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is a town and district of Ankara Province
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in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey
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, 70 km north of the city of Ankara
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, near the motorway to Istanbul
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. According to 2010 census, population of the district is 25,203 of which 16,726 live in the town of Kızılcahamam. The district covers an area of 1,712 km², and the average elevation in district center is 975 m.
The area is mountain and forest, a geographical boundary between central Anatolia
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and the Black Sea
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Kızılcahamam itself is a quiet market town known for its healing hot springs and mineral waters. Nearby Soğuksu National park contains a scout camp and walks, and areas for picnics in the forest. There are hotels and guest houses including spa hotels, some of them retreats for Ankara's politicians.