Ankara is the capital and the second biggest city of Turkey. The capital city of Turkey is home to ancient and modern places at the same time. Turkish people have great respect for this city as the city is also home to Atatürk’s mausoleum. Here are the five best places to visit in Ankara.
Anıtkabir is a museum and the mausoleum of Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey and the first president, located at the top of a hill. Turkish people still have great respect for this place more than any other place in Turkey. Visiting this place is like a pilgrimage for Turkish people. Anıtkabir is divided into four parts. The first one is the Road of Lions. It is a walkway where the Turkish soldiers are marching on parade. The second part is a large and green area called Peace Park. The other two parts are Ceremonial Plaza and the Hall of Honor where the tomb of Atatürk is placed. Anıtkabir is a must-see place if you ever go to Ankara.
2- Museum of Anatolian Civilisations
The Anatolian Civilizations Museum is located near the Ankara Castle, in the Atpazarı district of Ankara. The Anatolian Civilizations Museum is exceptional with its unique collection that includes archaeological artifacts of Anatolia and the artifacts from the Palaeolithic Age to the present. Also, there are too many collections from Hittites. The Anatolian Civilizations Museum is one of the most enlightening museums to the history of the Anatolian civilizations, and we strongly suggest you visit this museum.
3- Ankara Castle
Ankara Castle is the most significant landmark of Ankara. The construction of the building does not have an exact date. It is believed that the castle was built by the Hittites. However, this is not supported by archaeological finds. But it is certainly known that the castle was there during the Romans, the Byzantines, and the Seljuks. Walking up to the hill is not an easy task, but the view of the city you at the top is worth the effort.
4- Hamamönü Neighborhood
Hamamönü Neighborhood is one of the best places to visit in Ankara. You will learn a lot about the history of Ankara and the architecture of late-Ottoman here. Start your trip with a perfect breakfast in the historical place, have a walk around to observe restored houses, and drink the best Turkish coffees cooked on hot sands. You can visit the house of Mehmet Akif Ersoy, the writer of the Turkish anthem, as it is serves as a museum today. Also, there are lovely little gift shops, and they are not expensive. This old district is a must-see in Ankara, and a great place to get some peace of mind while walking around.
5- Wonderland Eurasia
If you are visiting Ankara with your children, this is the place that they will never want to leave. Also, adults will have fun in the park. Wonderland Eurasia is the biggest theme park in Asia and Europe. The park is built on a total area of 1,300,000 m2. There is no doubt that you will feel like you are in the book as every character in Alice in Wonderland has been elaborately placed in this park. Also, there are many characters placed from different books and fairy tales. There is no entrance fee for the park, and it opens at 9 am.
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