Kayseri is in Central Anatolia.
Kayseri is an old and large city with a strong economy. It carries lots of monuments from the days of Seljuks and Ottomans, and is also the home town of the most accomplished architect Mimar Sinan. Population has been steadily increasing and nowadays is around 800,000 in the urban center.
Kayseri was also on the Silk Route and Karatay and Sultanhanı posts on this route reside in Bünyan town's borders. Bünyan is also famous for its carpets which makes Kayseri a popular purchase-stop for tourists visiting Cappadocia.
Turkish Airlines and other domestic airlines have daily flights from Istanbul to Kayseri.
Trains from Ankara and Sivas run to Kayseri but they are not very popular as other means of transport are more comfortable.
It is very easy to get to Kayseri from other major towns. Among other Kent Seyahat is a Kayseri based bus company, and many other cities that have a route through Kayseri also offer quality service.
Hunat Hatun Camii is the most famous mosque in the city that dates back to Seljuks. Seljuks have also left a number of schools (medrese), tombs (kumbet), and hospitals in the city.
Mount Erciyes is the second highest mountain (3916 m) in Turkey and a popular domestic skiing location. Nowadays, foreign tourists have also started to visit the location. Erciyes Ski Center is 25 km. from the city center.
Handwoven carpets are the major touristic merchandise in Kayseri, but they can be quite expensive as some of them are silk.
Kayseri Mantısı is the most famous dish Kayseri is known for. It's made from minced meat, wrapped in tiny bits of dough and boiled. It's served with a special souce and yogurt. It's pretty difficult to find a restaurant to eat it as locals always eat this at home and they are prepared much better. However, Kaşıkla has now established a well deserved name in the city also for locals and if you can't get a local to invite you home, is definitely worth trying.
Iskender is a kebap variant, and its name is associated with Alexander the Great. It's meat is prepared similar to that of döner, but is server in dish, and with a butter souce.
Hilton Kayseri is so far the only 5-star and international hotel in Kayseri.