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BOLU      



Bolu is a place where an eye can be satisfied with rich tones of green and blue. All seasons are beautiful here. The mountains, lakes, forests, hills, historical places and friendly folk, makes Bolu a place one does not want to leave. Moreover, Bolu is close to big cities and transportation to Bolu is very easy. Bolu is situated almost at the middle Istanbul and Ankara and it is on the main road that connects these two cities. One day is definitely not enough to get to know this corner of heaven. You have to dedicate a few days, perhaps weeks to see all the beautiful places of Bolu. You will never regret for devoting more time.

The history of Bolu starts with Bithynia people after whom Romans, Byzantines, Selcuks and Ottomans ruled Bolu and its premises. Bolu became of Ottoman Empire in the period of Orhan Gazi’s first years (1324-1326).


COUNTIES


The counties of Bolu are Dortdivan, Gerede, Goynuk, Kibriscik, Mengen, Mudurnu, Seben and Yenicaga.

Dortdivan


There are remains of Byzantine Castles in the Yagbaslar Village. On a hill between Yukarisayik and Sorkun Villages, there is Himmet Dede Tomb, in the Kiliclar Village there is Kirklar Tomb, in Calkoy Village there is Sehriban Nine Tomb and near Center Mosque there is Mehmet Dede Tomb. Also, in Yagbaslar Village there is a spring called Ayvadibi that is known to have healing properties.

Koroglu Festivals are performed each July. People who come here during the festival spend very good time. Calkoy, Cetikoren, Karacayir, Kapakli and Kirazli are other important uplands of the region.

Gerede


Gerede Uplands are very suitable for upland tourism. At the south of Gerede, at about 1200 - 1500 meters altitude, there are important uplands called Hasat and Zorpan. Historical antiquities in the county are Asar Castle, Keci Castle remains, Kiliseli Hostel, Yukari Tekke Mosque and Yildirim Beyazit Mosque.

Esentepe region is suitable for skiing. Also, during summer months, this region is suitable for grass skiing. During July of each year, traditional "Esentepe Oiled Wrestling" competitions are performed.

Goynuk


This county has about 110 historical houses (old Turkish houses that belong to the beginnings of the 20th century), mosques, tombs, springs and baths. With its civil architecture works, it has been known as "Urban Historical Region ". Cubuk Upland, Arikcayiri Upland, Bulanik Upland, Degirmenozu Upland and Hacimahmut Upland are the most important uplands here. Sunnet Lake, Cubuk Lake and Catak Village Hot Spring are tourism places worth seeing.

Kibriscik


Belen, Karakoy, Kokez, Bolucekkaya, Kardogan and Devevira Uplands are located at the Koroglu Mountains’ south sides and are the most important uplands here. The lake Karagol is a very deep lake. The coasts of the lake completely covered with forest and are suitable for camping. There are bungalow type houses around the lake and these houses are open for guests.

Mengen


This county is rich with forests and there are uplands at high altitudes. Sogucak, Akcakoca, Sirikli, Cukur Yayla, Gol Upland, Aktepe, Agalar, Kucukkuz, Elemen and Afsar Uplands are some of these uplands. Small lakes are important places for the recreations. The most important property of Mengen is that cooks that know Turkish kitchen very well and raised here.

Mudurnu


Due to its 165 old Turkish houses, 8 mosques, springs and bathes and other buildings, this place has been announced as "Urban Historical Region ". One of the beautiful examples of Turkish civil architecture here is "Armutcular Hostel".

There is a hot spring called Babas, which is 5 km away form Mudurnu. 30km North-West of Mudurnu there is Sarot Hot Spring.

Seben


This county is around Kiraz Mountain and the uplands here are at about 1400 meters high. The most important of these uplands are Gerenozu and Kizik uplands. The architecture of Kizik Uplands houses has interesting properties. The houses were built of pine trees, without a single nail, by using intercalation techniques. 14 km south of Seben, in Kesenozu Village there is Baglum Hot Spring that is known to cure some certain diseases.

Yenicaga


This county is on the Ankara-Istanbul highway. Yenicaga Lake located in the county has beautiful recreation areas. This lake is suitable for fishing.


MUSEUMS AND RUINS


Bolu Museum


Bolu Museum has exhibition of samples from Prehistoric periods till the age of Ottoman Empire.

Archeology Salon


There are samples of stones, mines, baked soil and glass from the Neolith Age (Glazed Stone Age) to the ends of Byzantine Periods.

Most of the samples exhibited here belong to the period of Roman Empire. There 1st century remains and Roman and Byzantine Empire samples from Degirmenozu Village.

There is a division that has statues, small statues, altars, works like torso and osteotec, amphora, figures, candles, dishes, glasses, bowls, covers, fragrance containers, wall lamps, jugs and small jugs, diadems made of gold and bronze, garlands, rings, earrings, brooches, mirrors, necklaces, tear bottlers made by using blowing technique, bottles with nipples, bottles, bracelets, goblets and surgical and cosmetic tools made of ivory, bone and mines and a division of coins.

Ethnographic salon has samples that belong to period between 19th and 20th century. Various jewelry and accessories, tools for preparation and drinking of coffee, tea and tobacco, weapons, documents, Mudurnu region embroidery samples, collection of various keys, traditional agricultural tools, handwritten books, candles and various tablets with various writings. Additionally, there is a traditional Bolu house room with the belongings of the house and a composition of “henna night” is depicted in here.

The garden of the museum is also worth seeing and walking through.

Also, in Goynuk County, there is Aksemseddin Tomb, that is a part of the Bolu Museum.

Bolu (Bithynium - Claudiopolis)


According to archeological findings the first settlement in the region around Bolu is dating back to 3000 BC. The history of the Bithynium-Claudiopolis city that was established on the hills, dates back to 7000 BC, according to Hisartepe excavation. In this excavation, a worship place and a theater have been found. Also, coins that belong to various periods, dishes, bottles, statues and gravestones have been found. These findings are being displayed in the Bolu Museum.

Seben Kaya Houses


In Celtik Deresi, Hocas, Kasbiyiklar and Yuva Villages, that are a part of Seben County, there are houses with several floors that were established on rocks. These houses were used in the periods of early Christianity. This type of houses can also be found in Solaklar and Alpagut Villages.

Gerede Asar Castle


This castle is located in Orencik Village of Gerede County. There is a cave that looks North on the castle. Since ceramics belonging to Byzantine period are found around the castle, it is thought to be established in the age of Byzantine Empire.


MOSQUES


Bolu’s Buyuk Mosque (Yildirim Bayezid Mosque), Kadi Mosque, Sarachane Mosque, Imaret Mosque, Lice Mosque, Suleyman Pasa Mosque, Mudurnu Yildirim Mosque, Kanuni Mosque, Yukari Tekke Mosque and Eskicaga Yildirim Mosque are architectures worth seeing.

Buyuk Mosque (Yildirim Bayezid Mosque) was built in 1382 by Yildirim Bayezid. This mosque has two minarets and one dome and the internal decorations are very beautiful.

Kadi Mosque was built in 1499 by using cut stone. The wooden outer door and the kundekari technique is perfect here.

Mudurnu Yildirim Mosque is one of the first biggest buildings with domes that has been built in the Ottoman Empire period.


TOMBS, HOSTELS, BATHES


Tokad-i Hayreddin Tomb, Aksemseddin Tomb, Omer Sekkin Tomb, Asagi Tekke Tomb, Ummi Kemal Tomb, Kasim Dede Tomb and Babahizir Tomb are among the most important tombs.

Tokadi Hayreddin Tomb is in Elmalik village. According to Sufi sources, Tokadi Hayreddin, who died in 1535, was buried here.

Aksemseddin Tomb is in Goynuk County. The teacher of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, Aksemseddin, died in 1459.

Yukari Tashan


Tashan Hostel is located in the center of Bolu and was built by Abdullah Aga in 1804. This hostel is two-floored and has an open backyard. There are 30 rooms and this hostel is still being used.

Asagi Tashan


This hostel was built in 1750 by Emin Aga. This building is built from cut stone.

Kiliseli Tuccar Hostel


This hostel is located in Gerede and was built in Byzantine Empire Period this hostel has a very big door from its South and is two-floored. Some parts of the hostel are made of wood. The backyard is in the center of the hostel and is very big.

Orta Bath


This bath was built by Yildirim Beyazit in 1389. There are separate parts for men and women and it is rich in internal decorations. This bath is located in the center of the city and has been restored in 1993.

Tabaklar Bath


Tavil Mehmet Pasa built this bath in 16th century. The bath has two sections and the internal parts are covered with marble.

Sultan Bath


Located in the center of the city, this bath was built in 16th century by Sokullu Mehmet Pasa and has two sections.

Suleyman Pasa Bath


This bath is located in Goynuk County and was built between the years 1335-1338 by Gazi Suleyman Pasa. The bath has two sections and was built of cut stone.

Yildirim Bayezid Bath


This bath is located in Mudurnu County near a mosque that bears the same name. This bath is the most beautiful one among the ones that were built in the same period. This bath was built in 1382 and is one of the most original examples for early Ottoman bathes. The bath has crowned door and passages with domes that drag attention.

Yildirim Bath


This bath is located in Eski Caga Village that is a part of Yenicaga County. It was built in 1388 in the name of Yildirim Bayezid. This bath is an important work from architectural viewpoint.

Asagi Bath


This bath is located in the Kitirler District of Gerede County and has been built in 14th century by using marble stone.


CIVIL ARCHITECTURE


Goynuk Houses


These houses belong to the beginning of the 20th century. Some houses have various decorations on their ceilings. In front of the houses, there is usually a yard that is called “Hayat”. Long times ago, most of the time of the daily life has been lived in these places called hayat. Houses are generally one-floored or two-floored and have stairs inside them.

Mudurnu Houses


In terms of its civil architecture, these houses resemble Goynuk houses and they reflect the history and culture of the county and have been taken under protection by the government. Armutcular Hostel is one of the most important buildings among these houses.


NATURAL BEAUTIES


Besides its historical antiquities, Bolu has natural beauties that present alternatives for spending pleasant time here.

Bolu Yedigoller National Park


Yedigoller is a park with green fields and lakes that make one feel like this place is from a dream or a fairy tale. The view can be better seen from Kapankaya View Watching Place. On this road there is a tablet of a memorial tree. A small path takes from the tablet to the memorial tree. Deer farming place can also be visited here. It is also possible to settle a camp or just a picnic in here. Walks through the park and photography can be practiced here too. The needs for accommodation, food and drinks can be met in the nearby guesthouses, country café and buffet. One can stay in the national Park either in tents or caravans, or the guesthouse and bungalows can be used for accommodations.

The name Yedigoller (Seven Lakes) comes from the lakes Buyukgol, Seringol, Deringol, Nazligol, Kucukgol, Incegol and Sazligol. These lakes are located on two plateaus with 100 meters distance between them. Nazligol Lake has a waterfall near it and because of this waterfall it is also called Selale Lake.

There are hundreds of bird species in Yedigoller National Park. Visitors are also attracted here by the wild life and the flora of the park.

Bolu Hazelnut Nature Protection Area


This area is located in Merkez County, in the district of Tekneci Havzasi. It is 35 km away from Bolu. Bolu Hazelnut (Corylus colurna) is a species that is almost extinct and that has naturally grows only in Turkey. Rare wildlife creatures like deer and roe deer can be found in an area where these trees are especially big and wide.
Akdogan (Ebe Pine) Nature Protection Area

This area is located in Merkez County, in the district of Yeniguney Village. Epe Pine is rare and is almost extinct, and this area is the only natural habitat of it. This makes the forest especially unique.

Akdogan (Ebe Pine) Nature Protection Area


This area is located in Merkez County, in the district of Yeniguney Village. Epe Pine is rare and is almost extinct, and this area is the only natural habitat of it. This makes the forest especially unique.

Kokez Nature Protection Area


This area is located in Merkez County, in the district of Atacak Mevkii. This rare and virgin forest consists of very old and tall Uludag Fir (Abeis bornmulleriana) and beech (Fagus orientalis).

Suluklugol Nature Protection Area


This area is located in the Mudurnu County. An incomparable area of Suluklu Lake, the watery area around it and the forests has various species of plants and wild animals. The area collapsed due to tectonic movements and the top of the trees remaining on the water surface formed an interesting view.

Abant Lake


This crater Lake is located 34 km South-West of Bolu on the top of Abant Mountains. The lake is received underground waters. The coasts of Abant Lake are very rich in terms of flora and fauna. The famous Abant Salmon can be fished during certain periods of the year. Hotels are available for accommodation in the park. Daily picnics, as well as, walks around the lake can be done here. Also, sportive fishing, excursions with boats, phaeton, horses and skating on the frozen lake in the winter, are among the indispensable activities that can be done here. The national park is a piece of nature that is worth seeing.

Bolu and the premises also have beautiful places worth visiting like artificial lake Golcuk, Golkoy Dam Lake, built with an aim of watering Bolu, Yenicaga Lake, which is located in Yenicaga county center, Karamurat Lake, which is 35 km away from Mudurnu, Cubuk Lake, which has beautiful pine forests all over its coasts, Sunnet Lake, which is located 27 km East of Goynuk, a very deep lake Karagol Lake and Akaya Bosphorus, which is called “Pamukkale of Bolu”.


UPLANDS


Aladag Uplands


Aladag Uplands are located 25 km South of Bolu in the middle of forests. Main uplands where camping can be done are Degirmenozu, Sarialan, Golcuk, Ardictepe and Ustyaka Uplands.

At Upland


At Upland is located North of Bolu, behind the mountains. This upland is famous with its cherry and around the upland there are many fruit gardens. Every year, traditional cherry festivals are being performed here.

Gerede Uplands


Gerede Uplands are located at the South of Gerede, at an altitude of about 1200 - 1500 meters. These uplands are Hasat, Zorpan and Dortdivan Uplands, which is located on East Koroglu Mountains.

Kibriscik Uplands


Kibriscik Uplands are located at the South sides of Koroglu Mountains. Belen, Karakoy, Kokez, Bolucekkaya, Karadogan and high-altitude Devevira uplands are among the important ones.

Mengen Uplands


Mengen Uplands are located at the East of Mengen County. There are Sarikli, Sogucak, Mile, Sepetciler, Celebioglu and Ciftcatak uplands here.

Mudurnu Uplands


Mudurnu Uplands are located at the North of the Mudurnu County and at the South of Abant Lake. There are important uplands like Dedeler, Alpagut, Dodurga and Dagyolus uplands.

Goynuk Uplands


Goynuk Uplands the most important uplands here are Karabey and Kasikci uplands.

Seben Uplands


Gerenozu and Kizik Uplands are here. The houses of Kizik Upland were built without using any nails and are surprisingly beautiful.


HOT SPRINGS


Babas Hot Spring


Babas Hot Spring is 5 km away from Mudurnu. The hot spring waters are coming out of travertine and a facility is present here.

Sarot Hot Spring


Sarot Hot Spring is 30 km North-West of Mudurnu, in Ilica Village. This hot spring was used for more than 1500 years and a historical bath is present here.

Baglum (Kesenozu) Hot Spring


Baglum (Kesenozu) Hot Spring is 14 km South of Seben County, in Kesenozu village. The waters of this hot spring were used for bath for hundreds of years.

Catak Hot Spring


Catak Hot Spring is located 30 km South-East of Goynuk County, in Himmetoglu Village premises. From the remains around the hot spring, it is known that this hot spring was used at least since the Roman Empire period.


SPORTIVE ACTIVITIES


Skiing


At the North of Gerede, at an altitude of 1.300 meters, in a place very suitable for winter sports and skiing, a three starred Esentepe Hotel is built in Esentepe Skiing Center, which has a beautiful view to the whole county. Grass skiing is also possible here. Century-old pine trees add a unique beauty to the view.

Kartalkaya Skiing Center


Kartalkaya Skiing Center is located at the Koroglu Mountains and is very suitable for Alp skiing, ski running (Cross-Country) and ski tours.

The skiing area has an altitude of 1850 - 2200 meters. The region has semi-mild climate. The most suitable time period for skiing is 20 December-20 March. There are big and modern facilities for accommodation. Skiing trainer and skiing equipment can be found here too.

Mountain Side Parachute


Abant Mountains are very suitable for mountain side parachuting. During summer months, tours are being arranged for those who want to mountain side parachute at Abant.

Hunting and Fishing


The forests that surround the Bolu from four sides are habitats of various wild animals that can be hunted. Bear, lynx, wild pig, deer, roe deer, wolf, marten, fox, badger, rabbit, skunk, poppy, beaver and squirrel; partridge, wild pigeons, quail, hazel-grouse, crane and woodcock are among the animals and birds that can be hunted here.

Also, Bolu has many lakes and these places are ideal for sportive fishing.

The watery areas and forests around Bolu are also attracting bird watchers to this region.


DISHES OF BOLU


Among the most popular of local dishes are Bolu’s hazelnut sugar, chocolate, pine honey, cream and butter. Pumpkin pancakes are specific for this area. Mudurnu’s palace halva, foam halva, Goynuk’s sugar beans, Seben’s apples, grapes, Mengen’s cheese are worth tasting.

Pine cologne, hazelnut sugar, Bolu chocolate, pine honey, Mudurnu silk works; Gerede’s leather and copper things; Goynuk’s hand-woven goods; Kibriscik’s rice, hand-woven bags and rugs can be bought as gifts from here.

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SMALL HOTELS


Lucky Deer


Set in a farm house surrounded by a forest of pine, oak and maple trees, Lucky Deer is located in Mengen District of Bolu. It offers a wooden terrace with panoramic mountain views and free Wi-Fi.

Each named after a fairy tale character; the rooms at Lucky Deer are decorated with wooden furnishings.

Daily breakfast is served buffet style with the milk, cheese, butter, eggs and yoghurt produced on the farm, organic fruits and vegetables, and homemade jams and marmalade. Meals from traditional Anatolian cuisine are prepared in the brick oven with earthenware cooking pots and sheet pans.

There are hiking and cycling trails all around the property, and guests are welcome to try their hand at farming. After spending the day hiking in the woods or going on a safari tour, you can relax with a drink by the fireplace in the communal lounge.

Agalar Village is 1 km from the property and Bolu city centre is 50 km away. The property is located within Yedigoller (Seven Lakes) area and is located 40 from Yedigoller National Park.

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