7 interesting things about 'the vampire land' Transylvania
Dracula is real
The image of the terrifying Count Dracula, carrying a mysterious power built on a true historical figure: Vlad Tepes - a notorious ruler in Romania in the 1400s. He was the one who used extremely cruel violent forms of torture when trying to suppress politicians and people with conflicting views. However, in fact, the author of the famous novel “Count Dracula”, Bram Stoker had never set foot in Central Europe, but his scary vampire character was based on Vlad Tepes.
Hungarian is widely used
Hungarian is the default language in eastern Transylvania. It is also widely used in other cities such as Miercurea-Ciuc, Târgu Mures, Cluj-Napoca, and Covasna or Harghita counties. This is because the area had been linked with Hungary for more than 1000 years, until the end of the First World War, it was merged with Romania. Today, Hungarian ethnic people make up about 19% of Transylvania's population. About half of these people are Székely, believed to be descendants of Attila.
Transylvania is considered a "therapeutic land"
Transylvania has several resort towns and is extremely popular with therapeutic water. Mineral mud and warm water of Bear Lake in Sovata are rumored to be able to cure infertility. The waters of Ocna Sibiului near Sibiu are very good for arthritis.
Transylvania is a great place to observe bears in nature
The Carpathian Mountains spanning Central and Eastern Europe are home to wolves and the largest brown bear populations in Europe. About 5,000 bears have been discovered wandering in the beech forest.
Some points that you can observe bears in the wild with a ranger include the famous Stramba valley north of Zarnesti. However, if you want to go alone, you can go to Libearty Bear Reserve near Brasov, which takes care of more than 70 bears saved from cages and circuses.
Transylvania is a favorite place of Prince Charles
Prince Charles visited Transylvania in 1998 and has also been there ever since. The Prince of Wales not only participates in conserving rural villages but also buying and restoring a few farms that tourists can rent here.
Palinka wine comes from Transylvania
The Transylvania people all started a meal with Palinca, a traditional liquor made from plums. Palinka is a traditional fruit wine in Central Europe and originated from Transylvania. Of course, Palinka is not just a pre-dinner drink. Local people want to welcome guests or congratulate the most fun occasions, they also use Palinca. You can visit the Teo’s Cellar in Sighisoara to sample wines made from different fruits.
Bran Castle is a destination not for the funks
Every year, more than 600,000 tourists flock to Bran Castle (near Brasov) in Transylvania, hoping to meet the main character in Bram Stocker's famous novel “Count Dracula”. In the Middle Ages, Bran Castle with unique architecture was once inhabited by the Royal Family. The interior of the castle was subtly designed, focusing on unique patterns and textures. In particular, the castle was also designed with secret paths. Today, to serve tours in Romania, some travel companies offer "Dracula" themed tours, including a trip to Bran Castle for about $ 1,400.
By: Emily Garcia