What is the setting of the first part of the story?

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Bram Stoker's Dracula meanders through several different destinations in Europe. At the beginning of the story, we find our diariest, Jonathan Harker, in Bistritz, Transylvania. He notes that he began his European journey in Munich, Germany, and has arrived at his current destination via Vienna and Budapest. Bistritz is the postal town of the area in which Count Dracula lives. Harker explains that this district is in the middle of the Carpathian mountains and is actually at the point where three states converge: Transylvania, Moldavia, and Bukovina. He also notes that there are several different nationalities within the Transylvanian population: those in the area where Harker finds himself at Szekelys, who are supposedly the descendants of Attila the Hun.

Bistritz itself is almost right on the frontier between two nations, having a pass which connects it directly to Bukovina. Harker goes at first to the Golden Krone Hotel, which has been recommended to him by Count Dracula. From there, he will be collected and brought to Dracula's residence.

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