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Cetatea Poienari, Arefu

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Ruin Castle
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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  • Even if to get there you have to climb 1400 stairs, it is a great experience! The views are spectaculos!  more »
  • Except for the steep steppy walk up to the castle, it is an amazing experience. Fantastic views, and it is made extra special by the doggy tour guide that escorts you up the hill!  more »
  • Husband and I visited Bran Castle and Poienari Castle on the same road trip. Very different experiences and I would recommend both if you have time! Fast facts - Poienari is very small, takes about 15...  more »
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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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