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