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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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  • Starting from Sibiu we direttinin down to Curtea de Arges drove up to Cetatea Poenari. Along the roads we saw from afar (accomplice sunny) this castle high on the mountain lace. To climb there are 1480 steps that penetrate in this vertical forest and after 2/3 stops came on top. The castle is a ruin, but the view from up there and take your breath away. So worth it. Now sunset even more wow
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  • Go there at all costs because what you see from up there is not comparable to many things. You must climb 1480 steps to see it but well worth the trip. Great, cheap and rare.
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  • We were visiting this ruin on 1 November. I must say that although I'm 4 ruined walls worth a quick visit. It's like another world, the deafening silence and breathtaking views you don't want to go back down. Sore point: down at the entrance there are many randagi.uno of dogs they escorted us to the top and stayed with us until the return when we stopped she stopped him with noi...io that i love dogs I will never forget the look of this sweet little dog who asked only a few caresses. Finally when we got did not come with us to the car, and stayed away and met with other dogs that spend the Castle area. This thing made me cry. and I will never forget this visit in Romania, not only for the charm of the place, but for the poignant tenderness of one of these large numbers of stray dogs that unfortunately we gift in this country.
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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.