Transylvania and the timeless charm of Dracula. A combination of great impact for the collective imagination. The myth of Dracula is inextricably linked to Romania and Transylvania. Here, then, because you can not remain indifferent to the call of Vlad Tepes.
Il Bran Castle, it is the most touristic and known place. The Fortress of Poenari, however, is considered by many to be the real Castle of Dracula. Here, why, those who want to get in the footsteps of the famous Vlad Ţepeş, can not help but visit the Fortress of Poenari. Or at least what remains of it.
The Castle was erected in the XIII century. After falling into disrepair, it was refurbished by Vlad III of Wallachia, the character who inspired the myth of Dracula. Although it may be a ruin today, the place is truly magical and evocative. You will have to climb almost 1500 steps to reach the Poenari Fortress. Fatigue, however, is rewarded by the magic of the place and the absolutely fantastic view.
HOW TO GET
Bucharest is the starting point for reaching the Poenari Fortress. Of course, the only way to get there is with the car. Self land in Bucharest, you can rent a car, directly at the airport. Otherwise, if you were to leave from the center of Bucharest, you will find numerous local agencies.
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From Bucharest, you have to travel about 180 kilometers to get to your destination. Just over half, you can follow it along a motorway section.
Follow the signs for Pitesti and then Curtea de Argeş, the oldest city in Romania. The Poenari Fortress is located about 30 kilometers to the north. The road is not the best, and we must proceed with extreme caution.
The directions to Poenari, along the way, no shortage.
Left the car, there are almost 1500 steps to be tackled to get to the Fortress. The path is not impervious, but it is not for everyone. If you are lazy, you should desist.
You climb through the woods and the thick vegetation. Even in the height of summer, therefore, you will not have to deal with the sun that beats. Take several breaks and, of course, do not forget to bring the water with you.
Only ruins and some walls are visible of the Castle. This is not why it is not worth getting up here. Rather. The atmosphere is almost surreal. The view, nothing short of magnificent. From here, it seems to really be in another world. And, we can easily explain the reason why Vlad had built his impregnable fortress right up here. Truly a magical and evocative place.