The heart of the Turkish Republic, Ankara, is the second largest city of Turkey after Istanbul. The city lies on the border where east between west. The European and Middle Eastern cultures merged and coloured the city's architecture, food, wine, nightlife, fashion and arts. Drop the anchor in Ankara, as its name suggests, cross the border between tradition and modernity.

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Ankara Kalesi

This early medieval castle offers a great view of 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

Located on the south side of Ankara Castle, the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations houses a huge collection of Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Hatti, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian, Roman and Lydian treasures. It was elected as the first "European Museum of the Year" in 1997.

Gözcü Sokak 2 Ulus, Ankara
Rumeli Iskembe Salonu

Known for serving a hearty tripe soup, this 24-hour restaurant is the right place to end up after a night out. They also serve traditional Turkish food and grilled meat dishes.

Bestekar Sok. 86/B, Ankara
Kalbur Balık

The interior of this restaurant might be simple and not extravagant, but the food is exceptional. Here you can order seafood, meze, meatballs, kibbeh, or, for those who are into exotic cuisine, kokoretsi, lamb intestine stuffed with lamb heart, liver. or kidneys. Reservation is required and remember to bring cash.

Oran Şehri Çarşı Merkezi C-3 Blok, Ankara

Ulus, located in the historic district, has an indoor maze of market stalls under selling unbelievably affordable goods. The area is also to most of the town's antiques dealers.

Ulus, Ankara

For quality tourist souvenirs, handicrafts, carpets, and kilims, head over to Dösim, run by the Ministry of Culture. With an unmatchable quality, its products will definitely make for perfect souvenirs to your loved ones.

Mithatpaşa Caddesi No. 18, Ankara

Esenboğa International Airport

Ankara Esenboga Airport is located approximately 33 kilometers north of Ankara. Airport shuttle buses run regularly to and from the city. The buses for the city centre do not operate between 9.30pm–3am. There are also public city buses operating shuttle services to and from the airport. Taxis are also an option – even though they are more expensive, taxi service is available 24 hours a day.

Ankara Esenboga Airport, Ankara

Best Time to Visit

Ankara's inland location grants the city a continental climate. From June to September is the peak tourist season since the warm weather makes for a pleasant summer with refreshingly cool nights. Winters in the city can reach negative temperatures with occasional snowfall. It rains during spring and autumn.