Vampire Trail trying to lure tourists for a visit in 2014
If you’re looking for a place to visit in 2014, Southeastern Europe might be the place to put on your list! The area is known for it’s medieval feel and some of it’s more famous past residents – including Vlad the Impaler (who was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula). Two cities in the region specifically are turning towards their vampiric roots to draw in tourists – they include the city of Sozopol which is an old, old seaside town on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, and the ancient city of Sighisoara which is located in Transylvania. The mayors of these towns are trying to link their vampire connections together to form a “vampire trail” between the two cities highlighting the origins and real history of vampires…
Sozopol is where Bulgarian archaeologists recently unearthed a 700 year old “vampire” skeleton which was even featured by National Geographic. The skeleton was notable because it had an iron rod rammed through his chest, an indication the man was believed to have been a vampire. The city is promoting visits to its archaeological museum where the vampire skeleton is on display.
Sighisoara is famously known because it is the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler – a ruler infamously known for being incredibly violent and cruel, and being the “real” Dracula that Bram Stoker based his novel on.
Worth a visit? For anyone looking for a connection with real vampires, this is a chance to get up close and personal with vampire history!