Bistrița & Rodnei Mountains
Traditional house in Burduleni, Bistrita-Nasaud
Colibița Lake in winter
Attractions in Bistrița-Năsăud
Located in the northern part of Transylvania, at the confluence of mountains with wide valleys, guarded by forested hills, Bistrița-Năsăud County benefits from a very diverse natural and cultural setting. The soothing landscape of the Borgo hills, culminating in Tihuța Pass (the fictional location of Dracula's castle), became somewhat famous via Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" (although the author never visited the area).
In Bistrita, the Saxon influences so beloved in more crowded tourist destinations in Transylvania are also visible; add to these local influences resulting from the coexistence of Romanians with Hungarians, Germans, Jews, Armenians, Roma, and you get a truly authentic landscape.