Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of theEskişehir Province. According to the 2011 census, the population of the city is 648,396. The city is located on the banks of the Porsuk River, 792 m above sea level, where it overlooks the fertilePhrygian Valley. In the nearby hills one can find hot springs. The city is 233 km (145 mi) to the west of Ankara, 330 km (205 mi) to the southeast of Istanbul and 78 km (48 mi) to the northeast ofKütahya. Known as a university town, bothEskişehirOsmangazi University and Anadolu University (which has one of the largest student enrollments in the world) are based in Eskişehir. The province covers an area of 2,678 km(1,034 sq mi).
According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, as of 2011 the Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality had a population of 648,396.