There’s more to Transylvania than just Dracula

If you enjoy travelling in style and getting to see some of the most exciting and most remote parts of Europe then you should take the time to check out the great European train journeys that are on offer which take you around not only the most exciting cities in Europe but also take you off the beaten track a bit to places you will have heard of and have always fancied visiting, such as Transylvania.

This region of Romania holds much fascination for many, not least due to its association with the Prince of Darkess, Count Dracula himself. While the mere mention of the name will, for many, conjure up images of isolated castles dotted about between imposing mountains, it is actually a country that enjoys a vast and varied scenic landscape, with numerous picturesque villages scattered across the countryside.

The city of Sighisoara is situated on the banks of the Tarnava River, and this historic city is so well preserved that visitors instantly step back in time to the medieval days. It has been a settlement since as far back as the 12th century and the Hungarian king who ruled at that time invited craftsmen and merchants to live there.

When you visit today, the ancient town centre gives you a unique insight into what the city was like all those centuries ago, and notable sites include the 64m high clock tower from 1556 and the defensive walls. Many visitors throng the house where it is said that Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for the Count Dracula story by Bram Stoker, was born and a bust of Vlad is situated in a nearby street.