Located in the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey and passing through the middle of the Porsuk Stream; Since Osmangazi and Anadolu University are located here, it looks like a student city. Eskişehir is one of the most important road junctions in Turkey. Eskişehir Meerschaum, which raised historical figures such as Yunus Emre and Nasreddin Hodja, is also famous for its hot water sources that are good for various diseases. Eskişehir aims to be an important tourism attraction center with its natural beauties, cuisine and shopping opportunities as well as its cultural richness.
Places to visit
Eskişehir is one of our favorite cities in terms of tourism. In addition to Culture, Thermal and Cave Tourism, it provides many different activities with air sports and recreation areas.
Kurşunlu Complex, located in Odunpazarı district, is a work of Ottoman period. To the southeast of the Kulliye is the Eskişehir Mevlevi Lodge. The complex was built in 1525 by Shepherd Mustafa Pasha, the vizier of Suleiman the Magnificent. There is a madrasah and a caravanserai around the mosque. The tomb of Sheikh Edebali, the father-in-law of Osman Bey, the founder of the Ottoman State, is located in the Odunpazarı Cemetery in the Odunpazarı district of the city. Tomb, II. It was restored by Abdulhamid. In addition, there is Sheikh Şehabettin Tomb opposite the complex. Eskişehir tour will be an entertainment stop that smells of history and culture in itself.
As a result of the improvement works, the part of the Porsuk Stream that passes through the center of the city has been arranged and Venice type Gondola and Amsterdam type boat trips are organized on the brook in the Köprübaşı district.
There are also several museums in the city. One of them is the Eskişehir Archeology Museum, where the ancient artifacts found in the city are located. In addition, there are Science, Art and Culture Park, Kent Park, Contemporary Glass Arts Museum, Pessinus Museum, Seyitgazi Museum, Yunus Emre Museum, Eskişehir Atatürk and Culture Museum, Aircraft Museum / Air Museum, Ottoman House Museum, Cartoon Museum and İnönü Wars Headquarters Museum.
Eskişehir has succeeded in adding the “City of Culture and Art” feature to its urban identity, especially with the art institutions and facilities opened one after another by the Metropolitan Municipality in recent years. After a 40-year hiatus, the City Theaters were allowed to open their curtains again. City Theaters, whose plays are always sold out, also includes a children’s theater. On the one hand, the theater that stages plays, on the other hand, carries out activities to introduce the art of theater to wider audiences with units such as creative drama, traditional theater and youth theatre. Eskişehir has two symphony orchestras operating under Anadolu University and the Metropolitan Municipality. The Metropolitan Municipality Symphony Orchestra, which was established with the aim of rooting and strengthening classical music in Anatolia, meets with the audience of Eskişehir two days a week. The Orchestra, consisting of a group of young artists, receives invitations to many local and foreign art organizations, and organizes concerts with world-renowned artists.
The International Eskişehir Festival occupies a very large and important place among the cultural and artistic activities in the city. Artists and art groups from many countries of the world meet in Eskişehir as part of the festival held every year in Autumn. Different branches of art, from classical music to ethnic music, from movies to theater and painting workshops, add a completely different atmosphere to Eskişehir for about 10 days. Within the scope of the festival, a country visits Eskişehir every year with a guest country program.
Another important art organization in Eskişehir is the International Children’s Theater Festival organized by the Metropolitan Municipality. At the festival, which is held every year in March, many local and foreign theater companies take the stage for the children of Eskişehir, accompanied by the universal language of art.
Nightlife in Eskişehir, which is a student city, is more lively during the periods when education is active. With the bars opened, the old factories area has become the center of nightlife. Bars with live music for young people are popular in Eskişehir. Concerts by well-known artists in these bars, where live music is held, attract attention from the surrounding cities and participate in events. There are also many chapter venues. The Haller youth center houses several cafes, a winery and a municipal theater. One of the places where the city has an active nightlife is the places located in the Islands. There are also large-scale nightclubs on İsmet İnönü street. A daily tour of Eskişehir will keep you a little bit stressed and entertained.
Eating and drinking
In the middle of the 19th century, the food culture of Eskişehir, which received intense immigration from the Crimea, the Balkans and the Caucasus, was also affected by the migrations. Many famous local dishes in the city have come from these nationalities. In addition, pastries are very common in Eskişehir, which has been known as the wheat warehouse of Anatolia for a long time. The use of poppy in pastries is very common. Poppy, walnut bread, poppy twist, dazmana and Eskişehir simit are the famous pastries in the city. You can find many small pastry shops, especially around Taşbaşı, where you can taste the delicious pastries of Eskişehir.
Also, since Eskişehir is a student city, there are many restaurants all over the city. In the city, where it is very convenient to eat and drink, do not return without tasting the most famous local flavors, Çiğbörek and Balaban Meatballs.
There are many alternatives for shopping in Eskişehir. Pipes and other accessories made of meerschaum, which you can find in most of the city, are among the most beautiful souvenirs you can buy for yourself and your loved ones. For this, you need to visit the Meerschaum Museum in the Kurşunlu Complex in Odunpazarı. Although glassworks are not a gift alternative unique to Eskişehir, the glassworks made in the Hot Glass Blowing Workshop located in Kurşunlu Complex can be a nice gift for your loved ones. As another souvenir, Sorkun Pottery has its own uniqueness. Sorkun Pottery is sold in the Sorkun Village of Eskişehir and the Atlı Han Handicrafts Bazaar in Odunpazarı.