Gerede is a town of Bolu, located in the Western Black Sea Region of our naturally decorated country, at a distance of 137 km from Ankara, 52 km from Bolu; 300 km from Istanbul and 1 km from the highway, easily accessible on the D-100 road and is one of the exclusive places in our country with its oxygen- rich atmosphere.
Green mountains; forests, plateaus, resorts, historical Keçi Castle, Asar Castle, Bell Clock, and the Inn with Church are places worth seeing. Furthermore, football teams prefer to camp in Gerede in summer before the season begins and the skiing resort in Arkut Mountain is at your disposal in winter.
With these offerings, Gerede is inviting to take a deep breath and relax away from the chaos, polluted aid and busy atmosphere of metropolitans.

Gerede is easily accessible because it is located on impor­tant highways. It is on a junction on D-100 International highway, at a distance of 137 km from An­kara, 52 km from Bolu, 300 km from Istanbul, 140 km from Zonguldak and 90 km from Karabük, which are metropolitan and touristic cities.
TEM highway is in the so­uth of city. There are regular bus trips to Ankara, Istanbul and Bolu. You can reserve your seats from Geredeliler Turizm and Gerede-Bolu Seyahat at Bolu Bus Terminal to go to Gerede.
To go to Gerede from Anka­ra, you can use Öz Bolu, Öz Ge­rede and Bartın, Karabük, Is­tanbul buses. From Istanbul, you can take Öz Bolu, Metro and Ankara, Karabük buses at Harem and Esenler bus ter­minals.

There are good accommodation possibilities since the town is on the junction of touristic and trade routes such as Istanbul, Safranbolu, Ankara, Zonguldak.

HOTEL ESENTEPE : You can stay at this 3-star hotel in Esentepe which overlooks the entire town, with facilities such as rooms with television, bathroom and balcony, restaurant, lounge, youth centre, sports hall, sauna, meeting hall for 100 and car park. At the hotel with potable mountain water running from the taps, it will be sufficient to take 4 or 5 hours of sleep because of the oxygen in the air. The hill with an altitude of 1500 metres is preferred for camping by the first league teams such as Beşiktaş, Trabzon, Samsun, Zeytinburnu and basketball teams such as Galatasaray and Ulker.

The hotel is equipped with longer beds for basketball players and the Gerede Sports Field can be allocated to football teams. Hotel Esentepe is happy to serve its selected customers with its hospitality, service quality and friendly, professional staff.
You can have dinner, wake up among birds’ songs after a solid sleep at night, have a nice breakfast at our open buffet, ski as if flying through a snow bed of 2 m in winter in our skiing resort which is 4 km to our hotel, ride the snow bike, sweat in the gymnasium hall and rest in the sauna.
It is a unique opportunity for all football clubs to camp in our 3 green fields in summer during the preparation season. Furthermore, it will be worth the long travel to play basketball and football in our fields or to have parties and to cook meat among the green trees.

Hotel Esentepe Tel: (0374) 311 4080

Gerede is in the Western Black Sea region in the east of Bolu, built on an area of 1255 km, and is a neighbour of Kizilcahamam, Çamlidere, Çerkeş, Eskipazar, Dörtdivan, Mengen, Yeniçağa towns. It is in the form of a plateau surrounded by 1300 m high mountains which forms a passage from the Central Anatolia Region to the Western Black Sea.
In Western Black Sea climate, winters are cold with heavy rains and summers are cool. It has a sunny atmosphere with clean air that smells of pine, nice water and natural beauties. There are pine, fir, breech, oak and poplar trees and occasional short trees and grassland.

Its establishment dates back to Bithynians of early ages. It survived through the periods of Phrygia, Lydia, Iran, Macedonia, Roma and Byzantine. It was the centre of patriarchy in Byzantine I times, a principality in the period of Muslim Turks, and a separate principal under Seljuks, Anatolian Seljuks and llhanlilar and became one of the 21 provinces of the Seljuk State. It was included in the Ottoman land in 1395 at the time of Yildirim Beyazit was connected to Bolu flag in 1692, became a town centre in 1812 within the boundaries of Bolu-Safranbolu. It was a district between 1864 and 1870 and one of the 5 towns of Bolu in 1870. Gerede Municipality was estab­lished in 1871.
Besides Düzce, Mudurnu and Göynük, Gerede became one of the four towns of Bolu which was announced to be a province in 1923. It is still the most crowded town in Bolu. According to census data of 2000, the town population including the villages is 41391.

The town is characterized by traditional life style. The social and economic life in the town has been enhanced by metropolitan city roads, Black Sea roads and highway passing along the side of it.

It has a background of 900 years. 3000 people are employed in 130 factories. Our towns accounts for about 40% of the shoe leather made in Turkey. It is sold to domestic provinces with shoe-making industry and also exported in significant numbers. Tanners who have been working in the same place since 1935 are getting prepared to move to the Leather Industrial Estate because of their increased capacity and the inadequacy of the region. Treatment plant is completed and the plants shall be moving in the coming years.

There are about 150 belt workshops in the town. The belts are sold in domestic and foreign markets.

Gerede Industrial Estate, which is established separate from the Leather Industrial Estate, includes 51 factory plots. The infrastructure is complete and 3 factories are currently operational. New factories are expected to be built in the region where attractive facilities are involved.

The Steel Construction Plant built on an area of 810 thousand sqm and called GERKONSAN Plant has been privatized in 2003. It is currently operational under the name of TEKNOTES A.Ş.

Copper making which is a historical handcraft is still performed by a small number of operators.
Copper ewers, jugs, treys and cauldrons made by the tradesmen in the copper bazaar are presented to the tourists.

You can purchase leather products such as leather belts, bags, purses and accessories from the workshops located in the city centre. You can purchase copper products such as ewers, jugs, treys and cauldrons from the Coppersmiths’ Market.

Local products such as butter, yoghurt, keş cheese, cheese, bread, honey and milk made by town people and poultry such as turkey, goose and duck that the town is identified with can be purchased from the marketplace in town on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

Agriculture, stockbreeding, poultry, ironmongery, shoe-making, glassware, carpentry, comb-making, auto mechanics, transportation are among the means of livelihood. Greenhouse production is becoming widespread.

There are sufficient number of primary and secondary schools in t own.

GMYO which was opened in 1996 under A1B University has been giving education in various departments. It makes significant contribution to the life in town with 1300 students attending 16 departments.

It is the only sports club in town. It has branches such as basketball, football, skiing, table tennis, taekwondo. Geredespor basketball team has been playing in the 2nd professional league with the teams of large provinces and establishments and is working to join the 1st league.

It is 5 km to town centre. It is very easily accessible. The 900 metres course is ideal for beginner and amateur skiers. Therefore, it is largely occupied by people coming from neighbouring cities and particularly from Ankara. Istanbul, Bolu, Karabük. Moreover, it has been hosting International Skiing ant Cycling Contests with its 5 km long (Running with Ski and Endurance) course.

It is located in Seviller District. It was built in H. 1259(1844) by Halveti sheik Hadji Halil Efendi, Mustafa Efendi buried in the mausoleum. It was rebuilt in 1957. These people are buried in mausoleum.

It was built in Kabiller District in H. 1267 by Abdullah Efendi. Abdullah Efendi and his son are buried in the mausoleum.

It was built in 1395 by Sultan Yildirim Bayezit. After 1944 earthquake, it was rebuilt.

It is in Demirciler district. It was rebuilt in 1957. Sheikh Huseyin Efendi is buried in the mausoleum in the mosque garden.

It was built in H.1309-M.1891 by Ottoman Sultans head Carpenter Elhac Ibrahim.

It was built in H. 1231(1815) by Topaloğlu Ahmet Ağa.

It is in Esentepe resort. Tourists visit this tomb of the Turkish raider Ramazan Dede from Horasan, located on a small hill, who went to conquer Anatolia after the Malazgirt war in 1071.

He is one of the three brothers of Ramazan Dede or a raider like him. He is buried in a tomb in Sapanlı Urgancılar Village.

He is a Turkish raider. His tomb is on the hill with pines in the south of Havlulu village.

It is in Güney Demirciler Village Gaziler District. He is a Turkish raider.

It is on Arkut Mountain, 5 km south of the city. The castle occupies an important place in the history of Gerede, which is a place of accommodation on the historical Silk Road, and has survived until today. Having been built in the Middle Ages, Keçi Castle dates back to between 7th and 13th -14th centuries A.D. It was restored in 1995 in its original form. It has been registered as an ancient building by the Council on the Protection of Cultural and Natural Assets.
The city inhabitants with their properties and animals take refuge in the castle during an enemy attack. The castle which was built on a huge hill overlooking the area was defended by Gerede inhabitants for a long time against the enemy. The enemy settled around the castle because of the natural structure defense of Gerede inhabitants and kept on attacking during the daytime but was not successful. Therefore, they were tired of the attacks. In time, people ran out of food in the castle. And Gerede inhabitants face difficult conditions. One night, they put candles on the horns of all goats in the castle and released them out of the 1 castle to run to the enemy headquarters. The enemy had a sudden shock. In the dark­ness, they thought they were being attacked by a huge army with fires in hands and they I escaped. Gerede people got rid of the enemy thanks to the goats. And the story goes that the castle is named “Goat Castle” from then on.

It was said to be built before the Byzantine period. It is about 20 km to the town centre, on a rocky hill on the way to Çagış, Akçaşehir, Ertugrul, Çalişlar villages. The castle was built on the east of the hill and there are rooms in it carved into rock which are closed now. The hill has a totally rocky structure and the northern and western sides are natural walls. Both the building style and the story about it make the castle rather interesting. This is a place to attract the attention of tourists. The dominance over the surroundings and the perfect natural beauties around are especially interesting for photographers. According to the story, there is passage under the Ulusu River that links the hill on which the caste is located and the hill to the east of it. In fact, people live in the city built on this small hill and defend themselves during enemy attacks by passing through the river and going up the Asar castle. There are traces of settle­ment on the Çagiş – Akçaşehir – Çalişlar village roads, around Asarlık.

It is a two-storey building in Kitirler District. The first floor has animal shelter, a shopping center and a coffee house and the second floor has bedrooms. The building is accessed through a door in the south which is wide enough to make room for carts and cavalries and opens to a large yard with open top. The yard is surrounded by rooms on the ground floor with masonry walls on western and northern sides and with columns on eastern side. The date (H.1215- M.1800) written on one of the windows on the eastern side indicates that the inn was built at that time. The inn on the historical Silk Road which was a place of accommodation for tradesmen and caravans has a cross on the locking stone of one of the windows on the eastern side meaning that this place was used as a church.

While passing through this place during Ankara War, Yıldırım Beyazit sees that there are some leather tradesmen here and builds a bath and a mosque in the city. The bath built at the time of Yıldırım Beyazit has been destroyed and the current bath house was built across the street. These
buildings indicate that Gerede is a place of accommodation on the Bağdat road which was formerly called the Silk Road. This opinion is supported by the fact that Fuat Köprülü talks about two caravanserais in Gerede at the time of Köprülüler.

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It was built in the city centre in 1882 by Master Ahmet. It was restored in 2005 by the municipality against the risk of collapsing.

(H.1207) It was made of cut stone. The building maintains its characteristics.

It was probably built at the times when Çoğullu bridge was made. But its characteristics have been spoiled by the addition of a concrete part.

There are figures and shapes describing the ancient people.

Since it is an ancient place of settlement, Gerede has many historical houses.


Our city which is in the forest among natural beauties has recently been the focus of domestic and foreign tourists and of sports clubs that need camping with its fresh air, clear sky and pine odors.

In Esentepe, green is real green, blue is deep blue and white is clear white. In Esentepe summer is nicer than winter and winter is nicer than summer. In Esentepe resort, 1 km north of the city, which is a unique natural beauty with 1300 m of height and which overlooks the town, the hundreds of years old pine and fir trees have a unique smell and beauty. The place of full of picnicers especially in summer. The natural texture is intact and the environment is clean. This hill of matchless beauty which was previously called Ramazan Dede was named, Esentepe by Atatürk because of the never ending winds. In Esentepe, the hundreds of years old pine trees have a unique smell and beauty. It is the place for picnic, trekking, grass skiing in summer and for winter sports in winter. Esentepe, whose natural texture and trees are under protection and where even pine cones are not collected and are mixed with soil, has a soft soil under the whole grass
area you step on. It provides an opportunity of entertainment and relaxation in a peaceful atmosphere with the municipality tea garden with its pool in the shape of a Mini Marmara sea, nostalgic rural restaurant and the 3-star Esentepe Touristic Hotel. Football fields are the training
fields of professional and amateur football teams.

Gerede inhabitants go to Haci Veli (5 km), Seviller (7 km). Rumşah (8 km), Hasbeyler (13 km), Bucak (12 km) plateaus in summer.
This practice is continued in order to have a rest in a resort with mountain air away from noise. Yünlü Plateaus provide green picnic areas in the south of city, 20 km away, on Ankara D-
100 highway.

Forest Resorts
The most popular resorts are Kirklar, Demirpinar, Aşagi and Yukarı Yaglica, Agalar Mountain. These are resorts in forests with ice-cold water and fountains.
The Arkut mountains which lie east to west on the north of Esentepe reach their peak in Gerede (1476m). These mountains are covered with fir, beech and pine trees as well as wild hazelnut trees. Demirpinar and surroundings is the deer protection area. Plateaus and hunting areas are very favorable for mountain tourism. The plateaus and resorts on Esentepe and Arkut Mountain
are places of resting for domestic and foreign tourists in summer.

Kedi Batmaz
Small balls of dough are cooked in boiling water and served with sugary water and hot butter.

Goose is grilled in the furnace. Thin layers of tough are dipped into the oil from the goose and laid on a tray. It is cut in triangles and eaten with the grilled goose. It should be eaten with onion.

Onion is minced and cooked in hot butter, mixed with minced meat, eggs are added and hot butter is poured on the eggs. It is eaten without mixing.

Spoon Halva
Floor is cooked, butter and sugar are added and cooked and spoon is used to give shape to the halva.

Şak Şak Halva
It is the halva with walnuts made by candy makers in Gerede. It is the indispensable dessert of the marketplace.

Wedding Soup
Yoghurt, flour, egg and rice are cooked and served with hot butter. It is made commonly for dinners and weddings. It is called “toyga soup” yoghurt soup by the public.

Other local food is gozleme with or without katmer, kül gömeci, cızlama, bazlama.
Rural bread with potato is cooked in villages and in urban houses with furnaces.

Traditional Gerede Marketplaces
The Traditional Gerede Marketplace which started centuries ago is organized every year in the 3rd week of September. The marketplace where animals and commercial goods are sold is visited by buyers and sellers from all over the country.

The Historical Esentepe Oil Wrestling matches are held in Esentepe every August. The oil wrestling which was held for the 63nd time in 2006 is the second big wrestling organization in our country after Kırkpınar. The wrestling matches are visited by reputable wrestlers in our country and many spectators from all over the country.

The Circumcision Festival organized by Gerede Municipality in July-August is the home for public concerts and various activities.

It is held on the first Sunday of September.

It is organized by Gerede Development and Solidarity Foundation in Esentepe on the first Sunday of July.


– Göynük Aksemsettin Day – It is held in Göynük on the last Sunday of May in the memory of
– Aksemsettin Hazretleri.
– Bolu Tokadi Hayrettin Day – Is the 3rd Sunday in July.
– Mengen Baba Hizir Day – It is in June.
– Dörtdivan Köroğlu festival – It is the first Sunday in July.
– Mengen Cooks’ Festival- It is the first weekend of September.
– Yeniçağ Poet Dertli Day -It is organized in July in Yeniçağ.
– Mudurnu Ahilik Cultural Week – It is the 2rd in October.


Head Official of A District    (0374) 311 60 08

Municipality                            (0374) 311 67 00

Police Department                  (0374) 311 60 09

Gendarme                               (0374) 311 60 23

Public Education Centre         (0374) 311 61 17

Can Taxi                                  (0374) 311 61 71

Zümrut Taxi                            (0374) 311 61 70

Saray Taxi                               (0374) 311 48 28



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