The tour from Bucharest continues with a trip to Targoviste, the former capital of Wallachia back in the medieval times. Targoviste served as a Saxon colony throughout the 13th century, and due to its economic growth, it became a secondary residence for Wallachian princes during the 14th century.
The Royal court was moved from Curtea de Argeș to Târgoviște in 1431, and it was constantly refurbished through the years. The princely court was rather small before Vlad the Impaler restructured it in order to stand against enemy attacks, later on constructing Tower of Chindia. In 1395, the city was sieged and set on fire by Bayezid I, and in 1462 the Ottoman invasion was only stopped from reaching the city by Vlad the Impaler’s Night Attack.
Targoviste city tour, together with Princely Church and Chindia Tower is an introduction into the life and background of Vlad Tepes.
Next on, you will head to Poenari Fortress. The construction that was built at the beginning of the 13th century served as the residence for plenty of people; additionally it was restored by Vlad the Impaler and became one of his main fortresses. The fortress is located at an altitude of over 800 m, and in order to reach it, there are more than 1400 stone steps to climb. Often called the Vlad Tepes “Eagle’s Nest,” the fortress has been a strategic point thanks to its location.
*Due to renovations, Poenari Castle is closed and cannot be visited until 2021
Your day will be concluded with arriving at your accommodation “Valea cu Pesti,” a marvelous hotel located near Transfagarasan Road, where you can relax and get ready for a new day of Dracula Tour.
Overnight on Transfagarasan.