The heart of the Turkish Republic, Ankara, is the second largest city of Turkey after Istanbul. The city genuinely lies on the border where east meets west. The European influences combined with the ones of the Middle East have coloured the architecture, food, wine, nightlife, fashion and arts. The two cultures have merged to build a city with a unique identity. By dropping anchor in Ankara, as its name suggests, you are crossing the border of history.

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Ankara Kalesi

This castle overlooks the city from Ulus, the historic district. Within its walls, there is a small village with shops and restaurants in wooden beamed houses and the Old Turkish House Museum.

Ankara Kalesi, Ankara
Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations houses a huge collection of Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Hatti, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian, Roman and Lydian treasures. It won the European Museum of the Year in 1997.

Gözcü Sokak 2 Ulus, Ankara


Tripe Soup has made this restaurant famous. After a long night of drinking, this is the last stop before bed as it is open 24 hours. They also serve traditional Turkish food and grilled meats and meatballs.

Bestekar Sok. 86/B, Ankara

Kalbur Balık Restaurant

This restaurant might be plain on the inside with only a few tables, but the food is claimed to be exceptional. Here you can order seafood, meze, grilled meatballs, içli köfte, pastirma, sucuk, tandir and kokoreç. Reservation is a must and remember to bring cash.

Oran Şehri Çarşı Merkezi C-3 Blok, Ankara

Ulus, located in the historic district, has a maze of market stalls under one roof selling goods for low-budget shoppers. Another must in the area around Ulus is the Atpazarı, Old Horse Market, and Çıkrıkçılar yokuşu. It does not get more authentic than that. The area is also home to most of the town's antiques dealers.

Ulus, Ankara
Souvenirs And Handicrafts

For quality tourist souvenirs, handicrafts, carpets and kilims go to Dösim, run by Ministry of Culture and Gesav, set-up by the Traditional Turkish Handicrafts Foundation.

Mithatpaşa Caddesi No:18, Ankara

Esenboğa International Airport

Ankara Esenboga Airport is located approximately 33 kilometers north of Ankara. Havaş, airport buses and shuttles, run regularly to and from the city. The buses for the city centre depart from the airport approximately 25 minutes after landing and do generally not operate between 9.30pm-3am, depending on their final stop. They have two stops in the city, one near the stadium and one in Asti Bus Terminal, which is located further away. There are also public city buses, Ego, running to and from the airport. The buses leave right outside the arrivals floor, in both the Domestic Terminal and International Terminal. Taxis are another option and they are available 24 hours every day. Car rental and parking are available at the airport.

Ankara Esenboga Airport, Ankara

Public Transport

In Ankara there are many means of transport, which are both cheap and easy. Asti Bus Terminal is the main bus terminal, here you can take the bus to any destination within the country and it is located about 5 kilometres southwest of the city centre. The Metro and Ankaray, both underground transports, are the fastest way to get around some parts of the city. City buses go all around the city, but you need to buy tickets. On Belediye Otobüsü buses (EGO), the red and blu ones, you should opt for the electronic ticket. On Halk Otobüsü buses, the green or blue ones, you pay with cash.