Spend the whole day searching for clues about Dracula’s life. In the 15th century, he was known as Vlad the Impaler and he was the ruler of the Wallachia region. His seat of power was in Targoviste. This is the first stop of the day where you will visit the ruins of his court and the tower of Dracula from the 13th century.
From here you will travel to the gateway of the Carpathians, to the ruins of Poienari Castle and learn more about the legend of Dracula. Next, you will head to Bran to visit the famous Dracula Castle built as a fortress. Prince Vlad used this medieval castle as a general headquarters during his incursions in Transylvania. For many years, it has been an interesting medieval art museum.
Surrounded by an atmosphere of mystery and legend and perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker’s Dracula. Built on the site of a Teutonic Knights stronghold dating from 1212, the castle was first documented in an act issued by Louis I of Hungary on November 19, 1377, giving the Saxons of Kronstadt (Brasov) the privilege to build the Citadel. Although Stoker never visited Transylvania, the Irish author relied on research and his imagination to create the dark and intimidating stomping ground of Count Dracula, leading to persistent myths that it was once the home of Vlad Tepes, ruler of Walachia. While the association with Dracula is sketchy at best, the castle continues to hold a strong attraction for all fans of the Count.
Your last stop of the day is the medieval part of the city of Brasov. Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance and has been used as a backdrop in many recent period films. In this city, you will be surrounded by legends of the vampires and medieval stories.
You will take part in the walking tour through the old town center, including the Black Church, the Council Square, the Hirche House, the baroque style buildings from the Austro-Hungarian times and the Black Church, the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul.
On this full-day trip, you will enjoy an exclusive lecture on Dracula and Vlad the Impaler and decide between fact and fiction while passing through different stages of his life making it the most complete Dracula trip in Romania.