AnkaraAnkara is the capital city of Turkey and the second largest city in the country afterIstanbul. It is located at the heart of both Turkey and Central Anatolia. The city is an important commercial and industrial city, and it also houses the Turkish government, and all foreign embassies. The population is around 4.5 million.
The locals are generally helpful to tourists, and many young people can communicate in English. Although most people will try to speak English with you, it's a good idea to bring a Turkish phrasebook or dictionary. Ankara is the administrative center of Turkey and a huge university town such that most of its inhabitants consist of civil servants, students and academics.
As any other part of the Anatolian highland, the winters are cold and usually snowy. Temperature is regularly below the freezing point during this season, but it rarely drops below -15° C. Thanks to the low levels of relative humidity, the hot and dry summers are more comfortable than coastalRead More
The history of Ankara and its surroundings stretches back to the Hatti civilisation of the Bronze Age. Two thousand years before at the time of Jesus, the Hittites become the dominant power of the region, and then followed by the Phyrgians, Lydians and Persians. In the 3rd Century BC, theRead More
Bird Watching Good places in the area for birdwatching are: Col Golu, Mogan Golu, Kizilcahamam Ormanlari, Kavakli Dagi, Inozu Vadisi and Sariyar Baraji, Beynam Ormani and Tuz Golu. Winter Sports Elmadag Ski Centre is located 20km from Ankara, with an altitude between 1500 and 1850m and has a 10-room hotel,Read More
Places of interest
Anitkabir :The mausoleum of the Republic's founder and leader, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, called Anitkabir and it was built on the hill of Rasattepe and has an impressive entrance. It was designed by architects Prof. Emin Onat and Doc. Orhan Arda, and completed in 1953. Ataturk was removed from the temporaryRead More
Ankara Esenboğa International Airport(ESB) is located some 28 km on the northeast of the city. International flights are rather low in frequency and scope - apart from Turkish Airlines (THY), only Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and British Airways offer direct flights to their respective European hubs. Iran Air also has twoRead More
From many parts of Turkey you may reach Ankara by your own car as fellow: From Istanbul to Ankara, about 450 kilometers (km) and takes about 40 minutes to about 5 hours by car. From Izmir to Ankara, about 585 kilometers (km) and takes about 15 minutes by car inRead More
Being in a central location in Turkey, Ankara is also the centre of the Turkish rail network and can be reached from many cities. The train trip from Istanbul to Ankara takes around 5 hours and 36 minutes and most (but not all) daytime services involve changing from one ofRead More
If you are traveling from places other than Istanbul, you will find buses fastly, inexpensive, and modern. The buses terminate at the bus station (otogar) named AŞTİ (pronounced ush-tee and almost exclusively known as such locally; Ankara Şehirlerarası Terminal İşletmeleri) standing for "Ankara Intercity Terminal". Most of the cities inRead More