count Dracula – inspired by the unusual life of Prince of Wallachia Vlad Tepes better known as Vlad III Dracula.
When in Transylvania make sure you visit some of these places
Sighisoara, the most preserved medieval town in Romania, in which Vlad Tepes was born. Among everything else, here you can also see a torture chamber in which this ruthless ruler tortured his enemies to death and then impaled them to stakes – hence the name Vlad the Impaler.
Afterwards you should visit the castle Bran also known as the Castle of Count Dracula. It was erected in the XIV century on an extremely steep and unapproachable cliff. During history castle was rebuilt and upgraded many times but it kept its original Gothic style. A special charm to the castle adds the fact that count Dracula was imprisoned in it. Today this castle is a museum of medieval art where you can see many interesting collections of furniture and weapons.
Hunyad’s Castle which was declared one of the most haunted places in Europe, built in the XV century belonged to Matthias Corvinus who kept count Vlad Dracula hostage here. Turrets, Gothic towers, notched end walls and drawbridges are just some of the features to be seen in this castle. There are also many art and archeological exhibits, as well as the military collections and ethnographic objects.
And finally there is monastery of Snagov, near Bucharest, which gives you the creeps as you can hear wolves howling through the night. It is actually normal to feel a little scared because you are on a small island with nothing but monastery on it and the beheaded body of the count Dracula. You will especially like this place if you are a horror enthusiast as there is also and exhumed body from 1931 to be seen.