Chasing Vampires & Dracula: Transylvania Romania

Transylvania is a place that most people assume only exists in fairy tales. In fact, it’s a real region in central Romania and is well worth a visit. Transylvania is a magical place with so much history, beauty and many legends including our favorite childhood vampire Dracula.

Bran Dracula Castle

Bran (Dracula’s) Castle

The famous writer Bram Stoker found his inspiration for Count Dracula from Transylvania. Legend has it that Dracula once lived in a medieval castle called Bran Castle… but we all know that vampires don’t exist! Dracula on the other hand was a real person, but he wasn’t the scary vampire that we read about as kids. He was a prince known as Vlad the Impaler and famous for being very vicious and bloody. He never actually lived in Dracula’s castle, but the depictions in the book are closest to Bran Castle. This is why thousands of tourists flock to the castle every year to visit the hometown of our favorite vampire.

Bran Dracula's Castle

Bran (Dracula’s) Castle

Bran Castle itself is a beautiful medieval site, but it’s not the prettiest or most historically relevant place to visit in Transylvania. There’s so much more to see and it’s better to spend at least a few nights in the area. The best way to get there is either by train or by car from Bucharest (about a 2.5 hour drive). I had the pleasure of visiting the top highlights with an amazing tour agency called Adventure Transylvania, which made my journey even more exciting.

Bran Dracula's Castle

View from Bran Castle

Bran Dracula's Castle

Bran (Dracula’s) Castle

Bran Dracula Castle

Bran (Dracula’s) Castle

Dracula Romania Transylvania

Transylvania

As you start approaching this medieval region, you will come across exceptional landscapes with an endless view of mountains and greenery. At some point you can easily feel like you went back in time a few hundred years with so many old houses, fortified churches, farms, sheep and even horse and carriages. A great place to use as your base is the beautiful medieval town of Brasov.

 

Here are some Transylvania hotel recommendations: Casa Albert Boutique HotelVila Katharina, Hotel Belvedere.

The highlight of my trip was Peles Castle. To begin with, the area surrounding the castle is marvelous with so many mountains an an endless view of green fields. The castle itself is incredible inside out. It really looks like a page out of a fairy tale. The interior architecture and decor is so grand and every room is more beautiful than the other.

Peles Castle Romania

Peles Castle

Peles Castle Transylvania

Peles Castle

Peles Castle Transylvania

Peles Castle

Peles Castle Transylvania

Peles Castle

Peles Castle Romania

Peles Castle

Castles Romania

Peles Castle

Peles Castle Romania

Peles Castle

Peles Castle Romania

Peles Castle

Peles Castle Romania

Peles Castle

Castle Transylvania

Peles Castle

Peles Castle Transylvania

Peles Castle

Essentials to take with you on this trip:

 

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7 Responses to “Chasing Vampires & Dracula: Transylvania Romania

  • Nice photos 🙂
    That castle really looks like something from a children book 🙂

  • Transylvania looks so picturesque. I’ve always really wanted to go to Dracula’s castle! Great post.

  • Your pictures are incredible, you are adorable, and I absolutely love this post! Transylvania has been on my bucket list for quite some time! Let’s all go chase some vampires lol <3

  • Wow, I have to go now, especially Draculas Castle. It just looks so magical and you’ve captured it really well with your photos. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • What a cool experience! The whole story about Vlad is horrible and I’m glad he doesn’t exist anymore. But castles are always a nice place to go, so it’s great to see the inside!

  • This bedroom at Dracula Castle looks super spooky 🙂

  • Totally agree with you…
    I visited this two castles myself, and I was impressed by its beauties…
    Check out my post about it if you are interested…
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/

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