Visiting Draculas Hometown Sometimes legends and fiction stories create a tempting myth, and everything connected to this myth becomes extremely interesting for us.
Most of us know about the bloody and–as some modern movies show him–very hot vampire Count Dracula. This story by Bram Stoker is mere fiction, but the person who inspired him to create this character was real.
Vlad Tepes (pronounced Tse-pesh) or Vlad the Impaler (1431-1476), also known as Vlad Dracula, was born in Sighisoara, Romania. So, it’s not surprising that this town has become one of the most popular tourism places among Dracula fans.
The very house where Vlad Dracula was born, now serves as a restaurant called “House of Vlad Dracul” (“Dracul” means “Devil” or “Dragon” in the Romanian language) and a wine shop, and it is always full of tourists.
Another very interesting attraction in Sighisoara is the compelling Church on the Hill (“Biserica din Deal”), which is an architectural jewel of Gothic style.
A beautiful staircase of 180 steps leads up to the church, where a dazzling view over the town is spread before you. The church is decorated with magnificent and ravishing religious frescoes that are 500 years old. The “vampiric” atmosphere is present there as well.
You should also visit the crypt that is underneath the church. There you’ll be a witness to one of the most incredible cemeteries in the world.
Thirty gravestones are positioned in such a way that you’ll think the dead have tried to escape. This will definitely give you a chill, so, if you’re weak at heart, don’t enter there.
The Sighisoara Citadel is another must-see for every tourist in Romania. This is the only citadel in Europe that is inhabited even now.
This wonderful citadel is visible from almost everywhere in the town. You can see nine excellent towers along the walls of the citadel. One of the these towers–the Clock Tower (“Turnul cu ceas” in Romanian)–is Sighisoara’s symbol.
In the tower you will also find a historic museum that contains weapons, ancient coins and many other things. This medieval citadel, also known as the Historic Center of Sighisoara, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sighisoara was founded by the Transylvanian Saxons in the 12th century. Although it’s one of the smallest towns built by Saxons, it is surely one of the most popular ones.