Visiting Sighișoara and Dracula’s birthplace

A blanket of white snow lays across the rolling hills, and drapes softly on the boughs of the trees that form a soft arch as I drive through.

The road has not been snow-ploughed, so I am somewhat nervous, but I soon learn to take it easy, and just go slow and enjoy the journey as we head toward Sighișoara from Brasov.  Romania is just beautiful.

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Exploramum and Explorason – driving to Sighișoara with snow on the trees

We pass castles and old churches, and had it not been snowing, I would have been tempted to stop and explore, but the side roads were not accessible.

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Exploramum and Explorason – driving to Sighișoara we pass forts, castles and churches

Most of the side roads were thick with snow, and so we only get to stop on the main roads.

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Exploramum and Explorason – driving to Sighișoara we spy many castles and fortresses

We park and have the most amazingly inexpensive lunch I can recall in a restaurant.  Wine, water and pizza for both of us and it was the equivalent of $6 AU all up.  And it was a nice restaurant too.  We head up the steps to the old town, as the snowflakes gently start to fall.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Sighișoara clock tower

I love my new camera, and play with the zoom on the figures of the steeple clock.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Sighișoara – zooming in to figures on the clock tower

The buildings are old and lovely.  I love to capture things of the past. The history, and the culture is so rich here.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Sighișoara – fabulous old buildings

This is a town you could spend half a day wandering around in with great delight.  In fact we may even go back as we are in the region a while for New Year.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Sighișoara – it starts to lightly snow

We find it is getting late in the day, so we are walking quite quickly through the village, and don’t go up the covered stairway for the school children.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Sighișoara – covered walkway to the school

We do stop for a quick snowball fight.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Sighișoara – snowball fight

And then we spy an interesting place.  We find out this is the birthplace of “Dracula”, or Vlad Dracul.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Sighișoara – “Vlad” Dracula

We head in, and wish we had lunch here in this historic building. This is the most gorgeous restaurant, and well worth a visit.

For five Lev each we buy a ticket to view the room Vlad was born in.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Sighișoara – Vlad Dracul’s birthplace

We walk up the stairs into what I think will be an average bedroom, maybe with a crib in the corner?

But instead we find Dracula lying in his coffin.  We thought he was a dummy model.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Sighișoara – Vlad Dracul’s birthplace – his bed is a coffin ?

But Dracula slowly rises.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Sighișoara – Dracula rises from his sleep

And then he lets out a gruelling sound, and we both jump out of our skin !

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Exploramum and Explorason – Sighișoara – Dracula reaches out to grab us.

We race into the next room, and I think we are both white as ghosts.  The next room is a dining room with a model of the real (Vlad) Dracula.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Sighișoara – The bust of the real Vlad Dracul

It also has his portrait, and in the lighting his eyes are somewhat creepy.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Sighișoara – Vlad Dracul portrait

As we walk back through the ‘bedroom’, Dracula grabs Explorason and goes to bite his neck !!!!

Oh my, we did not expect this!

We give a nervous laugh and race out saying how fantastic this pace was for the money. I think it was fantastic because we never expected any of that.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Sighișoara – Dracula jumps out and grabs Explorason and goes for his neck

Here is some interesting facts from about Vlad Dracula’s birthplace from http://romaniatourism.com/sighisoara.html

(Casa Dracula)  Address: Str. Cositorarilor 5

The Vlad Dracul House is located in the Citadel Square, close to the Clock Tower. This ocher-colored house is the place where Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s famous Dracula, was born in 1431 and lived with his father, Vlad Dracul, until 1435 when they moved to Targoviste. A wrought-iron dragon hangs above the entrance. The ground floor of the house serves as a restaurant, while the first floor is home to the Museum of Weapons (see museum details).

Benefiting from the friendship of the Hungarian king, Sigismund I of Luxembourg, Vlad II Dracul, the father of Vlad Tepes, spent his youth at the royal court and later distinguished himself as a brave knight in the fight against the Ottoman Empire.Dracula, the title of Vlad Tepes, translates as Son of Dracul.

For his deeds, the Order of the Dragon was bestowed upon him, hence the title Dracul(the Latin word for dragon isdraco). While in medieval lure dragons served as symbols of independence, leadership, strength and wisdom, the biblical association of the devil with the serpent that tempted Adam and Eve, gave the snake-like dragon connotations of evil. Thus, the Romanian word Dracul stands in English for both dragon and devil.

We stayed at a quaint little place for 2 nights called Pensione Sighisoara.  It was perfect for us.

4 comments

  1. Glad you are enjoying Romania! Enjoying reliving my trip through your blog! I am glad I was there during warmer weather although the snow is probably magical!

    1. Faith – I think we will have to come back in the Summer – I hear it is beautiful – did you go to the mountains or the Black Sea? I’m so keen to explore more – did you blog on your visit if so would love to read it too. Happy New Year to you too.

  2. Some beautiful places, i love seeing different architecture, it almost transports you to another place in time. Happy New Year Ruth, you are so lucky to discover such amazing places.

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