Ankara Less Frequented Sights

Atakule Tower, Çankaya, www.atakule.com : The best place for incredible views over Ankara. The observation terrace can be reached from elevators

(2TL) located by the arcade section at the bottom part of the mall near the Burger King. From inside, take the escalators all the way down and walk straight out the exit in front of you then around the base of the tower. At the very top is a revolving restaurant that makes a complete 360 degrees rotation every 60 minutes. It can be reached from the same bank of elevators used to access the observation terrace. There is also a cafe just above the observation terrace.

(D. Morris, US Embassy)

 

Ankara Hava Müzes

Hava Lojistik Komutanlýðý Hava Müzesi, Istanbul Yolu, Etimesgut, 312­ 244 85 50,
Open Wednesday to ­Sunday from 09:00 to ­16:30, Link here.
The aviation museum is worth a look (Ayça Çakirsoy ­ Relex/Ankara)

 

Atatürk Statue

Bilkent University main campus entrance
Especially nice on May 19, October 29 and November 10 when the torches are lit.
(M. Elwell, Bilkent University)

 

Çengel Han Rahmi M Koç Museum

Located in a former caravanserai just the main Citadel gate. Built in 1522, the musseum displays include artifacts from 19th and earlyt 20th century Engineering, Road Transport, Scientific Instruments, Maritime, Everyday Life, and others. Inside there are two places to eat, the Divan Café (with a delightful outdoor terrace), and the high end Divan Brasserie in the courtyard. The museum is open daily except Monday from 10:00 am to 17:00, until 19:00 on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Admission costs 3 YTL, plus 5 YTL if you want to take pictures.
(D. Morris, US Embassy)

 

Dikmen Park

If you want to get away from the hectic urbanity that is Ankara, a convenient respite is Dikmen Park.

Located in the valley between Hosdere Caddesi on one side and Dikmen Cadessi on the other, down here in the space between two hills it feels as if you are far away from the cars, energy and noise of the city. Looking like something out of the movie, Blade Runner, with the futuristic overpass spanning the bottom part of the park, here you can find walking trails, an amphitheater, benches, waterfalls, fountains, and more. Dotting the path there are cafes where you can grab a bite to eat or something to drink. Underneath the aforementioned overpass is Yörük Sofrasi (312/441­3424) with relaxing, rustic ambiance where you can enjoy a Nargile (Turkish waterpipe), grab a çay, and sample typical local dishes.
(D. Morris, US Embassy)

 

“Kazakh Girl” Statue

4th Street (Kazakh Street) near the National Library in Bahçelievler

(M. Elwell, Bilkent University)

 

The National Library

Milli Kütüphane Başkanlığı Bahçelievler Son Durak, 312/212 62 00
www.mkutup.gov.tr.
A large up­to­date facility, situated in the heart of Ankara, on one of the main boulevards, it is very close to a Metro station and is easy to reach from all parts of the city.
(M. Elwell, Bilkent University)

 

Pembe Köşk

İnönü Foundation, Şehit Ersan Caddesi 14, Çankaya, 312/428 18 41
(M. Elwell, Bilkent University)

 

Presidential Atatürk Museum

Cumhurbaşkanlığı, Çankaya, 312/470 24 85, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 P.M.
(M. Elwell, Bilkent University)

 

State Cemetery

Atatürk Orman Çiftliği, 312/221 0627
Commemorative Wall, Black Sea Reflecting Pool, and Museum (open every day, except Mondays, between 10.00­17.00 hours) near the Atatürk Forestry Area. Served by the city bus 365 from Kızılay, or public bus 339 from Sıhhiye Bridge.
(M. Elwell, Bilkent University)

 

NB: This article is an extract of the "Guide of Ankara" by D.E. Morris

 

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