Depending on how far off the beaten path a visitor is willing to go in Romania, it's possible to visit two castles traditionally associated with Dracula.
Poienari Castle and Bran Castle are two structures commonly associated with Dracula, but Poienari has more historical connection to the Wallachian prince that some believe inspired the fictional Bram Stoker vampire, CNN reports.
Poienari is believed to have been expanded in size and used as a fortress by the 15th century Vlad Dracula. It is not a common tourist destination and getting to the castle requires making use of public transportation or a car. Once there, visitors have to climb up 1480 steps to visit the structure. The inside is relatively tourist-friendly, and signs explaining the history of the castle are available in English, according to the news source.
Bran Castle is a far more popular tourist destination, despite having dubious connections to the historical figure. Vendors sell vampire-themed t-shirts, postcards and other knick-knacks, though the museum inside the castle acknowledges that there is little evidence the historical figure spent time there.
Depending on a visitor's patience and devotion to historical accuracy, he may be interested in visiting one of these two Romanian castles.
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