Romania is well-known for its connection to the title character of Bram Stoker’s famous “Dracula”.
Stoker’s character is actually inspired by one of the most famous figures in Romanian history. The former Wallachian prince named Vlad the Impaler, ruled with an iron fist.
He is thought to have killed from 40,000 to 100,000 European people, mainly by impaling.
The best way to discover Dracula in Romania, though, is by following his steps through some fascinating places in the country.
Here are some of the most popular Dracula sites you should include in your travel itinerary.
The City of Sighisoara
With narrow cobblestone streets and colorful houses, this medieval town is the birthplace of Vlad.
You can visit the famous yellow house located in the Citadel Square where he was born in 1431 and where he lived with his family until the age of four.
Located in the heart of beautiful Transylvania, Sighisoara is a place where myth and history blend. You’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time, and get a chance to find out fascinating facts about Dracula in Romania.
Located on a mountain peak in the Carpathian Mountains, this stronghold is believed to have saved Vlad’s life various times. That’s because the size and position of the castle made it difficult to conquer.
In fact, the fortress was meant as a shield against the Ottomans who were invading the region. The establishment holds significant historical value, as it was the second residence of Vlad Dracul during his reign.
You’ll have to climb 1480 concrete stairs to get to the top of the castle. There, you’ll be able to enjoy a magnificent view of the Carpathians.
The fortress is open Mon – Sun: 9 AM to 6 PM (summer time).
Located on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake, the small stone church is the alleged burial site of Vlad the Impaler. His tomb is thought to be located towards the back of the monastery which dates from the 15th century.
Snagov Monastery is located only 30 km north of Bucharest, Romania’s capital. If you’re planning to visit Bucharest, you should take a look at our 4-hours tour.
The tour includes the city’s main attractions, as well as a trip to the famous picturesque monastery.
The Royal Court of Targoviste
Targoviste is the former medieval capital of Wallachia. Vlad the Impaler ruled here following his father and grandfather. The location is believed to be the first place where the mysterious ruler used his trademark torture, the impalement.
After a group of noblemen murdered his father and brother wanting to overtake the throne, Vlad started using this gory punishment to terrorize his enemies.
Here are some attractions you can visit here:
- The ruins of Vlad’s mansion
- The Great Church – a beautiful Romanian architectural site
- Chindia tower – used for treasury and defense
If you want to visit Targoviste Princely Court, book our real Dracula tour today. Other highlights included in the trip are Curtea de Arges Monastery, the ruins of Poienari Castle and Vidraru Dam.
Visit Bran Castle and Find Out More about Dracula in Romania
Several castles across Romania claim a connection with the famous Wallachian prince. However, Bran Castle is by far the most famous one worldwide.
Located atop a 200-foot-high rock, the castle is a must-see attraction.
The impressive fortress is now a museum where you can find out fascinating stories and legends about Dracula in Romania.
October 1st – March 31st: Monday 12PM – 4PM, Tue–Sun 9AM – 4PM
April 1st – September 30th: Monday 12PM – 6PM, Tue–Sun 9AM – 6PM
With our In Search of Dracula tour, you can find out more about the real story behind Stoker’s character. You’ll see why the former ruler lives up to the legend.
Need more information about our tours? Contact us and we’ll tell you how we can help make the most out of your time in Romania.