How to spend an unforgettable 24 hours in Ankara
Ankara is not as noisy and lively as Istanbul, but here you will also find many interesting places worthy of attention. Here in Turkey, a huge number of historically important places, museums, shops and restaurants. We have chosen for you the best places that will help you fully get acquainted with Ankara in 24 hours.
Visit Anıt Kabir
Everyone who came to rest in Turkey simply cannot pass by the grave of the important politician Kemal Ataturk. After all, this man became the founder and first president of the Turkish Republic. An impressive and stunning building, the Ataturk mausoleum, is a structure made of concrete, travertine, marble. The project was developed by Emin Khalid Onat and Ahmet Orhan Arda.
Admire contemporary art at CerModern
Located in a former train depot, CerModern is a major center for contemporary art in Turkey. World-famous exhibitions take place here and world tabloid stars perform. The gallery also hosts literary master classes, art history seminars and educational events for children. The cafe, which is located in this establishment, offers aromatic coffee and a selection of treats for a snack.
Get carried away with souvenirs in a shop near Çıkrıçılar Yokuşu
Çıkrıçılar Yokuşu is an area in Ankara where there is open air, where it is easy to choose original and interesting souvenirs. It also sells dozens of copperware, jewelry, antiques and even clothing at bargain prices. And if you walk along the cobblestone path to the mountain and enjoy the beautiful view of the city and the noisy bustle of the market.
Dine at Çengelhan Brasserie
After many purchases and walks around the city, naturally the appetite will be incredible. Try the best lunch for the active traveler at Çengelhan Brasserie, which is part of the beautiful Divan Çukurhan. This stunning, historic site has been restored to receive guests from all over the world. It is hard to believe, but this building was built in 1522 and served as the Anatolian caravanserai. The restaurant’s menu consists mainly of Turkish dishes.
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Get to know the ancient past of Anatolian civilization
In the reconstructed building of the former bazaar of Mahmut Pasha of the Ottoman Empire, in the old part of the city, there is a museum of Anatolian civilization. Inside there are exhibits that will tell visitors about Anatolian history. The exhibits belong to different historical frames, from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic.
Guides will be happy to talk about the history of Assyria, Greek, Hittite, Roman, Byzantine culture and the Ottoman Empire. Stunning exhibits are made of silver, gold, glass and bronze, some of them were created before the first millennium BC.
Shop at Tunalı Hilmi
Tunalı Hilmi Street is considered busy, hundreds of people can be found here. Most locals come here to hang out, hanging out in shops and stores, or chilling out in the shade of numerous coffee houses and restaurants. Drop by the shops of popular Turkish brands, including Beymen and Vakko.
Get inspired at Kuğulu Park
Kuğulu Park is a good place to enjoy peace after a noisy day filled with events in Ankara. Here you can quietly sit on a bench, watching how to pass the life of this wonderful city. And also feed the swans in the pond.
Dine at Trilye
You can enjoy the breathtaking authentic interior and chic Turkish cuisine in one of the best restaurants in Ankara – Trilye. The food here is delicious, using only fresh seafood for different dishes. Try freshly caught fish from the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas with a glass of crayfish.