Ortahisar is located 10 kilometres from Nevsehir, with its name originating from a 90-metre high rock, meaning middle fortress. This rock was used by locals for centuries as a castle to protect the population from intruders. Many rooms and tunnels have been constructed inside and the roof is accessible by a staircase. The views from the top are breathtaking, with Cappadocia and the Erciyes Mountain in the background.
There are also several churches scattered around Ortahisar, a hospital and monastic complex. An Ethnography museum opened in 2004, with exhibits displaying the daily life of the villages through agriculture, cooking, carpet weaving, hammam, henna and marriage.