Transylvania, despite its portrayal in Dracula films, is a region made up of forests, meadows and rolling hills interspersed with quaint medieval villages. It is also an area that boasts ski slopes and other nature activities.
Transylvania has only a glancing history with Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler, the historical figure behind the myth. Although the tourist department pushes the Dracula angle, Dracula's castle -- in reality Bran Castle -- only hosted Vlad for a few nights. Sighisoara, a medieval Saxon town, features a plaque about Vlad Dracul, the father of Vlad the Impaler; however, Dracula fans can stay at a number of Dracula-themed hotels.
The principality of Transylvania offers a host of other historical sites, such as Corvin Castle at Hundedoara, a Transylvanian landmark started in the 1400s and finished in the 1800s. This building, constructed in Renaissance-Gothic architecture, is one of the largest in Europe, featuring a drawbridge, moat and several towers. For a while in the 1400s, Corvin Castle operated as lavish home in addition to being a defensive structure.
Some other fortresses or castles of note in Transylvania are Fagaras fortress, Peles Palace and Pelisor Palace. While Fagaras fortress saw many battles during the 1600s, both of the palaces serve as homes for the Romanian queen.