Vlad Tepes had many enemies, including the Saxon traders of Transylvania. Their betrayals and ruses were rewarded by the prince in full: Brasov, Sibiu and Amlas were punished by sword and fire, just like many other cities from the Southern part of Transylvania. But the Transylvanian traders’ revenge was the Saxon Chronicle, written after Vlad Tepes’s death. The Chronicle painted the Wallachian prince as a demon, and because of this, he will probably be regarded as a blood-thirsty beast for a long time to come. By the end of the 19th century Bram Stoker, the Anglo-Irish novelist, took Dracula’s name to create his own peerless, quintessential vampire.
Transylvania - the Land Beyond the Forest - famed as the homeland of Dracula, with alpine meadows and peaks, caves, indigenous forests sheltering bears, wolves and wild boars, still remains one of the least known regions of Europe. This journey will take you to the Prince's birthplace in Sighisoara (one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe), to his real castle at Poienari, where you will climb its 1480 steps, and his tomb at Snagov Monastery. And, because people need legends and mysteries, strong emotions and adventure, we will follow the path to the castle described in Stoker's tale, crossing "the post-town of Bistrita", which does exist, along the Borgo Valley and through its villages and orchards, into the Borgo Pass in northern Transylvania. You will enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride to the spectacularly scenic Piatra Fantanele or Borgo Pass.
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