Following the tracks of Count Dracula – a four day trip

Bran Castel, ©Cristi B/Flickr

Bran Castel, ©Cristi B/Flickr

Are you a fan of vampires? Did you know that according to myths Dracula was the first vampire ever? Now you have the opportunity to visit his homeland and trace him down! Spend the grimmest holiday of the year investigating the tracks of Count Dracula. Beginning on the 30th of October you can set out on a 4 day journey and find out more about the most famous vampire in the world.

Visit the legendary land of Transylvania and stop by the important spots connected to the life of Vlad the Impaler, also known as Count Dracula. Along the way you will see Poienari Castel, Bran Castel and Hunyad’s Castle and also the cities of Sibiu and Brasov together with the medieval town of Sighisoara.

Day 1 – From Bucharest to Sibiu

Your journey starts in the capital city of Romania, notably Bucharest. Departure is at 8:00-8:30 AM from Victory Square. The first stop is at Curtea de Arges which used to be the capital city of Wallachia. Not far from this town the true castle of Dracula is located standing abandoned on a cliff: Poienari Castle.

 Poienari Castle, built by Vlad Ţepeş, ©peatc/Flickr

Poienari Castle, built by Vlad Ţepeş, ©peatc/Flickr

1400 steps will lead you up to the ruins of the castle which has a small citadel, two towers of which one served as the residential quarters of Vlad Tepes (Count Dracula). According to some legends when the Turks came to besiege the castle the counts wife threw herself down from the tower because she believed it is better to die that way than to be taken as prisoner. Legends also say that the count himself managed to escape on horseback over the mountains. After a visit at the castle you will be going back to Curtea de Arges and see the local monastery build in the first half of the 16th century by a prince called Neagoe Basarab. Next you will go to Sibiu where you will spend the night in a four star hotel.

Day 2 – From Sibiu to Hunedoara (Hunyad)

In the morning you will start out with a delicious and sufficing breakfast then visit the Old District. Here you can admire the Franciscan Church, the Big Square, the Ursuline Church and many other memorable sights. After a pleasant walk you will have a couple of hours free which you can spend however you like. You can go shopping and have lunch. In the afternoon the journey continues in the city of Hunedoara and the local castle where you will be attending an amazing Halloween party. Enter the world of medieval legends and customs with soft medieval music playing in the background. Learn Romanian folk dances and enjoy a lovely traditional dinner.

Halloween, ©Stephan Mazurov/Flickr

Halloween, ©Stephan Mazurov/Flickr

At midnight you can attend the wedding of Count Dracula… Bring you Halloween costume and enjoy the special show.

Day 3 – from Hunedoara to Sighisoara

On day 3 you will head towards Sighisoara and visit the Pearl of Transylvania, the medieval citadel of the city which is enlisted as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. This is the place of birth of Vlad the Impaler, better known as Count Dracula. The name derives from the Romanian word ‘dracul’, which means the devil. The name also refers to Dracula’s father called Vlad Dracul, who has been a knight of the Order of the Dragons (Ordinul Dragonului).

Old Clock tower in Sighisoara, ©Giåm/Flickr

Old Clock tower in Sighisoara, ©Giåm/Flickr

In Sighisoara you will also visit the Clock Tower, the local monastery, the Scholar’s Stairs and other sites. You will spend the night at a three star hotel and continue the journey the next day.

Day 4 – from Sighisoara to Brasov and Bucharest

On the last day you will pass across beautiful German villages and visit the famed Bran Castel, located near the city of Brasov. The castle is mostly famous from Bram Stoker’s novel entitled Dracula.

Bran Castel, ©Cristi B/Flickr

Bran Castel, ©Cristi B/Flickr

Later you can also look around in the beautiful medieval town of Brasov, visit its main attractions such as the Black Church, the Weaver’s Bastion and others. At the end of the day you will head back to Bucharest.

If you are in desperate need for some excitement and mythology we recommend you to join the tour and discover the legendary regions of Romania and Transylvania.

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