Overnight under the real “Dracula’s Castle” and morning climb (1480 steps) to the summit in a group guarded by local Gendarmerie (too many wild bears in the forest). It was once a powerful fortress at the entrance to a strategic pass linking Wallachia with Transylvania. It’s one of the few castles that have a legitimate connection to the Wallachian prince Vlad Ţepeş (The Dracula).

Parking location – Poienari Citadel: 45.3503788N 24.6338649E