Located in the Western Black Sea region, Karabük is a tourism paradise with its historical Safranbolu houses and antique cities. Karabük carries the rightful pride of being a city symbolizing industrialization in the history of Turkish Nation. In the first years of the Republic, Karabük was chosen for the location of Turkey’s first integrated iron and steel plant on the decision of the Great Leader Atatürk on the way to industrialization, with his proximity to the mineral deposits and proximity to the coast, the presence in the railway route and strategic appropriateness.
Provinces of Karabük Province; Eflani, Eskipazar, Ovacik, Safranbolu and Yenice’dir.
Yenice: 35 km to Karabük. The history of Yenice, which is in the distance, is similar to the historical past of the region and has been an important settlement since the Seljuk period.
Yenice Forests are a true tree museum, with many species of trees reaching to the monumental height and thickness, which can be seen in rare parts of the world, except in tropical regions. The diversity of animals in these forests gives Yenice a distinctive value in terms of wildlife. Some parts of the forests have been declared “The Nature Conservation Area”. An area of 4 hectares at Gökpınar was registered as Arberatum with 40 species of trees and a large number of animals.
In addition to the forests, there are also springs, caves, canyons, water sources known to be healing, resting places, nature parks, and other values of the city.
Eskipazar: There are many rock tombs and tumulus in the vicinity of Eskipazar, which is located at 36 km from the city center, to the south of Karabük, called Proto-Hittites. From this period, 3 km from the town. The ancient city, which has remnants in the distance, has hosted at least 4 civilizations.
Asar Castle with many temples and inscriptions on it, Kaya tunnels on the Asar Tepes, rock tombs from the Roman Period, Çetiören Recreation Area famous for its forests and cold water, Bayındır İçmecesi and freshwater fish that grow on the Soğanlı stream are the interesting values of Eskipazar.
HOW TO GO?
The closest airport to Karabük where road and railway transportation is located is Ankara Esenboğa Airport (240 km.).
Highway: Karabük can be reached by road from Ankara-Istanbul highway Gerede bank after 80 km. The bus station is in the city center.
Bus Station Tel: (+ 90-370) 415 55 37
Railway: It is possible to reach Zonguldak and Ankara from Karabük by rail. While transportation to Zonguldak by railway is more convenient than highway, transportation to Ankara takes quite long time. For this reason, road transport to Ankara is recommended. The distance to the center of the station is 2 km.
Station Tel: (+ 90-370) 424 15 49
PLACES TO VISIT
houses of Safranbolu
Safranbolu houses are the traditional Turkish architectural style that is the most important element that brings Safranbolu to the foreground in our country and in the world in the context of cultural tourism. On the one hand, these houses are remarkable with their urban location and on the other hand with their architects. 18 and 19 century in the district center. There are about 2000 traditional Turkish houses built in the beginning. Houses are made in two different parts of Safranbolu. The first one is used as a winter town known as the city, the second one known as the vineyards and used as a summer resort.
Safranbolu is a model city that presents the historical and cultural works to all people, keeping the features of the traditional Turkish society life on the city scale. The rich cultural heritage it possesses and its success in preserving this heritage has made Safranbolu one of the world’s most famous cities and has been granted UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Safranbolu, better known for its Old Turkish Houses, is attracting more and more attention due to its historical dimensions, its natural beauty and its role as an example in preserving the city scale. Safranbolu, with its 1200 cultural protected artifacts, is today the most well-preserved place on the city scale.
Mosque and Churches
St. Karabük in Safranbolu District Stefanos Church (Great Mosque), Eski Mosque (Gazi Süleymen Paşa Mosque). Köprülü Mehmet Pasha Mosque, Hidayetullah Mosque, Taş Minare Mosque, Dagdelen Mosque, Izzet Mehmet Pasha Mosque, Akçasu Mosque and Eflani District Küre-i Hadit Mosque are worth seeing.
Han and Hamamlar
Cinci Han: It is at the center of Çeşme Mahallesi in Safranbolu. It is a splendid structure built by Safranbolu, the hometown of Rumeli Kazaskeri Cinci Hodja (whose real name is Hüseyin), which was strengthened and enriched during Sultan Ibrahim’s time.
Apart from Cinci Han, Safranbolu also has two inns in the name of Pamukçu and Tuzcu Hanları. In Eflani there is a Katırcı Khan dating from the beginning of the 20th century.
Old Hamam: It is located in Safranbolu in Çeşme neighborhood. It is from the Byzantine period.
Yeni Hamam (Cinci Bath): Safranbolu’da Çeşme Mahalle in the bazaar. It is known that this bath was also built by Cinci Hodja.
Yaziköy Bath: Safranbolu is located on the borders of the district, and it is estimated that it was built in the middle of the 1800s, although it is not known what period it was built in.
Bulak Bath: Karabük is in the center of the province and although the exact date is not known, it is estimated to have been built in 1780. It is the work of the Ottoman period.
Fountains and Bridges
There are registered fountains in Safranbolu province as 93 cultural and inscribed inscriptions.
Taşköprü: It is located to the east of Safranbolu, 200 m north of the village of Konari. The construction date of the bridge over the Eflani Stream is not certain.
Tokatlı Bridge: It is in the Lower Tokatlı neighborhood of Safranbolu. It is suggested that it was built in the 18th century.
Sorkun Plateau: Sorkun Plateau located between Karabük-Yenice-Eskipazar borders is about 1650 m. In height. This spring, which has a wide area, has a foreground nature walk.
Ulu Plateau: The Ulu plateau, north of Safranbolu, is an area where large, green meadows lie within quite lush forests. The integration of the forest houses with the plateau houses made of wood materials reveals a paradise-like space. There are camping and nature walks on the plateau.
Sarıçiçek Plateau: Safranbolu The plateau at the site is 1700 m high and is very rich in terms of forest texture. Here you can trekking, hiking, trekking with mountain bikes and camping tents.
Boduroğlu Plateau: The plateau located in the town of Ovacik has unique beauty and festivals are held every year.
Göktepe Tabiat Park: Located in the district of Yenice, this park has advantages such as natural beauty, suitable climate and fresh air, easy accessibility. It is very suitable for camping tent sites and caravan tourism with its use for sportive activities.
Gökpınar Recreation Facility: It is located in the forest summit called as Gökpınar Yaylası, in the forest series of poplar with Yenice county.
Çetiören Recreation Area: The recreation area 10 km away from the Eskipazar District has a very rich vegetation cover and unique beauty with wildlife. Every year, the second week of August, music and oily wrestling festivals are organized.
Eğriova Recreation Area: 25 km to Eskipazar and 5 m to 12.000 sqm area in Eğriova. There is artificial pond at depth. It is suitable for nature walks and tent camping.
Around Eflani: It has broad plains and plateau view with vegetation cover.
Caves and Canyons
Bulak (Mencilis) Cave: This cave is located in the Bulak village of the central district and is the 4th largest cave of our country with a length of 6,5 km. It is a wonder of nature with its stalactites, stalactites, traventenes, ponds and underground rivers.
The rest of the caves are in the Sipahiler village, and the cave with 61 steps and the Hızar Cave in Safranbolu county.
Canyons: Among the natural beauties of Karabük are canyons. Rather, in Safranbolu, canyons emerged with a deep splitting of the limestone layers. İnce Kaya canyon is at the beginning of these canyons which make the land structure of the region interesting. The canyon on which the thin rock aqueduct is located has quite steep and deep slopes.
The length of the Düzce (Kirpe) Canyon, which is quite long, is almost magnified. Our other canyons, which are natural wonders, are Tokatli, Sakaralan and Sırçalı. The Sugar Canyon in the Yenice province is a destination of 6.5 km in length and hard-to-reach by professionals.
Hunting and Angling Since 60% of Karabük is covered with forests, it has suitable atmosphere for hunting. All kinds of game animals can be found and hunts are organized for the Avcılar association. Since the geographical structure of the province is mountainous, there are natural trekking areas. Trekking activities are frequently held in Tokatlı and Düzce Canyons, passing through Sorkun Plateau, Ulu Plateau, Sarıçiçek Plateau, Boduroğlu Plateau, Avdan Plateaus and Safranbolu. There are 3 angling fisheries in the Eflani Township.
There is no official museum in Karabük. Kardemir’s “Iron-Steel Museum”, Safranbolu’s “Ahmet Demirezen Yemenicilik Museum” and several Safranbolu Houses (Kaymakamlar Evi, Kileciler House, Karaüzümler House, Mümtazlar Konağı) restored and restored by the Ministry of Culture, District Governorate and private persons .
Karabük Kardemir Iron and Steel Museum
Ahmet Demirezen Yemenicilik Museum: Yemeniciler ‘s Market in Safranbolu’ s Arastası’nin shop number 3 in the shop Yemeni has been arranged by Ahmet DEMİREZEN. The museum exhibited the tools and equipments of the shoe called Yemeni. It was opened in 1989.
Kaymakamlar Museum House: Safranbolu’da Bazaar is on Hıdırlık Yokuşu Street. It was formed in 1979 with the arrangement of a magnificent Safranbolu House which was expropriated and restored within the context of the “Safranbolu Healthcare and Protection” Project of the Ministry of Culture. Educational Center and Museum The house, which was opened in 1981 as a house, was named as Kaymakamlar Evi because of the nickname of the first owner. It is open to service every day during working hours.
In the province of Karabük, archaeological researches were carried out within the borders of the Eskipazar District. The ruins of the ancient Hadrianapolis city, which was supposed to have been established in 64 BC, have been found. Another important residential area belonging to this city is Asar Tepedir in Kimistene.
There is an ancient settlement area of Roman period in Akören village of Safranbolu.
There are 32 tumuli and 4 large mounds in Karabük.
Karabük in the West Black Sea Region, Bartın (80 km.) In the north, Kastamonu in the northeast and east, Çankırı in the south, Bolu in the southwest, and Zonguldak in the west.
Karabük consists of valleys and platoles. Height from sea level is 270 m. There are hills and valleys of 2000 m. Yenice Forests, which is one of the most important forest areas of Turkey, has been designated as “Open Air Forest Museum”.
The characteristics of the Black Sea climate, which is partly observed in the Black Sea climate, are not sufficient to benefit from the hot air of the Black Sea because the coasts are closed. However, as in Central Anatolia, severe winter colds and arid summer heat are not seen. Most rainfall is in spring and winter.
Karabük, the city owes its existence as a city. Karabük, a village of Safranbolu, which was brought to a district of Zonguldak in 1927, became a district of Safranbolu. On 1 June 1934, when the Ankara-Zonguldak Iron Road was opened and a name had to be given to this day station, it was considered appropriate to give the name of this 13- Name officially the first time TC It has begun to be used and used in the State Railways map. It was a 13-digit neighborhood until 1937, and on April 3, 1937, with the foundation of the Iron-Steel factory, Karabük announced in Turkey and in the world a short time.
WHAT TO EAT?
Karabük’s tourism center Safranbolu has many eating, drinking and entertainment places built with the restoration of houses. Live music can be enjoyed in the entertainment venues, which are concentrated in the Bazaar area in the evenings. It is a local dish where pancake, well kebab, spring roll, water bowl and home baklava can be found. Safranbolu lokum, which is always freshly sold, with hazelnut, filigree, rosy and saffron varieties, is as famous as Safranbolu Houses.
WHAT TO BUY?
In Safranbolu, where tourism is concentrated, there are shops selling handicrafts and souvenirs. Yemeni (a kind of leather shoes worn on the legs), Copper goods in copper bazaar, wooden objects come first. There are many shops in all the streets in the bazaar and Arasta where gift items can be found. Clothing made of Kastamonu weaves and covers, wood, ceramics and leather goods, gifts of Safranbolu house models can be obtained.
Having visited Safranbolu,
Karabük Bulak Village Without going to Mencilis Cave,
In the autumn, camping in Yenice Forests, without taking photos,
Without camping on Ulu plateau and Sarıçiçek plateau, walking in Sugar Canyon and Düzce Canyon,
Without seeing Yenice Arberataum (Open Air Forest Museum)
Without seeing the ancient city of Eskipazar Hadrianapolis,
Without fishing in Eflani Ponds,
Without seeing the King’s Tomb of Ovacik Karakoyunlu,
Safranbolu’da Kuyu Kebab, Zerde, Su Burogi and eating pancakes,
Following the Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival,
… Do not turn around.