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All reviews stray dogs vlad tepes nice view views are breathtaking entrance fee take your time hard work coming down fresh air transfagarasan highway end of the day worth the effort climb stairs bottle of water hard climb worth every step ruins
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

I visited here at the end of October as I drove the Transfagarasen Highway. This was actually my first stop of the day. I had read on their website a few days before I travelled that due to bears in the area they were only...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank themattw
Reviewed December 3, 2018

we stopped here enroute Transfăgărășan however was disappointed to find out that its closed.. seems they only have 2 guided tours and may not conduct these if bears are sighted in the vicinity.. they climb is around 1500 steps and were told that the views...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jophy D
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Althought you have to climb almost 1500 steps, have in mind that it is worth to make it. I have done it with my wife who has asthma and i have done it in 40 minutes instead of average 30 mins. You can stop several...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank franciuct
Reviewed November 1, 2018

We were incredibly lucky with the weather when we did the 1480 step climb. It was a stunning day and the views from the top incredible. Our 7 year old loved it and didn't have a problem climbing and coming down but you have to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jaime B
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

Sad that we drove all that way and to find out that the only times tours are offered we're at 1000 and 1500. The so owner was nice enough, but didn't speak any English, so it was hard to figure out why it was closed....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Thomas S
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

It is a very beautiful castel with an amazing view over the Valley of Transfarasan, just before Vidraru Lake Put on your baskets and be ready to climb almost 1400 steps in order to arrive to the castel I was quite dissapointed by the fact...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank anissia16
Reviewed September 19, 2018

The Poienari Castle is impressive one , climbing 1400 stairs is quiet a challenge , the castle itself is in ruins , a awesome view is from the top , sometimes the goal is the way to the top , here is both.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mayaadler2
Reviewed September 10, 2018

Unfortunately we arrived at 3.15pm to find the gates locked. There are only 2 times of day you can go up to the castle which is 10am and 3pm. Really disappointed. There is a small gift shop that was open with drinks and snacks also....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Julie H
Reviewed September 8, 2018

Unfortunately it was closed, although on google it seemed open. Tours only at 10 o'clock and 15. Look at the attached sign picture and plan your visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
4  Thank SunSprinter
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

We arrived at 11am and the way for the castle was closed due to bears. We waited until 3pm and finally the guides arrived. The cost is 6 Lei (1,50€), you have to climb 1480 stairs to arrive but the view from the castle's remains...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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December 28, 2018|
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Response from anissia16 | Reviewed this property |
I was there 2 months ago and it is open only twice a day I am sure it will be open for easter, just try to find before the corrext hours
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August 12, 2018|
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Response from John-Davies115 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Toneyandchunk...hours are 9a to 6p generally. But last year it was closed unexpectedly by bears being in the area. The very best guy to answer this is Simion Alb from romaniatourism. Or there's a page ....VisitRomania... More
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Washington DC
Day trip to Poienari Castle from Bucharest (3 Replies)
Does anybody know if there are any day trips to Poienari Castle from Bucharest? Or if anyone knows if it is reachable in a day via public transportation? Thanks
September 12, 2009|
Response fromlazymasonkid|
Thanks for the advice. Is it hard to take the minibus? would there be signs? lazymasonkid
Groningen, The Netherlands
Advices for Brasov & Bucharest (transport, restaurant, etc) (5 Replies)
Hi, I'm an Indonesian wishing to take a trip to Turkey & Romania. Got plenty infos about Turkey but info about Romania is difficult to find as most websites speak Romanian. I'm planning to go to Brasov by bus from Istanbul then stay for 2 nights, then go to Bucharest, stay 2 nights before going back to Istanbul by train. I need advice about transportation in Brasov & Bucharest (especially taxis in Brasov cause I want to go to Poienari Castle). Another important thing, I'm travelling with...More
July 05, 2011|
Response fromlrgreenleaf|
Thanks for the detailed answer! Yes I did mean Poenari :) from what I heard tourists rarely go there, so I want to be prepared about the uh, remoteness of the place... If you walk from Capataneni to Poienari, how far is it? Also do bus drivers understand English? Or is their German better? Cause I only understand those two
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
14 day visit in July - advice needed... (9 Replies)
I last visited Romania in 1998 working for a month in Bucharest (and made it to Brasov and Constanta on the train) and have been meaning to go back for some time. So we're going for 2 weeks in July. I see various posts on itineraries but am trying to trade off the desire to cover the ground with also the desire to spend enough time in places and have time for our love of walking. We are planning to hire a car - where am struggling is to get some perceptIon of time needed to drive specific...More
February 01, 2015|
Response fromDariana2|
I am afraid you will have to cut down the days in Sinaia . You will need that extra time later. There are some long drives and you may have to make an extra stop. I say you leave Bucharest the next day you arrive and got back to Bucharest one day before your flight . You can spend the last day visiting Bucharest and not risk lose the flight because of something unexpected. You can go Bucharest -Sinaia -Rasnov- Bran - Brasov in a day for example You can also do this in reverse and go...More