Tihuța Pass

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Tihuţa Pass
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Elevation 1,201 m (3,940 ft)
Traversed by road
Location  Romania
Range Bârgău Mountains
Coordinates 47°16′48″N 25°01′30″E / 47.28°N 25.025°E / 47.28; 25.025Coordinates: 47°16′48″N 25°01′30″E / 47.28°N 25.025°E / 47.28; 25.025
Tihuţa Pass is located in Europe
Tihuţa Pass
Tihuţa Pass
Location of Tihuţa Pass

Tihuţa Pass (Romanian: Pasul Tihuţa; Hungarian: Borgo or Burgo) is a high mountain pass in the Romanian Bârgău Mountains (Eastern Carpathian Mountains) connecting Bistriţa (Transylvania) with Vatra Dornei (Bukovina, Moldavia).

The pass was made famous by Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, where, termed as "the Borgo Pass", it was the gateway to the realm of Count Dracula. Stoker most likely found the name on a contemporary map. He never actually visited the area.

Today the pass is home to Hotel "Castel Dracula". The hotel was built in 1974 and is located at an altitude of 1,116 m (3,661 ft). The hotel has become quite an attraction due to its architectural style of a medieval villa, as well as the sheer beauty of the location.

In the 2004 film Hellboy, the pass was mentioned, but it was said to be in Moldova instead of Romania.[1] The region of Moldova in Romania includes the district of Suceava, where Vatra Dornei is located.

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