7. Transylvania – Romania
Sylvan hills and mist-topped mountains, the clanging echo of church bells and the stone-built medieval steeples of towns like Sibiu, Brasov and Cluj, all add to the eerie atmosphere of this vast area at the heart of Romania.
But it’s 1 place that really attracts the chills and receives the spine a-tingling: Bran Castle. This turret-topped citadel soars in the woods on the border of Wallachia in a medley of Gothic towers and gargoyle-peppered roofs.
Over the years it’s been associated with a number of less-than-savoury, uber-mysterious characters: Vlad the Impaler, the most despicable of the Wallachian kings, and — naturally — Count Dracula, the archetype of the nail-biting Nosferatu.