Winter tourism: Transylvania, Romania

Transylvania Winter time

Travelling through Transylvania (Romania) in winter, with its Carpathian Mountains backdrop, gothic castles, Saxon villages, and horse-drawn carts, it’s easy to feel like you’re in the pages of a picture book.
Which you are, albeit a blood-sucking vampire one, for this is Dracula country.

Bram Stoker apparently based his famous Count on Vlad Tepes, aka Vlad the Impaler, a prince who was born in the medieval city of Sighișoara, which is one of the stops on this tour. His castle at Bran, perched on top of a 200ft-high rock, with imposing towers and fairytale turrets, is another.

 Ice Hotel, Lake Balea, Romania

In between the gothic sightseeing, you’ll stay at the Ice Hotel at Lake Balea, which is rebuilt every year with ice from the lake. The beds are made from ice but rendered comfy and warm by multiple layers of mattresses, furs, blankets and polar sleeping bags. Just remember your garlic.

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