Even though Ankara is shown as a poor city in terms of places to visit, it actually contains many places where you can have fun during a few days of sightseeing. There are many places to visit in the city, which is the capital of our country, especially the buildings and museums related to our Republican history.
I will tell you all the important places to visit in the capital in the Ankara Attractions Guide.
What to do in Ankara?
Ankara Places to visit & Important Tips
- Ankara Castle
- Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
- Ankara Rahmi M. Koç Museum
- Ethnographic Museum
- Hacı Bayram Mosque
- Temple of Augustus
- State Museum of Painting and Sculpture
- The War of Independence Museum (I. Grand National Assembly)
- The Republic Museum (II. TGNA)
- Tunalı Hilmi Street & Kuğulu Park
- Kocatepe Mosque
- Youth Park
- Mogan Park
- Ulucanlar Prison Museum
- Segmenler Park
- Red Crescent Square
- Dikmen Valley
- Esztergom Castle
I will share very important information during the Ankara Attractions article, but pay attention to them beforehand;
Where to stay? Kavaklıdere, Kızılay, Ulus and Hamamönü are the best places to stay in the city. Details Where to stay in Ankara? You can read my article.
Hotel recommendations I stayed in a 3-star hotel in Maltepe 2000 on my recent Ankara trip and overall I was satisfied. Apart from this, the 4-star Anemon Ankara and the 5-star Divan Cukurhan are popular hotels where you can stay in the city.
Note: I generally make my hotel reservations from Booking.com, but as you know, reservations cannot be made from hotels in Turkey. In the meantime, I’m using Agoda.com as a subsidiary of Booking.com to book domestic reservations. That’s why I’ve given in-house hotel reservations in Agoda.com. Let’s go to our list of places to visit in Ankara without further ado.
1 – HAMAMONU
Hamamönü, which was restored by Altındağ Municipality and given to tourism, is a region that travelers add to their list of places to visit in Ankara to see the historical face of the city.
With its 19th century civil architecture houses, streets devoted to cultural events, renovated cafes and restaurants offering unique tastes, this historic settlement offers a wide range of options.
You can start the tour in the area where you can find authentic items at the Handicraft Market, from Art Street where traditional handicrafts are introduced, or from the Mehmet Akif Ersoy Museum and the nearby Taceddin Dervish Lodge.
Tahtakale Kahvecisi offers a variety of breakfast options to unwind after you finish your trip in the garden of Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu Kabri.
If you come to this region especially during the summer months and during Ramadan, you can spend pleasant hours attending the events. Click here for detailed information and photos about the region.
2 – ANKARA CASTLE
Ankara Castle, which has a history of more than 4 thousand years, has been repaired by various civilizations for both defense and settlement purposes. The military structure, which was not known by whom and when it was built, has survived to this day by preserving its existence.
The Eti Museum was founded between 1921-1948 with the suggestion of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
After visiting the historical building surrounded by gift shops and cafes, you can visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which is the continuation of this cultural facility dedicated to Hittite Civilization. Click here for detailed information and photos about the castle and its surroundings.
3 – Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, located in the Atpazarı District, southeast of the outer walls of the Ankara Castle, includes one Veli Mahmud Pasha; the other one welcomes its guests in two 15th century Ottoman buildings built by Rum Mehmet Pasha.
The Mahmut Pasha Bedesten and the Kurşunlu Han, where the facility, which has a world-wide reputation for its original collection, exhibit finds from civilizations that have existed in Anatolia since the Paleolithic Age.
In this collection, which is presented to visitors in chronological order, you will also be able to examine the artifacts extracted from the Temple of Augustus and the tumuli in the area during the construction of the Mausoleum.
The most valuable piece of the unique collection exhibited in the museum BC. The city map of Çatalhöyük, which dates back to 6200 and is the oldest in the world.