It may be famous for inspiring the fictional Count Dracula, but as Michael Gebicki discovers, there’s much more to modern Transylvania than its dark past.
Put aside those outdated notions of dictators and dismal orphanages. Romania is spruced-up, optimistic and culturally rich.
From the cerulean sky to the periwinkle flowers and azure lakes, this wetland looks like it's been hand-painted by Smurfs.
The castle that inspired Dracula's hideaway is being dusted down in readiness for overnight Hallowe'en guests.
It's one of Romania's more unusual attractions – a cemetery filled with illustrated grave makers.
You won't find many tourists in this famous province, but it's been named the No.1 spot to visit next year.
Travellers looking for an opportunity to experience life unscathed by modern conveniences - you have arrived.