Organized, friendly 'big' university town, efficient public transportation, not touristic.
The weather is not great and it's too automobile-oriented
Anit Kabir, is worth visiting the city for! Look for the hidden gems
"The Anıtkabir" (Monumental Tomb), crowning a prominent hill in the center of Ankara about two km west of Kızılay along Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulvarı is the Mausoleum of Kemal Atatürk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic. You enter the tomb complex between two square kiosks and several stylized statues. The kiosk...more
Close to the citadel gate, an old bedesten has been beautifully restored and now houses a marvelous and unique collection including Paleolithic, Neolithic, Hatti, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian, Roman works, and showpiece Lydian treasures. (Open every day, except Monday. During the summer, the museum opens everyday).more
The old town of Ankara and its citadel are located on a hill just east of Ulus. This is the oldest part, with old Ottoman houses on narrow, quiet, twisting streets. Some of the old houses are dilapidated and others are nicely restored and in great shape, some housing restaurants or hotels. The area also provides some nice cafes and eateries, and...more
I really cannot say that I was impressed with this hotel. The service sucked from the time we...more
I never managed to visit, but the outside looked interesting and the conference centre is nearly...more
For a business trip to Ankara, the hotel offered a quiet and decent, but small room; a nice but very...more
Sevilla is at Cankaya under the tower called Atakule. Its terrasse have a beautiful panaroma to the Botanic Park and Ankara. You can eat local and international. The prices are not expenciveBeer: 5.5 YTL, Pizza: 8.-YTL, other spesialities: 13.5 to 16 YTLIt is a cool place for the hot July August days.www.atakule.com Beer & pizzaTHE RESTAURANT IS...more
I am proud to say that whoever came to Ankara to see me from abroad had the pleasure to eat at this restaurant. It used to be a small place when we were at uni but the business got bigger throughout the years and now they have a big restaurant with a garden. It's also a special place for me as my thesis supervisor had taken me there for lunch just...more
Although we were excited with the district of Hamamonu we were disappointed with the place we choose for eating. Matrak (which means precious!) seems great with a balcony on the first floor where you we had great view over the street (pics 1-2). The service was fast and the waitress beautiful and very helpful.But we didn’t enjoy the food that much,...more
Papsi Bar is a great little corner bar with a friendly atmosphere. Everything is constructed out of wood (unusual for Turkey) which makes it cozy and warm. It has a very international crowd, all languages are spoken here, especially that of good music and cold beer! For me, this was a home away from home. Anything goes but no slobs.more
Live Blues Session in Golge Bar on 26.08.2005 at 24:00 Happy Hour Friday NiteGölge Blues Pub' da 26 Aðustos 2005 Cuma günü saat : 24.00' den itibaren The Roscoes Gurubu sahne almaya baþlýyor... (Ankara / Kýzýlay SSK Ýþhaný 2.Kat)Vokal, iki gitar, harmonica, bas ve davul olmak üzere altý kiþiden oluþan gurubun müzikal yapýsýný Blues ve türevleri...more
carAnkara is big and chaotic, the traffic is endless and the drivers not the best in the world. I think it would be a good idea not to drive much there :)WalkYou can walk in some parts but this isn’t a compact city, although we walked around the castle, or near the lakes at the south but a taxi will help you cover the distances between the sites....more
By planeThe easiest way is to take a plane from Istanbul. By busFrom Istanbul we preferred the bus ride. In Turkey there are several bus companies. You can go the central bus station and choose one of them. Usually the big ones go almost everywhere. Some companies are more reliable/safer/better service than others. VARAN is one of the famous but...more
Theres two bus companies both are controlled by Ankara municipality 1.EGO Buses2.OHO Busesevery where is awailable in and surrounding areas by wide bus service cheepest way to get around in Ankara. ticket price for adults approx.:1.-$theres multipass tickets also valid meanwhile in metro systems.more
This is a store with cheap souvenirs, not only from Ankara but from all the popular regions or cities, that’s why you can see tshirts from Istanbul, plates from Capadokia, mugs from Bodrum, handmade tile from Kutahya but also ceramics, glass ware, bone boxes, silver jewelry, pillows, pashminas, evil eyes, etc And numerous cats from Ankara of course...more
Before visiting the castle we noticed next to the entrance a row of stalls where you can find numerous dry fruits, nuts etc. It’s so picturesque that is really worth to stop for a while. And it was a great chance to try again some of our favorite dry fruits (which a great snack as you tour the city).In many of the side streets we saw a lot of...more
A lot of women were selling cheap souvenirs like necklace, bags etc in ridiculy low prices so we bought some things because even if you don’t like the items you may help them (the area is very poor so it wont cost you anything to spend 1-2 euro or dollars). The problem started when we bought some bags and another lady came (holding similar bags, we...more
Shopping is another pleasure of any vacation or even business trip. In Turkey you are able to buy special handicrafts which vary from one region to another. Authentic bazaars, rug(carpet) and kilim workshops besides other traditional handicraft centers are offering pleasant shopping. The most well-known shopping center is Kapalicarsi, The Grand...more
CULTURE, ART AND ENTERTAINMENT Ankara is not only the political capital of the country but the cultural and art capital as well. Residents of the capital city take advantage of the opportunities afforded them by the State Theater, private and amateur theaters, the State Opera and Ballet, the Presidential Symphonic Orchestra, the State Painting and...more
I am from Istanbul a native born,43.I know Ankara very well since ý was 8 year old where my grandma used to live and as nature of my business often travel here.Anyway after immigration wave like any other big cities had in Turkey in last 10 years,Ankara also faced this thing and still living up to it.This is ironic because Ankara is capital and...more
It's almost impossible to find deodorant - supermarkets and other shops selling shampoo etc do not sell it. This is probably due to cultural reasons - personal smell does not play a big part in Ankara society (except in a negative way). I finally found some in a specialist chemist, locked in a special cabinet, and they looked at me a bit strange...more
The taxis at the ASTI bus stop are famous for bad behaving and decieving customers...
Unique Suggestions: Check the taximeter.. it should write "GÜNDÜZ" in daytime 06am to 12 pm... if you see "SEHIR DISI" Then the driver is fooling you by opening "OUTSIDE CITY BORDERS TARIFF".. remind him...
Fun Alternatives: If you would like to ride a taxi after a long intercity trip by bus and reaching ASTI- Ankara main bus station... just walk towards metro station and continue past the metro climb the stairs and there you can find a taxi stop... These guys will not fool you and will not charge more then normal fee......
If you have not a strict schedule for business needs, allow enough time for shopping. Ankara offers you many alternatives and good price/quality ratio. So keep your luggage light as soon as possible while leaving your home. pay attenion to its hinterland or step climate. winters are cold and snowy, summers are hot and dry. arrange you cothes...more
Woollen clothes / Suits Camera/Moviecam One of the truly unmissable experiences of a trip to Turkey is a visit to the hamam. Like the harem, this Roman and Byzantine tradition was adopted and then perfected by the Selcuk Turks, for whom the public bath took on an important role. It was not merely a place where believers could fulfill the...more
Perfect place to get rid of the noise of the big city and enjoy the nature for long walks and listen to the sound of the silence ... :)Ankara Golbasi district is a town and district of the Ankara Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey, 20 km south of the city of Ankara. According to a 2010 census, the population of the district is...more
People that live in Ankara use Eymir lake as a great escape from the noise of their city. It’s located 11km south of the city center and it belongs to the ODTU(Middle East Technical University). It’s 10meters depth and covers an area of 1sq kilometer. The name probably came from a local tribe named Eymur!It’s a lively lake where people can walk...more
Visiting the lakes at the south of Ankara is not usually on tourists’ list but stopping at a park with no name just to see them first from above is obviously really rare!We parked our car at the side street of Turan Güneş Bv (Oran caddesi for the locals). Keep your eyes open for a green door for ODTU(Middle East Technical University) EYMiR...more
Gençlerbirliði (Union of Juveniles) is a sports club from Turkey. But Gençlerbirliði is best known with its football team playing for the top positions in Turkish Super (Premier) League. The name of the team comes from the “myth” of the foundation. Gençlerbirliði was established by high school students and teachers in Ankara on 14 March 1923 just before the establishment of Republic of Turkey. The colours of our team are red and black. The fans of Gençlerbirliði are calling themselves “alkaralar”, “kýzýl-kara” (synonyms for “red-blacks”), “alkara keçileri” (Alkara is the synonym of red-black sounds like “Ankara” and keçi is the Turkish equivalent of “goat”, as Angora type of goats are famous all over the world originating from Ankara), or “Þimþekler” (Lightnings).
When Ilhan Cavcav became the chairman of the club in the late 70s, Gençlerbirliði followed a strategy on giving importance on infrastructure, by investing on young players and scoutship to find out “cheap” players from foreign countries, especially from Africa. The club gained enough financial support from the transfer of those players to other teams, which enabled Gençlerbirliði to have one of the most developed infrastructure, not only among the other Anatolian clubs, but also among the 3 oligarchic clubs of Istanbul; namely Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beþiktaþ.
Ankara's names were: ANKYRA-ANCYRE-ENGURiYE-ANGARA-ANGORA-ANKARAThe history of Ankara stretches back to the (Hitites)Hatti civilisation of the Bronze Age. 2000 years before the time of Jesus, the Hittites become the dominant power of the region, and were then followed by the Phyrgians, Lydians and Persians. In the 3rd Century BC, a Celtic race...more
For the ones who want to taste Turkish wine I will recommend the brand and grape varieties. Kavaklidere, Doluca, Sevilen, Pamukkale are some of the big wine producers of Turkey. You can select a wine from these, the quality will not fall below average. Kalecik karasi, Okuzgozu, Bogazkere are major red grapes; Emir, Narince are major white grapes...more
As it is well known Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city after Ýstanbul. The city has a mean elevation of 850 m and as of 2007 the city had a population of 4 million people.Following the Ottoman defeat at World War I, the Ottoman capital Istanbul and much of Anatolia were occupied by the Allies, who planned to share...more