Poenari Castle (aka Vlad Dracula's Castle) is a located north of Curtea de Arges in Romania, perched precariously on the top of a steep, forested mountain. The castle is accessible by National Road 7C about 20 min. north of Curtea de Arges. This is the castle that Vlad forced the nobles of Tirgoviste to build.
This castle is not located incredibly close to a village, so the recommended way to get there is to rent a car or maybe hitchhike. There is parking space available next to the road at the foot of the mountain, near the river. The fortress itself is accessible by climbing close to 1500 steps!
To get to the castle by car, essentially drive north on National Road 7C past the few small villages until you hit the hydroelectric power plant. Then, look up! You can't miss it.
To climb to the castle, you must take the appx. 1500 steps. The beginning of the steps is near to the food stand next to the road. There are a few small bridges before you reach the castle.
There are wonderful views of the valleys and forested mountains in the surroundings from the castle, as well as the nearby villages and the imposing ruin itself.
There are a few pensions located in the small villages between Curtea de Arges and the fortress.
Link to Vlad Sites in Romania