Ankara is the capital city of Turkey and is located at the heart of both Turkey and Central Anatolia. Ankara is a developing modern city that appears to be dull at the first glance but, it has a lot to offer for the ones keen to look deeper. The city boasts many wide streets are now lined with coffee shops and eateries, squares, shopping opportunities, leading museums, accommodations, inexpensive restaurants and a verity of historic structures that give a glimpse into the Turkish history.
The best way to get a true taste of this dynamic city is to indulge in some of the best things in Ankara, which include a tour of the Ataturk Mausoleum or AnitKabir, Museum Of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara Castle Or Citadel, Cengelhan Rahmi M Koc Museum, Kocatepe Mosque and the Hamamonu Restored Area. Other top attractions in Ankara include Hattusha or Bogazkale, War Of Independence And Republic Museum, Haci Bayram Mosque And Temple Of Augustus, Roman Baths and the Atakule Tower. An incredibly diverse history spanning thousands of years, when combined with the modern town of today, creates a magical blend of the old and the new, tradition and modernization making Ankara one of the most sought travel destinations in the world.
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What to Do in and around Ankara
Enjoy 20 best Ankara attractions and points of interest to choose from!
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Ankara Province, Turkey
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Located strategically on a prominent hill called as the Observation Hill in Ankara, the site was chosen because it could be seen from the entire city. Also known as AnitKabir, this is the mausoleum of Ataturk Kemal Pasha- the founder of the Turkish republic and the first president of Turkey. The architect for this structure was chosen from an international competition hosting 48 countries and is worth the hype.
The structure has intricate detailing and is a blend of Seljuk and Ottoman architecture. The tomb complex has four main parts namely: the Road of Lions, the Ceremonial Plaza, the Hall of Honour (location of Ataturk’s tomb) and the Peace Park. There are also several towers, statues and museum located within the site. Independence Tower, Female Statue Group, Freedom Tower, Male statue tower, Mehmetcik Tower, Victory Tower, Peace Tower, 23 April Tower, Tower of Reforms, Misak-1 Milli (National Pact) Tower and the most significant of them all- Anitkabir Ataturk Museum. The museum is dedicated to Ataturk and displays his personal and official belongings and hells visitors to enlighten themselves about an important period in Turkish history.
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Gozcu Sokak / Scouts Street No 2, 06240 Ulus, Ankara, Turkey
Also known Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, this museum is located within the Ankara castle or Ankara citadel and holds a prominent position in the Museums of Turkey. The museum houses collection and artefacts from various prominent archaeological sites of Turkey.
The museum itself is housed in a 15th century market in Ankara Citadel. Collections dating to various periods like Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Assyrian, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian and Lydian. There are also several artefacts from the Greek and Roman Empire. This museum is worth visiting on the trip to Ankara.
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Kale Mh., 06240 Ankara, Turkey
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Dating back to Celtic period, Ankara castle or Ankara Citadel Hisar is one of the landmarks of the city. Several renovations by different empires have left a blended look on the Castle which reflects the style of Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman architecture.
The famous Museum of Anatolian Civilisations is located at the entrance of the Castle.
Hike to the top of the castle and enjoy the magnificent view off Ankara. The castle is now a home to number of Turkish houses, art galleries, restaurants and serves as a popular tourist hub.
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Gözcü Sokak, Ankara
This is a museum dedicated to technology and is located in a historical inn called Cengelhan. The place was then used as a warehouse for Mohair and hence has a legacy behind it. Later it was rented to Turkish industrialist Rahmi M. Koc to serve as a museum.
The museum is spread over three floors:
Lower Floor: Carpet Gallery, Agricultural Machinery and Pharmaceutical exhibits.
Ground Floor: Various machines, medicines, everyday life tools and road transport vehicles.
Upper Floor: Rail transport items, toys, communications, scientific instruments, maritime and navigation.
There are also sections dedicated to Mustafa Ataturk Kemal Pasha-the founder of modern Turkey and Rahmi M. Koc’s father Vehbi Koc who was a prominent industrialist of the country.
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Kultur Mh, 06420 Ankara, Turkey
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
This is an important mosque in Ankara which can hold 24,000 worshippers at one time. It has magnificent minarets standing 88 metres high and is constructed in neo-classical ottoman style of architecture. It has stunning marble interiors, tinted windows and resplendent artwork of its central dome enchants the visitors.
It is visible from the entire city and is one of the largest Islamic religious buildings in the world.
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12:01 am - 12:00 am
A great place to take a stroll, observe the beautiful houses, shop and eat the traditional Turkish food- Hamamonu is an ancient area on Ankara. Serving as a popular tourist hub and hang-out, this is a calm and well-restored area and a break from Ankara’s crowd.
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Hattusha, Corum Province, Turkey
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This capital of the Hittite Empire presents its 2300 years old ruins that will fascinate the visitors and intrigue the history buffs. Located 200 kilometres away from Ankara, these ruins are a must visit on your trip to the city.
There are very few standing structure left but the layout that stands even today will enthral you. The Hittites have a mention in the Holy Bible as conquerors of Babylon and challengers of Egyptian Pharaohs. Hattusha was their centre of power and hence has a majestic history surrounding it. The site also includes temples to the deities of Hittites like the Storm god.
When visiting Hattusha, do not miss out observing the Yazilikaya which is an inscribed rock and is a few kilometres away from the main ruins. Alacahoyuk is also an important Hittite city and is 36 kilometres away from Bogazkale which is also worth a visit if interested in history.
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Canakaya district, Central Ankara, Turkey
Be here to get a panoramic view of Ankara. Atakule Tower is 125 meters in height and houses an open terrace which enables visitors to observe the city from top. There is also a revolving restaurant located in the tower which makes a 360 degree rotation in an hour. There is also a cafe within the tower.
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Gazi Mh., 06560 Ankara, Turkey
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
This is the second largest mall in Turkey and the largest mall in Ankara, this shopping centre covering an area of about 1890,000 square feet. Restaurants, cafes and variety of shops make it a popular hang-out.
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Fevzi Pasa Mah. Cumhuriyet Bulv. No 1, Ankara, Turkey
Also known as Kurtulus Savasi Muzesi, it is located in the former building of Turkish republican parliament. The museum is broadly divided into two sections. The War of Independence Museum has display of military photographs and documents from the independence war which was fought between 1921 and 1922. The Republic section has exhibits depicting the beginnings of Republic.
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Haci Bayram Mh, Veli Caddesi, Ankara, Turkey
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
This is considered as one of the most sacred Mosque in Ankara. The name of the Mosque is dedicated to a prominent Islamic saint Haci Bayram Camii. He was the founder of Bayramiye dervish order around 1400. Ankara was the centre of this order and Haci Bayram Veli is respected by Muslims all over the world.
The mosque was constructed in 15th century and has renovations again in 18th century. The site of this mosque was originally the site of ancient temple of Augustus. The temple was built by a Galatian king and today only two walls and the door section of the temple stands. There are testaments engraved on the walls and door describing the Greek rule in Turkey.
When visiting the mosque, don’t forget to check out the shops outside that sell the religiously symbolic Paraphernalia which includes the wooden toothbrushes that were supposedly used by Prophet Mohammed.
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Oran Mah., Turan Gunes Bulv. No: 182, Dikmen/Ankara, Turkey
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
A shopping complex with lots of shops and international brands; this mall is also a popular hang-out. There is a panorama terrace from where you can enjoy the view of the Ankara city. Aquarium, game centre, restaurants and tons of other entertaining activities are available!
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Cankiri Cad. Diskapi, Ankara, Turkey
08:30 am - 05:00 pm
Built in 3rd century AD, the ruins of Roman bath have a story to tell. Constructed in the time of Emperor Caracalla, these baths were dedicated to Asclepios- the god of medicine. Only the basement and the first floor of the structure stand today.
The layout of these roman baths is still visible and has classifications like Roman apoditerium (dressing room), frigidarium (cold room), tepidarium (warm room) and caldarium (hot room). A Byzantine tomb and Phrygian remains have also been found here.
Gaziosmanpaşa Mh. Tahran Cd No:12, 06700 Ankara, Turkey
+90 312 468 2888
The Hilton Ankara is the perfect spot if you want something familiar. While the rooms are not unique, you are guaranteed quality. There is a restaurant, coffee shop and most major credit cards are accepted.
This business friendly hotel is located in the heart of the city in an iconic building and has everything the discerning business traveler could need. There is a restaurant, bar, club and ATM facilities are on the premises.