Boğazkale (Hattusha), 200 km (124 miles) east of Ankara, was the
capital of the Hittite
Empire 2300 years ago, and is
a striking sight today.
Located 30 km (19 miles) southeast of Sungurlu (map) on
the way to Çorum and
Sea coast, Boğazkale (boh-AHZ-kah-leh)
is impressive not so much for its buildings—there
are none left, only their foundations—but
for its setting, its layout,
and its great antiquity.
day tours run from Cappadocia to Boğazkale/Hattusha and back. More...
The Hittites are mentioned
in the Bible as the conquerors of Babylon
and challengers of the Egyptian pharaohs. Hattusha )
was their power center, the site of
their temples to the Storm
God and other deities.
At Yazılıkaya, 2.6km (1.6 miles) uphill from the entrance to the Hattuşa site (map), bas reliefs of ceremonial
processions were carved into the sheer
rock walls of a natural holy-place. The Hitit Yolu (Hittite Way) walking path, marked by signs, shows you the way. More...
Alacahöyük, 36 km
(22 miles) north of Boğazkale, was
another important Hittite city, and
is worth a look if you're interested
enough in Hittite
history and art to visit Bogazkale.
The world's best collection of Hittite art is beautifully displayed in Ankara's Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, informally called the 'Hittite Museum." More...
Kamil Koç has frequent daily buses from Ankara's AŞTİ bus terminal that stop in Sungurlu on their way to Çorum, a trip of about 2 hours. From Sungurlu you can take a minibus, or hire a taxi, for the final 30-km (19-mile) trip to Boğazkale (35 minutes).
Frequent buses return from Sungurlu to Ankara in the afternon and early evening. Check departure times in Sungurlu when you first arrive there on your way to Boğazkale.
The nearest airport is
Ankara's Esenboğa Airport. The nearest train station is at Yerköy, but there are few trains, they are slow, and at inconvenient times.
Distances & Travel Times
km (109 miles) NE, 2.75 hours
km (124 miles) W, 3.5 hours
(Ürgüp): 240 km (149 miles)
S, 4 hours
km (52 miles) N, 1.5 hours
km (404 miles) NW, 10 hours
km (143 miles) SE, 4 hours
km (242 miles) N, 8 hours
km (162 miles) E, 4.25 hours
Sungurlu: 30 km (19 miles)
W, 35 minutes
Yozgat: 35 km (22 miles) S,