Zelve Open Air Museum
Zelve Open Air Museum
4.5
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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  • Janka K
    Brno, Czech Republic8,168 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favorite place with fairy chimneys in Cappadocia
    The length of your visit depends on you - if you are fast, then you can manage it in 45 minutes, as it was for the group tour that I was attending. Otherwise it can be also for few hours. To get the most out of the place, I recommend to go to this place with a tour guide, which means to join some tour. Don't forget a bottle of water and a hat, as being outside can be challenging, especially during hot weather.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 May 2024
  • jxx9595
    1,398 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing, and with a hint of Arches National Park in the US
    This is a really spectacular site, with great views, great photo opportunities, and an interesting history. Reminded me of Hopi and other Indian sites in the US. The moderate trail is not that challenging if you are reasonably fit, but some won't make it very far up the trail. Nevertheless, even going part way will get you 60% of the views.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 May 2024
  • cutelady Baluch
    Muscat Governorate, Oman3,283 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Zelve Valley
    Zelve makes for a great destination. Nice walking paths lead you to the main churches. The 2-kilometer walk in the valley offers chances to explore various cave rooms and to enjoy Cappadocia’s stunning terrain
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 July 2024
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harlemfamily
New York City, NY717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We much preferred this to the one in Goreme - there is way more to see and it is way more interesting and well preserved. There are 3 different length trips so you can decide how much or how little you want to see - however, we did most of it and highly recommend. (Get the museum pass!)
Written 29 July 2021
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County-Hunter
Tacoma, WA3,692 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This was our first day in Cappadocia and we stopped at 5 different places to see the fairy chimneys and other incredible landscapes of the area. The Zelve open air museum was our favorite stop of the day. Because you had to lay a small admissions fee, some of the tour buses did not stop here and thus the crowd size was reduced. The main trail was maintained but some of the cement was wearing out so watch your step. The landscape was nice and the walk was the perfect length and challenge for us 60 year olds. We even stopped at the restaurant in the parking lot for drinks afterwards.
Written 3 April 2023
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic8,168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The length of your visit depends on you - if you are fast, then you can manage it in 45 minutes, as it was for the group tour that I was attending. Otherwise it can be also for few hours.
To get the most out of the place, I recommend to go to this place with a tour guide, which means to join some tour.
Don't forget a bottle of water and a hat, as being outside can be challenging, especially during hot weather.
Written 10 May 2024
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lightningboy
Vancouver, Canada2,929 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Only 8kms from Goreme, it’s easy to get here by taxi or private transport. An entrance ticket costs 150 tl and includes admission to Pasabagi. Zelve is a large Y-shaped valley with approximately 2kms of trails to explore. There and many steps but the paths are quite manageable. Here one can spend an hour or more exploring many cave homes and some churches and even a mosque. It is far less crowded, but not as well preserved as Goreme Outdoor Museum. If you have the time, don’t miss out on Zelve Open Air Museum and Pasabagi.
Written 11 May 2023
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AzRat
Arizona2,284 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
October 2021. Nice open air area of Cappadocia/Goreme cave housing. Appears to be primarily a residential area rather than a church collection of caves as nearby areas. Fascinating none the less. Some easy walk path but some hilly steps and scrambling. Beautiful photo opportunity and worth a visit.
Written 29 October 2021
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quick_draw_mcgraw
london54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A must-see if you're ever in the beautiful, unique part of the world. The museum shop also has some nice merchandise, as does the pottery stand outside. Be aware that sunshine is strong and direct in this part of the world, so always keep a sun hat nearby.
Written 8 July 2020
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,443 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This is great. A lot is roped off so to COVID but you can still walk through and take some pictures and enjoy the views. It helps to have a guide to explain how the caves here were used. It takes no more than an hour here, it’s not too big but was a great walk about
Written 4 April 2021
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Bridgette
Bognor Regis, UK213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Stunning landscape to explore, amazing to imagine living here, the beautiful carved rock homes, wide open views and textural planting. It can take a couple of hours to explore or more depending on how fast you walk and the variety of paths to take, lots of resting and sitting areas. It was very hot when we were here in June, so make sur eyou have water and suncream. Parking is easy, with a cafe, seating and drinks fridge nearby.
Written 27 June 2022
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Angel2707
United Kingdom185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
This place really took our breath away. Stunning area with caves churches and mosques to explore. Enjoyed this so much more than Goreme Open Air Museum. There was so much less tourists too which made it all the more enjoyable. Be prepared for lots of steps but it’s so worthwhile. This area was actually still inhabited until the 1950’s. We had lunch in a cafe just outside where the Gozleme was hand made and the best we had all holiday. We also met a lovely man whose family had stayed in Zelve and he showed us some old pictures on his phone.
Ticket bought at Pasabag gets you entry here at Zelve.
Please make the trip here as it is 100% worth it.
Written 25 September 2022
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AndyDuck
Nottingham34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Visited here in October 22. I'm a manual wheelchair user travelling with my able-bodied wife, and I I have decent arm strength but I'm no wheelchair pro. With no information whatsoever online about access to this place, and after leaving Göreme Open Air Museum a bit disappointed the day before (see separate review), expectations were hovering around zero... but at least my wife could have a look round. Hope this helps anyone else deciding whether to try it (tldr: you won't see a lot, but what you get is great!)

In order of doing it...

Parking: small car park but less busy than Göreme Open Air Museum and it's all fairly easy to wheel on. Drive right to the end of the road and hope there's a space... Learn the Turkish word for wheelchair and the really lovely parking attendent will I'm sure do everything they can for you. They also warned us that there isn't much to see in a wheelchair, but it's a craggy valley with cave houses so that came as no surprise.

Toilets: in good and bad ways, accessibility in Turkey never fails to surprise. How about a wheelchair accessible toilet cubicle complete with grab bars etc in both women's and men's toilets? Yours for 3tl at Zelve! Such a wonderful surprise in one of the lesser-known destinations and even if you're not visiting here, well worth putting on your list just in case. THANK YOU Zelve!!

Entrance and museum: level access to the tiny gift shop and entrance. Then you're straight onto a perfectly paved path which goes a short way (60m-ish?) up the valley. It's a tiny proportion of the whole thing (my wife spent about 45 mins exploring while I admired my small bit of the place) but it's really stunning, not overwhelmingly busy and just a real privilege to see anything at all. Simple adaptations done well, and as much as anyone could reasonably expect.

Summary: if you're happy with all the above, definitely put this on your list. You could do it in 10mins, it might be difficult to park in peak season, but on the right day if you like sitting and taking in a really stunning bit of history, it's wonderful. Göreme Open Air Museum please take note!!
Written 30 October 2022
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