Located at the heart of Anatolia, Ankara is the capital and second-largest city of Türkiye. This youthful and innovative city is renowned for its greenery, and it perfectly balances modernity with tradition by merging European and Middle Eastern cultures that have influenced the city's architecture, food, fashion, and arts.
Things to see and do in Ankara
- Walk through the Temple of Augustus, built by the Phrygians in early 25 BC, and witness the ancient source of knowledge in the inscriptions on the walls, visit Julian's Column, constructed in about AD360 to commemorate the Roman Emperor's visit.
- Explore the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, one of the world's most significant museums, with an extensive and unique collection exhibited chronologically from the Paleolithic Age to the present day, making it a true delight for history lovers.
- Discover artefacts from ancient Anatolia at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and get a glimpse into the region’s rich history.
- Take in breathtaking views of the city from the Atakule Tower.
- Unwind at Genclik Park, the largest park in Ankara, and enjoy the liveliness of the park at night with its unique sound-and-light show and colourful light display on the water fountains.
Tips for travellers
Ankara has hot summers and cold winters with snowfall. The local currency is the Turkish lira, so ensure you have sufficient cash, as some smaller shops and restaurants may not accept credit cards. Experience the fusion of Middle Eastern and European influences in Turkish cuisine and try local dishes such as kebabs, meze, and baklava - the Baklava at Baklavacı Hacıbaba is a must-try. Kazandibi and Muhallebi are also popular dishes in Ankara for satisfying your sweet tooth.