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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. Use our Arefu day trip planner to visit Cetatea Poienari on your trip to Arefu, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Nice place, clear air, great weather. A lot of stairs, but it's worth it. The price is 10 lei/adult. 
    Nice place, clear air, great weather. A lot of stairs, but it's worth it. The price is 10 lei/adult.  more »
  • Poenari Fortress, the second residence of Vlad Țepeș, positioned on top of the mountain. In order to visit it, you have to climb 1480 stairs, and the climb time is between 30-45 minutes. It is worth.....  more
    Poenari Fortress, the second residence of Vlad Țepeș, positioned on top of the mountain. In order to visit it, you have to climb 1480 stairs, and the climb time is between 30-45 minutes. It is worth.....  more »

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