Published on : Tuesday, October 31, 2017
A large number of tourists, mainly from Western nations including Romanians who have been heading for Bran Castle in Transylvania region of Romania this weekend to enjoy Halloween celebrations in the so-called residence of Count Dracula.
Bran Castle has been dubbed as Dracula’s Castle because of its connection to Vlad Tepes who is the real-life prince.
It is believed that the Romanian prince had performed certain bloodthirsty deeds and they formed the main source material for the legend of Dracula who resided there for a short while.
Tepes was known as ‘Vlad the Impaler’ for his intense brutality.
He was actually infamous for burning down the suburbs of the city of Brasov and assassinating many of the then Saxon German residents.
His life had inspired Bram Stoker, an Irish writer who had composed the famous novel ‘Dracula’ that was published in Britain in 1897. Actually Dracula was just a nickname for Tepes whose father was known as Vlad ‘Dracula’ and he was also a member of the Order of the Dragon – Draco in Latin founded to safeguard Christianity in Eastern Europe.
Vlad was most probably a vampire.
But the tourism authorities of Romania have been quite eager to exploit the misunderstanding to lure tourists to the Gothic castle that had been constructed in the 14th century.
Nowadays the castle is among the leading tourist attractions of Romania that lure over 600,000 visitors a year.
The management of the castle revealed that they had been organizing Halloween parties since 2009 but then the one they had enjoyed last Saturday was the grandest till date. This party witnessed the footsteps of Vlad Tepes, traditional folk dances, horror movies and the presence of a costumed Count Dracula, along with ghosts and other vampires.
Two overnight guests would be hosted by Bran Castle on 31st October chosen through a contest organized by Airbnb who have been asked to utilize their ‘vampiric wit’ to imagine what they would say to Count Dracula if they met him.
The winners have been two Canadians from Ottawa and as a reward they would get an opportunity to sleep in coffins.
It would be the first time that anyone has slept in the castle since the year 1948.