Dracula’s Ghost: Where Does Vlad Tepes Haunt?

Romania

Dracula is one of the most recognizable horror icons and has grown in popularity since he first appeared in Bram Stoker’s famed novel ‘Dracula.’ Although Dracula is a fictional character, it is said that his origins may have been forged in some bloody truth. Dracula was supposedly inspired by the real-life historical warlord Vlad Tepes, or Vlad the Impaler. Vlad was born in the Transylvanian town of Sighisoara sometime between 1428 and 1431. He was born […]

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Haunted Brasov, Romania: Catacombs and the Black Church

Brasov, Romania

Brasov hides cloaked in the tranquil safety of the Carpathian Mountains, an ode to Transylvania’s great and historical past. With sweeping mountain views, cobblestone streets and red roofed historic buildings lining every street, Brasov is a romantic city for any lover of medieval era Europe. Although the city is today a bustling, trendy destination for tourists and locals alike, looking to indulge in sites, food and the occasional live event, there is a darker side […]

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Hoia Baciu Forest: World’s Most Haunted Forest

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

A short distance from the modern Romanian city of Cluj Napoca exists what many believe to be the world’s most haunted forest. Known as Hoia Baciu, this dense forest is surrounded by legends and conceals many secrets. Tales of ghosts, UFO’s, inter-dimensional portals and other unnatural phenomena have made Hoia Baciu Forest one of the most infamous places in Romania. The first scary legend of Hoia Baciu is the one which gave the forest its […]

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Banffy Castle: Haunted Romania

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Banffy Castle is one of Romania’s hidden gems. It isn’t easily accessible and isn’t one of the country’s most stunning places visually. Yet, Banffy Castle has an interesting and spooky history that certainly makes up for this. Banffy Castle is located in the small town of Bontida in Transylvania. It was built for and by the Banffy family between the years 1437 and 1543. It was occupied by this family right through until 1944 when […]

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Spooky Sighisoara: Birthplace of Dracula

Sighisoara, Romania

Sighisoara is a medieval town in Transylvania, Romania. It is a stunning sight for those who make the trip to visit the small remote town. It exists on raised cobblestone streets and has retained many of its medieval buildings and charm. Though Sighisoara is a pristine and beautiful place, it does have a darker side that many do not know about. This quaint little village has faced plague, fire and is even considered to be […]

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Poenari Castle: The Real Castle Dracula and Ghost Stories

Romania

Poenari Castle is a little-known ruin that was once an important stronghold. It is best known for its ties to Vlad Tepes, better known as Vlad the Impaler or the real-life inspiration for Dracula. The crumbling Poenari Fortress exists high in the Făgăraș Mountains. It is accessible to the few tourists willing to make the harsh trip to visit it by ascending 1480 stairs up a steep hill. Unlike Bran Castle, which has been heavily […]

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Bran Castle: Ghosts and Dracula Legends

Bran, Romania

Bran Castle is one of the most stunning castles in Romania and possibly the world. It is heavily marketed to tourists as being ‘Dracula’s Castle.’ Interestingly, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Nonetheless, it has propelled Bran Castle into stardom and it remains what is likely the most visited tourist attraction in Transylvania. Bran Castle has stood for many years, first being mentioned in documents dating back to 1377. It was strategically positioned upon […]

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Snagov Monastery: Dracula’s Grave

Bucharest, Romania

In a small peaceful village, just a short distance from Romania’s capital city, Bucharest, lies a small island monastery. Famed for holding the remains of the world’s most infamous warlord. The Snagov Monastery has existed on Snagov Island for a long time. It was originally founded in the 14th century and more than one church has stood upon the island’s ground in this time. Some, including a small wooden church has been destroyed, supposedly even […]

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