Dracula Vlad the Impaler Virtual Tour

Dracula Vlad the Impaler Virtual Tour -A famous legend that haunted Europe for centuries. But not so well known are the places..

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A famous legend that haunted Europe for centuries. But not so well known are the places where it was born. It is an estimated 8 days virtual tour to visit the most important places linked with the historical character Vlad the Impaler (1431-1476), known in the Western European legends as Count DRACULA. From the house he was born to the place he was buried, you'll see them all.

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DAY 1 – Your arrival in Bucharest. Pick-up from airport or railway station. Accommodation at a youth hostel in Bucharest. The rest of the day is at your disposal. You can try to discover the night-life in Bucharest.

DAY 2 – A whole day to discover some of the best places in Bucharest. You can choose to visit the following places: The historical center – Old Court Church (Biserica Curtea Veche) 1559 – the oldest church in town; Manuc’s Inn (Hanul lui Manuc) 1808; The ruins of the Princely Palace (Palatul Voievodal) built by Vlad the Impaler; the Old Court’s Museum; Village Museum – contains almost 70 houses, farmsteads, churches and watermills from all over Romania and gives you a fair idea of the countryside at the beginning of the 20th century; Art Museum – here you can see paintings of Rembrandt, Veneziano, Monet, Sisley, El Greco, Breughel, Rubens and the greatest Romanian artists: Grigorescu, Andreescu, Aman, Luchian, Tonitza; Cişmigiu Garden – the oldest park in Bucharest, built in 1854; Romanian Atheneum – classical music concerts hall built in 1888; Palace of the Parliament – 12 storey high building – area of 330 000 m2, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon in Washington; many other sites.

DAY 3 – 125 Km drive from Bucharest to Sinaia to visit the Peles Castle – former summer residence of the royal family, built between 1873-1883 in German neo-Renaissance, German baroque, French Rococo, Spanish-Moorish styles. Then you can visit the Sinaia Monastery – the first building in Sinaia built in Byzantine style. After 50 km you will reach Bran and stay for the night in a rural household in the mountains.

DAY 4 – Visit the Bran Castle – first time attested in 1377, built to defend the entrance in the Rucăr-Bran passage that linked Wallachia and Transylvania. 30 km drive to Brasov to discover the charm of the old merchants’ city. The highlights in Brasov are: The Black Church – one of the few buildings that survived the 1689 fire, is a place where you can still listen to organ concerts; Saint Bartholomeo Church – the oldest monument in Braşov, built in 1223; Saint Nicholas Church – built in 1495 is the landmark of the oldest part of the town, Schei District. Here you can visit the First Romanian School Museum, the place where some of the first Romanian books were printed in the 16th century; The Art Museum gathers beautiful crystal and porcelain as well as large collection of Oriental vases and statuettes from China, Tibet and old Persia. The night is spent in a youth hostel in Braşov.

DAY 5 – 130 kilometers drive to reach the beautiful medieval citadel of Sighişoara. On the way you can stop at the >Homorod and Saschiz fortified churches, examples of the German communities’ organization during the Middle Ages. You will arrive at Sighisoara where you can visit the house where Vlad the Impaler was born in 1431, the Clock Tower and you can walk through the narrow streets of the town. Accommodation in a youth hostel.

DAY 6 – In the morning you can leave Sighişoara and discover another fortified church, in fact the most important of all 150, Biertan, World Heritage monument since 1993. Next stop is the town of Alba Iulia – a town with deep links with the Romanian’s unification's (1600 during the reign of Michael the Brave and 1918 during the reign of Ferdinand I). Then you may go to the Castle from Hunedoara, another place connected with the historical character Vlad the Impaler. Here he spent few years as Mathias Corvinus’ prisoner beginning with 1462. Gradually, he won his way back into the graces of Mathias Corvinus and in 1476, helped by the Hungarian King he regained the Wallachian throne. Accommodation in a hotel near Hunedoara.

DAY 7 – 130 kilometers drive to Sibiu – the capital of the Saxon civilization in Transylvania. You can enjoy the beautiful city center, the Bruckental Museum with a very wide collection of paintings, over 1000 works of art by Van Mieris, Carriera, da Cadore and Raoux (Martin Maytens’ portrait of the young Archduke Karol of Austria is a masterpiece) and the surroundings of the city as well, including the Museum of Folk Technology where you could spend the night.

DAY 8 – The way back to Bucharest crosses the Meridional Carpathians along the beautiful Olt River Valley. Visit the Cozia Monastery – built during the reign of Mircea the Elder in 1387-1388. The next stop is Targoviste – former Wallachian capital city. Here we can see Vlad’s Princely Court, Chindia Tower and the Princely Church. The last stop is Snagov Monastery, the place where Vlad the Impaler was buried, after he was killed in battle in 1476.

Note: Personalize your vacation and design your own tour, with your own travel plan, and everything may vary (price, range) exactly what you want. You can choose from a list of the best places in Romania or you can name any other place as you like. Here everything including this virtual tour plan is just an assumption (estimation) to make travel easier. You can draw up your own itinerary. You can choose when to start your journey, where to go and how many days to spend in one place. We are trying to help you to decide what sites to visit, by recommending you the following locations that we consider to be the most representative for Romania. If you want to visit something else it’s up to you.