If you want to add an aura of mystery to your Halloween celebrations this year, consider spending the night in Romania’s Bran Castle. The castle, which is better known as Dracula’s Castle, is located in Transylvania and two people will have the opportunity to sleep in the medieval fortress overnight.
Airbnb is behind the promotion to get two winners inside the castle. It will be the first time since 1948 that anyone has slept there, according to the Associated Press. “The Airbnb contest to find guests for the night launched Monday,” according to the article. “Applicants were asked to use their ‘vampiric wit’ to imagine what they’d say to Count Dracula if they met him.” Winners will be flown to Romania and taken to the castle in a horse-drawn carriage. If they dare, winners can sleep in coffins, but beds will be available just in case anyone becomes too frightened.
The host of the event happens to be the great-grandnephew of the “Dracula” author and he will be recreating the classic book by providing details that hold true to the novel, in addition to giving guests “a good scare.” The rules, according to the AP, are simple: no garlic, no silver jewelry and preferably no mirror selfies. Oh, and you’re not allowed to leave until dawn. (Pesky vampire rules)
Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula is often confused with Vlad Tepes, “a medieval prince with a figurative thirst for blood,” according to the Live Science. It is known as Dracula’s Castle because it fits the description from the novel. “. . . on the very edge of a terrific precipice . . . with occasionally a deep rift where there is a chasm [with] silver threads where the rivers wind in deep gorges through the forests.” In reality, Stoker never visited Transylvania, rather he relied solely on research and his own imagination.
Putting the myth of Dracula connections aside, Bran Castle is absolutely stunning. Inside, “narrow winding stairways lead through some 60 timbered rooms, many connected by underground passages, which house collections of furniture, weapons and armor dating from the 14th to the 19th centuries,” according to its description. It sits perched on the side of a mountain, overlooking the scenery and picturesque village of Bran below, which is circled by the Carpathian mountains. Who wouldn’t want to visit?
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