Transylvania, Romania

Think Transylvania, and you’ll probably think Dracula and his castle – and you can certainly go in search of Dracula, aka Vlad the Impaler, connections here. As Vlad’s birthplace, the attractive town of Sighişoara has the best claim to fame, and it also has a suitably imposing citadel.

But the region is not all fortifications and fangs – make time to venture out into the wilds of the Carpathian mountains, where you can track the Transylvanian wolf, along with bears, red deer and lynx in the Piatra Craiului National Park.

Where to stay

Best for visiting Vlad the Impaler: Pensiune Casa Richter

Best for visiting Piatra Craiului National Park: Pensiunea Hora cu Brazi

Rough costs

Daily budget: Basic €25, occasional treat €40
Drink: Beer €1.80; bottle of Romanian wine €5
Food: Tochitura moldoveneasca (Moldavian stew) €2
Hostel/budget hotel: €10/€30
Travel: Bus: Bucharest–Braşov €10; train: €10

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