As the capital of Turkey, Ankara is one of the oldest settlements in Turkey. Although it has been developed after the declaration of Turkish Republic, Ankara has a long history that has hosted more than ten civilizations from Hittites to Ottomans. Therefore, there are many places to visit in Ankara as well as unique experiences that you should do.
Through this article, we will cover up the places to visit in Ankara that you must see during your trip. So, if you are ready, let’s look at the top 7 places to visit in Ankara!
Anıtkabir is the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey. Built in 1952, Anıtkabir has sections divided into four, which are the Road of Lions, Peace Park, Ceremonial Plaza and the Hall of Honor. Also, there is Atatürk and the War of Independence Museum where you can see many historical examples and information about Turkish history.
Since Anıtkabir is a popular tourist destination in Ankara and receives thousands of visitors every day, you can find audio guides in many languages. In this way, it becomes better to understand about those times.
The Ankara Ethnography Museum has unique arts belonging to the Seljuk Empire until today. These examples exhibited in Ankara Ethnography Museum are mostly a rich collection of works which reflects Turkish people’s lifestyles. Thus, you can see different types of folk costumes and traditional pieces.
As there are sections for glass arts, kilims, carpets, and Turkish tile porcelains, it is an inspiration source for the artist.who likes traditional details. The museum also has a special library on Anatolian ethnography and folklore that you need to see.
Featuring a broad collection of archeological artifacts uncovered in Anatolia, Ankara's Anatolian Civilizations Museum hosts many from the Paleolithic Age, to the Classical Periods. Thus, you can see lots of historical artifacts belonging to the Chalcolithic Age, Old Bronze Age, Hittites, the Phrygian Kingdom, and the Urartian Kingdom, too.
Furthermore, the museum was awarded “Museum of the year in Europe” in 1997, so you need to see whether you are interested in history or not.
Harikalar Diyari Park is one of the largest parks in Europe, which can be described as a garden with abundant green space as well as fresh air. There are many playgrounds including basketball and tennis courts, small golf courses, go-kart and skateboard tracks. Therefore, it is a good tourist destination option especially for families with children.
Ankara Castle is one of Ankara's most popular tourist destinations. You can see Ankara from all sides there. What makes Ankara Castle is special that it has been hosted with different civilizations such as Phrygians, Galatians, Seljuks and so on. You can see many small markets selling local objects there since it is a very touristic place.
The Roman baths of Ankara are the ancient Roman baths ruins which dated back to the 3rd century. Actually, many historical objects were found through excavations in 2009, and one of the most interesting objects belonging to the Late Period of Ancient Egypt which was a personal item of Ramesses II. Thus, there is also an open-air museum opened to the public which comprises many items exhibited.
Located in Kızılcahamam, Soguksu National Park is one of the magnificent places to visit in Ankara for some fresh air, natural beauty and a picnic around. In addition to its healing thermal springs, baths, and green forest, you can see endemic types of animals such as Cinereous Vulture. During your trip in Soğuksu National Park, you can enjoy nature, observe endemic species as well as relax in a green environment.
Also, you can make your trip better with opportunities around. Those who want to get thermal water's benefits, which is one of the biggest features of Kızılcahamam, prefer to stay in the surrounding hotels for daily accommodation.
For that, Çam Hotel, one of Turkey's best thermal hotels, is ready to offer you all the possibilities of Soğuksu National Park as well as healing thermal water, spa, and Turkish bath with the best service quality!