Places to Travel in Ankara

Ankara, the capital of Turkey, is the second biggest city in Turkey,  nevertheless, the city have not made much improvement in terms of tourism. It's not possible to say that Ankara is great oppotunity to visit in summer due to geographical conditions of Central Anatolia Region. Apart from some of its symbolized building, a few of its natural beauty and museums, it is an inadequate city for the place to visit.

Ankara, by virtue of public universities, is a bit of a bustling place among the state buildings. Cafes, restaurants and pubs on the streets and avenues, located at districts like Bahçelievler, Tunalı, Gaziosmanpaşa and Ümitköy, make the city an active place.

Many of the parks in Ankara are beautiful and worth-visiting.  There are several parks to visit such as Altınpark, 50. Yıl Parkı, Botanik Park, Seğmenler Parkı, Göksu Parkı and above all, Gençlik Parkı which is the oldest park in the city.


Anıtkabir is the most important tourist attraction in Ankara. Anıtkabir is visited every year by millions of tourists. Anıtkabir is the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk who was the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and, the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey.

Anıtkabir exhibits the personal belongings, photographs, gifts, medals, letters, weapons, books of Atatürk. You can also find the documents and works of National Struggle. There are special sections about Gallipoli Campaign and Sakarya Square Battle.  You can learn the history of the Republic of Turkey. The visiting hours of Anıtkabir are between 09:00 and 17:00. Anıtkabir is free of charge.

Ankara Castle

There is no certain information about when the Ankara Castle in the Altındağ district of Ankara was built. You can observe many points of Ankara city center such as Anıtkabir, Gençlik Park, Atakule. You can also witness the spectacular view of Ankara.

Samanpazarı, is located just below the castle. There are many handcrafted stands, cafes and shops on the uphill and narrow streets. Restoration works around the castle, increased the value of the castle and attracted more visitors.

Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, one of the places to visit in Ankara, is a museum exhibiting archeological ruins obtained in Anatolia. The Museum where is one of the most important museums about Anatolian History, also has a historical achitectural design.

The last restoration work started at the museum in 2010 and continued until 2014. Many points of the museum have been renovated. The opening ceremony was held on May 13, 2014 and it was opened again.

At the beginning, only the works of Hittite were exhibited in the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, considered as the "Eti Museum". It was enriched by the works of other civilizations who lived in Anatolia. The museum, has an original collection, extends to the Paleolithic Age. Museum of Anatolian Civilizations awarded with the European Museum of the Year Prize.


Beypazarı, located 98 kilometers away from Ankara, is one of the destinations to escape from the city life on weekends.

Just like everywhere in Anatolia, Beypazarı is a place that has witnessed many ancient civilizations. Beypazarı, a part of Istanbul and Baghdad trade routes, was home to the Hittites, Phrygia, Roman, Byzantine, Anatolian Seljuks and Ottomans. Beypazarı, which is one of the timar holder centers in the Ottoman period, was named as Beğ Bazarı due to the economic density in the region.

Places to visit in tihs county: Hıdırlık Hill, İnözü Valley, İmaret Square, Alaaddin Street, Culture House, Community Center, Living Museum, Museum of City History, Caravansaray Of Suluhan.

Çengelhan Rahmi M.Koç Museum

Rahmi Koç Museum, which is the first industrial museum established in Ankara, exhibits many works. Another feature of the caravansaray, where the museum is located, is that the shop runned by Koç Holding's founder Vehbi Koç at the beginning of his career.

The building, was restored between 2003 and 2005, has been appropriately converted into a museum. More than 3000 objects are exhibited in Rahmi M.Koc Museum in Ankara. These objects were exhibited under different categories such as communication, toys, medicine, aviation, railway, road and maritime.

The museum can be visited between 10am and 6pm. The entry fees for the museum; Adult 7 TL, student 4 TL.

Gençlik Parkı

In 1936, the construction of the 28-hectare park was began to built on swamps. It was completed in 7 years and, opened on May 19, 1943.

Gençlik Park is a region famous with its amusement park and artificial pond. There are restaurants, cafes, tea gardens, camellia, art center and, playgrounds for children in the park where sits on an area of 275.000 square meters.

Elmadağ Ski Center

Elmadağ, where is 17 kilometers away, is the closest ski resort in Ankara can be chosen for winter tourism.  The ski center, situated on the northern slope of Elmadağ, is the popular tourist destinations.

You may go skiing between January and March. Based on unpredictable weather conditions, it is beneficial to check the weather forecast before you plan to go to Elmadağ. The average snow depth of Elmadağ Ski Center, which is approximately 1500-1850 meters above sea level, varies between 30-60 centimeters. The total runway length of the runway is 700 meters and treeless. The facilities in the region are serving throughout the year due to nature walks held in spring and summer.

The First Building of Grand National Assembly of Turkey

The First Building of Grand National Assembly of Turkey, is in the Ulus district of Ankara, is a place visited today under the name of Museum of the War of Independence. In particular, the 1st Assembly House, stood out as the place where war was ruled during the War of Independence and was the first administrative center of the republic.

The 1st Assembly House had been well preserved through the restoration period and now houses a large collections related to  the war. Some of the collection includes; documents of  the Treaty of Lausanne and the Treaty of Sevr. Various gifts given to statesmen, correspondences and communication tools and, materials previously used in the parliament are exhibited in museum visitors.


Hamamönü, a historical neighborhood of Altındağ district, has become a very lively place after restoration. Accompanied by its restorated old houses; many cafes and restaurants were opened in Hamamönü. One of the preferred places to take a break and have an Ottoman styled stewed Turkish coffee. During the month of Ramadan, events and festivals are held in Hamamönü.

Altınköy Open-Air Museum

The Altınköy Open Air Museum, located in the county of Altındağ, exhibits the village life of Anatolian folk who lived in Ankara in 1930, 1940 and 1950 center. It is a project that had been put into effect by the Municipality of Altındağ in 2013.

Besides sheep, lambs, cows, oxen, horses, donkeys, dogs, pets, birds, deer, etc., there are an village house, laundry, school, groceries, village houses, wind and water mill, bridge,

Visitors who visit Altınköy Open Air Museum are charged a very reasonable fee. The ticket for adults cost 5 TL and for students 2 TL. It also includes museum entries in the village.

Altınköy Open Air Museum located in Altındağ is open to visitors for six days a week except Mondays. The museum is open to visitors at 10:00 and can be visited until 19:00.

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