SSome years ago, a group of American journalists came to Bistrita and asked about the „Golden Crown” Hotel and the Bargau Pass. The cultural manager of the town, having read Stoker’s book, understood exactly what the visitors were looking for. Thus the „Golden Crown”, Hotel came to be, where Jonathan Harker is said to have stayed in Bistrita. If you happen to follow the path of Dracula in Romania (or at least the places mentioned in the novel), Bistrita is a place you should not miss. This is where Bram Stoker chose settlement for Dracula's castle. In Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, Jonathan Harker visits Bistrita and stays at the "Golden Crown"
Located in the centre of Bistrita, the Golden Crown hotel was inaugurated on April 30, 1974 in Bistrita, and it was by far the most representative hotel of the town. In that year, the first group of British tourists, members of the Transylvania Society in London, were the pioneers of Dracula inspired tourism (Alexander Misiuga, Baron of the Dracula House); they arrived at the Golden Crown hotel, the first objective described in the novel Dracula. "Count Dracula had indicated the Golden Crown hotel, which to my great joy was a genuine old building because, naturally, I wanted to see and know what was specific to the country. Obviously I was expected, because when I got there I was greeted by an old woman, cheerful in appearance, dressed in her national costume, with a white blouse and a coloured fota, a little too adjusted to the body. She bowed and asked, "Are you the gentleman from England? "" Yes, I said, Jonathan Harker." She smiled and whispered something an old man in white shirt that had entered the room. He returned with a letter:
Friend - Welcome to the Carpathians! I am looking forward to seeing you. Take a good sleep tonight. Tomorrow at three in the afternoon, the diligence leaves for Bucovina; I booked a place for you. My carriage will await you in Bargaului Pass, to bring you here. I trust that the journey from London went well and that you will enjoy staying in my beautiful country . Your friend, "