Many players are using their time off before the hard-court swing to hit the beaches and enjoy some R&R. Garbine Muguruza, on the other hand, is embracing her spooky side while on vacation in Romania.

Following a third-round exit at Wimbledon, the world No. 12 took the opportunity to get a little adventurous. The Spaniard headed to Romania to celebrate a friend’s birthday and explore the beautiful countryside of Fundata, a town in the region of Transylvania. And she wasn’t missing the chance to pay a visit to Transylvania’s most famous resident while she was there.

Muguruza stopped by one of Romania’s most renowned attractions, Bran Castle. The landmark is rich in history, as it was a royal residence for Queen Marie of Romania and her family in the early 1900’s. It may be best known, however, for being Count Dracula’s castle. Since it’s the only castle in all of Transylvania that actually fits the description that Bram Stoker wrote in his novel “Dracula,” Bran Castle is recognized worldwide as the home of the vampire.


Muguruza was able to tour the grounds, snapping photos of the architecture, armor, and immaculate detail of the decorations. The myth of Dracula is over a century old and Bran Castle is now just used for tours, but just to be safe, Muguruza was out of there by nightfall.

Once she’s back from her travels, the world No.12 will represent her country at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, and begin to prepare for the hard court swing.