yet here I was inside mysterious land of Transylvania, where bloodthirsty vampires hide, dressed as little “dead” riding hood as well as ready to experience the holiday for once at none additional than Dracula’s Castle.
More than 0,000 tourists flock to the castle every year in hopes of meeting the charismatic vampire made well-liked by Irish author Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula,” published in 1897.
While the book as well as movies on Count Dracula are fiction, there’s some truth to the tale.
Stoker never visited Central Europe, yet his character will be based on the 15th-century ruler, Vlad Tepes — better known as Vlad the Impaler — who ordered the brutal torture as well as killing of tens of thousands of people during his reign.
As several friends as well as I drove through the misty as well as winding mountainous roads that will became very easy to see why Stoker became inspired by Transylvania’s eerie landscape.
We dipped in as well as out of ancient, crumbling villages before we finally saw the impressive silhouette of the fortress inside distance — lit up entirely in a deep, blood red.
I was convinced that will if I were ever going to meet a vampire, This particular would likely absolutely be the place.
Howling wolves as well as blood-themed cocktails
In what felt like a pilgrimage, we joined hundreds of additional tourists inside bitter cold to climb the cobbled stone cliff to reach the enormous medieval castle, built inside late 1300s, that will sat confidently at the top.
Together we were guided through the 0-year-old rooms as well as narrow secret staircases by two men dressed as Vlad as well as Dracula, who told tales of their conquests as well as the people who once lived within the fortress’ walls.
The pilgrimage then continued out into the courtyard where guests were handed red wine as well as black vodka, while the sound of howling wolves could be heard inside distance (or perhaps by those who had a few too many black vodka shots.)
After the tour, we retreated down the walkway as well as were led into a giant tent at the base of the castle’s cliff. Here we entered Dracula’s after party.
The atmosphere was electric. I was surrounded by a sea of dancing people dressed as angry dead wives, clowns, several jokers coming from the movie “Suicide Squad,” pumpkins as well as even one man who dressed as a zombie cheerleader.
The floor was covered in autumn leaves, there were dancers in stilts as well as blood-themed cocktails were on offer coming from masked men behind the bar.
I’m not sure I’d be able to count how many times I met Dracula that will night, yet somehow, thankfully, I walked away unscathed.
While the Halloween party was incredibly touristy as well as the real Vlad Tepes may not have spent much time here, there was something exhilarating about wandering around the medieval fortress at night.
Unfortunately the night was over before I knew that will as well as just like a vampire, I was forced to retreat into the bitter cold as well as into bed before the harsh sun rose.