Ankara

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Ankara, the capital of Turkey, is located in the central part of Anatolia. It is a modern city, where buildings and ruins bear witness to the city's extremely rich and fascinating history. Ankara's most imposing building is Anıtkabir, Atatürk's Mausoleum, where a 40-ton sarcophagus of the Republic of Turkey's founding father is on display. Two must-do things are a visit to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, followed by a stroll around the Ottoman streets to a lookout point with magnificent views of a large part of the city.

Weather averages in December

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Ankara, the capital of Turkey, is located in the central part of Anatolia. It is a modern city, where buildings and ruins bear witness to the city's extremely rich and fascinating history. Ankara's most imposing building is Anıtkabir, Atatürk's Mausoleum, where a 40-ton sarcophagus of the Republic of Turkey's founding father is on display. Two must-do things are a visit to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, followed by a stroll around the Ottoman streets to a lookout point with magnificent views of a large part of the city.

Weather averages in December

  • Day 7°C
  • Night -1°C
  • Rain 0

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A city of great historical significance

While the Turkish capital might not possess the splendour and glamour of better-known Istanbul, Ankara, the symbol of the Turkish War of Independence, nevertheless holds numerous interesting and remarkable sights. Located in the heart of Anatolia, the cradle of countless civilizations, the city has great political and cultural significance and is dominated by a citadel, which, in addition to being a fascinating historical fortress, also offers exceptional views of the city and its surroundings. Majestic panoramic vistas also open up from the 410-meter-high Atakule communication and viewing tower, which also sports a restaurant, terrace and shopping centre.

Also on the do-not-miss list is Anitkabir, a magnificent mausoleum built in memory of Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.

Ankara is home to two important Turkish history monuments that you simply must see. First on the list is the Museum of Anatolian Civilization, one of the most important museums in the world with unique extensive collections and artifacts that have been carefully retrieved from Anatolia’s main archaeological sites. Also on the do-not-miss list is Anitkabir, a magnificent mausoleum built in memory of Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. Next to this monumental building stands a museum housing Ataturk’s souvenirs and personal items.

In addition to its truly extensive history dating back to the Romans and beyond, Ankara also offers a lively social life, excellent restaurants and shopping malls. Experience the real Turkey by trying one of Turkish cuisine’s typical dishes like kebab, bulgur pilavi or the famous baklava in restaurants or food stalls. To experience ancient Ankara, head to Ulus, where narrow and winding streets burst at the seams with stalls and shops selling antiques and traditional Persian tapestries. And if you are looking for beer, outdoor food and cheap shopping, head to the Kizilay neighbourhood.

Sights in Ankara

Ant Kabir mavzolej Ataturka

Anıtkabir

A magnificent mausoleum housing the museum and tomb of Ataturk, the father of the Turkish nation.

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Ankara Citadel

A centuries-old large fortress rewards its visitors with a beautiful 360-degree view of the city.

Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi Muzej anatolskih civilizacij

Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

The museum, which consists of two impressive buildings, houses a huge collection of Anatolian archeology

Atakule komunikacijski in razgledni stolp

Atakule tower

410 feet high communications and observation tower with restaurant and viewing terrace.

Airports

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Ankara Esenboğa

Ankara Esenboğa Airport is named after the nearby village of Esenboğa, where the airport is located. You can get from the airport to central Ankara by bus or taxi. The distance from the airport to the city centre is 30 kilometres and the car ride takes 35 minutes.

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