Welcome to Boğazkale
The village of Boğazkale has geese, cows and wheelbarrow-racing children wandering its cobbled streets; farmyards with Hittite and Byzantine gates; and a constant sense that a once-great city is just over the brow. Most visitors come solely to visit Hattuşa and Yazılıkaya, which can be accessed on foot if it's not too hot, but there is more to explore. Surrounded by valleys with Hittite caves, eagles' nests, butterflies and a neolithic fort, the area around Hattuşa is ripe for hiking. Head 4km east of Yazılıkaya and climb Yazılıkaya Dağı to watch the sun set, or head to the swimming hole (locally known as hoşur) on the Budaközü river to cool off after Hittite rambles.
Late in the day, the silence in Boğazkale is broken only by the occasional car kicking up dust on the main street, and the rural solitude may tempt you to stay an extra night.