The first capital of the Ottoman Empire with a history dating back to 4000BC at the heart of the silk and spice trade and Turkey's fourth largest and advanced city.
The city which has been the capital of many civilizations and religions for centuries is the hub of many monuments and historical works nowadays. The city’s skyline is comprised of historical landmarks varying from mosques to madrasas and from churches to baths.
Attracting attention for its natural beauty as well as its rich cultural heritage Bursa is also a much preferred holiday resort for winter sports. Uludağ in Bursa is frequented by both winter and outdoor sports enthusiasts.
Home to many Islamic, Christian and Jewish monuments Bursa has also been the site of numerous council meetings which are of great importance to Christians. Within the province of Bursa, Iznik is the most important of the eight Christian pilgrimage sites located in Turkey.
Well-known for its large shopping centers, bazaars and museums Bursa has a temperate climate. The region is cool in the summer and mild in the winter.
One of the most important contributions of Bursa to the history of Turkish culture is the Karagöz and Hacivat shadow theater. Shadow Theater has reached the land of Bursa in the 17th century and become an important corner stone of Turkish culture since then.
Who wouldn’t like to sightsee a scenic city that harbors a variety of landmarks of different cultures?
MUST DO’S IN BURSA :
TASTE THE LOCAL CUISINE ; which has originated from the Ottoman cuisine and been enriched with ingredients brought by traders from distant regions, is famous for its delicious and original dishes. While the world-famous Iskender Kebab, served with pita and thinly sliced delicious meat will delight your taste buds the traditional desserts Kemalpasa and candied chestnuts will become your favorite after-dinner desserts
BUY AN AUTHENTIC SILK PRODUCT ; Silk, which has been the most important product and trade item of Bursa is processed with great efforts so that high quality fabric of silk is obtained. It is highly recommended that you take a look at these special fabrics made of pure silk before leaving Bursa.
STAY IN A THERMAL HOTEL; The spas and thermal hotels are among the most valuable assets of Bursa. While relaxing in the healing waters of the thermal springs will feel the tranquility invading your body from top to toe.
SKI IN THE ULUDAG; Uludağ, the ancient Mysian Olympus and Bithynian Olympus, with an elevation of 2,543 m (8,343 ft) and a popular center for winter sports such as skiing, and a national park of rich flora and fauna. Summer activities, such as trekking and camping.
DISCOVER THE HERITAGE; Bursa is literally an open-air museum with its many castles, churches, lodges, mosques, mausoleums, madrasas, museums, inns, bridges, spas and cultural centers bearing the traces of history and different civilizations. It is possible to come across a hidden heritage in every corner of the city.
RELIEF IN GREEN NATURE; Bursa literally known as Green Bursa due to its recreative nature. Take a lazy time in the unpaired nature and be relive.
MUDANYA ; Who wouldn’t like to sightsee a scenic city that harbors a variety of landmarks of differ A seaside resort town 25km from Bursa, Mudanya has fine fish restaurants and nightclubs which are popular with the residents of the city. The Armistice Museum is also worth a visit. Just 12km from Mudanya, Zeytinbağı (Tirilye) exemplifies the architecture and layout of a typical Turkish town.