Vlad Dracula, known as Vlad the Impaler, was the original Dracula. While defending Wallachia (a historical region of Romania), he gained a reputation for cruelties including, though not limited to, impaling his opponents. Vlad rescued Poenari Castle, his former home, from ruin, though it now sits abandoned. Curious travelers often find their way there, and once you climb the 1,480 steps, the view is meant to be unparalleled. The villagers of nearby Arefu, legend has it, helped Vlad escape into the mountains, so as a reward he let them inhabit fertile lands. A visit to Arefu means mouthwatering Romanian food and drink in a totally unspoiled, pastoral area.