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Have some Turkish coffee and sweets in Ankara, Turkey

A city throbbing with energy and international flair, Ankara is often called the “Green City” of Turkey.  It might not be as popular as Istanbul, but its historical significance, panoramic landscapes, and laid back atmosphere must not be overlooked.

People often make the mistake of thinking that Istanbul is the capital of Turkey. Ankara is the capital of the country and the seat of the government. This is where you will find the embassies, the home of the parliament, and Ankara University, the first University founded in the Republic of Turkey. The city is located 938 meters above sea level and covers a total area of 9,468 square miles. Although you can take the bus or train from Istanbul, the fastest way to get into the city is to fly into Ankara Esenboğa International Airport, It is located 18 kilometers from the city proper and is serviced by a number of domestic and international carriers.

If you love Turkish coffee and sweets, the first thing you must do is hang out in Kizilay, the business and social epicenter of the city. It is filled with cafes, restaurants, shops, nightclubs, and bars. You can spend an afternoon just people watching and chatting with the locals. You might also want to savor some kebabs, roasted lamb, and Pilav in one of its restaurants.  Because of its historical significance, the city has a lot of attractions that will appeal to history buffs including the Anatolian Civilizations Museum, Haci Bayram Mosque, Ulucanlar Prison Museum, Anakara Palace, Ankara Citadel, Ethnographic Museum, and Cengelhan Rahmi M. Koc Museum, You can also take a stroll through the restored Hamamonu District where some of the museums are located, and a place where you can learn more about the way of life of its people.

Ankara is the center of the Turkish railway network. Spend a few days in Ankara before you take a train to the various cities and sights of Turkey. Consult your travel agent for more details.  

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