Sighisoara, Romania – Exploring Draculas Home Town

After the longest and most painfully boring train ride I have ever taken, with the electricity broken the entire 30+ hour journey and trapped in a small sauna-like bed cabin grasping for air through the small window that wouldn’t open up properly, we finally arrive at the train station in Bucharest.
The train from Istanbul to Bucharest turned out to be longer than it was supposed to, in fact, it turned out to be the longest and most uncomfortable train ride we’ve taken so far …

We were the only people taking the train the whole way to Bucharest, and after some time we realized why…

The supposedly 20 hour long train ride turned out to be 25 hours, stopping in the most random places, back tracking half the time and taking the longest way to reach the final destination.

25 hours is long but it would have been OK if the power in the train carriage and cabin wasn’t broken.

But yes, the power was OFF, meaning it was pitch dark at night, and since there was no fan or air con working and the windows could barely open up, it was like a sauna in the day.

Having no power makes you realize how reliant you are on it, and with dead laptops you sit there rolling your thumbs while the hours feel longer and longer.

Sighisoara, Romania

Sighisoara, Romania

We are the only ones left to get off at the final station in Bucharest – hungry and exhausted we pass out at the closest hostel.

We thought we had made the biggest mistake ever to have planned another train journey already the next morning – but we stuck to our plan, and soon later we were so grateful that we did.

The train ride from Bucharest to Sighisoara, Romania

Which was our final destination in Romania, turned out to be one of the most beautiful routes I have ever traveled.

The landscape was breathtaking with alpine mountains, unexplored
valleys, lonesome forts and castles and animals grazing on the green

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Sighisoara, Romania

Sighisoara, Romania

Many of the villages we passed looked like they had not changed for
hundreds of years, with a charming medieval architecture and rural

Sighisoara has made a name for itself for being one of the best preserved mideval villages in Europe.

It was truly a quaint place and it made us really want to go back to Romania to explore more of the country side and villages.

The first interaction we had was with a woman handing out flyers at the station – she was advertising ”Gypsy tours”, which included a tour to a ”real Gypsy village”.

I think it’s strange and wrong to make a tourist attraction out of what in this case was poor people living in misery, many of them spending their days begging in Sighisoara’s streets and at the train station, but apparently this tour was very popular.

However, the reason most people go to Sighisoara wis not ”Gypsy tours”, but to visit the old part of town and cemeteries.

This is the town where Dracula was supposedly born.

Sighisoara, Romania - Exploring Draculas Home Town

Sighisoara, Romania – Exploring Draculas Home Town

Dracula was named and inspired by the notorious blood thirsty prince Vlad III Dracula, who was born in Sighisoara and lived in Transylvania during the 15th century.

Known as Vlad the impaler, he killed up to 100,000 people – mainly by using his favorite method of impaling them on a sharp pole.

It really was like stepping back into the past, and walking around the little town you could imagine exactly what life must have been like in the mideval century.

The scenery in Transylvania is very special, and waking up to look outside the window and seeing the thick misty clouds slowly move over the hills and thick forests, mountains and small villages – you realize that if vampires really did exist, this would be the perfect place for them to reside…

6 Responses to Sighisoara, Romania – Exploring Draculas Home Town

  1. Angela September 24, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    Romania is high on top of my list, very interesting, I would also like to visit Dracula’s hometown, but in general I’m attracted by the country as a whole, maybe for its beautiful landscapes and culture.

  2. Kelly September 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    This was the most amazing town I”ve ever been to. The architecture was like out of an old horror movie. I loved this place even though the vibe was weird. I went alone and didn’t see any other tourists. Creepy. 

  3. Maria September 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    Nice read about Bucharest and the medieval villages in the area.  I’d like to take that Gypsy Village tour. 

  4. Alina Barbu September 25, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    I recommend a Dracula tour

  5. Anonymous September 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Very cool. Is his castle somewhere else?

  6. Mauritius Island September 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    very nice post indeed, great