Kempinski Blog Article
Dressing up in costume, decorating your house with pumpkins and cobwebs, and going trick-or-treating with your family is certainly not everyone's idea of fun. For many, Halloween is a tradition that they would rather escape from each year - not because of the day itself, but because of all the fuss that comes with it.
If you fall into this category, firstly know that you are not alone! More families than you think are eager to avoid the Halloween traditions. Secondly, why not consider taking yourselves away for October 31st in the future? After all, we know just the places you could visit that stay on theme, but in a less-conventional way…
There are few people who don't know of Bram Stoker's masterpiece, Dracula. The tale concerns Count Dracula (possibly the most famous vampire in the world) and his dealings with Van Helsing, Jonathon and Mina Harker, and plenty of other unfortunate humans.
Though the setting of the tale does change throughout the book, the most imposing of them all is Dracula's castle. Many real-life locations compete for this title, but Bran Castle on the outskirts of Brașov is thought to be the most likely inspiration for Stoker as he penned his gothic novel.
The castle sits high up in the mountains overlooking the Romanian city, and certainly has an imposing presence. Today, you won't find any vampires inside - but you will discover a delightful collection of art and furniture, as well as an outdoor sculpture gallery, and a fantastic example of medieval architecture.
Just a shot distance from Germany's financial centre of Frankfurt is the low mountain range of Odenwald. Nestled within is the surprisingly compact Frankenstein Castle - believed to have been an inspiration for Mary Shelley as she penned her famous novel.
You are unlikely to find any giant, reanimated monsters here, however, the castle itself makes for a delightful excursion from Frankfurt. Having been built sometime in the early 13th century, the oldest parts of the castle have been added to over the years - but visit today and you will see it has retained its old-world charm (with perhaps a little extra spookiness added for good measure).
Around Halloween, it is worth noting that the owners of the castle do heavily decorate the place - but avoid the tourist-centric haunted house part, and you will still be able to see the walls that are said to have inspired one of the best-loved horror tales of our time.