Things to do in Ankara

Ankara – Ancient City of Culture like Anıtkabir, Modern City of Business

Ankara, Turkey is a vital commercial and manufacturing city with more than four million inhabitants. It is also the capital of the country and the seat of the Turkish government.

Ankara is famous for sights like Anıtkabir and its Muscat grapes for wine, pears and honey, as well as the prized mohair and Angora from Angora rabbits and goats. Additionally, the deluxe long haired kitty cat breed, the Angora, originates from Ankara.


Things to do in Ankara

There are a lot of things to do in Ankara during a vacation in the city!

A vibrant nightlife, historical sites, museums and Roman baths are just a few of the things that make Ankara a perfect holiday destination!


Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

If you are interested in Turkish history, go to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and see the exhibits. The museum has works of precious gold and silver, as well as that made of glass, marble and bronze from thousands of years ago. There are also good examples of the very first minted money and other rare treasures.



Another historic place to visit on holiday is the Anıtkabir, which means memorial tomb. This is the burial place of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who led the Turkish War of Independence. He became the first president of Turkey. The second president, İsmet İnönü, is also buried there.


Roman Baths

Some of the Ankara history involves the ancient Romans, such as the Roman Baths of Ankara. These were once a huge complex and now cared for as a museum, where tourists can see how a Roman bathing area was laid out.


Ankara Shopping

If you love shopping, don’t miss the variety of opportunities such as the local markets called pazars, as well as the Karum Is ve Merkezi shopping mall, and the local stores on the street called Tunali Hilmi Caddesi.


When to go to Ankara

Ankara features a continental climate, which means it is cold and with usually snow in the winter and enjoys hot and dry summers, and it often rains in the spring and the fall.
The average temperatures average between 0.3 °C (32.5 °F) in January to 23.5 °C (74.3 °F) in July.


Things to do in Ankara - experience Anıtkabir and Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

Ankara Facts

Population4 338 620
CurrencyTurkish lira
AirportEsenboga, Turkey (ESB)


Ankara Opera House

Opera Sahnesi

Designed by Turkish architect Sevki Balmumcu and inaugurated as an opera house in 1948, the Opera Sahnesi is, for the time being, the biggest venue for opera and ballet in Ankara. We say for the time being because since 2005 a venue is being built close by that will probably function as the main home of opera in Ankara. Until then however you can enjoy the performances of the Ankara State Opera and Ballet. The building is located near the beautiful park Genclik in which we recommend a pre-show walk to create that special atmosphere than a night of opera is guaranteed to deliver.

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Water Parks in Ankara - A little bit of everything at Ankara Waterpark

Ankara Waterpark is a fantastic place to spend the day with your family! Blow off some steam in the fun water slides, splash pads and water playgrounds. Calm down and take a pause with a round in the lazy river. At Ankara Waterpark you get the really good combination of fun, excitement and relaxation!

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