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Transylvania, more than just vampire stories

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Located in the central part of Romania, Transylvania is most commonly known because of Count Dracula, Bram Stoker’s most famous character but it is actually one of the most beautiful regions in Eastern Europe. It is rich in myth and medieval sites like castles, fortresses, monasteries and fortified churches, some of the very well preserved. As the region is circle by the Carpathian Mountains, there are a lot of forests and mountain stunning sceneries.

Bran Castle, DraculaBran Castle, Transylvania, Romania. Photo by Horla Varlan

Many tourists visit Transylvania every year to see the Bran Castle, commonly referred as “Dracula’s Castle”.  But actually there is no proof Vlad Tepes ever lived there but it is believed he was imprisoned there for two months by the Hungarian King of the time.  The castle is truly impressive and nothing spooky as you may expect.

Apart from the castle, here are some cities worth visiting in the region:

Brasov

This is the closest city to the Bran Castle, so you can stop right after the visit.  Brasov is a picturesque town and the old part of the city is pretty well preserved.  Take a cable car to go up the Tampa Mountain to have a great view of the city.  Among the sights of the city is The Black Church, which takes it name after the smoke from a fire blackened it in 1689.

Sibiu

Sibiu it was the European Capital of Culture in 2007.  Its main attraction is its beautiful old medieval town.  A very interesting thing in Sibiu is that many houses have small windows on their roofs that look like eyes staring directly at you.  Around the center there are many traditional cafes and restaurants worth stopping by.

Sighisoara

The real Vlad Tepes was born in Sighisoara, but his house is now a restaurant with only a little plaque in the outside wall. Next to it there is a small Weapon Museum and close by also a Torture Museum.  A 64m high Clock Tower built in the 13th century is the landmark of the city.  Go up the covered staircase to the Church of the Hill and the cemetery.

I’ll recommend traveling around Transylvania by car so you can admire the beautiful sceneries and have the freedom to stop in all the little towns you’ll pass by.

Pension Citadela roomPension Citadela, Sighisoara, Romania
Located in the historical town of Sighisoara, Transylvania, Pension Citadela welcomes guests in fully-furnished rooms. Guest Rating: 10

Room rates starting from €32,00

Hotel Esprit roomHotel Esprit, Brasov, Romania
Hotel Esprit is located a few steps from Brasov city center, in Romania. This Brasov 4-star hotel offers guests comfort and quality. Guest Rating: 9,4
Room rates starting from €45,00

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Gabriela Ordenana is an Ecuadorian freelance travel writer currently living at Oahu, Hawaii. She loves traveling around the world and has lived in Europe for many years.

4 responses to “Transylvania, more than just vampire stories”

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  1. Francesco Tomas says via Facebook:
    December 29th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    so good!!!

  2. Paula Monaco says via Facebook:
    December 29th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    i have been to Transylvania and to Dracula’s Castle!!!

  3. Ilda Gomes says via Facebook:
    December 29th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    já estive lá!!!!!

  4. Carol Edmonds says via Facebook:
    December 29th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I’ve been there, it’s an amazing country


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