Round the year, the surroundings of the known-to-be castle of count Dracula, are keen on the time they are going to tell everybody “Come to a Halloween party” . People are excited about being part of this, despite the fact that most Romanians know that Vlad Tepes, the character who inspired Bram Stroker`s Dracula character never actually lived at the Bran castle. A thing, that many people don`t know, is that 3 hours away from the industry, there is a very old fortress in which still stands the house in which the legendary ruler was born. The name of the city; Sighisoara.
Someplace else, the spirit of Dracula is unknown. Other things make the main highlight of Romania, like the folkloric traditions, the traces of Ceausescu, the religion and the seaside.
If you`re game, you can buy or wear a tshirt that says “guess who`s coming to dinner?”.
I choose to ignore the fake elements sourrounding the story and be happy witht the gothic landscape which can be seen all around Transilvania. I like happiness.
That being said, it`s sad that people have converted rituals involving magic and ghosts in everyday shows for people who come there from all the corners of the world.
It`s very interesting to observe how people don`t like to be associated with Dracula, but still like it in some circumstances, like when seeing it on tv or spending a day in a Tepes- related Romanian site.
What tourists must have in mind when living the experience is that the character who inspired the world`s favorite vampire was a man who, though cruel, saved Romania several times, like few other conductors in history.