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Galata Bridge

Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Ranked #64 of 641 attractions in Istanbul
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Type: Bridges
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu, the northern district of Istanbul.
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Tram noise, rushing crowd, ferries, street vendors competing for attention, imposing mosque overhead, fishermen lining across the entire span, car/bus jamming bridge roadway, take it all in!! Be sure to grab a fish sandwich from one of the 3 sanctioned boats (a meal for 2 costs $3, can't go wrong).

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

You can plan to visit Galata bridge during evening which is on a walkable distance from main tourist areas. When you cross the bridge (towards the galata tower), at the end on the right side on the sea side there are many stalls selling tea, fish and kabab sandwiches. You can sit on the sea side and enjoy sandwich and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

bridge takes you from the Bazaar area to Beyoglu, views: are nice fish sandwich: served from the Bazaar side is good if you are need need of a lunch snack, i was copying a local and brought what i thought was a drink, it had pickles in it and looked interested, drank my first mouthful and it turns out it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

At first glance its just a bridge, nothing special. Seeing as how you have to cross this bridge to get across the water, you can't miss the best parts of this bridge. Below you have a row of restaurants. But on top is where the best atmosphere is, rows of fishermen littered on both sides of the bridge. Great views... More

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Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The top section of the bridge with scattered fishermen is not that exciting and the staff at the restaurants below are the pushiest of anywhere in Istanbul. There is more exciting activity going on on either side of the bridge as opposed to the bridge itself.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This bridge is great, with a tier for restaurants and above it the traffic ! A welcome stop for a rest to take in the atmosphere ! Choose either to look up the Golden Horn or on the other side look towards the Topkapi Palace. Plenty of people fishing from the bridge too ! Beware of being conned by people... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Historic,exciting,very interesting,full of life.It gives you a psecial feeling . Very lively at any time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Nice little bridge right near the Eminonu pier that crosses the Bhosphorus. You will see many people fishing off of the pier and there are a bunch of restaurants underneath the bridge where you can get some seafood. Like most places in Istanbul the restaurant owners harass you to come dine at their restaurant as you are walking by. Many... More

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This bridge is a must if you visit Istanbul. You will see the Bosphorus, fisherman selling their daily catch, people just walking the bridge, the Spice Bazaar is just a few steps away. Great place to spend the afternoon. Very close is a mosque and I do not remember the name but worth the visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Drive, tram, bus or simply walk across this renowned bridge. The lower tier houses the famous fish restaurants and bars. It is fairly easy to ignore the persistent attempts to get you in as long as you don’t stop but keep walking. If you walk over the top section you avoid the bars and get to see the views of... More

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