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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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I took a walk on the bridge on a Sunday. Lots of fishermen with lines dropping down the bridge. We could see several boats as well taking people on rides on the river. Under the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Lagos, Nigeria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As you stand on the Bridge, you can see all the many faces of Istanbul. I actaully love to walk this city and discover the shops, its people, its bazar and on this bridge its Fishermen. Enjoyable, really

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Galata Bridge spans the Golden Horn taking and you can also get pretty views of Istanbul with the imposing domes of the various mosques. On the bridge you will see many people fishing, under the bridge you will find restaurants selling fish sandwiches.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I took a walk on the bridge on a Sunday. Lots of fishermen with lines dropping down the bridge. We could see several boats as well taking people on rides on the river. Under the bridge are restaurants serving lots of seafood. You will get the smell of fresh seafood and the river generally. I eventually settled in a restaurant... More 

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Whenever we go to Istanbul we transverse this bridge regularly to go from Eminonu to Karakoy. This is where you can enjoy the classic postcard view of Istanbul's dome upon dome of mosques from Golden Horn. I really enjoy the hustle bustle of tour boats, ferries and fishing vessels here. The only things I dislike about this bridge are the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is amazing with hundreds of fishermen plying the bosphorus river.i had the famous fish snack which was very tasty. The area is abuzz with boats offering cruises around the river and a good array of restaurants offering various fish dishes. The bridge is close to the spice market. A ferry ride from the European side to the eastern... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bridge is full of fishermen and is an exciting place to see some of the skyline of Istanbul. You walk across the bridge to go to Galatea Tower.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Walk across it - watch the fishermen on their bridge 24/7. Dodge the smells that come along also with that. Go to fish restaurants underneath or just behind the fresh fish buns are for sale. We didn't enjoy our fish from these though this time - the pieces were quite boney and didn't taste that nice. Disappointing really.

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

it was really a great experiences...it reflects the history and cultures of rich turkey heritage...very pleasant indeed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Galata bridge is a very nice place to spend time for a tourist.You get to see the hustle and bustle of the ferries,fisherman fishing on both the sides of the fish it is also lined with lots of small take aways who make fresh fish burgers .You find roasted corn and other quaint snacks sold .ferries taking you on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you say galata bridge then you must remember the ekmek balik sandwitch, which is fish sandwitch. A very lively area, it has sea port, the bus station, boats for fish sandwitches which i love, also under the bridge is full of restaurants. On the other side you can find huge shopping area, more restaurants... You must visit.

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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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