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For more information about Bram Stocker's Dracula Novel please visit Although he never traveled to Romania, Stoker crammed his book with descriptions of many real locations that can still be visited in present-day Romania.
Romania Tourism.com/Castles-Fortresses.html#Bran Where: 170 northwest of Bucharest Nearest train station: Sighisoara Founded by Transylvanian Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara still stands as one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Archeological findings indicate that the area has been inhabited since the Neolithic age, long before Bram Stocker chose it as the setting of his fictional Dracula's castle. George's Day before continuing his journey east to Count Dracula's castle.
Where: 100 north of Bucharest Nearest train station: Brasov Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. The Vlad Dracul House is located in Sighisoara's Citadel Square, close to the Clock Tower.
(find out more about Brasov) Founded by Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of their seven walled citadels*, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance and has been used as a backdrop in many recent period films. This ocher-colored house is the place where Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's famous Dracula, was born in 1431 and lived with his father, Vlad Dracul (read more about the story of the Dracul name), until 1435 when they moved to Targoviste. The ground floor of the house serves as a restaurant, while the first floor is home to the Museum of Weapons.
The oldest document attesting to the city's origin under the name of Bucuresti was discovered here.
It was issued on September 20, 1459 and signed by Prince Vlad Tepes.
" – Dracula, from Bram Stoker's Dracula Some say that Transylvania sits on one of Earth's strongest magnetic fields and its people have extra-sensory perception. The area is also home to Bram Stoker's Dracula, and it's easy to get caught up in the tale while driving along winding roads through dense, dark, ancient forests and over mountain passes.
Vampires are believed to hang around crossroads on St. Tales of the supernatural had been circulating in Romanian folklore for centuries when Irish writer Bram Stoker picked up the thread and spun it into a golden tale of ghoulishness that has never been out of print since its first publication in 1897.Although the castle was used for many years after Vlad's death in 1476, it was eventually abandoned again in the first half of the 16th century and left to the ravages of time and weather.In 1888, a major landslide brought down a portion of the castle which crashed into the river far below.Bucharest is laden with historical charm – from the streets of the Old City Center, which are slowly being restored, to the grand architecture of the Royal Palace and the lush green of Cismigiu Park. Admission charge At the center of the historic area in Bucharest are the remains of the Old Princely Court, built in the 15th century by Vlad Tepes.The city also claims a large number of museums, art galleries, exquisite Orthodox churches and unique architectural sites (find out more about Bucharest). According to local lore, Vlad kept his prisoners in dungeons which commenced beneath the Old Princely Court and extended under the city.Where: 104 miles northwest of Bucharest / 11 miles north of Curtea de Arges Note: access by car only Next visit Arefu, where many of the villagers trace their ancestry back to the loyal minions of Vlad Tepes himself (in the movies, these are the ones who are always busy loading up Dracula's coffins with Transylvanian earth).