Romania is the largest country in south-eastern Europe and has borders with Hungary and Serbia to the west, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova to the north-east, and Bulgaria to the south. There is a lot of rugged territory in Romania, with the Carpathians Mountains crossing the country in a huge arc. There is excellent hiking in the Bucegi Massif and in the Fagaras Massif, a part of the range also known as the Transylvanian Alps. Romania's highest peak Moldoveanu (2545m / 8350ft) is found here and can be included within a trekking traverse of the range. One of the country's most colourful historical figures was Vlad the Impaler, ruler of Wallachia from 1456 to 1462. He was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Count Dracula, a fictional character whose spirit still haunts the Romanian countryside and the streets of atmospheric medieval towns such as Brasov. No visit to Romania would be complete without a visit to 'Dracula's Castle' at Bran, or to the fairy tale Peles Castle, formerly the summer residence of King Karol I. With its rustic charm and mountainous terrain, where wolf and bear still roam, Romania is a great place for an adventure holiday.