Zilkale

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Dean-Traveller
Mugla, Türkiye1,183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Zil Kale (Bell Castle) is 380 m (1250ft) above the valley floor. Built in the 14th or 15th Century, it was a stop on one of the ancient caravanserai trails through these parts which formed the Silk Road, as it was known in Europe. It has been renovated from a ruin in the last decade.

Continue on the road rising up from Fırtına Deresi from where Zil Kale is signposted. The journey, on a well surfaced road, through beautiful scenery, is a bonus for he list to Zil Kale.There is roadside parking and a small restaurant. Entrance fee of only 3TL.

Many uneven steps lead to the various levels of the castle, each with a different spectacular view. Minimal use of barriers.
Written April 18, 2023
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Mary-Anne F
Ottawa, Canada107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The location of Zilkale is obviously photogenic. Its location is also really interesting in it's strategic importance. Get there early in the day to avoid the tour buses that make a stop while going up or down the Firtina valley, and don't plan on staying more than 20 minutes. There isn't a lot to see inside the castle.
Written September 3, 2023
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H Brown
Ankara, Türkiye37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This is probably the most well preserved and explained castle ruins we've seen in Turkey. We enjoyed all the signs describing each area and room. Very well done!
Written August 1, 2020
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John U
Saint Louis, MO360 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
The fortress itself is not that large and is not intact. The views from it are very good. This is in the Kaçkar national park, and there are areas with very large waterfalls worth seeing , nearby
Written July 12, 2017
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MAEsTrips
57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
I haven't seen inside as I have seen the castle on my way to highlands, hurrying up to catch the sunset. I have it on my checklist now! I hope inside is not ruined with bad restoration as from the outside it is really a sight to see with forests and mountains in the background.
Written June 19, 2017
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Erdem
Wuppertal, Germany10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
It's worth to visit this castle, because of its beautiful views. Don't miss to walk around. You will find nice photo points.
Written September 18, 2016
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Alan K
Nottingham, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A very impressive castle viewed from any angle. Definately not a ruin. İt was closed when we visited in January but we were still able to walk round the walls. The information boards were interesting and informative.
İ hope to return in summer when it's open. The drive upto the castle is very interesting too with Alpine like views and tiny hamlets. You can also walk across a stone arched bridge built in 1693.
Written January 31, 2015
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TurkReggie
Ankara, Türkiye40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
A must stop, simple and sweet. Definitely worth a tour, but those with little ones note the lack of guard rails and steep drops. Spectacular views of the valley and river below.
Written April 23, 2019
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namikyakup
72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
One of the main point of other 4 castles used for defence, caravans etc in old times, 750m up from sea level and 100m up from the river. Restorated 2011. You can find a cafe to have some drinks and foods.
Written July 16, 2018
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AnonPalestine
Istanbul, Türkiye80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
This is a must see. You can walk around the castle and enjoy looking down at the valley and up to the mountains. It is so well kept.

Then have a cup of tea at the cafe next door and continue to the Polavit waterfall.
Written April 8, 2018
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