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Ankara

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Heart of Turkey
Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel. A sparsely populated town until the beginning of the 20th century, Ankara today covers a wide metropolitan area, home to nearly 4.5 million people. Although many travelers use this city merely as a convenient stopover on their way to the country's popular tourist resorts, Ankara offers a diverse culinary scene and a lively nightlife. Turkey's spiritual, cultural, and political center, the city also boasts a renowned museum of Anatolian civilizations, as well as an imposing mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of the modern Turkish state. Use our Turkey vacation maker site to arrange your visit to Ankara and other destinations in Turkey.
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Popular things to do in Ankara

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Anitkabir ©
History Museum
Anitkabir
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Natural History Museum
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi ©
Specialty Museum
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii) ©
Architectural Building
Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii)
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Ankara

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Ulucanlar Prison Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Ulucanlar Prison Museum
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
1. TBMM Kurtulus Savasi Muzesi ©
History Museum
1. TBMM Kurtulus Savasi Muzesi
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
AltInkoy Acik Hava Muzesi ©
Specialty Museum
AltInkoy Acik Hava Muzesi
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi ©
Specialty Museum
Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Ankara

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Natural History Museum
Specialty Museum
Natural History Museum
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Aqua Vega Aquarium ©
Aquarium
Aqua Vega Aquarium
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
Hava Kuvvetleri Muzesi ©
Specialty Museum
Hava Kuvvetleri Muzesi
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
MKE Sanayi ve Teknoloji Muzesi ©
Science Museum
MKE Sanayi ve Teknoloji Muzesi
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Ankara

II. Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi Cumhuriyet Muzesi ©
History Museum
II. Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi Cumhuriyet Muzesi
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Segmenler ParkI ©
Park
Segmenler ParkI
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
Ahlatlibel Tesisleri Parki ©
Park
Ahlatlibel Tesisleri Parki
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Aslanhane Mosque
Architectural Building
Aslanhane Mosque
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Ankara

Lake Tuz ©
Water Body
Lake Tuz Sereflikochisar
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Soguksu National Park ©
National Park
Soguksu National Park Kizilcahamam
4.1
Duration: 8 hours
Beypazari ©
Historic Walking Area
Beypazari Beypazari
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
Living Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Living Museum Beypazari
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Ankara

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ANKAmall Alisveris Merkezi ©
Shopping Mall
ANKAmall Alisveris Merkezi
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Pia Stop-coffee.shoes.accessories ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Pia Stop-coffee.shoes.accessories
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Mohair&Angora Flagship Store ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Mohair&Angora Flagship Store
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Cepa AVM ©
Shopping Mall
Cepa AVM
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Ankara

Among the Roman ruins and citadels of the city of Ankara sits a collection of glitzy, upscale chain hotels. This cosmopolitan city may not be the best choice for the budget-conscious, so if shelling out a lot of money isn't your prerogative, look a little north of the city core to the independent hotels which are a bit more moderately priced. Alternatively, opt for an authentic, family-run Ottoman inn or boutique hotel. You'll find only one hostel here, which tends to fill up quickly.
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