The oldest document attesting to the city's origin under the name of Bucuresti was discovered here.
It was issued on September 20, 1459 and signed by Prince Vlad Tepes.
Next to the palace stands the Old Court Church (), dating from 1559 and considered the oldest in Bucharest.
For two centuries, the church served as coronation ground for Romanian princes.
Where: 100 north of Bucharest Nearest train station: Brasov Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. The Vlad Dracul House is located in Sighisoara's Citadel Square, close to the Clock Tower.
(find out more about Brasov) Founded by Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of their seven walled citadels*, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance and has been used as a backdrop in many recent period films. This ocher-colored house is the place where Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's famous Dracula, was born in 1431 and lived with his father, Vlad Dracul (read more about the story of the Dracul name), until 1435 when they moved to Targoviste. The ground floor of the house serves as a restaurant, while the first floor is home to the Museum of Weapons.
Other Dracula sites include: the Old Princely Court in Bucharest, Snagov Monastery, where, according to legend, Vlad's remains were buried; the ruins of the Poenari Fortress (considered to be the authentic Dracula's Castle); the village of Arefu where Dracula legends are still told, the city of Brasov where Vlad led raids against the Saxons merchants, and, of course, Bran Castle.
Some tours also cover the folkloric aspects of the fictional Dracula.
Location: Valachia – Southern-Centre Romania Where: 108 miles northwest of Bucharest Nearby large town: Curtea de Arges (15 miles north) Nearest train station: Curtea de Arges Nearest bus stop: Arefu Web: Built at the beginning of the 13th century by the first Walachian rulers, the castle changed names and residents a few times over the decades; eventually, it was abandoned and left in ruins.
Where: 84 miles north of Bucharest / 16 miles southwest of Brasov Access: car, train to Brasov, and bus from Brasov to Bran Where: 265 miles northwest of Bucharest Nearest train station: Bistrita Located at the foot of the Bargau Mountains, not far from the Borgo Pass ( in Romanian) which connects the provinces of Transylvania and Moldavia, the town of Bistrita is one of the oldest in the region.
Romania Tourism.com/Castles-Fortresses.html#Bran Where: 170 northwest of Bucharest Nearest train station: Sighisoara Founded by Transylvanian Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara still stands as one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Archeological findings indicate that the area has been inhabited since the Neolithic age, long before Bram Stocker chose it as the setting of his fictional Dracula's castle. George's Day before continuing his journey east to Count Dracula's castle.
Bucharest is laden with historical charm – from the streets of the Old City Center, which are slowly being restored, to the grand architecture of the Royal Palace and the lush green of Cismigiu Park. Admission charge At the center of the historic area in Bucharest are the remains of the Old Princely Court, built in the 15th century by Vlad Tepes.
The city also claims a large number of museums, art galleries, exquisite Orthodox churches and unique architectural sites (find out more about Bucharest). According to local lore, Vlad kept his prisoners in dungeons which commenced beneath the Old Princely Court and extended under the city.