The most beautiful routes of autumn in Bolu

The most beautiful routes of autumn in Bolu

Nergiz Varli

The crushing pressure of the big city on people causes those who live to escape from themselves.No matter how many advantages the city has, people longingly discover new routes and hit the roads in order to find themselves and gain new experiences. People who break away from nature travel hundreds and thousands of kilometers with the desire to return to nature where they belong, to return to their creation codes. We run to the forest, the tree, the sea, the lake with longing for fresh air, so much so that the thought of going to leave comforts us. We continue our search knowing that we will be surprised again with all our aesthetic concerns in green, yellow, blue and red. Man’s desire to discover himself and nature pushes him to see more roads, more cities, more countries, more cultures.

In this week’s article, I would like to share with you the last routes you can see in Bolu. I will talk about the Sünnet lake, Çubuk lake, Göynük and Gölcük, which I discovered for the first time during photography trips. I wrote Yedigöller and Abant before. Bolu should perhaps be a nature city with its vegetation and geographical location. This city deserves this title with its natural beauties. Let’s start a tour from Göynük now.


 The name of the city in Roman times was Koinon Gallicanan.  The first known settlements in the region are during the Phrygian period.  Later, Lydians, Persians, Bithynia kingdom, Romans and Byzantines dominated.  There are artifacts and ruins from that period in some villages of the region.

Göynük, which is in a deep valley, is a town that is one of the best examples of Ottoman Civil Architecture, with its white houses clinging to its slopes. Göynük, a touristic Bolu district, has been awarded the title of Cittaslow. With its 700-year history, 100-150-year-old houses, including its 14th century bath, mosque, graveyard, tomb and sycamore, the town, which makes you feel like you are in an old period movie or TV series, sheds light on the past with its historical values. Göynük, which still exists as a livable town today, has been declared an Urban Protected Area. Cultural values and traditions, clothing, local folklore, culinary culture and social relations are still kept alive in Göynük. The district, which is flooded by visitors on weekends, is an extremely touristic town. It is among the first places that come to mind in cultural tourism.

Sünnet Lake

As soon as you see the lake, you feel like you are on the edge of the world. At the foot of huge mountains, you feel as if you are in a glacial country. A few houses visible in the trees in the distance make you feel like you are in the world.
Since the city is close to Istanbul and Ankara, the lake, which can be visited especially on weekends and in all seasons, fascinates its visitors with its summer, winter and spring. Located 11 km north of Göynük district and surrounded by pine forests, Çubuk Lake has an average depth of 13 meters. A route where you can feel peaceful in the calm and silence… It offers unique scenery and beauties to its visitors with its forest and lake landscapes. You can take a nice walk around the lake or maybe have a picnic. If you want a more difficult track, you can also do trekking in the village. If you like camping, you can stay in a tent or stay at the businesses around the lake, facing the lake view. You can take beautiful photos at the Sunnet Lake, which was declared as a Nature Park in 2011. You can catch carp and trout in the lake, which is made for amateur fishing.

Çubuklu Lake

Çubuklu Lake, which greets you with its clear water and green ground in the mountains, among the big blue sky-blue trees, with the red-roofed village houses on its slope, the presence of mills integrated with the lake, although a bit old.
Located within the borders of Göynük, 22 km east of the city, the area of the lake is 18 hectares. Covering an area of 15 hectares, the lake was formed as a result of a landslide blocking the valley. It takes its name from the village it belongs to. It is fed by the streams and springs around it. It is 1050 altitude above sea level. The lake, which is located in clean water sources, high altitude and larch forests, promises a unique experience to its visitors with its natural beauties.
A walk around the lake in the pine trees will bring you to yourself. If you wish, you can also do trekking in Çubuk Plateau. One of Turkey’s most beautiful lakes, Çubuklu Lake also keeps the wildlife alive around it. The lake, which attracts the attention of nature photographers, attracts the attention of both local and foreign tourists with its different beauties. Although the windmills around the lake add beauty to the beauty of the lake, it was actually built for a movie shot here before and integrated with the lake.


Gölcük Lake, which was first created in 1958 and enlarged over the years, is one of the most popular touristic centers of Bolu. Gölcük is one of the most frequently visited places by the people of the region and local and foreign tourists visiting from the surrounding cities. I think the lake, which offers a postcard-like view, will never come down from the summit. You can walk around the lake or take the golf carts. You can also travel by bike.
Gölcük will be a wonderful experience where you can breathe and find peace in the sun rays reflecting on your face and the lake from the forests surrounding you, huge trees. If it’s spring, it’s only a matter of time before you think you’re somewhere in heaven with the lotus flowers in the lake. It is a rare beauty that amateur and professional photographers cannot get enough of taking pictures of the lake and nature, which changes color with a different light every hour. Offering a completely different experience in winter, the lake transforms its beauty into a feast with the games it plays hand in hand with the sun in spring. With its trees, forest, lotus flowers, birds and wildlife, the lake is different in every season…

Nergiz Varli corrispondent Project Roots Istanbul Turchia

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