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Spend Halloween Night in Dracula’s Castle

Airbnb wants to put you up for a Transylvanian vampire sleepover inside Dracula’s Castle.
Spend Halloween night in Dracula's Castle

Last year Airbnb gave one lucky winner the opportunity to spend Halloween night in the Paris catacombs, surrounded by the bones of 6 million dead people. Now they’re doing it again, except this time the location is Bran Castle, more commonly known as Dracula’s Castle.

From the description:

A horse-drawn carriage carries you swiftly through Transylvania as the sun sets towards the horizon, heralding the hours of swooping bats and howling wolves. When you come around the final bend on the tree-lined road, you’ll catch a glimpse of Bran Castle. This misty mountain-top manor is home for the night. The chill that suddenly fills the carriage is not the evening mist, it’s a fear older than the forests now grown up around the castle rock. This is the lair of vampires, and you cannot leave until dawn.

Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker’s great grandnephew, will answer your knock on the castle’s imposing wooden doors. He will be your host for the night, and resident expert on Transylvanian lore. Enter the castle and explore the labyrinth of lamp-lit corridors, creepy nooks, and squeaky staircases while there is still light in the sky. You may traipse through all fifty-seven rooms, from lofty tower lookouts to deep dark crypts, and even enjoy an incomparable view of the Carpathians from the terrace as the sun makes its final descent. But once darkness comes, retreat inside. Unexpected guests have been known to come knocking in the moonlit hours.

A secret passage on the first floor leads to the grand dining room where an intimate candlelit dinner will await, prepared exactly as described in Bram Stoker’s novel. Following the hearty, blood-enriching meal, you will be left to sleep in luxurious velvet-trimmed coffins in the seclusion of the Count’s crypt.

Fall asleep to the creaks and whispers of the Transylvanian night, and the sound of wolves roaming outside the castle walls.

“Listen to them, children of the night, what music they make…”

Of course, there are some house rules:

  • No garlic or garlic-scented items allowed
  • You are kindly requested to leave your silver jewelry at home
  • Do not cross the cutlery. In fact, please refrain from placing anything in a cross formation
  • Beware of the bats in the castle tower
  • Please close all curtains before sunrise
  • The count is not a fan of mirror selfies

Spend Halloween night in Bran Castle

Spend Halloween night in Bran Castle

Spend Halloween night in Bran Castle

Spend Halloween night in Bran Castle

Spend Halloween night in Bran Castle

Want to spend the night in Dracula’s crypt? To enter, all you have to do is answer this question: “What would you say to the Count if you were to come face-to-fang with him in his own castle?”

More info here: Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania

Nosferatu Director’s Skull Stolen From Grave

The skull of Nosferatu director FW Murnau has been reported stolen from his grave in a family plot in Germany.
The skull of Nosferatu director FW Murnau has been stolen from his grave in Germany
The grave of FW Murnau in Stahnsdorf, Germany

The skull of 1920s silent film director FW Murnau has been reported stolen from his grave in a family plot in Stahnsdorf, near Berlin. Wax residue found near the grave suggests candles were lit, leading authorities to believe the theft may have an occult-related motive.

Friedrich Wilhelm “F. W.” Murnau was born on December 28, 1888 in Bielefeld, Germany. He died on March 11, 1931 following a car crash in Santa Barbara, California.

Nosferatu

Murnau directed the 1922 silent film Nosferatu, an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula for the short-lived Prana Film studio. Because the studio could not obtain rights to Dracula, they changed names and other details in the story. The vampire was called Nosferatu, and Count Dracula became Count Orlok.

Stoker’s widow sued Prana Film, who then filed bankruptcy to avoid the copyright infringement suit. The court ruling ordered all copies of Nosferatu destroyed. A few prints survived, however, and the film has become known as a masterpiece of German Expressionism.

Max Schreck as the vampire in the classic 1922 silent film Nosferatu
Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok in Nosferatu (1922)

Murnau directed a total of 21 films, including his interpretation of Goethe’s Faust in 1926. 8 of those films have been completely lost to time.

This is not the first time his grave has been disturbed, apparently, and the cemetery is considering sealing his grave.

via The Guardian