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Queen Semiramis and Van Castle

If you are in Van, Turkey, don't miss the Castle. Especially the sunset on the top. This view is... read more

Reviewed October 6, 2018
Magi G
Sofia, Bulgaria
Nice view

From the top you can see the city and van lake, it is fantastic. There is bicycle station at... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Tehran, Iran
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Reviewed October 6, 2018

If you are in Van, Turkey, don't miss the Castle. Especially the sunset on the top. This view is such unforgettable - you can propose to your fiance and to listen her Yes.May be because of romantic legend, related with this place. Assyrian queen Semiramis...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Magi G
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

From the top you can see the city and van lake, it is fantastic. There is bicycle station at entrance and also there is a cafe with chai and turkish coffee. Good place to spend 2-3hours

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank massoum
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

街が一望できとても素晴らしい眺め! 丁度晴れていてとても気分が良かったです。 観光客はまばらで貸切状態。 ※ドルムシュは2.25リラに一律値上がりしていました。 9月でも日中は30度近くまで温度が上がったのでお水は必需品。 view from top was just amazing! It was totally perfect wether when I go there. Not many people when I was there I do not know this is low season or not. Just 2.25 TL by dolmus from central area....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Hiro U
Reviewed August 17, 2018

its beautiful place that takes a half day visit, with great nature and historical places its excellent for the photographer that takes beautiful photos from down to a top

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

This is a huge fortress which has been built on top of a hill overlooking the Van Lake. The entrance fee is very reasonable and there is a nice walkway to climb up the hill and reach the top. What I also much appreciated was...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank lpourlak
Reviewed March 24, 2018

The castle boasts a very good view of the city and is a pleasant walk up. The one face boasts ancient cuneiform writings . Best to visit early mornings when it is not too hot.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Chasing-history
Reviewed March 19, 2018 via mobile

We were there to visit. Slightly unprotected and presence of graffiti but nonetheless, good tourist site to go only if u have time.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank jeremyt875
Reviewed December 24, 2017 via mobile

The castle is a nice scenery from the outside, but when you climb inside it is only walls! There arent buildings or rooms which you can visit, however the view from the top is nice and it is only 15-20min walk. The entrance rate is...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank frany m
Reviewed August 1, 2017

If you are going there during summer do not forget water and wear comfy shoes, you have to walk patiently till get to the top and see the amazing view of city and ancient walls of castle there.

Date of experience: July 2017
3  Thank armanmodern
Reviewed July 12, 2017 via mobile

As i stated above, if your current stop is Van at this time of the year, you should definitely visit Van Castle. Because the climate is harsh, people in Van hardly find an appropriate time and condition to enjoy the weather and the city's natural...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Mehmet K
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August 5, 2017|
Response from divingfree | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend Alkan Tours. We did a tour last year with a lovely driver called Murat. There are also minibuses to these sights.
August 5, 2017|
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Response from armanmodern | Reviewed this property |
As I know each hotel has its own daily tour for these places. You can go to lake Van, Akdamar Island & Holy Cross Church in one time and Cat House (Kedi Evi) and Van Castle in another. If I remember these 2 round for one day... More
October 28, 2015|
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Response from Helena B | Reviewed this property |
We visited Van in May and the advice to rather get a bus from Tatvan to Van is very good. There are many good and reliable bus companies operating from Tatvan and it will be no problem to get a bus. Have a good trip.