From Kastamonu’s city center, it’s easy to make your way up to the castle district and Kastamonu Kalesi. On the way, you’ll pass two historic mosques. The first is the 1547 Yakup Ağa Camii. The second is the Atabeygazi Camii, built in 1273.
The castle district is where a high concentration of historic Ottoman homes can be found. At the time of my visit they were actually better observed from far away as many of them were under restoration or an eyesore from up close.
Up a steep path past several souvenir stands is the Kastamonu Kalesi. It was originally built by the Byzantines under the Komninós family. It was later conquered and rebuilt by the Selçuks and Ottomans.
The castle itself is impressive although there’s not much to see at the top.
The dizzying views are even better than the castle itself and the best reason to visit.