Park at Kale
After a day of walking around it is very nice to come to the park by the citadel. It's green and quiet, away from the noice and pollution of the traffic. As the park is just below the citadel it is on a hillside with great views over Ankara.
Find some peace & quiet...
Eymir Lake is the smallest of the three lakes in Ankara. Surrounded by tall trees, and housing many birds including ducks, the lake is a great spot for hiking, cycling, fishing, rowing and other outdoor activities...
The lake is about 20 km (16 miles) away from the city center. To get there, you can either drive or take a bus to Gölbasi. There are buses from Kizilay (No: 105) and Ulus (No: 104)...
Please check out my Eymir travelogue for more info.
Many restaurants are good and...
Many restaurants are good and economical.
Dining out in Ankara is a delight, as much for the superb cuisine as for the variety and wide choice of atmospheric restaurants, taverns, and lokantas. Many of the restaurants are renovated old Ankara houses, often with terraces or gardens offering exquisite views of the city. Meals in traditional Turkish restaurants, located mainly in the Kale district, start with a selection of delicious, cold appetizers called 'meze'. The waiter will then tell you what the catch of the day is. You can either choose a grilled or fried fish with a fresh salad or a selection of meat kebabs. Many times meals are eaten to the accompaniment of live traditional Turkish (fasil) music. If you're craving exotic flavors, be sure to check out the many European-style restaurants scattered throughout Turkey's capital as well. Don't forget to say 'Afiyet olsun' at the beginning and at the end of a meal; it means 'bon appetit' and also 'let it bring you good health'. Kababs
Anit Kabir - Victory Square
At the end of the 300 metre long Lions Way, you enter a vast square, with colonades on 3 sides, with the 4th side facing the Mausoleum.
To the right (beneath the western colonnade) is the sarcophagus of Ismet Inonu (1884 -1973), Ataturks close friend, who became second president of the Republic, following Ataturks death on 10th November 1938 in Istanbul.
The East side, houses a museum containing memorabilia and personal items of Ataturk, including his items of clothing, gifts from worldwide dignitaries, and his official cars, such as American built Lincolns.
From the square you have views over Ankara, as well as being a good place for 'people watching' -
Sitting around is not encouraged though!- there are no benches, and sitting on the steps or walls is prohibited- (no walking on the grass either) nearby soldiers keep an eye out for anyone daring to rest their derriere on any of the stonework!
Flying above the square, is the Turkish Flag, the symbol of the Turkish nation.
The flag pole was a gift from a Turkish citizen living abroad, and is made of a single piece of steel.
It weighs 5,000kg and reaches 110ft high. Topping it is a 22ct gold plated crescent.
Have fun at Altinpark and Science Center
Altinpark is a nice big park in Ankara. It is close to the airport. It has many facilities such as a big cultural center, trade exhibition center, a horse-riding place, an olimpic swimming pool, a science center, a rose garden, bird-houses, sport facilities, a wedding hall, many cafes and restaurants in the park. What i like most is the artificial lake in the middle of the park. It is possible to rest in cafes or restaurants around the lake. It is also possible to rent a rowing-boat.
The science center is designed for children, but adults also may have fun there. They offer several experiment sets which visitors may try. It is a small center, but it is important since there are not many places like that in Turkey. The entrance to the science center is paid.
In the park there is also a fishing facility where visitors can rent a fishhook and catch trouts and buy the trouts they caught.
You can rent a coach to go around the park facilities.