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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 950,000 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.
- 1 Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR IATA), Boztepe Mah.Mustafa Kemal Paşa Blv No:338, Yenimahalle/Kayseri, ☏ . Taxi to the bus station takes 20 minutes, 27 YTL. Taxi for Cappadocia 120 YTL. There is a good board outside the airport listing taxi prices to various destinations.
Trains run from the following cities but they are not very popular as other means of transport are faster.
- Istanbul, Izmit, Eskişehir (Doğu Express, Güney Express, Vangölü Express)
- Ankara, Sivas (Doğu Express, Erzurum Express, Güney Express, Vangölü Express, 4 Eylül Mavi Treni)
- Erzincan, Erzurum, Kars (Doğu Express, Erzurum Express)
- Batman, Diyarbakir (Güney Express, 4 Eylül Mavi Treni)
- Tatvan (Lake Van), Muş, Elazig (Vangölü Express)
- Malatya (Güney Express, Vangölü Express, 4 Eylül Mavi Treni)
- Tehran, once a week
- 2 Bus station (6km north-west of the city center. A local bus #140 to the center leaves from a stop across the road directly to the south of the station. Tickets can be purchased from the booth immediately beside the bus stop for 1.70TL.). The station has an Internet café (0.50TL for 30 minutes), left-luggage storage, restaurants, grocery shops, hairdresser, etc.
To go to the train station, take bus #140 until the very center of the city (citadel), then take Atatürk boulevard towards North until the train station (about 1km).Kent Seyahat is a Kayseri based bus company.
- Göreme: frequent buses, about 15TL
- 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 3rd 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.
- 1 St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church (Ermeni Kilisesi Vakfi) (In the city center). The foundation of this Armenian Church was laid in 1191. Worth getting inside to see the interior - ring the bell for entry.
- Handwoven carpets are the major touristic merchandise in Kayseri, but they can be quite expensive as some of them are silk.
- Kayseri is famous all throughout Turkey for its Pastirma. This is seasoned beef which has been air dried.
- 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 sauce 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.
- Pastırma is Kayseri's another well-known product. It's dried, salted beef covered with çemen, prepared by a special process. Pastırma is served both as a spicy starter or used in dishes (e.g. in pastırmalı kuru fasulye) or böreks. Kayseri is the major source of production in Turkey. If cannot afford the restaurants, try buying 100 grams from a large supermarket or from old shops in the old shopping district behind the castle (Kale).
- İskender is a kebap variant, named after its inventor (Turkish variant of "Alexander"). Its meat is prepared similar to that of döner, but is served in dish, and with a butter sauce on the top. Although others come quite close, a local restaurant called İskender is the best place to eat this, and is located on the opposite side of Hunat Hatun Camii.
Gilaburu juice is a traditional drink from Middle Anatolia. Gilaburu (viburnum opulus) is a tiny, red fruit. It has lots of benefits to human body. You can drink Gilaburu juice in Elmacıoğlu İskender (one of the biggest restaurant in the city).
- Bolulu Hasan Usta, Istasyon Caddesi (On the left side of the street when going North.). Café serving usual tea and Turkish coffee, and many pastries. Free Wi-Fi, power supply for computers/smartphones, and perfectly clean toilets. Friendly staff (though non English-speaking).
- Hotel Bent  is a centrally located 3-star hotel. A double room is 160₺ (April 2011) and offers a clean room with Wi-Fi, TV, minibar, etc. Single room 33€ by night (July 2011)
- Hilton Kayseri is so far the only 5-star and international hotel in Kayseri.
Many cafés offer free Wi-Fi.