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Cetatea Poienari, Arefu

Categories: Ruins, Castles, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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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  • Attention get to the ruins of the fortress of Vlad Tepes, to up 1480 steps. It is shaded and not difficult, but provide a bottle of water.
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  • The place is in ruins, it's hard to get to and the location is remote. There really int much to see as the castle is brick ruins in the shape of what were once walls. As such, its very hard to disting...  read more »
  • Poienari Citadel is well worth a visit as you tour Romania but be prepared for the climb up almost 1500 steps, the first third of which are the steepest. Good explanations at the castle (in English to...  read more »
  • Very nice landscape. 1.500 steps to climb! :) been there 8-10 times..
  • 1480 steps up. It's a hard climb. Not much left only crumbled walls
  • 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.. :)
  • Destul de mult de urcat dar merita efortul. Privelistea este mirifica.
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