Day trip to Bran, Curtea de Arges, Vidraru dam & Real Dracula's Castle
Bran Castle: It was build by the Teuton knights in 13Th century as a defense fortress to protect the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. In the 15Th century Dracula (Vlad the Impaler) was incarcerate here. For century people are looking for the truth behind Dracula. On this trip you'll hear the legend, the truth and true stories of the locals. You'll taste the local produce and most important you'll have fun.
Curtea de Arges: Is the oldest church in Wallachia where the former Royal family of Romania is buried. All the Wallachian kings took a special interest in this monastery as there’s a legend behind the construction of this Church. Every thing that that it was built in the day was crumbling over night until the chief of the builders “Manole” had a dream. God appeared in the dream and told him that they need to build a woman within the walls of the church so it wouldn’t crumble anymore. Find out what they did and how they finished the construction of the church on this tour
Poienari Fortress: Is placed on the highest cliff around Arges gorgeous at 850m, surrounded by spectacular landscape and to get here you’ll hick the 1480 steps.The first documents mentioning Poienari fortress are from the 14th century when here was only a surveillance tower.
In 1457 Dracula used the unfaithful landowners to rebuild it.
On Easter Day in he trapped them at the religious service in the church and forced them to walk to Poienari. Once there, he raised his sword toward the old fortress ruins and ordered them to repair and consolidate it in 1 week. It's hard to believe this can be the truth, but the legend says that the people preferred hard work instead of being impaled. Lots of them lost their lives there as they had to climb the steep hill, but they finished the construction in 1 week, as ordered. All those alive were forgiven by Vlad Tepes because he decided they'd learned their lesson.There are moore legends about this place and Dracula but you’ll hear them all on this tour.
Vidraru Dam: Was founded in March 1966 and is located on the Arges River on an area of 28 km length. The construction took five and a half years. They drilled 42 km of underground galleries were excavated 1,768,000 m³ of rock, of which about 1 million m³ in underground bands have 930,000 m³ of concrete, of which 400,000 m³ underground and were mounted 6300 tons of equipment .Vidraru dam was at the time of inauguration, the fifth in Europe and ninth in the world among similar buildings.
Transfagarasan Highway: Was build between 1970-1974. It's 92 km of twists and turns long road and for the construction they dislocated 3 million ton of rock. Ceauşescu wanted to ensure quick military access across the mountains in the event the Soviets attempted a similar move into Romania. Consequently, the road was built mainly with military forces, at a high cost both financially and from a human standpoint—roughly 6 million kilograms of dynamite were used. It has more tunnels (a total of 5) and viaducts than any other road in Romania. Near the highest point, at Balea Lake (2043m), the road passes through the longest road tunnel in Romania (884 m).In September 2009 the cast and crew of the British television show Top Gear were seen filming along the road. The segment appeared in first episode of Series 14, which first aired November 15, 2009. Host Jeremy Clarckson claimed they had made a mistake in naming the Stelvio Pass as the best road in the world and instead Transfăgărăşan should have this title.
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