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Dracula castle will reopen after bears are captured

June 16, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Romania’s Poenari Castle, a tourist attraction because of its links to Dracula, will reopen as soon as a mother bear and her three cubs are rounded up and relocated.

The protective mother bear came close to several tourists last month, leading authorities to declare the castle off limits.

Romania has more bears roaming free than the whole of the rest of Europe. The country’s 6000 brown bears comprise 60% of Europe’s total.

Poenari Castle, a 15th-century fortress overlooking the Arges River in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, is associated with the weird prince Vlad the Impaler, believed to have inspired Bram Stoker’s 1897 eerie gothic novel Dracula.

Dracula

Dracula tourism is big business in Romania and everyone wants a stake in it. Romanian tourist operators are currently releasing new Dracula tours.

“Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,” writes George Marginean of Karpaten Turism of Romania, “As we are on of the biggest and most important tour operators in Romania, we have developed a program with two fixed dates and guaranteed departure, namely: Home at Dracula.

“As we would like to keep a low selling price, we offer a commission of 20% from our package price. That would be between 69 EUR and 105 EUR per person. We thank you in advance for your short feedback, and for any further information, we are at your disposal!”

Poenari Castle

The enterprise is offering an eight-day tour from EUR 345.

Bears are turning up more often at the Dracula sites and police blame tourists, who they say leave picnic food around. Some even try to attract the bears as a backdrop for selfies.

While Vlad had repairs conducted at Poenari, he is more closely associated with Bran Castle, Romania’s biggest Dracula-linked tourist attraction. Whatever Vlad may have done there, he never took a selfie.

Vlad Tepes, on whom Dracula is believed to be based

Written by Peter Needham

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