Bursa Travel Guide

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  • Window of one of tea shops at Koza Han.
    Window of one of tea shops at Koza Han.
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Bursa Things to Do

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  • The Great Mosque, calligraphy.

    Inside the mosque there are 192 monumental inscriptions on the walls and pillars presenting the ninety names of Allah in divani and kufi script written by the famous Ottoman calligraphers of that period. The mosque has one of the greatest examples of Islamic calligraphy in the world.

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  • Yesil Türbe.

    In a corner of the park surrounding the Yesil Cami we can find Yesil Türbe, or the Green Tomb. It is a mausoleum built for sultan Mehmet I who died in Edirne in May 1421. His body was brought fourty days later to Bursa and was buried in the türbe. He was the fifth sultan of the Ottoman Empire.Like Yesil Cami, the tomb has got its name after the...

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  • Koza Han.

    Koza Han was built in 1491 by sultan Beyazit II. It was both used as a caravanserai and a silk market. At that time Bursa was the last stop on the great silk road from China. It has remained the center of the silk industry and trade ever since then. The han is composed of an inner courtyard surrounded by two stories of shops. In the middle of the...

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Bursa Hotels

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  • Kitap Evi Boutique Hotel

    KavaklI Mahallesi, Burc Ustu, No: 21, Bursa, 16040, Turkey

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Allstar Almira Hotel

    Almira Hotel 5 Star Luxurious 235 rooms, 550 beds, 14 Suits, 1 King Suit. All rooms with bath, hair...

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  • Hotel Monte Baia

    2 Oteller Bolgesi, Uludag, Bursa, Turkey

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Bursa Restaurants

  • The special dish of Bursa !

    A very tasty dish. Made from good meat pide bread , and yoðurt. The restaurant is in busines since 1867. Located in the heart of city center at hanlar area. Inside of Koza Han. The decoration is excellent and the meat is delicious. I am recommending this place hightly. Iskender kebab.

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  • Famous pide

    This restaurant is in a village close to Mudanya. I can tell from the crowd that we have seen over there that it's very famous and popular amongst the locals. I enjoyed the special pide so much and the dessert which was also a sort of pide (tahinli) with molasses and sesame oil. The prices are reasonable and service is very fast. It's a bit...

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  • Brunch at Cumalizik

    Mavi Boncuk is a guesthouse in Cumalikizik village. You can have a mouth watering brunch here in authentic style in the garden. The semaver which you can brew your own tea is very interesting. You can enjoy homemade jams and other local products in your brunch. Do not forget to ask for some extra gözleme. This guesthouse operates all year long and...

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Bursa Nightlife

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  • A popular nightlife spot

    Leman Kültür is a very popular spot amongst the university students. Its name originally comes from a comic magazine. The decoration is very cool with famous characters from this comic magazine and you may need to wait for some time to get a table. If you would like to experience the nightlife of Bursa, this may be a good spot to start...

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  • Good Pub for socializing

    Ka Bar is Turkey's version of a British pub. The lights are soft, the music changes depending on the crowd, but the taps flow freely and the bar & tables are arranged for easy socializing. There are even a couple of dart boards in the back.In the summer, there is a beer garden in the back. Easily a place where you can loose track of time. Casual

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  • Places to drink and live music in Bursa...

    Actually Bursa isn’t the best place for nightlife but there are some places!Heykel: (This means the area by the Ataturk statue)In Heykel, if you're coming from Cekirge, the main road ends in a T-junction but there is a pedestrian road opposite. RESIMLI ROCK BAR is nearby on that road on the right. There are usually live music groups at the weekend...

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Bursa Transportation

  • The public transport system.

    Bursa is a city of circa 1,8 million people (as of 2014) and thus depends on a well working public transport system. There is a metro line which in the west forks into two lines, there are two tram lines and a vast bus system.Click here for a map of all the transport modes except the buses. I post a link to the transport company further down on the...

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  • Some bus companies running there.

    There are quite manycompanies running buses to/from Bursa. Some of the more well known are Nilüfer, Kamil Koc, Ulusoy, Varan and Metro Turizm.I used Nilüfer and was very pleased. There was a host on board serving beverages and some snacks. The ticket cost me 24 YTL and was bought direct from the counter in Istanbul the same morning.

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  • Bus station.

    Bursa long distance bus station is located quite a bit outside town, along the Yalova road. But there are local buses going into Bursa city centre. The cost for one ride in May 2012 was 2 YTL.The road/street into the centre was quite bumpy, going the other way in some different streets were even worse! The distance is about 10 km and takes 35 - 40...

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Bursa Shopping

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  • Fresh Fish on the Street Stalls

    I couldn't resist taking a few photos of the spectacular fish display on a street stall in Bursa. We were walking around the old town and heading back to the hotel when we came across this stall.It was a shame we couldn't buy some and throw the on the barbeque for supper.

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  • Covered Market (Kapali Çarsi)

    It seems as if haggling is a way of life in Turkey. Plenty of shops to keep you amused for an hour or three.Silk is the strong point in many shops. Silk was Bursa's prime cloth trade for centuries, and although much of the silk now on sale comes from elsewhere, the variety and selection are still impressive.We had a chat with one of the local stall...

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  • Silk House

    The silk house offers many souvenirs, clothing, upholstery and other items to visitors of the Green Mosque. Their prices are reasonable and their products great. I bought lovely black cotton pants almost in the Turkish pants style for $15

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Bursa Local Customs

  • Street vendors.

    There were many street vendors everywhere I went. They were selling roasted chestnuts, fruits, vegetables, bread of different kinds, sweets, candy floss but also things like underwear, watches, scarves and I don't know all what it was. The pics I have posted were taken from the hotel window within just a short period of time.

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  • Taxis have number on the roof.

    The taxis in Bursa have a number written on the doors, but also on the roof. The former is normal in many cities all over the world to give the customers a chance to report scams or whatever they find being wrong. The latter, however, is not that common. It will help the police keep an eye on the drivers from the air, or simply from a high...

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  • What is there behind the huge sack?

    I saw these huge, rolling sacks in many places all over the city. It was "scavengers" collecting different things they should try to sell. Hard, dirty and unhealthy work that gives almost no income. Of course there is the public street-cleaning and refuse collection as well but these sacks are in fact very obvious.

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Bursa Warnings and Dangers

  • The police chasing supporters.

    On my first evening in Bursa Galatasaray secured their tirle in the Turkish football league. In Turkey nearly everyone supports a team from Istanbul plus their own team from their hometown (IF they are interested in football that is...) so of course there were some celebrations starting in the open square in front of the shopping mall just close to...

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  • Use the underpass

    Crossing Ataturk Caddesi is a risky proposition. The 5-lane one-way street does not have any trafffic crossing that curtail speeding. Coupled with Turkish driving skills, it's a recipe for disaster.Avoid one by using the pedestrian underpasses along Ataturk. It may take some effort to use them (noticed they're not friendly to the handicap plus...

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  • Heavy traffic

    Heavy traffic is one of the Bursa's problems which must be solved. Be very careful when you want to cross roads without using subways... Using subways is highly recommended to protect your life.

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Bursa Tourist Traps

  • Don't let the simple bars...

    Don't let the simple bars where only adult men population is seen, mislead you. These are not tourist traps nor women are forbidden. But we like to be away a bit from our wifes and enjoy being not reached here. Like men's clubs. Also as another advantage, young people do not prefer here. The result is a quite, relaxing atmosphere, every individual...

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  • This is a warning about buy...

    This is a warning about buy old things. Yes, of course is a 'tourist trap'. Why? Well, because everybody who love old things and antique dealers is located in a perfect city for their purpose. But probably your wallet will be lighter when you come back home... but is worthwhile if you find what are you looking for anyway.... Good luck everybody!

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  • Bursa Hotels

    21 Hotels in Bursa

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Bursa What to Pack

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    If you plan to go up in the mountains

    by Lion_Beat Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Better sport easy to wear clothes. Have in mind that if you intend to go skiing you will need a skiing costume, but do not worry to much - for about 10 bucks you can rent a skiing costume.

    Photo Equipment: Be sure to find a way to protect your camera from snow. Thats of course if you go on winter.

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Bursa Off The Beaten Path

  • CANDIED CHESNUT

    Bursa is famous for its Doner, silk, mosques and also candied chestnut. Best brand is KAFKAS.There are plenty of chestnut trees around Bursa. The sole species of chestnut, of which there are 16 species in the world, found in Turkey is the Anatolian chestnut (Castanea sativa), which grows over a broad area extending from the shores of Northern...

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  • Manuscript Library

    Turkey is the country which has the most number of manuscript books in all sciences among Islamic countries. There are 13 libraries which houses the manuscripts. The one in Bursa is the 3rd biggest manuscript library of Turkey with its 8773 manuscript books. It's called Inebey Library and it is mostly visited by academicians stuying on history,...

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  • Golyazi, Lovely village on an island.

    Golyazi is a village on 35th km of Bursa-Izmir way. It is situated on an island in the middle of Ulubat lake. It is possible to reach the village by a bridge. This lovely village is being habitaned since the 1.century A.D. The people of this old village are mostly fisher (both man and woman). Everyday the fresh fish is sold through auction on a...

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Bursa Sports & Outdoors

  • Broke the dominance from Istanbul.

    Bursaspor is a professional football club playing in the top division, Süper Lig. The club colours are green and White with green-white striped shirts completed with green shorts and socks.Bursaspor became the second club outside Istanbul to win a Süper Lig title when they won their (this far) only title in 2010 after finishing with 75 points, one...

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  • Skiing Uludag

    Not quite like Tahoe or the Rockies, but on par with what I've experienced in the Midwest of USA. Apparently here in Turkey, you can by an all-day unlimited pass, but more commonly people opt for the pay-per-run pass. You buy a ticket with as many runs as you want, getting a slightly better bargain for the higher numbers, and then every time you...

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  • Bursaspor - Bursa Ataturk Stadium

    Home of Bursaspor, one of the main football teams in the Turkish SuperLig, Champions on 2009-10.A stadium has stood on the site since 1930, although the current incarnation of the Bursa Ataturk Stadium was built in 1979The stadium, also known as the Timsah Arena, (Crocodile Arena) is a 25,456 all seater. The Turks are looking to expand the capacity...

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Bursa Favorites

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  • Bursa from the beginning.

    Bursa was reputedly established by Prusias I, fourth king of Bithynia, who named after himself. It must have been built after 202 B.O.T but before 183 B.O.T. Why is that? Because Prusias was given the region by his brother-in-law Philip V of Macedon in 202 and died in 183. And Pliny the Elder associates Hannibal with the foundation of the town. It...

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  • How to find the objects.

    I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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  • General Street Scenes

    Bursa is a modern city and the people couldn't have been more friendly.I took a few photos of some street scenes just to give a feel of the place.

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A lot of shoecleaners.
Local Customs
The Great Mosque.
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Statue of Osman Gazi.
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Lovely calligraphy inside Ulu Cami (Great Mosque)
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Take the bus to downtown
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The fountain inside the Green Mosque
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Bursa Zoo and Botanic park
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Budo Bursa Mudanya - Istanbul seaway
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Bursa tram lines
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New Seabus line to Bursa from Istanbul
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Bus
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To/from Istanbul
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Try Iskender Kebab
Restaurants
Trilye - Zeytinbagi
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Mudanya
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Cumalikizik Village
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The Covered Market
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Yesil (Green) District
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Uludag Mountain
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Irgandi Bridge
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Tophane Clock Tower
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City Hall Building
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Koza Han
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Ulu Cami
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Seabus to save time
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Regular buses to Bursa
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Parking in the city
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Bursa City Buses
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Bursa - Uludag Teleferic lines
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Whirling dervishes in Bursa?!
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Do you like puppets? Then, meet Karagoz & Hacivat
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Folk Dance Competition
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Kultur Park
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A river runs through it?
Favorites
Turkish Flag
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Flying in From the UK
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Visit the Mosques
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Revolving Clock Tower
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Tophane Saat Kulesi (Tophane Clock Tower)
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Fountains at the Emir (Bey) Hani
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