It is thought that the first settlers in Bolu were Bebrikler. This region, which is thought to be known as Bebrikya, was settled by Bithynians from the west after the 8th century BC. The so-called Bithynia were the main settlements in this land: Kienos (later Prusias, today Konuralp) and Bithynion (today’s Bolu). Following the death of Alexander, the independent Kingdom of Bithynia was established in the Bolu region.
According to Bolu Province; Dörtdivan, Yeniçağa and Gerede are located in the east, Mengen is in the northeast, Göynük and Mudurnu are in the southwest, Seben and Kıbrıscık are in the south. Bolu, Düzce and Sakarya to the west, Bilecik and Eskişehir to the southwest, Ankara to the south, Çankırı to the east, Zonguldak to the north and Karabük to the north. The provincial border length is 621.4 km.
Gölcük Nature Park / Gölcük Lake: It is surrounded by pine and fir trees. Right next to the lake, which is lined with the extraordinary beauty of nature, there is a charming house, the guest house of the Ministry of Forestry.
Other than this facility around the lake, there is a restaurant and cafeteria called a rural casino. The lake and its environs are protected by National Parks as İçi Resting Place in Forest ”. It is very cute and small. Gölcük Nature Park is one of the most important touristic centers of our province.
Lake Abant : 34 km from Bolu. It is of course a lake on the southwest Abant Mountains. It has a charming beauty every month of the year. Abant is a very popular holiday center for both day trips and accommodation.
Yedigöller : Walking paths in the National Park, waterfalls, wish fountain, Smiling Rocks, Pythagoras Tree, Memorial Tree, sight-seeing terrace can be visited. Sporty angling is possible at certain times of the year. In the park, which is very suitable for camping in terms of nature beauty, there are bungalow houses operated by the private sector with a capacity of 40 beds, various accommodation units and camping and picnic areas.
Bolu – Akkaya – Travertines 10 km from Bolu. southwest of Mudurnu on the way travertines, “Bolu’nun cotton castle” has a reputation, and is worth seeing. It exhibits a landscape integrated with lush nature.
Akkaya, which is an ideal place for those who want to relax and have a picnic, has started to work for the tourism sector by the private sector. Mineral water from Akkaya is bottled and offered to the public.
Aksemseddin Mausoleum: It is located in the courtyard of Gazi Suleyman Pasha Mosque, on 44 islands, 3 parcels, in the neighborhood of Goynuk, Bolu , in the district of Goynuk. Aksemeddin, the spiritual conqueror of Istanbul and the great scholar of the Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, passed away in 1459 and his tomb was built in 864 / M. 1464.
Aktas Tomb: Bolu Province, Central District, Semerkant Neighborhood, 10 sheets, 289 islands, 91 – 116 parcels are located. Adjacent to the left side facade of the mosque, a square plan has been added to the front and the right side with vaulted inserts. There are 3 bronze realms on the roof. There are 5 cist in the tomb.
The sarcophagi belong to Shah Hacı Mustafa Safiyüddin Efendi (1784-1846), his son Şeyh Hacı Nasrullah Efendi and his followers Poet Mehmet Faik Efendi, Samuncu Şıhı and Kalaycı Şıhı, Şıhı Şıhı of the Aktaş Mosque Dağı belonging to Şabaniyye Sect, one of the Anatolian saints.
Victory Tower : It is located on a hill overlooking the district. It was commissioned by the Governor Hurşit Bey in 1922 to commemorate the success of the Battle of Sakarya.
It was built on 3-storey hexagonal stone foundation. The wooden, hexagonal body narrows upwards and the railing is located on each floor. The Victory Tower is covered with hexagonal cones.
Mudurnu Lake Karamurat: 30 km from Mudurnu. northwest of the village of Karamurat. The lake is surrounded by mountains on three sides. The lake, which is a natural site, is fed with water boiling from the bottom and flowing from the valleys.
Seben Rock Houses: In Seben District of Bolu province, there are settlements consisting of many houses carved into the rocks at close intervals. The most important of these are in Alpagut village – Muslar neighborhood, Çeltikdere, Karca, Solaklar and Kaşbıyıklar villages.
The presence of red painted cross marks on the settlement consisting of rock houses; some houses include applications such as chapels and relief pits; Seben suggests that the Rock Houses could have been used from the Early Christian Period to the Middle Byzantine Period.
Esentepe Ski Center : It is an area located at the back of Gerede district and covered with pine forests. The most interesting feature is that it is the only ski resort in the world which is the closest distance to the main road.
Bolu Museum : It is a museum founded in Bolu with 15981 works on display. It is located in the city center, on Stadium Street. The museum was opened in 1975 and opened to visitors in 1981. The museum is divided into two sections where archeological and ethnographic artifacts are exhibited.
Sülüklü Göl, also known as Sarıgölcük, is located within the borders of Tavşansuyu village of Mudurnu district of Bolu province. As a result of tectonic movements in nature, a pit is formed up to 30 meters and filled by Hongurdak stream. Today it is among the most visited national parks in the regio
Sünnet Lake : Landslide embankment lake located at the borders of Göynük district of Bolu province. The deepest part of the lake, which has an area of 186 thousand km², is 10 meters above sea level and 22 meters deep.
The lake has a maximum width of 100 m and a length of 1100 m. With spring rains and snow melts, it has the most water in late spring and early summer.