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The stunning setting home of the Rudkhan Castle.
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Rudkhan Castle (Qaleh Roundkhan)

Curving to the mountaintop landscape, the ruins of Rudkhan Castle are fit for a fairy tale. Tucked away high in the mountains, a 2km hike is the only way to reach this famous hideaway.

Constructed during the Sasanian era and rebuilt in 1096, Rudkhan Castle is a special piece of Iranian history. Set between two dramatic peaks, the fort conforms to the natural curvature of the mountaintop to create a stunning blend of manmade infrastructure and natural beauty.

© Matyas Rehak / Shutterstock
© Matyas Rehak / Shutterstock

These ruins are not accessible for the lighthearted, with two kilometres of windy path separating guests from the forest castle. Prepare for a hike of up to two hours up hundreds of slippery stone steps. From river crossings to bird sightings, the shaded path is an adventure all on its own.

It's recommended you bring sturdy shoes and consider purchasing a walking stick from one of the vendors along the way. When you need a break, stop at one of the makeshift stalls along the river where you can enjoy a cold drink or a hot omelette, whatever will motivate you to reach the hidden ruins!

The steady climb rewards its conquerors with stunning views and a castle fit for a fairy tale. The stone Sarooj exterior has been preserved over the years and you can explore the heritage that remains. Make your way around the ruins as you zig zag along the mountain top.

Covering more than 2.5 hectares, and with a length of 1550 metres, Rudkhan Castle has a lot to offer. Make your way between the 40 watchtowers, the prison, and multiple entrances to picture what life was like here hundreds of years ago.

Phone contact: +981333756723


Rudkhan Castle (Qaleh Roundkhan)


7:30am-5:30pm daily