Secret Story of Dracula - Private Day Trip from Bucharest

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Discover the secret of Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, in this day trip to the ruins of his castle and royal court.


  • Get to know the story behind the name "Vlad the Impaler" also known as Dracula

  • Climb up over 1400 stairs to reach one of Dracula's main fortresses - the Poienari Citadel

  • Relieve your tired legs with breathtaking views around the fortress

  • Learn more about the medieval history in the well preserved ruins of the Royal Court in Targoviste


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Retrace the steps of Vlad Tepes, known by many as the infamous Vlad the Impaler or Dracula. Learn the life of this infamous ruler of Romania, how he was nicknamed as such and tales about how he became a 'vampire'.

Make the legend of Dracula come alive and visit the Poienari Fortress, Vlad's castle, and Royal court in Targoviste.

Poienari Fortress

This ruined castle is also known as as Poenari Citadel or the Cetatea Poenari. In the 15th century, Vlad renovated the castle and made this one of his main fortresses. To reach the castle, you must climb up more than 1400 steps. The fantastic views of the surrounding area and the Transfagarasan Road makes up for the tiring work out on the steep climb.

Royal Court of Targoviste

The Curtea Domneasca or the Royal Court of Targoviste was a compound which was surrounded by a moat and stone walls. A church was built later on and the Chindia Tower was added by Vlad the Impaler. The area is well preserved and you can learn more medieval history by exploring the ruins, especially the underground area.


  • English-speaking guide

  • Transportation in car or minivan


  • Entrance fee to Poienari Fortress (approximately 6.00 EUR)

  • Entrance fee to Royal court in Targoviste (approximately 3.00 EUR)

  • Photo and video fees at Poienari Fortress and Royal court in Targoviste

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • There are approximately 1400 steps to climb to reach the Poienari Fortress. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • Tour is approximately 4 to 5 hours long.

  • Entrance fees to Poienari Fortress and Royal court in Targoviste is 6.00 EUR and 3.00 EUR respectively at the time of publishing and are subject to change without prior notice.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 46 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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