Visiting Castle Bran the other day was fun, but as any vampire enthusiast knows the real Dracula’s castle is Poenari. A series of posts by Manning Leonard Krull in 2006 (see My Visit to Castle Poenari) has a detailed description of Castle Poenari.
This was our destination today. We started in Alba Iulia and drove east via Sibiu, turning south along Route 7C – the Transfăgărășan (sounds like ‘transfiguration’). This road cuts through the Făgăraș mountains – some of the highest of the great Southern Carpathians (Carpații Meridionali) – and in fact passes between Romania’s highest peak (Moldoveanu, 2544m) and its second highest (Negoiu, 2535m). The road itself reaches a height of 2034m. On the southern descent, it passes past Poenari Castle. (Here’s the Wikipedia page).
But alas! Thanks to a cold spring and heavy snow in April, there are still 2km of road at the top of the pass that are blocked by snow, over a metre thick in places, so plans to visit Poenari had to be abandoned. (It should be reachable from the south, but tomorrow is business and Friday I’m flying home.)
But what an astonishing road!