The national capital of Turkmenistan is flanked by the Kopetdag Mountains in the south and the Karakum Desert in the north. Ashgabat is not only a central transportation hub for travel to the various regions in the country as well as an entry point into Iran, but certainly justifies a visit in its own right: the white marble city, also known as “City of Love” hosts a variety of accommodation and dining options, the international and domestic airport and the central train station, but also beautiful museums, numerous parks and fountains, national monuments, the national hippodrome and various private Ahalteke stables and farms, the largest mosque in Central Asia, the largest weekend bazaar of Central Asia and of course the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nissa. Ashgabat is also the starting point for day trips into the surrounding mountain area. A visit of the city center by night gives the modern skylines a spectacular look. 

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Independence Park

The Independence Park hosts the Ruhnama Book Monument, the Monument dedicated to the fifth year of independence and the Monument dedicated to the tenth year of independence.

Ahalteke Monument

In the center of Ashgabat, with a view onto the central square, we can see a monument that consists of 10 Ahalteke horses, the pride of Turkmenistan.

Ertogrul Ghazi Mosque

The mosque, inaugurated in 1998 and constructed by a Turkish construction company, is named after Ertogrul Ghazi, the father of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire.

Neutrality Arch

Originally constructed next to the Central Square in the old city center, it was the landmark of Ashgabat, until in late 2011 re-opened at its new location at the southern edges of the city.

Oguzhan Statue and Fountain Complex

Immediately upon your arrival in Ashgabat you will be welcomed by a vast statue of the mythical founding father of the Turkmen nation, Oguzkhan.

National Museum

Opened in 1998, the museum's 9 history halls houses the Turkmenistan’s major collection of artifacts discovered at various excavation sites in Turkmenistan.

Carpet Museum

Opened originally in 1994 and re-opened in its new home in 2008, the museum offers an impressive collection of antique and contemporary Turkmen carpets.

Weekend Bazaar

The original bazaar was called Tolkuchka Bazaar (or Push Market) and was the biggest bazaar in Central Asia. Now it has been slightly relocated and renamed Altyn Asyr Gundogar Bazaar.

Ferris Wheel

Since 2012, Ashgabat hosts the world’s largest Ferris wheel in an enclosed architectural design. It measures 47,60 meters in height, and has a diameter of 57 meters.

Stairs of Health

A 33-km long concrete stairway across the foothills of the Kopetdag Mountains, constructed on the orders of the first president of Turkmenistan in the early nineties.

National Hippodrome

Every Sunday in spring and autumn horse races take place at the National Hippodrome, located at the eastern outskirts of Ashgabat.

Ahalteke horse stables and farms

A variety of Ahalteke private horse farms and stables can be visited for those that want to observe these gorgeous horses from a safe distance.