Poenari Fortress – the stronghold of Vlad The Impaler


After our spectacular trip to Stan’s Valley in the Făgăraș Mountains we decided to climb to Poenari fortress which is also on the Transfăgărășan highway between Curtea de Argeș and Vidraru Dam. Each time we crossed the Transfăgărășan we saw the indicator towards this fortress but we never had it planned and we were on a tight schedule. This time however, we made time for it and it was worth it! 🙂

We recommend you park your car near the Hidroelectrica Vidraru building and go up the 1480 stairs to Poenari Fortress. You also have a guest house with a nice restaurant where you can stay if you want. The trail is for anyone since it’s a very popular tourist attraction. You have concrete stairs up to the top. Don’t be concerned about going up so many stairs since you’re going through the forest and at least you have shade 🙂 You also have a couple of resting places fitted with benches in order to get over the effort.

towards Poenari fortress
1480 stairs remaining 🙂

You’ll reach the top after 20 – 30 minutes and then you’ll have to pay to enter the fortress. I would say they weren’t very inspired to make tourists pay the ticket up there after climbing so many stairs :)) They would have been better off charging you downstairs.

The ticket costs 5 RON/adult and 2 RON/child and it’s certainly worth paying because up here you are above the Argeș Valley, 400 meter above it to be exact, and you have an impressive panorama from here.

Poenari fortress – panorama
Poenari fortress – welcome message 🙂

Poenari Fortress is also known as Vlad The Impaler’s fortress, the famous Romanian ruler. This fortress was Vlad The Impaler’s secondary residence and it was built as an answer to Ottoman expansion in the region in the 15th century.

As a reminder of Vlad The Impaler’s reputation, you have two impaled dummies right at the entrance in the fortress. Vlad The Impaler was not to be messed with! 🙂

The fortress walls are extremely solid, 2 – 3 meters thick. The fortress has an elongated shape with 5 towers, all offering an excellent view towards the Argeș Valley.

Poenari fortress – panorama
Poenari fortress – panorama
Poenari fortress – narrow corridor
Poenari fortress – southern wall
Poenari fortress -observation tower
Poenari fortress – southern wall
Poenari fortress
Poenari fortress – panorama
Poenari fortress
Poenari fortress – observation tower
Poenari fortress
Poenari fortress – panorama towards the Argeș valley
Poenari fortress – panorama towards the Argeș valley
Poenari fortress – through the walls
impaled

So we urge you to come and visit this fortress. For its history, beauty and panorama from high up. It is definitely worth climbing the 1480 stairs 🙂

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