The farmers driving horse-drawn wagons and the rural communities give Romania a unique character. Its smaller, more rural areas, along with its many other attractions, make Romania a place unlike any others to visit. The legend of Dracula comes to life at Bran Castle. The medieval king referred to as Vlad the Impaler, who helped inspire the novel Dracula, once lived in this castle, and it has now become a popular tourist attraction. The Carpathian Mountains are perfect for hiking and have become an ideal spot for cyclists. Bucharest is the largest city in Romania, as well as the capital city, and is one that can keep you busy throughout your stay. You can spend a day touring the Romanian Athenaeum, the Parliament Palace and the Village Museum. When you need a break from seeing its museums and other buildings, take a stroll through one of its many parks.