We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Dolmabahce Palace

Istanbul 34357, Turkey
(0212) 236 90 00
Website
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
Private Tour
$97*
and up
Private Tour: Romantic Bosphorus Cruise at Sunset
Top Rated
$45*
and up
Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce...
82%
Ranked #33 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Owner description: This palace was built in the mid 1800s to replace an earlier...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This palace was built in the mid 1800s to replace an earlier structure that was made of wood. The new palace incorporated sixteen separate buildings with stables, a flour mill and a clock tower among them.
Write a Review

1,743 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    982
    446
    192
    80
    43
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hungarian first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Serbian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

make sure you keep time to visit this amazing palace. the interiors are amazing and its a great feel to be able to spend time here. great views from the grounds. the palace is in the heart of the city so easy to get to.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Aesch, Switzerland
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
35 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Be prepared to queue. You can't visit by yourself but have to book a tour. Also, be clear when buying the ticket if you want "just" the palace or the harem tour as well. If you don't specify, they sell you the combined ticked. You will have to wear plastics over your shoes which is a bit annoying as you... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mountain View, California
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

This palace puts the whitehouse to shame! Built in 1843 it is extremely lavish and beautifully decorated. Lonely planet guidebook said not to miss this and BOY WERE THEY RIGHT! I only wished I had allowed more time so we could see the Harem area. We got a peek and it looked even more regal than the other parts! Don't... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

the place is wonderful. it left me stunted. i cant remember any piece pf art that even match this place. every thing is wonderful. and the ceremony hall is the most amazing. the only thing i dont like is the fact they prevent photography.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

this was such a waste of money! over priced .. and they take groups as large as 50! and not to mention other agents doing the same meaning u'd even find trouble walking because of the people in there! besides no guide can yell out loud all the facts eh? guess Topkapi should be the only palace to visit!

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
42 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The Dolmabahce Palace is the Best of the Istanbul Attraction in my opinion The exterior gardens and the entrance gates to the Bosphorus strait are rich in beauty The Best part of the Dolmabache Palace and its adjacent Harem is that they are fully furnished in the style of the Sultan. The gorgeous chandeliers are eyepopping!! The only negative is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Beirut, Lebanon
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The palace can be accessed by tram with an extra 200m walking... It is closed on Mondays & Thursdays..The fees vary according to the parts to visit with 40L for the full guided tour..The palace is really interesting & I think it is worth the full tour although the harem section needs quite a renovation compared to the Salamlik section...... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Guangzhou, China
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I think this is much nicer than topkapi palace. Don't miss it. We went there two times since it's near our hotel Conrad. It's a romantic walk from the street to the palace. I'm glad we did enter the 2nd time we went there.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Great bilding in Istanbul it shows you how Last Sultans was live very luxurious many rooms 6 turkish hammam there are tow side one for works of sultan wich name is "slamlik" another one for privte life of sultan wich name is "harmalic" ther is a man take you inside the palacis talk English

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
346 reviews 346 reviews
209 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This palace reflects the fusion of European styles was constructed between 1843 and 1856 and designed by Karabet Balyan, architect to Sultan Abdulmecid and of the prolific Balyan family of architects who served Istanbul. Topkapi palace the main palace of the ottoman sultans was abandoned after the construction of the Dolmabahce palace was completed.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Dolmabahce Palace also viewed

 

Been to Dolmabahce Palace? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Dolmabahce Palace staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?