Bolu City Guide

Bolu City Guide

Bolu is located in Black Sea Region of Turkey with more than 300.000 population. Bolu is located between two big metropolises such as Ankara and Istanbul. With its rich vegetation, natural and artificial lakes, recreational facilities suitable for summer and winter sports, Bolu is an attractive province for local and foreign tourists. Bolu has potentials in winter tourism, hunting tourism, sports tourism, youth tourism, culture and faith tourism, health tourism, plateau tourism and meeting and seminar tourism.

Check out the most comprehensive Bolu city guide now. You will find the answers of many questions like “Places to see in Bolu” or “How to get to Bolu ?” in this guide.

City Name



Population Density

Population Growth Rate

Surface Area

Number of Districts

Postal Code

Area Code

GDP (Per Capita)


Black Sea


38 / km2

1,38 %

8,341 km2




24,689 $

After city center, Gerede is the most developed district of the city with 70.000 population and important industrial facilities. The districts of Bolu are Gerede, Mudurnu, Göynük, Mengen, Yeniçağa, Dörtdivan, Seben and Kıbrıscık. You will find detailed information for all districts of Bolu in this guide.

Short History of Bolu

Bolu’s history BC. It goes back to the 1200s. It is known that Bolu has hosted many civilizations in its history, from Phrygians to Persians, Bithynia Kingdom, Byzantines, Turkmens, and Ottomans. Bolu’s old name was Polis, it was called Bolu after the Turkmens came here. Bolu has become a province in 1923.

Accommodation in Bolu will be important if you are not resident in this city. Thanks to the huge tourism potential, there are a lot of hotels to stay in many districts of Bolu.

If you are looking for real estate for sale in Bolu or real estate for rent in Bolu, you are on the right page. As of the end of July 2020 in Bolu, the prices of houses for sale increased by 17.96% in the last year. Average for sale residential property size is 130 square meters. Considering annual averages, as of the end of July 2020, the districts that gained the most value in Bolu for housing were Gerede, Göynük, Mengen, Mudurnu in descending order.

Do you want to get detailed information about hospitals in Bolu ? In Bolu, there are 3 state hospitals , 1 training and research hospital and 2 private hospitals. Almost all districts have hospitals in different regions of the city.

Road Transportation

TEM highway between Ankara and Istanbul and the D-100 highway pass through Bolu. For this reason, it is easy to reach all parts of the country by road. You can go to the historical and touristic places around the city by bus and minibus.

Air Transportation

There is no airport in Bolu. Therefore, the airports you can use are Sabiha Gökçen and Kocaeli Cengiz Topel. Afterwards, you can take advantage of bus and car rental facilities.

If you have a plan to go to Bolu, you are very lucky. There are a lot of amazing places to see all around the city. With no doubt, Abant Lake is the symbol of Bolu. Abant Lake, which is 40 km away from Bolu city center, is also preferred with its proximity to the Istanbul-Ankara road. Abant, which is 7 km around and is a small set lake, is an indispensable destination for weekend holidays. If you want, you can travel around the lake by phaeton, horse, bicycle or your own vehicle, or you can enjoy the lake view and nature on foot. Yedigöller National Park is also located in Bolu, there are 7 lakes inside the national park. Kartalkaya Ski Center is the most sought-after area of the winter holiday in recent years. With its modern facilities and suitable tracks, Kartalyaka Ski Center, which is popular with ski lovers, is almost the capital of winter tourism.

Akşemsettin Mausoleum is also located in Bolu. It is among the prominent places of spiritual importance in Bolu. Akşemsettin, who was the teacher of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, is a person of great importance in terms of Ottoman history. You will find the answers of the “Best places to visit in Bolu” or “Top 10 things to do and see in Bolu” questions in this guide.

There are only one state university located in Bolu named as İzzet Baysal University.


Enes Sahin

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