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Day trip to Bran Castle - The Real Dracula's Castle Poienari - Vidraru Dam - Curtea de Arges Monastery

Day trip to Bran Castle - The Real Dracula's Castle Poienari - Vidraru Dam - Curtea de Arges Monastery

Bran Castle

Bran Castle

Bran Castle
Bran Castle

Bran Castle is the only landmark that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists because of a legend :Count Dracula’s Legend.

Bran Castle, one of the most valuable medieval architectural monuments in Romania, with its historic, military and economic significance, is known by tourists across the globe as Dracula’s Castle.

Bran Castle was originally a stronghold built by the Knights of the Teutonic Order in 1212. It was known by the name of Dietrichstein at the time.

Later on, towards the end of the 13th century, it was taken over by the Saxons in that region in order
to protect the City of Brasov, an important trade center,against invading Turks.

The castle has four towers, the Powder House Tower is the oldest, it is part of the original castle built in 1212.

The castle had a protective and commercial purpose. It had two rows of walls closing the passing towards South. They were made in stone and brick. Only few traces of the initial defense position still exist.

Bran is a town nestled in a mountain pass between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului ranges and during the 15th and 16th centuries was an important frontier town on the main road leading from Transylvania into Wallachia.

On December 1st, 1920, the Brasov Town Council donated the Bran Castle to Queen Marie of Romania,who lived there with the royal family till 1947.

Queen Marie held the castle as her second favourite residence after the one in Balcic.

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Bran Castle

Bran Castle

Bran Castle

Vlad Tepes

The Real Dracula's Castle

The Real Dracula's Castle
The Real Dracula's Castle Poienari

Who was Vlad Tepes ?

VLAD TEPES - The Impaler (DRACULA),Prince of Wallachia (1448,1456-1462,1476),son of Vlad Dracul (Knight of the Order of the Dragon- since his nickname Dracul, meaning 'dragon', 'devil' in Romanian-in 1431) and Grandson of Mircea the Elder, King of Wallahia (1386-1418).

If there is a castle in Romania which should be called "Dracula's castle", this is the one - Poienari Fortress.

Located just north of Curtea de Arges, the Poienari Fortress is a historical landmark dating back to the 13th. The first Romanian rulers of Wallachia built the Poenari  fortress . We are talking about the rectangular tower.

Then, over time, the castle was  left in ruins.
Realizing the potential of a  castle perched on a steep precipice of  rock ,Vlad Tepes rebuilt and strengthened the castle  in the 15th century , making it one of his main fortresses.

Vlad Tepes introduced a very strict order in Wallachia, strengthened the army, helped the trade with the neighboring countries and was merciless towards those who went against him. He adopted a totalitarian leadership and fought against The Ottoman Empire scoring many victories.

To reach the top of  Poenari Castle, you need to climb 1,480 steps.

Amazing views are waiting for you.

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Vlad Tepes

The Real Dracula's Castle

The Real Dracula's Castle

Vidraru Dam

Vidraru Dam
Vidraru Dam

Located on the bank of the Arges River, along Transfagarasan Road,Vidraru Dam is considered by specialists a real jewelry of engineering.

It was built between 1961 and 1966 , 42 kilometers of subterranean galleries were drilled. At the completion date, it ranked 5th in Europe, and 9th in the world.

It is an arch dam built on a foundation of rock, and it was built to produce hydroelectricity. Its construction created a reservoir, Lake Vidraru ,  an artificial lake .

The dam's height is 166 meters, the arch length 305 meters, water accumulation volume 465 million cubic meters, the reservoir has a total shoreline (perimeter) length of 28km.

In an average hydrological year it can generate approximately of 400 GWh/year.
Tourists can climb to Belvedere platform to admire the beautiful landscape.

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Vidraru Dam

Vidraru Lake

Curtea de Arges

Curtea de Arges
Curtea de Arges Monastery

Curtea de Arges Monastery  is the oldest and most complex historical and art monument from Romania.

Curtea de Arges Monastery is the place where craftsman Manole's legend was born. Every Romanian can tell the legend of this beautiful monastery.

Monastery was build in 1514 by Neagoe Basarab.

The stone and marble decorations together with the beautiful interior 14 century frescoes make this monastery a masterpiece of early Byzantine style.

Today, Curtea de Arges monastery is not only visited because of its beauty but also because it is the place where royal family members (such as Carol I, Ferdinand I and  Queen Maria and Elizabeth) are buried.

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Curtea de Arges

Curtea de Arges
PRICE

1 person – 140 euro

2 person – 150 euro/group

3 person – 180 euro/group

4 person – 200 euro/group

+ 5 person – 50 euro/person

INCLUDED

Transport by car/minivan

English,French,Italian speaking guide.

NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees at the museums, meals.
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Availability : All year round

Departures in trips are made from Brasov or Bucharest from your location of accommodation.