Ankara city life
Ankara is a very old city with diverse Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman archaeological sites, numerous mosques, around 50 museums and other interesting places you can visit.Important attractions in Ankara are:
- The mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk – founder of the Republic of Turkey
- Ankara Ethnography Museum
- The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
- The Ankara castle and citadel
- The Temple of Augustus and Rome
- The Roman Baths of Ankara
- Kocatepe Mosque – the largest mosque in the city
Have the best view over Ankara from the Atakule Tower. For simply walking and relaxing, you have the Gençlik Parki (also includes an amusement park with a large pond for rowing), the Botanical garden and many other parks.
Shopping addicts will find Ankara very interesting. Check the old shops in Çikrikçilar Yokusu (Weavers' Road), or Bakircilar Çarsisi (Bazaar of Coppersmiths) where you can buy or simply admire traditional fabrics, carpets, leather products and many more; bargaining is the essential part of anything you want to buy all over Turkey, so have fun with the local custom. Modern shopping areas are mostly found in Kizilay, or on Tunali Hilmi Avenue.
Grab a piece of Turkish culture and go to the Ankara Opera House or the Ankara Sanat Tiyatrosu theatre.
Regarding the entertainment life, you can choose from some nice bars, dancing clubs, pubs and cafés all over Ankara. Çankaya is more popular among students for the trendy bars.
Sport fans can enjoy football, basketball, volleyball or handball matches of the local teams.
Home to four concert halls, you can go to a concert and attend numerous music and religious festivals held in the city.
International atmosphere in Ankara
Ankara has a high multicultural environment maintained by the large number of international students and the thousands of tourists constantly visiting the city.
Ankara is also home to several minorities, like Greeks, Armenians and Kurds.
A plethora of multinational companies have set a local office here and the city has known many foreign investment projects, particularly from Germany.
In Ankara, you will experience cold, snowy winters and hot, dry summers. Rainfall occurs mostly in the spring and autumn season. Monthly mean temperatures are around 0 °C (33 °F) in the winter and 23 – 24 °C (74°F) in summer.