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Shakespearean actor William Marshall in his most famous role as Blacula.

Bistritz

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Bistritz (or Bistrita) is a town of some 35,000 inhabitants located in northeastern Transylvania in present-day Romania. It entered into the world of vampires as the first location visited by Jonathan Harker, in Bram Stoker‘s novel, Dracula. It is only 50 miles from Borgo Pass where Harker was met by the carriage that took him to Castle Dracula. Bistritz was an old German settlement and the tower of the German Church found there is still the highest in all of Romania. Harker’s account mentions a series of fires between 1836 and 1850 that destroyed much of the old town. In Stoker’s day, the town had approximately 12,000 residents.

While there Harker stayed at the Golden Krone (Crown) Hotel. Unlike the very real Bistritz, the Golden Krone is a complete fiction, or at least it was. In 1974, in order to take advantage of the tourists interested in Dracula, a Golden Krone Hotel was opened, and the meal Harker ate while at the hotel was placed on the menu. Robber steak consisted of bits of bacon, onion, and beef roasted on an open fire together with red pepper on a stick. It was served with Mediasch wine. Today a tourist at the Golden Krone can also dine on “Elixir Dracula,” (a red liquor made from plums), stuffed cabbage Birgau, Dracula cakes, and Dracula red wine. The hotel also sells a line of Dracula paraphernalia and souvenirs.

Sources:

McKenzie, Andrew. Dracula Country. London: Arthur Barker, 1977. 176pp.

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Bistritz.-- Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late.
I was not able to light on any map or work giving the exact locality of the Castle Dracula, as there are no maps of this country as yet to compare with our own Ordance Survey Maps; but I found that Bistritz, the post town named by Count Dracula, is a fairly well-known place.
It was on the dark side of twilight when we got to Bistritz, which is a very interesting old place.
Bistritz. Left Munich at 8:35pm - the first words of famous gothic novel Dracula.
ThucNhi Tran Dang, Clarence Wong, and Lana Bistritz
Bistritz, "Enhancement of connected words in an extremely noisy environment," IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing, vol.
H.; Schmidt, M.; Murtha, A.; Bistritz, A.; Sander, J.; Greiner, R.
Oscurecia cuando arribamos a Bistritz. El conde Dracula me habia dado instrucciones para que me alojara en el hotel Golden Krone.
In patients with diabetes who undergo CABG, for example, risk of death increases by 17% for every 1 mmol/L (18 mg/dL) increase in average glucose level above 6 mmol/L (108 mg/dl) (McAlister, Man, Bistritz, Amad, & Tandon, 2003).
As if to emphasize the patriotic nature of his ultimate task, Stoker has Jonathan depart from Bistritz for Dracula's castle on the eve of St George's day.
Berger, D.K., Kyman, W., Perez, G., Menendez, M., Bistritz, J.F., & Goon, J.M.