Similar to the scene in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Dracula, guests will arrive at the castle via horse-drawn carriage. Upon arrival, they will then be met by Dacre Stoker, the author’s great-grandnephew, who is the evening’s host, a self-proclaimed “vampire expert,” as well as the “resident expert on Transylvanian lore.” Before dinner in the grand dining room, guests are free to explore the castle’s 57 rooms, lofty towers, lamp-lit corridors, squeaky staircases, and hidden passageways. Once the sun sets, they will retreat to the crypt to sleep—in velvet-trimmed coffins, that is.
A Romanian landmark, Dracula’s Castle, or Bran Castle, is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Though it was once the former residence of Queen Marie of Romania, it is best known today as the home of Stoker’s titular character, Dracula, a Transylvanian count with a castle located high above a valley with a flowing river below. (Stoker never visited Romania, but based his description of Bran Castle on imagery available to him at the time of writing, and as the book gained popularity, so, too, did the fortress.)
The contest was launched by Airbnb and you can find all the details here. Here’s how to apply: Submit between 50 and 500 words in response to the question, “What would you say to the Count if you were to come face-to-fang with him in his own castle?” Applicants have until 11:59 p.m. CET on October 26 to submit their answers in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, or Portuguese; or 100-300 characters in Chinese (simplified or traditional), Japanese or Korean. If chosen, guests will be flown to Transylvania to spend the night on October 31, and must be willing to abide by a few house rules: close all curtains before sunrise, avoid placing anything in cross formation, and leave the garlic, garlic-scented, and silver items at home.
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