"We are in Transylvania, and Transylvania is not England. Our ways are not your ways, and there shall be to you many strange things."
Bram Stoker's Dracula - Chapter 2: Jonathan Harker's Journal Continued
Transylvania is region of Romania known as the place where Dracula Bran Castle is located. Largely as a result of the success of Dracula , Transylvania has become a popular setting for horror fiction (particularly that involving vampires).
Romania is a country in Southeastern Europe . It is bordered by Hungary and Serbia in the west and Bulgaria to the south along the Danube River, Ukraine and Moldova in the northeast. Romania has also a stretch of sea coast on the Black Sea and the eastern and southern Carpathian mountains run through its center. Historic Bucharest ( Romanian : Bucuresti ), a major tourist attraction, is its capital and largest city. Romania has been an active member of NATO since 2004 , and is also an acceding country to the European Union . The EU Accession Treaty was signed in early 2005 , and Romania joined the European Union on January 1 , 2007 . Starting from January 1 , 2007 , Romania is the seventh largest EU nation.
Bran Castle , situated near Brasov in Transylvania , is a national monument and landmark of Romanian tourism built by the Teutonic Knights in (or around) 1212 , after they had been relocated from Palestine into the Kingdom of Hungary .
The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia . In addition to its unique architecture, the castle is famous because of persistent myths that it had been the home of Vlad the Impaler ; however, there is no physical evidence that Vlad ever lived there. According to most accounts, the Impaler spent two days in the Bran dungeon , as the area was occupied by Ottoman Empire at the time.
The castle is open to tourists, who can view the inside alone or as part of a guided tour. Outside the castle are examples of traditional Romanian cottages.
Central Sighisoara has preserved in an exemplary way the features of a small medieval fortified city, it has been listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site . Each year, a Medieval Festival takes place in the old citadel in July.
Owing to its connection to the myth of Dracula through Vlad Tepes, the construction of a Dracula theme park in Sighisoara was considered but ultimately rejected, as it would have detracted from the medieval style of the city.
Sighisoara is perhaps the most enchanting medieval city in Transylvania, due to its well preserved walled old town. The landmark of the city is the old Clock tower , a 64m high tower built in 1556 . It is today a museum of history.
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