Cetatea Poienari, Arefu

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#1 of 7 in Historic Sites in Arges County
#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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  • We climbed the >1400 stairs with two young children (10yrs and 7yrs) in around 30 minutes - thankfully it was cold as it would've been hard work in hot weather. We were glad we made the effort - while...  more »
  • A unique place near Bucharest. Nature, fresh air, beautiful escape, history living again, memories, tranquility. As a traveler, I enjoyed a lot this trip, and I had a lot to share with others. Enjoy!  more »
  • This was an absolute stop on our trip through Romania. This is known for it's conection to Vlad the Impaler. You park along the road and begin the climb up the stairs. Remember water and comfy shoes! ...  more »

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