The memory of Dracula, or Vlad Tepes, can be felt throughout Romania
. Not only are vampires a part of Romanian folklore, but Vlad Tepes is still celebrated as one of Romania's great patriots. Visits sites associated with Vlad Tepes all over Romania if you are in search of the real Dracula
Snagov is the legendary resting spot of Vlad Tepes. Dracula's tomb is located in a 16th century monastery that was built on an island in a lake. Various stories explain the ultimate demise of Vlad Tepes, so whether or not the body in the tomb is really the famous "Dracula" is anybody's best guess.
Targoviste was the capital of Wallachia, from where Vlad Tepes ruled in the 15th century. Here, visitors can see sites associated with Vlad Tepes as well as other medieval architecture.
3. Arefu and Poienari Castle: Vlad's Royal ResidenceThe village of Arefu is the location of Vlad Tepes' real castle, or at least what remains of it. You'll have to climb over 1000 steps to get to the top of the hill on which Poienari Castle was built. There you'll find a couple of castle towers and what's left of Vlad's private quarters.
4. Bran and Bran Castle: Storied InspirationBran Castle in the town of Bran, Romania, is most famously known as "Dracula's Castle," but this castle was never inhabited by Vlad Tepes. The castle actually belonged to Queen Marie of Romania, though Vlad Tepes may have attacked the castle during his lifetime. The castle still draws vampire enthusiasts from far and wide who want to see Bram Stoker's architectural muse for themselves.
Sighisoara, an ancient town in Transylvania
town, is known as the birthplace of Vlad Tepes. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and host of a Medieval Arts Festival, Sighisoara is fascinating for more than its connections with Vlad the Impaler.