The looming figure of Vlad the Impaler (you might know him better as Count Dracula) has been one of the country’s main tourist draws for decades. Vlad’s crib, Bran Castle, and several other looming fortresses are easily reached from Bucharest if you’re up for a day trip. If you prefer to stick around the city, there are still a few royal residences to check out. Take a walk through Romania’s communist past at Spring Palace, the former villa of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, and the looming Palace of Parliament, Ceausescu’s other garish project. The Old Princely Court (Curtea Veche) will give you a nice dose of Dracula, while the Royal Palace and Palatul Regal will give you insight to Romania’s royal family (did you know, even royals pay rent?). Finally, stop by the palace-turned-museum, George Enescu National
Museum, for a dose of art with your royal tour.