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For centuries stories of vampires, the likes of Dracula, the Highgate Vampire and Nosferatu, have fascinated and terrified us in equal measure. Whether you believe the tales or not, these blood suckers have left plenty of traces for those who enjoy a macabre edge to world exploration.
New Orleans: city of the dead
For centuries New Orleans has been rumoured to host phantoms, vampires and otherworldly creatures. It's said to be the most haunted American city, whilst the state of Louisiana is considered something of a vampire capital. The origin of all these myths may be the story of Jacques St-Germaine, a European count who turned up in New Orleans in the 1700s. He reportedly kept bottles of wine mixed with human blood in his cellar, and a tour of the city's French Quarter will tell you more about his peculiar life.
Romania: welcome to Dracula's house
The Romanian town of Sighisoara is home to none other than Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Count Dracula. Today this medieval town features on the UNESCO World Heritage list and its old town still has a gloomy, fortified feel to it. Pay a visit to Bran Castle, home of the vampire count, as well as Dracula's vineyard in Lesinta and Snagov monastery, where he is buried.
Dublin: Bram Stoker
The father of Dracula, famous Irish author Bram Stoker, grew up far away from the castles of Romania in the Dublin suburb of Clontarf. You can still pay a visit to his house at 15 Marino Crescent and tuck into a nicely rare burger at Bram's café at 4 St Aidan's Park Rd.
Forks: on the Twilight trail
Fans of the Twilight books or films should book on to the next flight to Seattle for a slightly more modern vampire trail. From there, take the road out to the tiny town of Forks where visitors can now visit the Twilight Zone, an area containing all the houses of the main characters, as well as the High School, La Push beach and even the cliff that Bella jumps from. If you're lost at this point, Forks is not for you.
London: the Highgate vampire
There's only one obligatory stop for blood suckers in London and that's Highgate Cemetery. The graveyard made headlines in the 1970s after a local man Seán Manchester claimed in a local paper that 'a King Vampire of the Undead' was wandering the town. Manchester said that he had been awoken by a group of modern Satanists and needed to be eliminated. It ended in a mass Vampire Hunt, where 'hunters' from all over London swarmed into Highgate Cemetery looking for the monster. Nothing was found.