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Don't Follow Google Maps - Park on the North Side

This is a great, FREE, site to visit. The assent is steep and the grounds unkept but the sheer rise... read more

Reviewed February 26, 2018
sandpaperboy
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Escondido, California
Panaromic view of Afyon with a good climb

In order to reach the castle you have to climg a large number of stairs. So if you have... read more

Reviewed April 13, 2017
unsleepy
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Ankara, Turkey
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Reviewed February 26, 2018

This is a great, FREE, site to visit. The assent is steep and the grounds unkept but the sheer rise from the city up into the sky makes for an awesome photo opportunity. The city of Afyon Karahisar is pretty run of the mill. It has some significant history in the story of the salvation of Turkey during the formation of what is modern Turkey. The history of the castle remains dates back to the 1350 AD but the location as a fortress goes back to the Hittite period and the Lydian, Phrygian, Persian and Hellenic city-states. I learned none of this information on site but from research after visiting the location.

We took our four kids to the top of the castle where a giant Turkish flag stands above the city of Afyonkarahisar. Interesting piece of trivia afyon, similar to the Latin (afium) means opium and Kara Hisar means Dark Castle. The name of the location makes for the beginning of some great fantasy novel.

This is something off the beaten paths for foreign tourists and it is enough of a physical exertion that most will not brave the climb, but it is possible to take children up to the top even in slippery icy weather in the month of December. I've visited in the winter and spring and enjoyed both treks to the top surrounded mainly by local Turks out for a rigorous hike.

Google Maps directions took us to the south side of the mesa and that made for a long walk around to the north side where the stairs lead up to the castle. The long walk brought us through the path of some wild city dogs who thankfully were more bark than bite. There are no safety features for this hike so watch your kids closely and enjoy the adventure.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed May 17, 2017 via mobile

Beware - over 500 steps to reach the top, but the sense of achievement is matched by the AMAZING panorama. Definitely to be tackled before the day gets too hot.
We rather stumbled across the starting point thanks to the locals, as the signage peters out. Tea and soft drinks stop, in the shade, along the route and a very welcome one at the top, too.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed April 13, 2017

In order to reach the castle you have to climg a large number of stairs. So if you have difficulties in climbing , do not think about going there. During climb you can see the OLd Afyon sttlement from above, seeing all the touristic attractions. Also if you visit it during week days, you will be accompanied with birds songs. After your climb, you come to the internal castle part and you need to climb more to reach to the point where the flag pole is. You can think this as agood phsical activity after or before eating Afyon double cream and to see the panoromic view of Afyon.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank unsleepy
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Reviewed February 28, 2016

First thing that come up to my mind was "Castle in the air" from German band Eloy.
Afyon is not known for warm winter, but that day it was 18 C.
Beautiful view from top of the castle, it's 800 stairs but it was worthy.

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Kenan T
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Reviewed August 18, 2015

Though not very high it offers impressive 'topographical prominence' naturally sculpted value and cannot be ascended with a motor vehicle. It can be 'clumsily' reached with steps hewn primitively and the very hot summer sunny hours reader the experience taxing (for us the more mature personnel). The vistas are most remunerating as well as the peripheral streets at the bottom. You can observe the town which is among the few Turkish 'genus loci' metaphorically with not unduly adulterated Ottoman Architecture. It is also a 'contrarian' but didactic pilgrimage for the Greeks as the town was of historic military importance in what led to the foundational victory of Mustafa Kemal's against the superficial and dithering expansionist greek plans (1919-1922) in Asia Minor. One of the finest commemorating monuments on Kemal at the foot of the hill. The hill is impressive compositionally, three-dimensionally, culturally and among the natural marvels in its category.

Date of experience: August 2015
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