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Cetatea Poienari, Arefu
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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. Put Cetatea Poienari into our Arefu trip itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The climb up to the fortress is ardous. 1483 steps on a small winding walk way. If u can make it up to the top then the view is fantastic. Touted as the REAL Vlad Tepes (Dracula) castle, u just had to...  more »
  • 1,480 stairs each way! But, boy, what a view! It is essentially ruins at this point but it is so worth the hike. Unlike in Bran, this citadel was actually used by Vlad the Impaler. There are signs in ...  more »
  • כשנוסעיפ בעקבות דרקולה ארמון פויינרי הוא חלק בלתי נפרד מקורותיו.חבל שלא ידענו שהדבר כרוך במסע כומתה שרק בית דין היה מכריח אותנו לטפס אליו.אז הסתפקנו במבט מלמטה ולבנו נכמר על מטיילים שחזרו וסיפרו שבקוש...  more »
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  • Vlad the Impaler's real defence castle. Constructed by the teuctonic nights in the 13th century, enlarged by Vlad in mid 15th century. Ofers great views, keep in mind you need to climb 1480 steps to reach the top, but definetly worth the effort.
  • Amazing! Totally worth a visit to see the real Dracula's castle. When I was there it was cold, rainy and foggy - so couldn't even see the view, but was still great
  • This is REAL Vlad Palovnik aka Count Dracula's fortress. Great site! Great fun!
  • Nice view, but I would recommend going up early in the morning because there a lots of people from about 10pm til afternoon.. :)
  • The real Dracula's castle. Lot to climb, but it deserves the effort.