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Uchisar Castle (Uchisar Kalesi)
Uchisar Castle (Uchisar Kalesi)

Uchisar Castle (Uchisar Kalesi)

Open 8am-Sunset
Uçhisar, Cappadocia, Turkey

The basics

Even if you choose to stay in Göreme rather than one of Uchisar’s fairy chimney hotels, or simply visit for the day as part of a multi-day Turkey itinerary, almost every visitor to Cappadocia will take a look at Uchisar Castle. The classic way to appreciate it is on one of Cappadocia’s signature sunrise hot air balloon flights, but ground transport is more affordable. Look for tours that include a sunset stop with a view, or opt for a guided hike from Göreme through Pigeon Valley and/or Rose Valley with a sunset stop.

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Things to know before you go

  • There’s a small charge to visit the castle, payable in cash on arrival.
  • Many kids will love scrambling up the steps and exploring the cliffs, but small kids will need close supervision as the stairs do not meet the safety standards many westerners expect. As elsewhere in Cappadocia, parents will want to use back carriers rather than strollers.
  • Uchisar Castle is not wheelchair friendly.
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How to get there

Uchisar Castle is at the heart of Uchisar and is impossible to miss from miles around. It’s about a 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) walk southwest of Göreme town, or opt for the scenic route via Pigeon Valley and make an adventure of it. Occasional buses and dolmus minibuses run along the main road from Göreme, while there are also connections to Nevsehir and Avanos.

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When to get there

The castle is open from early morning until evening. Visit early in the day to avoid the coach tours or brave the crowds at sunset.

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Is Uchisar Castle Really a Castle?

Technically two neighboring “fairy chimneys”, Uchisar Castle has been used as both a watchtower and a defensive castle for around 2,000 years—the Romans even mounted enormous trebuchet slingshots to defend it. By the 16th century, around 3,000 people lived in its warren of rooms—and it remained inhabited until the 1960s.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Uchisar Castle (Uchisar Kalesi)?