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Marmara Region

The area of activity of the Union covers the Marmara Region which is Turkey’s most important region and a bridge between Europe and Asia. It covers 8.5 percent of the country with a surface area of 67.300 km2 (25,984 sq mi). The Marmara Region is surrounded by the Black Sea and Central Anatolia Regions to the east, the Aegean Region to the south and Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest.

Yalova on the Sea of Marmara - Istanbul by ferry

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We were coming from Bursa on the D 575 towards Yalova. Since we only want to go on a day trip to Istanbul this time, we decided to take the speedboat ferry across the Sea of Marmara to avoid having to drive the much longer way around the bay of Izmit.

Adapazarı at the delta of the Sakarya River

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Adapazarı at the delta of the Sakarya River

Originally, Adapazarı was a small village that was located on a branch of the Sakarya river and was simply called Ada after the Turkish occupation under Sultan Orhan I in 1324.

The freshwater Lake Uluabat (Gölü) near Bursa

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The freshwater Lake Uluabat (Gölü) near Bursa

Once in the vicinity of Bursa, we of course also wanted to see the large freshwater lake Uluabat (Uluabat Gölü), or as it is often called due to the former Greek city, the Apolyont lake.

Roman Sangarius Bridge at Adapazari

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Roman Sangarius Bridge at Adapazari

Another late Roman bridge worth seeing is in the ancient landscape of Bithynia (in North-Western Anatolia), just about five kilometres outside the city of Adapazarı across the Sangarius River.

The Selimiye Mosque in Edirne - Mimar Sinan

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The Selimiye Mosque in Edirne - Sinan

Many buildings were built by Sinan, the master builder, during the Ottoman Empire, but his “masterpiece”, as he had seen it, is the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne (Edirne Selimiye Camii).

Lake Gala and Evros Delta next to Enez

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Lake Gala and Evros Delta next to Enez

Not far from the border with Greece, about 10 kilometres away from the city of Enez near Ipsala, known to many travellers as a border crossing point, is the Lake Gala in South-West of Turkey, which is sometimes also known with the name Celtik Gölü.

Istanbul Airport Sabiha Gökçen - International

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Istanbul Airport Sabiha Gökçen - International

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (IATA: SAW, ICAO: LTFJ) is one of the airports serving Istanbul, Turkey. The facility is named after Sabiha Gökçen, the first female combat pilot in the world. It is on the Asian side of the bicontinental city, Istanbul. 

Çanakkale and Gelibolu Peninsula - Europe and Asia

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Die Provinzmetropole Çanakkale

The provincial capital of Çanakkale, is located in the Çanakkale Strait’s most narrow region. Çanakkale is located in an area and important stop to be able to take a trip to the 30 km Troy and Gelibolu peninsula.Read More

Istanbul Airport - former Atatürk Airport

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Flughafen İstanbul - Atatürk

Istanbul Airport (formerly Ataturk Airport (IATA: IST, ICAO: LTBA) (Turkish: Ataturk Uluslararası Havalimanı) is an international airport in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

An Amethyst Mine in the mountains of Dursunbey

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An Amethyst Mine in the mountains of Dursunbey

We were following the main road from Dursunbey to the right towards Beyel, continued to the fire station that brought us to about 800 meters above sea level in its park-like grounds, to the Dursunbey river and to the imposing canyons and on the way back to the local Amethyst Mine.

Open air Stalactite formations at Dursunbey Cayi

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Open air Stalactite formations at Dursunbey Cayi

During our exploration along the Dursunbey Cayi, we came across a small stream which was to pass by car before we could reach into a rich, green lawn that was used by backpack hikers traveling with a tent during these days.

Sultan Ahmet Mosque - Blue Mosque in Istanbul

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Die Blaue Moschee - Sultan Ahmet Moschee

The Sultan Ahmet Mosque or with its more popular name, the Blue Mosque, is located in the oldest part of the city İstanbul, opposite of the famous Cathedral Hagia Sophia, just a short walk from Topkapi Palace.

Our Trip to Istanbul - Dolmabahçe Palace

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Unsere Reise durch die Metropole

İstanbul is the biggest city in Turkey and the most popular due to its geographical location. To the south stretches the Marmara Sea, strewn with islands, and to the north is the Black Sea.

Tekirdağ - Wine and Raki from Thracia!

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Tekirdağ - Wein und Raki!

Tekirdağ is situated on the northern coast of the Sea of Marmara, 135 km west of Istanbul in the European part of Turkey in Thracia. The picturesque bay of Tekirdağ is enclosed by the great promontory of the mountain which gives its name to the city, Tekir Dağı (ancient Combos), a spur about 2000 ft. that rises into the hilly plateau to the north.

Old historic Istanbul - enjoying sunset in Eminönü

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Das historische Istanbul

The town appears dreamlike at sunset. Its yellow lights blaze on the water of the Golden Horn when the sun is setting. This horn–shaped estuary, Halic, separates the old and new parts of European Istanbul in the Eminönü district. We took a bus to go to Eminönü, which is a major transport junction for trains, trams, buses and ferries.

Bursa at Uludag Mountain - short history!

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Bursa - at Uludag Mountains

Bursa, the fourth biggest town of Turkey and capital of the district of Bursa in the western part of Turkey, now has 1.6 million inhabitants. About 90 kilometres from Istanbul, and at the foot of the Uludağ, this fast growing town has all that modern towns can offer.

Uludag - National Park next to Bursa!

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Uludag - Nationalpark

The nature reserve of the National Park next to Bursa stretches all along the southern slopes of the Ulu Dag Mountains next to Bursa. Depending on the height of between 500 and 2500 metres, there are 4 different types of vegetation.Read More

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