Romania is a dynamic country rich in history, arts and scenic beauty. Well-known for the forested region of Transylvania, ringed by the Carpathian Mountains and it's medieval towns including Sighişoara. Romania has many fortified churches and castles, with the most notable being the clifftop Bran Castle, long associated with the legend of Dracula.
Although a fictional character in Bran Stoker's novel Count Dracula, was inspired by one of the best-known figures of Romanian history, Vlad Dracula, nicknamed Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), who was the ruler of Walachia at various times from 1456-1462. Tales of the supernatural had been circulating in Romanian folklore for centuries before Stoker put pen to paper and although he has never travelled to Romania, his book is filled with descriptions of many real locations that can still be visited in present-day Romania.
Such sites include the Old Princely Court (Palatul Curtea Veche) in Bucharest, Snagov Monastery, where, according to legend, Vlad's remains were buried; the ruins of the Poenari Fortress (considered to be the authentic Dracula's Castle); the village of Arefu where Dracula legends are still told, the city of Brasov where Vlad led raids against the Saxons merchants.
Take a step back in time when you visit one of the world's famous painted monasteries in Bucovina or explore dynamic Bucharest, the capital, and changing faster than any other city in Romania. Discover the historic quarter, the Centru Civic, the Royal Palace, museums and Palace of Parliament. Hike through the mountains or visit Romania's chic coastal resorts.
One thing is for sure on a trip to Romania, you will have countless unique travel experiences in a land rich with mythic legends and dark tales, ancient monateries and fairy-tale castles.
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