A trip to Dracula’s birthplace won’t bleed you dry; Stephen McGrath; Spectator Life

Romania – Historic Centre of Sighişoara

The Transylvanian citadel that’s perfect for a budget break.

A horse and carriage slowly clip-clops across the medieval town square in the centre of Sighisoara, in the Transylvania region of Romania, and on through narrow cobblestone streets. As the sun sets over this enchanting 12th Century fortified citadel, the fairytale-like scene is enhanced by a cold half-litre jug of white wine, mine for just £3.

That Sighisoara is known predominately as the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, the real-life inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, serves only as a useful but kitsch marketing tool that has paved the way for a multitude of Dracula-themed tourist tat but Sighisoara has a lot more than that going for it, and you can do it all in a couple of days.

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