At long last, the day we’d been waiting for arrived. We were finally going to visit the childhood home of Vlad Tepes, otherwise known as The Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula (which is Romanian for son of the devil).
After an epic bus ride, we stumbled onto the streets of Sighisoara, a small medieval town that resembled nothing more than a fairytale village.
But if this was a fairytale, the Brothers Grimm wrote it, as Sighisoara was once home to one of the blood-thirstiest rulers of all time.
You might expect that a town which can lay claim to the birthplace of Tepes, who is famous for inspiring Bram Stoker’s Dracula, would play it up for the tourists.
And you’d be right.
Tepes’s house is now a restaurant and gift shop that serves such popular dishes as Dracula Crepes and Dracula Coffee, which has a touch of grenadine to give it that bloody look. For an extra five lei, you can venture upstairs to visit the room where the great warrior was born. Just like a pilgrimage for horror writers. I guess we should have brought an offering of some sort–perhaps a vial of blood or one of those tacky Dracula mugs.
I’m sure Tepe’s home didn’t have a coffin, red lighting, and spooky organ music playing during the Impaler’s time.
At first I was a little disappointed by how campy it was, but our group had a lot of fun taking photos and practicing our best “vampire face.” Things have changed a lot since Vlad walked those cobblestone streets, but Sighisoara is worth seeing all the same. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful city.
Don’t waste much time shopping, though. Bran is the place to find the perfect souvenir or memento. Most of the goods in Sighisoara brought to mind the Romanian version of a dollar store.