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Get out
'''By bus''' - most companies serve Kars - though you might need to change bus at either Erzurum or Igdir, depending on where you come from. Be sure to check whether there are services available.
'''By train''' - there is also a train station in Kars, with a daily service from [[Istanbul]]'s Haydarpaşa station (''Doğu Express''), and another daily service from [[Ankara]] (''Erzurum Express'') []. Note that Haydarpasa station will be closed from 2012 till 2015 for major engineering works. The Doğu Express can be taken from Ankara.
'''By plane''' - Anadolujet offers regular flights from Ankara to Kars airport. Prices start from 59TL including all fees.
[[Image:DSCF2366.JPG|thumb|view from castle]]
'''Kars Castle''' - situated on the side of the hill facing the city, Kars Castle is one of the few sights to see within Kars. It's a short climb from the city centre, and is worth climbing for the view of the city. Open from 9:00 to 16:00, admission is free. The castle was built in 1153 A.D. later destroyed by Mongol invaders and rebuilt in 1579.
Russian/Baltic '''architecture''' along the grid of old town's streets, realized during the Russian occupation of the city in 1878–1918, singles out the city in Turkey. '''Fethiye Mosque''' (''Fethiye Camii'') in the city centre, originally built by Russians in the occupation period as a church, is the only mosque in Turkey having that distinctive architectural style.
The '''Church of Apostles''' just below the castle, now known as '''Kümbet''' or '''Kethuda Mosque''' (''Kümbet''/''Kethuda Camii''), is also well worth a look. The building was originally an Armenian church built in 10th century, and upon capturing the city, Ottomans converted it to a mosque in 1579. Later, when Russians came over, it became a church again, this time serving Russian Orthodox believers. After the Turks took back the city, it served for non-religious purposes for a time (such as a warehouse), and in 1998 consecrated as a mosque again. '''Cuma Hammam''' by the river - you can see it from the castle. Completely derelict but worth a look inside if you don't mind pigeons and a lot of broken glass.
*<sleep name="Hotel Bizim 1-2" alt="" address="Faikbey St 198" directions="main street in Kars" phone="+90 474 212-28-00" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single room TL 20-30, double room TL 40-60" lat="" long="">All rooms with TV, wifi and breakfast included (delicious soups).</sleep>
* <sleep name="Miraç Otel" alt="" address="Cengiz Topel Caddesi 19" directions="" phone="+90 474 212-37-68" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="50 TL" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Clean Centrally located Hotel. Free Wifi.</sleep> * <sleep name="Kar's Otel" alt="" address="Halit Paşa Caddesi 79" directions="" phone="+90 474 212-16-16" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="€ 99" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Boutique hotel housed in an old Russian building.</sleep> *<sleep name="Hotel Kent" alt="" address="Hapan Mevkii 12" directions="" phone="+90 474 223-19-29" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Boutique Newly renovated boutique hotel housed in . Clean rooms with own bathroom. Incredibly comfortable beds. Breakfast room with satellite TV and a refrigerator for guests. It's frequented by backpackers on their way to Ani, which makes it a good place for solo travelers to organize an old Russian buildingexcursion from. Taxi drivers know it. 40 TL. Has a bad reputation among locals. Not recommended to solo women travellers.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Hotel Kent(Otel) Temel" alt="" address="Hapan Mevkii 12Yenipazar Caddesi" directions="" phone="+90 474 223-19-291376" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="60 L for a double, private bathroom" lat="" long="">Basic but clean (In Lonely Planet) Clean rooms with shared bathrooms on each floor. Check out the bathroom on your floor before checking insingles, doubles and triples, some are cleaner than others. Lounge room with satellite TV and a refrigerator for guestsgood view. ItCentral location within a few minutes's frequented by backpackers on their way walk to Kars Castle. Breakfast included and free WiFi in rooms. Some staff speak English. They can help arrange a minibus to Ani, which makes it the going rate is 35L round trip, can be negotiable. Laundry service relatively expensive. If you are a good place for solo travelers female be cautious of the creepy guy who only speaks Turkish at the front desk, as he has been known to organize an excursion from. Taxi drivers know it. 20 TLgrope.</sleep>
* '''<sleep name="Hotel (Otel) Temel 2" alt="" address="Across the street from the other Otel Temel''' - , on the side with shoe stores (not the main street side)" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Hotel Temel 2 is a really comfortable nice hotel to stay in, with ensuite facilities, TV, and nice clean beds. It also comes with a breakfast, consisting of bread, cheese and honey. And itIt's even also suitable for the budget traveller - . Somewhat unfriendly manager though it's a little more expensive compared to , without any knowledge of English or any other budget hotels in Turkeylanguage, but definitely worth the money!Turkish.</sleep>
==Get out==
'''[[Ani]]''' - A visit to Eastern Anatolia is not complete without a visit to the ruins of the City of Ani, which is situated some 45km away from Kars. It is best to charter a taxi (80TL+) or get a guide. Most hotels can help you get in contact with Celil, a friendly local with great English who will arrange for you and any other tourists he can find to share a taxi ride (or dolmus if there are enough people). If you are alone, expect to pay around 100TL. For more people, the price is significantly steeper but being split between two or more people, you will probably only pay something between 40 and 80 each.
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