There is a city in Turkey which is very popular in terms of touristic activities and especially in last years this city started to attract foreign tourists. It is located in Central Anatolia and it is not a very big city however there are lots of spaces for visiting. This colourful city’s name Eskişehir. Before visiting Eskişehir we recommend you to check out this mini guide that we prepared for you.
A cheerful city
The first thing comes to mind about Eskişehir is its students. Yes that’s right. Eskişehir is the city of students. There are 3 different universities in Eskişehir and most of the population of the city forms from students. Due to this fact, some parts of the city especially near Anatolia University, Bağlar Street, Haller Youth Center, İsmet İnönü (Doctors) Street, 2 September Street, Bars Street, Islands and Porsuk Stream shores which goes through from the middle of the city represents young generation’s energy. There are lots of cafes, restaurants, bars and places of entertainment in the city and you can see the cheerfulness of the streets. If you don’t want to sit at closed areas, you can join the people who sits at benches which are at the shore of the Porsuk Stream or you can join the people who sits in the grass. You can meet a person who plays music in every turn. On the other hand you can have boat trips as having a boat trip as in Venice.
Let’s explore the parks
When you visit Eskişehir, you should visit the parks of the Eskişehir. First park you should visit is Sazova Park. It is not just an ordinary park, this park serves as culture, science and art center. There are some places in the park such as Space House, Scientific Experiment Center, Underwater World, Fairy Tale Palace and Pirate Ship are the places which both children and adults can have enjoyable time. Another park of Eskişehir is City Park (Kent Park) and this the first park in Turkey that has a artificial beach in its content. Thanks to that fact, since there is no sea in Eskişehir, it is possible to have swimming and beach experience in Eskişehir. City Park is a suitable place for having peaceful jogging activities. If you want to look at Eskişehir’s beautiful scenery, you should rearrange your route into Waterfall Park which takes its name from the artificial waterfall inside the park.
Eskişehir has also full of historical background. Let’s start our tour from the places which are near the city center. Our first stop is Odunpazarı which is one of the oldest town in Eskişehir. This town is in UNESCO’s “World Heritage List” and it has lots of popular and historic houses. Also this town hosts lots of museums. Some examples of these museums are Meerschaum Museum (Lületaşı Müzesi) which exhibits the monuments made from meerschaum also meerschaum known as the Stone of Eskişehir, Beeswax Museum (Balmumu Müzesi) which displays famous people’s statues which is made from beeswax, Glass Art Museums (Cam Sanatları Müzesi) which exhibits items that are made from glass and these examples are just some of the museums in Odunpazarı. Another place you should see is Kurşunlu Mosque and Complex which is a very important religious place and it covers some of the museums in his content that we mentioned earlier. Also we can mention about Atlıhan Handicrafts Bazaar which is very attractive in terms of historical texture and shopping alternatives. Another historical place we recommend you to visit is Dağlık Frigya and Yazılıkaya Valley which 70 km away from Eskişehir and its history goes back to the Ancient Eras. Especially Midas Monument and Frig Castles are the historical places you should visit in that area.
Bathhouses and Hot Springs
Eskişehir is a very popular city in terms of groundwaters, bathhouses and hot springs. Especially in city center, there are lots of bathhouses that designed according to traditional and modern design parameters.These bathhouses will help you to get rid of from toxins which is bad for your health and these bathouses will take away your fatigue.
What to eat, what to drink ?
When you arrive at Eskişehir you highly recommend you to taste Çiğ Börek (deep fried water thin dough with raw minced meat filling) Especially in city center you can find lots of places which make Çiğ Börek.There are other flavours which are very popular. These flavours are Balaban Meatball, Haşhaşlı Gözleme, Göbete, Met Halva and Salep.
How to go to Eskişehir and Where to stay in Eskişehir ?
There are different transportation alternatives for going to Eskişehir such as highway or you can use high-speed train from Istanbul, Ankara or Konya. There is a airport in Eskişehir which is called Hasan Polatkan however there is a limitation in International Flights. On the other hand there are lots of accommodation alternatives for your vacation such as hotels, hostels rentable flats etc. You arrange your accommodation plan according to your budget.