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Built in 500 A.D., Galata Tower is one of the dominating landmarks of Istanbul. It was used as a watchtower to help defend the city.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
As featured in 3 Days in Istanbul
Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 293 81 80
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went up the tower in Jan, it was cold but we'll worth the 15 minute wait outside to go up the lift! At the top the walk way around is narrow so you wait for people to come and scuttle around the many people...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ashleyga1
Reviewed yesterday

I rented an apartment near the Galata Tower with my family recently (last week of Dec 2018 until early Jan 2019). It was a new experience for all of us with the weather, people, ambiance the attractions around Galata Tower. First, there are many chic...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RidzAziz250895
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

One of the oldest watch tower which gives you 360 views of both the Sultanahmet District and Taksim area. You can have great views for both day and night but be prepared for long queue lines in order to get up there.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank inksterpunk
Reviewed 4 days ago

just admire the size and the beauty esp at night easy access by feet or by public transports.would recommend and would visit it again

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank iordanidisg
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you are not planning to go inside and be there on time and ready to wait in line for tickets, you are just wasting your time. There is nothings special to see, nothing much to do except a nice regular cafe' in front of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank marodint
Reviewed 5 days ago

interesting to visit and to check the view over the Bosphorus and Istanbul city.small fee to pay for the visit

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ShakeC11
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Just a little tower. Nothing too spectacular. I did not go to the top, there was over 100 people waiting on line to get up there and the line was barely moving. I did buy some stuff from the souvenir shops right by it. Be...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank SamirNYC112
Reviewed 6 days ago

Although you can see nice views of the city on the top of the tower I do not think that it is worth 33 TL, since it can be very crowded and you can not move or take picture easily. We also tried 4 D...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank hammouc2019
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I don't mean to sound negative, and don't get me wrong, towers always have great views of the city and stuff, BUT - if it's freezing cold outside or you have somewhere else to go to and aren't sure if you should wait in a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank yuliapaskova
Reviewed 1 week ago

It rained when we arrived here around 11am. We went all the way up to the top, On a clear day, you could get a clear vies of the city around you for miles and miles.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank k7vidya
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Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal
Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night
and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights,
shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of
people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive
Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of
the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned
restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening
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Julie C
19 January 2019|
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Response from nora1223 | Reviewed this property |
There’s no need for reservations to enjoy a coffee, dessert or lunch at the Galata Cafe. I visited in November and when I sat at a table to have a coffe & dessert I was helped immediately
Rana S
16 October 2018|
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Response from Ady L | Reviewed this property |
Every hour from 9 am, I think.
12 September 2018|
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Response from Natasha_Var | Reviewed this property |
Everyday. You just ask at the entrance