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Galata Tower

Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 293 81 80
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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.
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Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 293 81 80
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Reviewed yesterday

Great views up here, the elevator is convenient so not too much walking. Can get a bit busy though, people also smoking up here which is a nuisance.

Thank 113alin
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A walking distance from the Karakoy tram station. Very high point in Istanbul with phenomenal views . Take sort to the 7th floor then need to walk up 3 flights of stairs . Need to b fit . Excellent view of the Golden Horn &...More

Thank Solly S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Galata kulesi is wonderful. It built in 500 A.D. And now it's very good condition. When you up on Tower here is very nice panorama of iStanbul. It's cost 5 lira for students.

Thank lafera4
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is a must to go if you like to see the overall view of Istanbul's main attractions. Be prepared to queue for at least 30 mins. You can skip the simulated helicopter tour. We didn't find it special. Oops

Thank Enassus
Reviewed 3 days ago

The view is amazing especially in the evening . It is a very good idea to put there an elevator because it is difficult to use the stairs.

Thank AnaGB78
Reviewed 4 days ago

excellent view of the city from top of the deck. 25 lira entrance charges. it used to be a lighthouse during the roman emperor rule in istanbul later converted to galata tower.

Thank Chris A
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The tower offers awesome panoramic views over Istanbul for 25TL (£5). It’s just a shame that people don’t pay attention to the “one-way” sign at the top as it makes it very hard to squeeze past people on a narrow walkway. Definitely worth it -...More

Thank James L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Galatea Tower nice place to visit they take 25 lira to go up of tower , better to by car difficult to go walking with children , you see all istanbul from top

Thank Anas J
Reviewed 6 days ago

The tower has very nice view to Istanbul and Istiklal street. But there are too many people on a narrow platform. It is very hard to find a empty place and take a good shot without shaken your hand by others. The ticket is expensive...More

Thank ShahinAShahi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I missed going to Galata Tower on my first trip to Istanbul. So, this time I had it on my priority list for Istanbul, since I had heard so much about this tower. Slightly tricky to find, we had to walk a bit to find...More

Thank zairar82
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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Ashi K
13 September 2017|
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Response from Behzadvaziri | Reviewed this property |
Hi You cannot walk on the bridge! its closed for pedestrians. you can go to Besiktas or Ortakoy to get close to the bridge. It is sooo big so try to look at it from a bit far! I would recommend boat tours from Eminonu which... More
24 July 2016|
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Response from Batuhan K | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry but NO
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28 June 2016|
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Response from Asma_Hosna | Reviewed this property |
There is a cafe and also there is a Restaurant. I believe you will not be requiring a reservation prior as most of the time its empty. But in case you can inquire at the reception at the bottom of Galata