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“highest plcae to be other than hot air balloon”
Review of Uchisar Castle

Uchisar Castle
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Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Uchisar
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
istanbul
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“highest plcae to be other than hot air balloon”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

a great place to climb and enjoy the afternoon and watch the sunset..gives one a great idea and understanding of the whole region with formations valleys etc

Visited June 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Visit to Uchisar Castle”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Worth a quick look great views but no need to spend a lot ot time there. Very close to our hotel and we could walk through the town to get to the castle.

Visited June 2013
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Longwood, Florida
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“Looks great from the bottom”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

The town of Uchisar is visible from the roadway below and looks like a Steven Spielberg movie set, but the walk up through the "castle" doesn't pay off with views much better than you can get from virtually anywhere else. There are no furnishings to see...just more rock.

Visited June 2013
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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“Tea at the top”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

From many vantage points in Goreme you can spot the pyramid shape of Uchisar Castle jutting up from the western horizon. Its steep sides appear daunting from a distance, prematurely giving the weak-kneed an excuse to avoid its summit. However, these two late 50ish desk jockeys reached the summit of the castle with relative ease, so don’t be easily discouraged by the challenge. Rock ramps and securely fastened, steep stairways twist their way up the exterior slope. Each landing offers views as if from a balloon. At the summit if the conditions are right you can see the snowcapped peaks of Mt. Erciyes, Mt Hasan and Mt Melendiz far away across the Cappadocia plain.
Once you reach the summit you can enjoy a cup of hot Turkish tea from the refreshment stand tucked into a cranny at the very top of the castle. Everyday this hardy entrepreneur strategically places squat stools covered with remnants of Turkish carpets around the summit, and lugs water, soda, snacks, ice and fuel up the path to the top in order to weather a living from the sometimes tight fisted visitors. A work ethic like this needs to be rewarded, so spend your tourist dollars, grab a stool and soak up the views as you plot which fairy chimneys you'll explore after your descent.
A very feasible, roundtrip day hike can be done to Uchisar Castle from Goreme. Pick up a taxi driver’s business card in town before you start (just in case you need a ride back home again.) Follow Uzun Dere road out of Goreme into Pigeon Valley - this wide dirt path is well marked and will bring you into Uchisar. An inexpensive lunch can be eaten at any Pide (Turkish pizza) shop before you hike to the top of the castle. From the top of the castle you will see the main road to Goreme. Just a short walk back along this road you will see markers for White and Love Valleys. These valleys are really great photography destinations for dramatic shots of the amazing geological formations, snapped from both the rim and the valley floor. As you follow the track out of Love Valley, there is of course the ubiquitous refreshment stand. Order tea and if you are tired the stand keeper will gladly call the taxi from Goreme for you. Or you can continue a short distance to the main road and flag down a dolmus (a shared shuttle) for the return ride.

Visited May 2013
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Guildford, UK
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“Elevated 360 degree panoramic view!”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

The castle is nothing to write home about but it's a great introduction to the Goreme landscape from the top. Virtually all the well constructed wooden steps, & there are many, are on the outside. The last few metres from the top might present a slight challenge to the less able but still very worthwhile. The views are stunning. Would like to have been there around sunset.

It was not very busy when we went mid afternoon. You could make this visit in an hour but we enjoyed extending our visit by exploring the attractive shops/cafe around the base & village square. One shop was partly underground.

Visited May 2013
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