It’s that time of year again where children will be dressing up in costumes of their favorite cartoon character or superhero. The movies at the theatre will be displaying the scariest of the year. And of course the new Twilight movie is about to unveil itself. It all leads me to one of the most compelling villains always thought of during the fall season, Dracula and the place he resided, Transylvania.
The first time Transylvania came to mind as I read the book, Dracula, I thought of barren land with nothing to offer, but I have come to learn it is a beautiful, mysterious land full of magic and folklore and a place to be visited and explored. Lush greens on mountains, crumbling castles and medieval villages are sprinkled throughout this land. To say there is a perfect time to visit would be presumptuous as there are always festivals and tours throughout the year. Skiing by helicopter in the winter, a romantic holiday for Valentine’s, but of course none brings the tourists to Transylvania as much as Halloween and Dracula.
The Dracula tour is not only available during the Halloween season but throughout the year. It is a seven day extravaganza. You’ll explore Peles castle and Bran castle. Travel across the lake in Snagov and visit the monastery where Vlad was supposedly buried. Visit old citadel and have lunch in the house where he was born. As the seven day trip winds down you’ll explore his fortress in Poinari and the salt mines of Turda. During the tour a guide will be sharing myths, folklore and stories about Dracula keeping you entertained the entire time. There is also a private guided tour for five days or a shortened tour for three. According to Fodor this is a top ten must do adventure.
While tours are available throughout the year, Halloween offers a unique festival combining both the holiday and Dracula. For two or three days, depending what you prefer, you’ll go to Bran castle and see the shrine that used to house Queen Victoria’s heart. Visit the clock tower in Sighisara and by the end of your Halloween adventure you’ll meet the spider artist who uses spider webs in his paintings. And of course there will be a Halloween night where you can get dressed up, enjoy a Romanian feast and watch programs throughout the night; ranging from Witch Trials, Dracula’s Wedding, Ritual Killing of the Living Dead and many other surprises that await you.