Transylvania translates to "beyond the forest" or "beyond the woods." This is appropriate because it is hidden between large forests and mountainous regions. Transylvania is also known for its association with Dracula and vampires.
Transylvania is located in modern day Romania. The Carpathian Mountains surround Transylvania to the east and south. The mountains run about 1500 kilometers across central and eastern Europe. They are the longest mountain range in Europe
The climate in Transylvania is considered "continental." This means that there is small amounts of precipitation throughout the year. The winters are cold, averaging around 30 degrees Fahrenheit or less, and often last a long time. The summers, however, are very hot, capable of reaching 80+ degrees Fahrenheit.
Transylvania economy is largely based on minerals such as iron, gold, lead, and copper. Transylvania accounts for 35% of the GDP of Romania. 
Since Transylvania is also surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, much of it's culture has not changed. Many are still farmers and sheepherders.
Bran Castle is a major tourist attraction in Transylvania. This is considered to be "Dracula's Castle".
The Peles Castle is also a major tourist attraction. Peles Castle is said to be one of the most beautiful castles in all of Europe. Peles Castle also has a museum in the basement and first floor. Of the 168 rooms in the castle, only 35 are accessible to the public.
The Hunyad Castle is also a major attraction. Vlad the Third (also known as Vlad the Impaler) was held captive here. This is where it is said that Vlad learned about impaling his victims.
The Carpathian Mountains are a major tourist attraction for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
Transylvania got its reputation of being a place of werewolves and vampires from Bram Stoker's Dracula. This novel spread the idea of Transylvania being a place of darkness and mystery. Many novels and films have been created based on the fact that Transylvania is presented as a place of vampires and darkness.
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpathian_Mountains
- ↑ http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_climate_like_in_Transylvania
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transylvania
- ↑ http://www.carpathianholidays.com/transylvania-romania/transylvania.html
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pele%C5%9F_Castle
- ↑ http://www.adventuretransylvania.com/index.htm