Everybody needs a holiday sometimes whether it is a relaxing break at the beach or an action packed activity holiday. Holiday makers with a special interest often choose to incorporate their hobby into their time away. For a destination on the doorstep of Europe that is also a world away from Mediterranean resorts, Turkey offers the perfect solution. For train lovers, Turkey is a particularly interesting choice. Your holidays to Turkey can include visits to and around some of the most impressive train stations in the Middle East. Here are five stations worth making a detour for during your holidays in Turkey.
Haydarpasa Terminal, Istanbul
Located in the Anatolian part of Istanbul, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, Istanbul Haydrapasa is the usually the first stop for holidays to Turkey by train. The imposing castle-like building was a gift from the German ruler Kaiser Wilhelm II at the end of the 19th Century. Its neoclassical facade hides a bustling interior of locals and travellers heading east on the Istanbul-Ankara and Istanbul-Baghdad route. The station enjoyed a moment of fame when it was used for a Chanel No.5 advert in 2009.
Sireki Terminal, Istanbul
Train lovers will not have to travel far to reach another amazing train station in Turkey. Sireki Terminal is linked with Haydarpasa terminal by a regular ferry which carries passengers across the Bosphorus on to the European side of Istanbul. Part of the wonder of the trip across the water is the obvious change between Asian Turkey and European Turkey. The terminal building was designed by Prussian architect August Jachmund and was the terminus for the elite Orient Express journey.
Ankara Central, Ankara
Holidays in Turkey that include touring the east side of the country is bound to see at least one stop off at Ankara Central. The sheer numbers of trains that pass through Ankara Central daily make a must see for train lovers. Ankara central sees up to 200 separate train journeys start and end each day. Spotters can watch everything from high speed international trains to local carriage trains.
Camlik Station, Camlik
This closed down station no longer has trains passing through it but instead a steam train museum has been opened on the former site of the original Camlik station. Located right next to Ephesus, one of the most popular choices for holidays to Turkey, Camlik Station museum is at the centre of the oldest line in Turkey; the ORC mainline, built in 1866. Camlik Station has one of the largest collections of steam trains in the world.
Kemer Station, Izmir
This station holds the title of the oldest train station in Turkey. Kemer Rail Station opened in 1857 and closed to passengers in 2006 for renovation work. Those looking for a piece of Turkish rail history can head over to Alsancak Railway Station, also in Izmir, to see the second oldest station in Turkey. To top off a train trip around Turkey, Izmir enjoys a wonderful location on the Aegean Sea; a perfect place to end holidays in Turkey.
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