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Uçhisar Castle

Enjoy the view from the summit and delve into the intricate homes, churches and passageways that lie below the surface of this honeycomb mountain. 

Uçhisar Castle is a large rock formation rising tall above the terrain like a giant anthill full of small, dark holes. It attracts visitors with its intriguing history and stunning panorama that includes the surrounding landscape and Mount Erciyes in the distance. Look for black holes indicating the entrances to abodes, tunnels and dovecotes crafted into the rock many centuries ago.

The ascent to the top of the honeycomb mountain is relatively tiring, so make sure to bring enough water. Climb the makeshift steps to the peak to admire the seemingly endless view of the town’s houses. Mount Erciyes looms over the residential area on the horizon. While you are atop the mountain, see the Byzantine graves that have survived the test of time.

The castle owes its honeycomb appearance to the hundreds of small holes for rooms in the soft rock. Rummage through the small tunnels and stairways that connect the rooms in this fascinating underground maze. Some of the rooms are now inaccessible due to continued erosion.

Learn about the people who lived in Uçhisar Castle. Notice small enclosures for pigeons where farmers collected their dropping for use as fertilizer. You will also encounter churches inside and around the castle.

The giant rock  must be seen in daylight hours. It has a reasonable admission price. Make sure to visit some of the other attractions in the area, such as Pigeon Valley, where the birds were kept as pets and messengers. 

Find Uçhisar Castle about 3 miles (4.8) kilometers down the road that leads from Göreme to Nevsehir. It is a 10-minute drive southwest from Göreme, which is in the center of the scenic Cappadocia region. Once in the area, it should be relatively easy to locate, because the natural giant dwarfs the surrounding terrain. You can also take a mini-bus to the castle, as they leave regularly from Göreme.

Don't know how to get the most out of your visit at Uchisar Castle? Here are some popular things to do that will help you:

For more activities, check out our Nevsehir things to do page.


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Mithra Cave Hotel - Special Class NZ$130
Mithra Cave Hotel - Special Class

Mithra Cave Hotel - Special Class

Aydinli Mahallesi Akgül Sk. No:10, Göreme, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Nevsehir, this hotel is Göreme National Park and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Uchisar Castle. Roman Castle and Aydın Kırağı are also within 15 minutes.

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    Aydinli Mah. Aydinli Sok. No. 40, Nevsehir
       
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      Located in the heart of Nevsehir, this spa hotel is Göreme National Park and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Uchisar Castle. Roman Castle and Aydın Kırağı are also within 15 minutes.

      Museum Hotel - Special Class NZ$542
      Museum Hotel - Special Class

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      Tekeli Mah No:1, Uchisar, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
         
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        Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Göreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Cross Golf and Pigeon Valley are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Argos In Cappadocia - Special Class NZ$560
        Argos In Cappadocia - Special Class

        Argos In Cappadocia - Special Class

        Asagi Mah Eski Göreme Cad., Kayabasi Sk. No 23 Uçhisar, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the historical district, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Uchisar Castle and Pigeon Valley. Love Valley and Ortahisar Castle are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Hotel Taskonaklar Cappadocia NZ$204
          Hotel Taskonaklar Cappadocia

          Hotel Taskonaklar Cappadocia

          Gedik Sok. No: 8, Uchisar, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Pigeon Valley, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Love Valley and Ortahisar Castle. Goreme Open Air Museum and Zemi Valley are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Rox Cappadocia NZ$293
            Rox Cappadocia

            Rox Cappadocia

            Kesek Sokak no 11 Uchisar, Tekelli Mahallesi, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Nevsehir, this hotel is steps away from Göreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Cross Golf and Pigeon Valley are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              Uchisar Kaya Hotel - Special Class
              Uchisar Kaya Hotel - Special Class

              Uchisar Kaya Hotel - Special Class

              Yukari Mah. Mevkii Adnan Menderes No:15, Uchisar, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Nevsehir hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Göreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Pigeon Valley and Cross Golf are also within 1 mile (2 km).

                Kale Konak NZ$199
                Kale Konak

                Kale Konak

                Kale Sokak No:9, Uchisar, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the historical district, this historic hotel is steps away from Göreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Cross Golf and Pigeon Valley are also within 1 mile (2 km).