The Bursa Zoo is a nice little animal park located in Bursa’s Soganli neighborhood next to Bursa’s spacious Botanic Park. Situated on 20 hectares of tree-shaded green space, the zoo houses 700 animals representing nearly 100 species from all over the world. Though the park boasts a large number of animals endemic to Turkey, the zoo’s prized feature is the excellent African savannah habitat, where giraffes, zebras, ostriches, and storks freely roam on the large grassy range. Surrounding the savannah, other African animal exhibits include lions, baboons, small mammals, and birds. In addition to the Africa exhibits, other exceptional features include the waterfowl habitats, a children’s zoo, and a reproduction traditional Turkish village.

The Bursa Zoo opened in its current location in 1998. With a rehabilitation clinic, research and education programs, and well-planned natural habitats, Bursa Zoo seeks to become a world-class zoological center in line with European standards.

The small but lovely Bursa Zoo is a nice place to spend a fun and relaxing afternoon with the kids. The zoo is interesting, easy to navigate, and nicely curated.

Situated between Bursa Grand Mosque and Orhan Mosque, Kozahan was built by the great architect Abdul Ula Bin Pulat Sah as a foundation for historical works in Istanbul by the order of Ottoman Sultan Bayezid II in 1491.

Once upon a time, it was a place where pod (silkworm cocoon) was sold. The silk fabrics obtained the cocoons played the first role to be a textile centre of Bursa. Approximately, having lived around Bursa for a thousand-year and called as ‘‘Greengrocers’’, Turks have made the production of the pod for centuries. That tradition, sericulture comes from Central Asia.

Being a masterpiece of Bursa, the heritage of Ottoman, the deep tissues of history, the taste of natural, the grace of silk and indispensable place for the photographer, Silk Market (Koza Han in Turkish) is two-storey han located on the rectangle yard.

There is found a sadirvan (water-tank with a fountain) with 95 rooms in the middle of that magnificent structure. The stores of Silk Bazaar contains high quality and cheap productions such as silk fabrics, silk scarfs, shawls, outfit materials, artistic goods, dowery, home textile products, underwear, silver, and the other valuable souvenirs. In the east of the Han, there is placed the second yard named Dıs (Out) Koza Han. It is opened to Long Bazaar with its portal ornamented the blue charming tiles. In the past, it was named as Cedid-I Evvel, Simseh Hani, Beylik Caravansary, Beylik Han, Cedid-I Amire and New Caravansary.

Right behind it is the doorway to Koza Han. The structure composes of two breathtaking floors in the typical Ottoman architecture with a courtyard in the middle. All is covered and arched and despite silk trade as such is no longer organized here, the shops selling silk garments, scarves and also some table silver are a glamour granny’s paradise.

Except for those features, there are also found many modern cafes, restaurants, taverns for the visitors in order to entertain. People come here to sit either in the cafe under centuries-old oak trees in the courtyard or on one of the tables and low sofas in niches opposite the shops where you can see the action below.

Today, it provides service for visitors with its smiling and experienced tradesmen. Koza Han has been visited by domestic and foreign politicians, businessmen, governors, mayors, and famous artists.

Mount Uludag (Great Mountain) is 2543 meters high, making it the highest point in the Marmara region, and the Aras Waterfalls and glaciers at the peak are its most interesting geographical features.

Uludag National Park, 36 km south of Bursa, is one of Turkey’s favorite winter sports centres and as well as skiing, its richness of flora and fauna has made it into a National Park and summer activities like trekking and camping are also popular. Uludag was previously known as Olympos Misios in ancient times and is known in mythology as the place where the gods watched the Trojan war.

Being Turkey’s most important center for winter sports and skiing, the number of days Mount Uludag is covered with snow is 178 days. Due to its proximity to large residential areas and the mass amount of camping and daily use, Bursa satisfies the recreational needs of the nearby cities. The annual visitors of Uludag National Park are close to 1,000,000 people.

The highest peak of Mount Uludag is Kartaltepe at 2543 meters. It is covered in forests, and the region has a partially temperate climate with a dominant wind direction of south-west/south. The altitude of the skiing area is between 1750 – 2543 meters, and the best season is from late December to late March. The snow at the beginning of the season is powdery, getting increasingly slushy towards the end. To the north are other high plateaus: Sarialan, Kirazliyayla, Kadiyayla, and Sobra.

Uludag National Park in Summer

Uludag National Park is very popular with tourists and day-trippers. Uludag (Great Mountain) is within a national park, there is easy walking up the gentle slopes, beautiful glacial lakes and forests and Alpine meadows to picnic by, plenty of hotels, cable cars, and fantastic food.

The metropolis of Bursa, Turkey in northwestern Anatolia is a lively and historic city that boasts countless points of interest, but what to see and do in Bursa depends largely on where your interests lie. Bursa’s roots can be traced back to 5200 B.C., the year the area was first settled. What is now Turkey’s fourth-largest city swapped hands between the Greek, Bithynia, and Roman Empires before it became the first major capital of the Ottoman Empire between 1335 and 1363.

Bursa, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, has a long history that can be explored at practically every turn. But this city, which is also known for its food, beaches, bazaars, hot springs, and more, has a lot more to offer to visitors than just history, much of which will be explored in this guide of what to see and do in Bursa.

Grand Bazaar

Bursa’s Grand Bazaar is one of the city’s best spots for shopping. The city was known for producing high-quality silk goods during the Ottoman period, and fine ipek, or silk, can be found at 40 shops in the top level of the bazaar’s Koza Han section.

Throughout the rest of the bazaar, you’ll also find vendors selling shoes, clothing, carpets, bags, jewelry, antiques, and souvenirs, as well as dried fruits, nuts, locally-produced cheeses and honeys, and a wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Green Tomb

Just a ten-minute walk from the Grand Bazaar is a colorful mausoleum known as Yeşil Türbe, or The Green Tomb, the final resting spot of the fifth Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed I.

The Green Tomb is well known for its intricate tilework, which include the bluish-green tiles that adorn the building’s exterior and give the mausoleum its name, as well as the more detailed tiles that are affixed to the tomb’s interior walls.

Grand Mosque

In the old city center, you’ll find the Grand Mosque, which boasts twenty domes and two minarets and was built between 1396 and 1399. The largest mosque in Bursa, it is considered a landmark of early Ottoman architecture.

The white, black, and gold interior of the mosque is spacious and dimly, which gives the mosque a serene and somewhat intimate atmosphere. Admission is free, but visitors should remember to take off their hats and shoes before leaving, and women must cover their hair. No tour of what to see and do in Bursa is complete without a stop here.

Old City Wall

A ten-minute, uphill walk west from the Grand Mosque will take you to the oldest part of Bursa, which contains Hisar Gate, the only surviving remains of the old city wall of the former citadel.

The Gate sits atop a promontory overlooking Bursa, and some of the best views of the city come from the battlements at the very top of the wall.

Iskender Kebap

For more traditional Turkish foods, the original Iskender Kebap Restaurant, which you can find in a blue house in Bursa, is well worth a visit. The restaurant, which dates back to 1867, is named after its founder, Iskender Efendi, whose signature dish is also called Iskender Kebap.

 

This tasty, internationally acclaimed Turkish dish consists of roasted lamb, tomato sauce, yogurt, pita, and butter sauce. The dish is served with a glass of homemade grape juice, which is equally phenomenal.

Cumalikizik

If you’re a history buff, a quick trip to the traditional Ottoman village of Cumalikizik is a must. Just 20 minutes outside the Bursa city center, this ancient town dates back more than 700 years to the foundation of the Ottoman Empire.

A whopping 270 timber houses dating back to the Ottoman period still stand in this charming town, whose cobblestone streets and Sunday Market will transport you back in time. I recommend going to Mavi Boncuk restaurant for an inexpensive breakfast of local cheeses, vegetables, eggs, and creamy cheese pancakes.

Ancient Nicea

Last on our list of what to see and do in Bursa is a day trip to the ancient city of Nicea along Lake Iznik in Iznik, Turkey. Nicea was founded in the 4th century and is famous for being the site of the Great Council of Nicea, a meeting of over 300 bishops from across the ancient Christian world in 325 A.D.