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Galata Bridge

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Grand Bazaar
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Address: Galata Koprusu Kemankes Karamustafa Pasa | Beyoglu, Istanbul 34425, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 243 9501
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu,...

This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu, the northern district of Istanbul.

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A lovely walk!

This wonderful bridge connects istanbul's historic quarter with the rest of the city over the Golden Horn. It offers some gorgeous views of the city's mosques, the Bosphorus... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Sarah N
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Urla, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

This short walk from Sultan Ahmet to Eminonou districts is full of color and activities and local culture. From men fishing from the bridge, dozens of fish restaurants under the bridge, street vendors along the bridge, and tourists taking beautiful backdrop photos, this is a great way to see Istanbul.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice walk across a busy bridge linking East and West. Watch the fishermen have a chat and laugh with each other while trying to catch something. Lots of photo opportunities. Good time to visit is at sunset as the sun drops below the skyline, mosques and minarets stand out so well.

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Chengdu, China
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This bridge can be quite romantic. You walk across the Golden Horn with the smell of frying mackerel wafting up from the lower deck as seagulls wheel and scream in the sky overhead. The views of the Galata Tower and the domed mosques on the hills of Istanbul are also rather lovely. On the other hand, the whole lower deck... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This wonderful bridge connects istanbul's historic quarter with the rest of the city over the Golden Horn. It offers some gorgeous views of the city's mosques, the Bosphorus strait and the Galata tower amidst the skyline. Don't miss the lineup of fish restaurants just under the bridge for a lovely seafood meal.

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Waterford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Galata Bridge is an experience. So much is going on. On my first visit I did the fish sandwich (a must do experience) & quite nice. It is so nice to take time out & just watch the activity. I am so impressed that the water is clean enough for the many people fishing. Public Toilet facilities excellent.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walk across the bridge and you will have an overview of both the modern and old Istanbul. Fishermen all over, near the Karakoy Tram.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We also ate some sandwiched from a fast food cart! Not sure what they were but they sure were good!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great way to see the beating heart of Istanbul and its busy waterfront. There are lots of restaurants built into the bridge and it is heaving with traffic.. yet it still makes an interesting and relaxing stroll across from Sultanahmet to Galata. i did it several times over the course of my 4 days in Istanbul and... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Galata Bridge is for me an icon of Istanbul. During week-end was very crowded, there was so much happening on/ under and over the bridge! Street food, restaurants, small bazaar - everything was there. And many many people just sitting around to enjoy the sun and grab a bite. You can get there by tram at Eminonu, or by subway... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very busy and colourful place to walk around, taste local snacks and food. Usually very crowded! Something to see there, not much!

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Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighbourhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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