In Ankara for business and want to experience something other than the meeting rooms? Take your pick among these 7 tips on how to spend your free time in this exciting city.
1. Hammamonu Restored Area
Take a walk around the tiny neighborhood of Hammamonu in Old Ankara. The district has been subject to serious restoration over the years, linking the modern world to classic Ottoman architecture. Stroll down the pathways between chocolate-trimmed, pearl-colored houses, and get a sense of centuries passed. This is the perfect place for a light lunch or a nice dinner after a long day of work.
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This is the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic. The monumental tomb is crowning a prominent hill in the center of Ankara, and visiting is an excellent way of combining interesting history with a beautiful view of the city
Want to get a new outfit for a company dinner and bring a little something home with you? Make your way over to the ANKAmall. With no less than 330 stores, movie theaters, cafés and restaurants, it really lives up to its motto: "The Shopping Mall of Turkey". Open everyday from 10:00 to 22:00.
4. Locked In
If you and your colleagues want to do something fun together, then the room escape game Locked In is a very good choice. As the name implies, you get locked in a room and need to cooperate to get out. It's like a maze, with clues and tasks for you to solve, and it's all in English. Perfect both for team building and pure entertainment.
5. Genclik Park
In the very heart of Ankara is Genclik Park, a green lung in the busy city center. This is a nice place to cool down with a refreshing lemonade on a warm summer's day. Take a stroll among waterfalls, green trees and colorful flowers, and feel the stress leave your body. If you want some more action, you can try one of the parks many amusement rides. The park also provides cool waters for swimming and row boating.
6. Sengul Hamam Spa
If you really want to relax, what is better than visiting a typical Turkish spa? The Sengul Hamam is a good choice, as it's delicate and clean, and the friendly staff are used to welcoming foreigners. The surroundings invite you to sit down, relax and not think about anything else other than enjoying your preferred treatment. Try a traditional body scrub, oil massage or a coffee massage, either way a stay here will make you feel calm and refreshed.
7.Ankara State Opera House
Sometimes, after a long day of working, you just want to sit down and listen to beautiful music. At the Ankara State Opera House you can enjoy large productions of both opera and ballet during the season, which generally runs from September to June. The building also serves as venue for the Turkish State Theaters, so this is a good place to fill up your cultural quota.
Even though your in the city for business purposes, your trip doesn't have to be all about work. The Turkish capital has a lot to offer, whether you want to catch up on some history and culture, stroll around nice neighborhoods, go treasure hunting in a mall or just unwind in a spacious hotel room. Stay in the old, charming part of the city at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ankara where you can enjoy a private balcony with panoramic views of Genclik Park.