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Further News on Dracula Land from the Transylvanian Society of Dracula

“Dracula land” – near Sighisoara

The Romanian government approved the emplacement of the "Dracula land" in the centre of Transylvania, 5 km. away from Sighisoara - the best-preserved 15 century walled-town in Europe.

It could have been worse (Bran or Targoviste or Poienari), but it could have been better if the emplacement coincide with the centre of the draculistic world, the Borgo Pass, as given by Bram Stoker.

The 60 hectare entertainment park will have its own castle, all gothic, all horror; golf-course; hotels (2000 beds), restaurants, cable transport, etc. - worth some 20 million Euro. The park will create 3000 news jobs. As for visitors, the estimation is 1 million/year, out of whom half are Romanians, with a turnover of 20 million Euro a year.

The complementary centre of attraction will be Sighisoara itself. The infrastructure there will be brought to new standards, offering 4000 more new jobs.

The construction will begin in the spring of 2002 and the park will open its gates in 2003. The concept belongs to Westernstadt Pullman City - a major German company in the designing of entertainment parks, while the construction proper goes to Siemens.

So, we shall have yet one more "Castle Dracula". It is conceivable that the pressure on Castle Bran will decrease, in exchange for a new pressure - on the historic Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad Dracula.

The contents of the "Dracula land" are as yet obscure. The historical fortress Dracula - Poienari, the castle of the vampire-count in the Borgo Pass will probably counter-attack for survival reasons, seeking, at the same time, terms of coexistence with the "Dracula land". But the presence of the magical place will definitely change the face of the gothic-romantic tourism in Romania - in ways dictated by the romantics themselves.

The Count rubs his hairy hands in eager expectation. Either way, he rides the tide….


TSD/May 2001

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