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Address: 5 km from the city center, Van, Turkey

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Beautiful Castle

Totally worth the visit on a beautiful day you have 360° fantastic views of the lake and the city. We walked the 6km from city center but you can easily take a dolmus (towards... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed April 23, 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2016

Totally worth the visit on a beautiful day you have 360° fantastic views of the lake and the city. We walked the 6km from city center but you can easily take a dolmus (towards Kale) for 1,5 TRY. Don't miss it!

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Taichung, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2016

This is my fourth visit to this castle. There are many new constructions (newly paved road, etc.) When I visited this castle in 2010, it looked more like a ruin. It seems Turkish government tried hard to re-construct some parts. As long as it is kept the original characteristics, it is OK. There are still very few tourists from foreign... More 

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Corinth, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2015

Van Castle was cool. We went in winter and it was free for some reason, although I think usually you pay 5TL. If you hike all the way to the top, you can see great views of the city and Lake Van. It's a pretty majestic castle on a hill and the way the city sounds echo around you in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

castle is up on the hill; 10-15 minutes walking. there are not any fences be carefull on the edges. there are not any store up the castle; it would be good to take a bottle og water with you.

Thank Emre C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2015

we visited Van castle with with 2 great guides Sabah & Yusuf, this was wonderful place dating from the 8 century We highly recommend a visit to this impressive site

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2015

Van castle dates back to Urartu times, one of the first civilization who wrote all about life. You can see the one of the first writing mankind used on the walls of the castle. Of course there is the beatiful view of the Van lake, or Van Sea as the local people call.

Thank neslihan serap S
New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2015

Also known as the Rock of Van, Van Kalesi is an ancient Urartu fortress dating to the 8th century BC. It's a fun walk to the top, and the resulting views are worth the trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2015

The Fortress of Van is a massive stone fortification built by the ancient kingdom of Urartu during the 9th to 7th centuries BC, and is the largest example of its kind. It overlooks the ruins of Tushpa the ancient Urartian capital during the 9th century which was centered upon the steep-sided bluff where the fortress now sits. A stereotyped trilingual... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2015

Never been to a castle before and had a great time with friends exploring it. It was a climb so make sure you wear sneakers or comfortable shoes. The view is spectacular. Worth going.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2015

You can take a taxi to Van Kalesi for about 20 lira from the city center. It's a nice climb, and on top of the castle you will find a nice view of Van and the lake.

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