Although not as well known abroad as its neighboring Transylvania, Wallachia is actually the traditional heart of Romania. The region was named by the land rulers, the Vlachs, who ruled the Southern Romanian province from the 14th to the 18th century.
While many foreign travelers get their “facts” directly from Dracula books and movies and associate the thrills of vampire tourism with Transylvania, the “real” Count Dracula (Vlad Tepes by his historical name) actually ruled over Wallachia. You can actually visit the ruins of the REAL Dracula Castle in Poienari which guards the southern entrance of Transfăgărăşan with its mysterious air from medieval times. The fortress also known as the „Citadel of Vlad the Impaler” is situated on the rocky peak of the Cetăţuia mountain. It also appears that the novel „The Castle from Carpathians” by Jules Verne was inspired by the legends of this mysterious fortress.
What to visit in Wallachia: