Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city after Istanbul. Centrally located in Anatolia, Ankara is an important commercial and industrial city. It is the center of the Turkish Government, and houses all foreign embassies. It is an important crossroads of trade, strategically located at the center of Turkey's highway and railway networks, and serves as the marketing center for the surrounding agricultural area.
Where to stay in Ankara
• Five star hotels Ankara: Sheraton Ankara Hotel & Convention Center, Wyndham Ankara, Crowne Plaza Ankara, Hilton Garden Inn Ankara Gimat, Holiday Inn Ankara - Cukurambar, Grand Ankara Hotel Convention Center, Bilkent Hotel and Conference Center, Movenpick Hotel Ankara, The Green Park Hotel Ankara, Bera Ankara, Swissôtel Ankara, Ankara HiltonSA, Anadolu Hotels Downtown Ankara, The Ankara Hotel, Hotel Ickale and Latanya Hotel Ankara.
• Four star hotels Ankara: Hotel Monec, Divan Ankara, Asrin Park Hotel & Spa, Anemon Ankara, Radisson Blu Ankara, Raymar Hotels Ankara, Business Park Hotel, Hotel Houston, Demora Hotel and Niza Park Hotel.
• Three star hotels Ankara: Maltepe 2000 Hotel, King Hotel Guvenlik, Almer Hotel and Hotel Etap Mola.
• Two star hotels, apartment hotels, apartments, B&B's, hostels Ankara: Hotel Abro Sezenler, Demonti Hotel, City Hotel, Sonno Boutique Rooms & Suites, Asrin Business Hotel and No:19 Boutique Hotel.
Shopping streets, areas and malls Ankara
Modern shopping areas are mostly found in Kızılay, or on Tunalı Hilmi Avenue, including the modern mall of Karum which is located towards the end of the Avenue; and in the Atakule Tower at Çankaya, the quarter with the highest elevation in the city, which commands a magnificent view over the whole city and also has a revolving restaurant at the top where the complete panorama can be enjoyed in a more leisurely fashion.
Mosques Ankara: Kocatepe Mosque, Ahmet Hamdi Akseki Mosque, Yeni (Cenab Ahmet) Mosque, Hacı Bayram Mosque, Ahi Elvan Mosque and Alâeddin Mosque