Poienari Castle (sometimes spelled Poenari) is a Wallachian castle usually associated with Vlad III Dracula. It is located near the village of Capataneni, some 20 minutes north of Curtea de Arges, at the beginning of the spectacular Transfagarasan high altitude highway (road DN 7C); the castle is perched precariously on the top of a steep, forested mountain. According to legend, this is the castle that Vlad Dracula forced the nobles of Targoviste to build (or more specifically to reinforce, because the castle was clearly built long before Vlad's birth).
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.