Everyone wants to meet Count Dracula personally… Wouldn't you like to see where the dreadful vampire lived?
Now you can… put your finger on Romania on world’s map! Can you find it? Let me help you.
Look in south-eastern Europe for The Black Sea… a country with a fish form with it’s tail at the west of the sea… It’s ROMANIA – Dracula’s homeland!
Now close your eyes… you are walking down a medieval cobbled street. The architecture sends you back in the Middle-Ages. You are in Sighisoara – Vlad's birthplace. This perfectly intact marvel with nine towers, paved streets, burgher houses and old churches awaken Count Dracula’s glorious century. But his house is only one of the many attractions here: Church on the hill, Church of the Dominican Monastery, Blacksmiths' Tower (Turnul Fierarilor), Butchers' Tower (Turnul Macelarilor), Cobblers' Tower (Turnul Cizmarilor), Furriers' Tower (Turnul Cojocarilor), Ropemakers' Tower (Turnul Franghierilor), Tailors' Tower (Turnul Croitorilor), Tanners' Tower (Turnul Tabacarilor), Tinsmiths' Tower (Turnul Cositorilor) and The Clock Tower. It shows that it’s time to go…!
Take a quick look at the Romanian villages… aren't they wonderful?! People dressed in their traditional costumes ready to go to the church to say a prayer, light a candle and their souls… The houses, the old farmer working his land, the dog smells that we are strangers…
Finally… „Dracula’s Castle” – Bran! Although the real character had never lived there, people do not make the difference between the history and the legend about Vlad Tepes. The Bran Castle got its name three decades ago after tourists came to Romania to look for the frightening vampire described in Bram Stoker’s novel. The tourists were surprised that Bran – a castle between Transylvania and Wallachia – was similar to the one from the Irish writer’s novel. But you can imagine a vampire climbing the stairs that lead to the mysterious castle placed in the rocky hill… he turns and looks at you… he can feel that you are scared… You start running but he will catch you… He takes you under his wings and leads you into a forest…
Among the trees you see the ruins of castle… It is Poenari – the real Dracula Castle.This is where Tepes’s wife killed herself by flinging herself from the window rather than being captured by the Turks. You have to climb 1,400 stairs to reach the top. You can feel the picturesque and mysterious air…
Targoviste is waiting for us! It is the place where Vlad lived for seven years as the ruler of Walachia. If you take a walk through the town you will see statues of Vlad.
Our trip ends at Snagov Monastery located 40 km north of Bucharest – the town in which he has The Old Court. It is believed that he was buried here. The cause of death is uncertain, but most likely is that he died heroically in battle. A tomb near the altar was thought to be Vlad’s resting place, but when it was opened in 1930 it was empty...
Take a last look at the landscape and open your eyes!
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