A Guide to the Most Spooky Locations in Transylvania

Can there be any other destination in the world that evokes such feelings of dread than Transylvania? This Romanian destination is known everywhere as the home of ‘Dracula’, and ever since Bram Stoker penned his famous novel it has been a source of fascination to people all over the world.

Bucharest by Andrew White via Flickr Creative Commons

There is no better time to visit Transylvania than at Halloween, so here are a few tips for visiting this most spooky of locations.
Arrive in Bucharest
Start your trip by flying into Bucharest. This city has a lot to offer the visitor, and some of the highlights which you might want to check out on one or two days exploring the city include:

  • Parliament Palace
  • The Village Museum
  • Cotroceni Palace
  • The historical neighbourhood of Lipscani
  • Herastrau Park

See the Region
It would be a shame to go all the way to Romania and then fail to see some of the most interesting places, so before you go to Castle Dracula there are a few other places in the region that you might want to visit.

You might want to take a trip to Sinaia, a royal resort located in the mountains. Or you may decide to visit Sibiu, a medieval Saxon city which is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the country. The main site of interest here is the church, and it was here that Vlad the Impaler’s son was stabbed on the stairs in 1510.

Brasov is another medieval city that you might want to check out, and this is one of best preserved in Europe. Here you will be able to visit the huge Black Church which is one of the most important attractions.

After exploring the region, time your trip to arrive in Transylvania just before Halloween. The area where the vampire Dracula is said to be found is in Bistrita County which was actually mentioned in the famous novel.

Once you are here, you will be able to enjoy the awe-inspiring sight of the Borgo Pass. Sunset here is absolutely stunning, so make sure you have your camera to hand.

Perhaps the best place to view the sunset is from Castle Dracula itself (also known as Bran Castle). This castle dates back to 1377 and is a very impressive building. When you visit you will find that some of it is off limits, but you will still be able to explore much of the interior and you may even be able to enjoy a meal by candlelight and stay the night in one of the rooms (if you’re brave enough!).

After your stay in Castle Dracula, you can actually get a stamp in your passport to show that you survived, and then you may want to head to Sighisoara for Halloween itself.

This 15th-century town is very well preserved, and it was here that Vlad the Impaler (the real Dracula) was born. On Halloween there are lots of events to mark the occasion. There is a party held at Sighisoara Citadel, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a number of traditional events are held such as the ritual of the killing of the living dead, Dracula’s wedding, a folk show and more.

Plan Your Halloween

There is no better way to spend Halloween than by visiting Transylvania. This outline provides an idea of how you can spend a few days here, but there are other itineraries so decide what works best for you. Then enjoy a very spooky few days in the home of Dracula!

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