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Hiking to the Poenari Fortress

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  • Scările spre Cetatea Poenari
    / Scările spre Cetatea Poenari
    Photo: Ehud ELIA, CC BY, Flickr
  • / Priveliște asupra Cheilor Argeșului
    Photo: Ehud ELIA, CC BY, Flickr
  • / Cetatea Poenari
    Photo: Ehud ELIA, CC BY, Flickr
  • / Cetatea Poenari
    Photo: Bejan Neculai, CC BY, wikipedia.org
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1480 steps to a mysterious tourist location: a little known fortress of Vlad Țepeș (Vlad the Impaler) also called Vlad Țepeș Fortress or Negru Vodă Fortress.
moderate
1.9 km
0:50 h
209 m
209 m
The end point of the hike is the Poenari Fortress, located on a rock that dominates the Argeș gorge near the Vidraru dam. The ascent begins in the valley near the Vidraru hydroelectric power station.

The path to the fortress has 1480 steps, but they are not too difficult to walk. The forest we pass through is beautiful, so we are distracted by tiredness.

The path has been closed due to the danger of bears. However, measures have been taken to secure the area by installing an electric fence. Since December 2019 instead of December 2019, tourists are now protected from bears.

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Author
Paul Wasicsek 
Updated: June 28, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
830 m
Lowest point
649 m
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Safety information

Ask the locals or the administrator of the fortress (district museum Argeș) about possible dangers. The installed fence should keep bears away.

Start

Parking Vidraru Hydropower Plant / Dracula Camping (648 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.349697, 24.632828
UTM
35T 314569 5024524

Destination

Parking Vidraru Hydropower Plant / Dracula Camping

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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
1.9 km
Duration
0:50h
Ascent
209 m
Descent
209 m
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