Local Guide

The ochre-hued central Anatolian plateau, cleft by ravines and dominated by volcanic peaks, forms the heartland of Turkey and is one of the cradles of human civilisation. Ankara is full of ancient sights with a diverse history dating back to Palaeolithic Anatolia, the Celts and the 19th C founding of modern Turkey: remains of settlements from as early as the eighth millennium B.C. have been unearthed at Catalhoyuk, and it has been established that Ankara was the summer capital of the Roman emperors around A.D. 400. Ankara is well on its way to becoming one of Turkey's vibrant and diverse metropolises. Child-friendly, Ankara is pleasantly green, distances are manageable and traffic is still relatively light.

Local Events

Ataturk's Mausoleum

Ataturk's Mausoleum

1 Jan

No trip to Ankara is complete without a visit to the final resting place of the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk. Ataturk's Mausoleum, which dominates the Ankara skyline, is the symbol of the secular republic Ataturk built from the debris of the Ottoman Empire.
1 Jan - 31 Dec

Atakule Tower

Atakule Tower

1 Jan

Close to Swissotel Ankara is the symbol of the capital, Atakule Tower - a 125m communications and observation tower. The top section of the tower houses an open terrace and a revolving restaurant, offering a magnificent view of the city with a full 360-degree rotation every hour.
1 Jan - 31 Dec

Citadel of Ankara

Citadel of Ankara

1 Jan

The Citadel of Ankara is located in the old city centre. Traditional restaurants, spice & antique shops and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations are the main attractions.
1 Jan - 31 Dec

Anatolian Civilization

Anatolian Civilization

Jan

The Museum of Anatolian Civilization is housed in a former bedesten (covered bazaar), which has been beautifully restored and now houses a unique world class collection of masterpieces from Neolithic and Bronze ages, and the Assyrian, Phrygian, Urartu, Hellenistic, and Roman eras.

Ethnography museum

Ethnography museum

Jan

The Ethnography museum reflects the turkish national character, history and culture. It is the first state museum which was planned and built in the republic period.

Hamamonu

Hamamonu

Jan

Hamamonu region which is the most ancient settlement of Ankara had become a living place with the restoration worksWith the historical houses and streets, it offers a historical travel.

Aqua Vega Aquarium

Aqua Vega Aquarium

Jan - Dec

At Aqua Vega you can step into another world full of exotic fish and other creatures of the ocean. This is a great place to bring the children for a walk through the aquarium tunnel, totally surrounded by water and sharks.

Roman Baths

Roman Baths

Jan - Dec

Situated on Cankiri Caddesi, just north of Ulus Meydani, the Roman Baths date back to the 3rd century AD and are well maintained. You can clearly see the heating system for the baths, as well as the dressing room, the hot room, the warm room, and the cold room.

Rahmi Koc Museum

Rahmi Koc Museum

Jan - Dec

The Rahmi M Koç Museum is the first major museum in Turkey dedicated to the history of Transport, Industry and Communications. Housed in magnificent on the shore of the historic Golden Horn, the collection contains thousands of items from gramophone needles to full size ships and aircraft.

Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra

Oct - May

Presidential Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestra's in the world that has been able to operate without any interruptions.  Please kindly find more information on www.cso.gov.tr.

State Opera and Ballet

State Opera and Ballet

Oct - May

Ankara State Opera and Ballet  opens 2013-2014 season in October.
Please kindly visit the official website http://www.dobgm.gov.tr

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