Cetatea Poienari, Arefu

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Ruin Castle Must See
A ruined 13th-century citadel perched on a steep cliff, Cetatea Poienari owes its fame to its former resident--a fierce medieval ruler who inspired the legend of Dracula. The citadel has often been advertised as the "real" Dracula castle, the one featured in Bram Stoker's novel, although the writer had never heard of it. To get to the site, you'll have to climb 1,480 steps. Vlad III the Impaler restored the citadel in the 15th century, making it one of his major strongholds. The castle features texts in English revealing legends of the world's most famous vampire. One says that the first wife of Vlad the Impaler jumped to her death from the fortress walls during a Turkish siege; her blood dyed the river red, and it has been called the "Lady's River" ever since. Use our Arefu day trip planner to visit Cetatea Poienari on your trip to Arefu, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Go to the top and you'll have a great view ! Don't forget your energy to manage a climbing with 1 480 stairs within the forest in order to reach the castle.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    The only "fun" are the 1500 steps that take you to what remains of the Castle. Only four ruins and an unfortunate attempt to represent the impaling.
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  • August 5, 2017
    After the more than 1450 to act have climbed is you get rewarded with a very nice view over the Valley. The climb is so bad because the path largely in the shadow of the trees. Of the castle itself is not so much more about.
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  • Well worth the climb up 1500 steps. Fantastic views from this ruined castle.
  • The trip up top can be a bit tiresome if you're not in shape, but it's we worthed. Amazing view and sense of freedom for the traveller!
  • The Poenari Castle (Cetatea Poenari) is worth going up 1500 stairs. It takes about 30 minutes to go up but it's worth it. The Castle, the view is breathtaking. You can shoot some great photos up there with the castle, ruins, landscape, sunset, etc.
  • Wow what a walk up! You will be joined by a few dogs for the trek. Our views were cloudy (April) still loved it though
  • There is no way you should miss this castle if you are on your way to Vidraru. It will challenge you to go up 1400+ stairs and down after. But once you have reached it, you will instantly fall in love with the view.

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