The history of Transylvania Dracula goes beyond Bram Stoker’s book. Hidden between myths and reality is the legend of one bloodthirsty count: Dracula. First published in 1897, Bram Stoker’s novel created the most popular European vampire: Count Dracula. However, blood and full moon nights are not everything about his story. There is more to be discovered. So, who is the man behind Dracula? Was he that bad? Are Transylvania vampires real? And many other unanswered questions.

“Once again…welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely, and leave something of the happiness you bring.”

Bram Stoker, Dracula

Was Transylvania Dracula real?

In a way, yes. But not as the undead villain known all over the world now. Originally, Bram Stoker’s character was inspired by Vlad Tepes, better known as Vlad the Impaler. He was the ruler of Wallachia, at various times between 1456-1462. Eventually, he used to rule the country in a unique and bloody manner: impaling on spike thieves, heretics and his enemies. Even though his methods were arguable, he did bring law and order to Romania. In any case, Vlad Tepes is a beloved historical character among Romanians and his legacy is going beyond spooky legends.

Vlad Tepes, the real Transylvania Dracula
Vlad Țepeș via Pinterest

This bloody character attracts over 800.000 tourists each year to Transylvania Romania. Fun fact? Vlad hasn’t been born or grown nowhere near Transylvania Dracula’s Castle. He might just have spent a few nights here while passing through Bran Gorge. However, Bram Stoker used this area to create the atmosphere in his book. And Dracula’s fans have never unseen it. Dracula’s birthplace is actually the medieval city of Sighisoara. The house where Vlad is supposed to be born can still be visited here, look for Vlad Dracul House.

Transylvania Dracula's birthplace
Vlad Dracul House in Sighișoara via Wikimapia

But Dracula is not the only creepy character found in the Romanian folklore. As a matter of fact, there are countless tales about Romanian mythical monsters. Indeed, Dracula is the most well-known and the “youngest” one, as his legend became popular in Romania just after the book was published, around 1990s. Nonetheless, Transylvania Dracula’s myth isn’t forgotten either in local werewolf legends. The war between vampires and werewolves is still going on when the full moon rises…

“Alone with the dead! I dare not go out, for I can hear the low howl of the wolf through the broken window.”

Bram Stoker, Dracula

Transylvania Dracula’s legend nowadays

Bram Stoker’s imagination went beyond his travelling experience. Even though he never set his foot in Transylvania, many places described in his book can and should be visited. Dracula made Transylvania Castle famous, but choosing the right moment to visit can add unlimited value to your vampire trip. As Halloween is near, Dracula Night shouldn’t be missed! Take the chance and be part of the action. Nowhere can this spooky night get more authentic than here.

Transylvania Dracula Castle on Halloween
Halloween night at Dracula Castle via Google Images

Horror movies fan? No worries, Transylvania Dracula Film Festival might be your cup of tea then. It also happens in the pumpkin season. For instance, plan your trip in autumn and be ready for shivers. You are not a fall lover? Luckily, Romania is great anytime of the year. Just choose the best time to visit Transylvania according to your interests.

Not into vampires, but a mountain lover? There is a special experience that you can try indeed. How about a race around Transylvania Dracula’s Castle? Transylvania 100k starts right at the Castle’s gate. Want a different perspective? This might be your answer. Due to its unique nature, is a must-do for nature lovers. And you can bet that not many have seen Transylvania this way.

Transylvanian style mulled wine
Transylvanian mulled wine via Instagram (narcisbejan)

In addition, if you like to skip the crowds, why not visiting in winter? It does get chilly, but you might have the castle to yourself. And seeing the Bucegi Mountains covered in snow? It is totally worth it. Meanwhile, you need something to keep you warm? Mulled wine is usually great and sold on the market right under Bran Castle.

“The blood is life… and it shall be mine!”

Bram Stoker, Dracula

What else, besides vampires?

Even though Dracula brought Transylvania into the spotlight, there is more to see here. Ready to start the vampire hunt? First, take a look at what is Transylvania famous for. Besides the well-known places, there are the hidden gems that will amaze you. Eventually, you can go off the beaten path. Traditional village life, pastoral scenes and amazing biodiversity – all waiting for you. And if you are a castle lover, don’t stop just at Transylvania Dracula. Plan your trip accordingly and visit these Transylvanian castles.

“I am longing to be with you, and by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air.”

Bram Stoker, Dracula

That being said, see here how to get to Transylvania. Getting ready for your trip? Start by reading Bram Stoker’s book. Choose your Halloween costume. Wear that vampire smile. And be ready to emerge yourself into a new culture. Transylvania Dracula is waiting for you…

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