Allstar Akar International Hotel

GMK Boulevard No 111, Maltepe Cankaya, Ankara, Ankara, Turkey
Akar International Hotel
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What shall I wear in Turkey in January?

by charlene_aquilina

Hi ppl,

I am going on a business trip to Ankara in late January. I've read that it is very cold and that it snows a lot in winter. Since we have quite warm and mild weather I would like some advice on clothes, shoes and any needed equipment that I must take with me when visiting Turkey.

Thanks for all your help :)

Re: What shall I wear in Turkey in January?

by Gili_S

My Maltese "Friend" manage here in Finland very well with the cold (it is -10c today) Anyhow, obviously everyone understand that needed warm cloths, but often people forget to take hat, gloves, scarf and such additional items that help when it is cold. Also, good shoes with think sole is important and maybe woolen socks. PS: Leave your high heels at home unless you planning nightlife in the club and have s driver to take you there.

Re: What shall I wear in Turkey in January?

by Sirvictor

Greeting from My Ankara,
It is rainning now local time 19.05. A cold, icy and thin rain. We call such rain here "Ahmak islatan" which means "only fools got wet" The nights are cold.
The 1st snow drops in Ankara at Dec 27th. Januarry might be cold, snowy, rainy, dry or sunny under blue sky. Please bring your rainfest shooes and warm suits and sacco or rock. Dont forget you will not walking on the streets all day long while you are coming not a tourist but a tradeswoman. For that reason you will spend your most time indoors. have a nice time

Re: What shall I wear in Turkey in January?

by leics

As you are from a mild climate you will feel the chill more than those of us who are used to colder temperatures.

It is important to realise that several thin layers are much warmer than one thick one. the air trapped between each layer insulates. So pack to dress in layers: thin undervest, t-shirt, bouse/shirt, sweatshirt/sweater or jacket plus warm waterproof outerwear.

Scarf, hat and gloves are essential. Keeping extremities warm makes a big difference to conservation of body heat. Natural fibres (e.g. cotton/wool) warmer than manufactured fibres.

Think carefully about your footwear too. Two pairs of thin socks (or thin socks over tights) are warmer than one thicker pair but you need space in your boots/shes to allow for this. Cramped toes and feet quickly et very cold (as well as being uncomfortable).

Re: What shall I wear in Turkey in January?

by charlene_aquilina

Thank you very much for your help because it has helped me plan my luggage better :)

Re: What shall I wear in Turkey in January?

by Marianne2

I have also done a business trip in mid-winter to both Istanbul and Ankara. What worked best for me was wearing a turtleneck under my black business pants-suit, which is a knit-blend and doesn't wrinkle. Then I wore my black mid-calf length hooded "raincoat," which has a zip-in fleece lining, so it acts like a winter coat. It doesn't wrinkle either. You can dress up the basic black suit with accessories, so that you don't look the same every day in the office. For shoes, I wore black boots with a sturdy Vibram sole that doesn't slip on snow or ice, but still looks somewhat fashionable, and one pair of low dress heels. I hope this helps, in addition to what the others have mentioned. Have a good trip!

Re: What shall I wear in Turkey in January?

by charlene_aquilina

Thanks to you all for your help :)

Travel Tips for Ankara

Clean and nice city

by Lion_Beat

What I like in Ankara is that it's a clean and green city with quite a lot fountains, and the people from here are really nice in comparasion to other parts of Turkey. (my opinion) In the picture: Iulia (a friend from Kazakhstan)

Historic Guest House of the MFA of Turkey

by Fariz

During my recent trip to Ankara, Turkey, I happened to attend an international meeting that was held at the guest house ("Konuk Evi" in Turkish) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. The building is a historic site, built in the early days of the Turkish Republic and serving, then, to house members of the state and government delegations visiting Turkey during the 1920s, 1930s, etc. One corner of the expansive lobby is set aside as a tiny museum, as this is where Mustafa Ataturk, the founder and first president of modern Turkey, used to hold talks with his foreign counterparts (see photo; or click on it for a larger view). In its heydays, the guest house had born witness to an influx of foreign politicans and statesmen coming to Turkey, and staying in this massive stone building, as those were the times of crucial events that were shaping the geopolitics of the region, Europe and the world.
No longer used to house foreign dignitories, the guest house today is reserved for hosting selected national and international events organized under the auspices of the Turkish MFA.

Especially if you are drunk,...

by Dirim

Especially if you are drunk, take a 'Iskembe Soup'. The best is in 'Rumeli Iskembe' on Sakarya St.

Or try 'Kokorec' from the street.

Try not to learn what are included in Iskembe or Kokorec. Just enjoy the delicious taste.

Etnography Museum

by basak

I visited Etnography Museum on a Sunday. I was surprised that there were not many visitors, because it is a fine museum and it was a nice day to visit a museum.

Etnography Museum was built in the early days of the Turkish Republic. It contains several items to depict traditional life of Turkish People. At the entrance you see a scene from a Turkish wedding and inside there are sections about many other aspects of life such as Turkish Coffee culture, circumcission ceremony, the Turkish bath. In the museum you can also find examples of Turkish tiles, glasswork, carpets, copperwork etc.

The Museum is important in Turkish history because it was used as a temporary grave for Ataturk (the founder and the first president of Turkish Republic) between 1938-1953. The heads of states, the ambassadors and public had visited this place for 15 years to show their respect to Ataturk. After Anýtkabir (Ataturk’s masoleum) had completed, the cofin was taken from there and the building started to function as a museum again. At the moment, the innter court of the building where Ataturk’s temporary grave was put is preserved as a symbolic masoleum.

Anit Kabir (Atatürk's Masuleum)

by MalenaN

The Mausoleum of Kemal Atatürk is a large monument over the founder of the republic. The courtyard in front of the mausoleum is huge and it is lined with colonaded walkways and museums. Steps lead up to the entrance.


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