If you happen to trace some places mentioned in the Dracula novel, then Bistrita is a place not to be missed. This is the area that Bram Stoker chose as the setting of Dracula's castle. The capital of the Northern Bistrita- Nãsãud County has several well preserved medieval buildings, an Orthodox church dating from the 13th century and a county Museum. The Bistrita-Nãsãud County Museum, located in a former barracks, contains Thracian, Celtic, and German artifacts. Another attraction of Bistrita's central square is the Lutheran church which was built by the Transylvanian Saxons, originally constructed in the 14th century in Gothic style but remodeled from 1559-1563 by Petrus Italus with Renaissance features.