Bran Castle
Bran Castle

Dracula tourism is a type of cultural tourism involving travel to sites associated with Dracula and his real or imaginary travels. There is Dracula Tourism mainly in Transylvania, Romania but also in Ireland and in the United Kingdom.

The most well-known Dracula Tourism locations to visit in Romania are: Dracula Museum in Bucharest, that presents both the story of real-life Dracula, the Wallachian prince Vlad III Dracula, aka the Impaler and also the one of the mythical Dracula, the blood-thirsty vampire.

  1. Bran Castle ("Castelul Bran"), considered to be the home of Dracula
  2. The City of Sighisoara, where you can visit the house in which Vlad the Impaler was born
  3. Old Princely Court ("Palatul Curtea Veche") in Bucharest
  4. Snagov Monastery ("Manastirea Snagov"), where, according to the legend, Vlad's remains were buried
  5. The ruins of the Poenari Fortress (considered to be the authentic Dracula's Castle)
  6. The village of Arefu, where Dracula legends are still told
  7. The city of Brasov, where Vlad led raids against the Saxons merchants
  8. The village of Piatra Fantanele, where a Dracula Hotel was built in the very same place Bram Stoker placed the Dracula Castle in his novel Dracula.

Government attitude

Although Dracula tourism is a popular attraction in Romania, government leaders prefer other attractions within the country to be Romania's image. The National Tourism Masterplan restricted any Dracula theme parks from 2007 to 2026 to be initiated.[1] The Romanian government views Dracula tourism as a false image of Romania, as Dracula was from a fictional novel rather than a piece of Romanian history. Despite this, Dracula tourism has made an impact on the country's economy in the past and currently there are multiple attractions within the country.[1]

Initially Romania's government did not view Dracula tourism as problematic due to the positive economic change. Romania's historical Vlad the Impaler was the focus of the tours.[2]

Awards

In 2019, a 7-Day Halloween in Transylvania Dracula tour including 3 Halloween parties was awarded "2019 Tour of the Year" by TourRadar at Festival category.[3]

In 2011 Dracula Tours in London were included in "The world's best vampire-spotting locations" by Lonely Planet.[4]

In 2011 Dracula Tours in Transylvania were included in "Top 5 Offbeat Travel Tours" by Tourism Review.[5]

In 2007 Dracula tour-Halloween in Transylvania was included in a "Top 10 Must-Do Adventure" by Fodor's.[6]

Dracula park

Dracula Park was a theme park proposition by Radu Florescu in 1995.[7] The idea was to attract tourists worldwide and bring a larger audience to Romania and its identity with the fictional Transylvanian vampire.

There were over 5,000 share holders and multiple attractions were planned for the park, including a hotel.[8]

The theme park idea was rejected until 2001, six years after the initial proposal.[7]

Dracula Park gained widespread attention in its development. There was controversy on the theme park and if it would be harmful to Romania's image, and the Dracula Park project was dropped.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b "(PDF) DRACULA TOURISM IN ROMANIA: FROM NATIONAL TO LOCAL TOURISM STRATEGIES". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  2. ^ Hovi, Tuomas (2014). "The Use of History in Dracula Tourism in Romania" (PDF). Folklore: Electronic Journal of Folklore. 57: 55–78. doi:10.7592/FEJF2014.57.hovi.
  3. ^ "Tour of the Year 2019 - Travel Style Winners - TourRadar". TourRadar.
  4. ^ "Fangtastic! The world's best vampire-spotting locations". CNN.
  5. ^ "Top Offbeat Tours for Discerning Travelers". Tourism Review.
  6. ^ "Top 10 Must-Do Adventures for 2007 - Fodor" (PDF). Fodor's.
  7. ^ a b Light, Duncan (2012). The Dracula Dilemma: Tourism, Identity and the State in Romania. Routledge.
  8. ^ Koranteng, Juliana (2002). "Romania's Dracula Park gets go-ahead: Beverage sponsors Bolster deal. (International News)". Business Insights: Global.
  9. ^ "(PDF) DRACULA TOURISM IN ROMANIA: FROM NATIONAL TO LOCAL TOURISM STRATEGIES". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2019-02-14.

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