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Galata Bridge

Address: Hobyar Eminonu Mh., Hoca Kasim Koprusu Sk, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Ranked #71 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Bridges, Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu, the northern district of...
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Type: Bridges, Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu, the northern district of Istanbul.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I went here in winter, so I am sure summer would be a whole different experience, but the food choices here were just bland and boring. We looked at almost every restaurant and its all just the basic mezze options and deep fried foods. So we didn't stop. Each restaurant has a different decor, but the same food. I guess... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

There's nothing spectacular about this bridge with regards to history or architecture, but it's the people that make the Galata Bridge stand out. Stroll along and you'll find plenty of vendors selling snacks and souvenirs, locals fishing for their dinner, and scammers who will get you if you're not careful. One such incident involved a shoe shiner who pretended to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

if your interested in hustle and bustle of people, this is a great spot. We went on a cold rainy day and there was still a lot of activity. People from all walks of life and all parts of the world passed by. As a side benefit you get to see the skyline of the old city, the modern city... More 

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Galata bridge connects the Old Town (Sultanahmet) to the Karakoy area of Istanbul. The bridge is located right next to the Egyptian spice market where you will find many of the cities' touring boats. In fact, if you watch the Rick Steves video of Istanbul, this is where he eats the mackerel sandwich from the boat restaurant. Both sides... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Each one offers some sort of discounts and/or free drinks with the meal. Try to negotiate the best deal. They can be "pushy" so, try to be as firm as possible.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This bridge is a short connection between Eminönü and Karaköy areas.With lots of various kinds of fish restaurants and cafes on both sides under it,you can always find a suitable one for yr budget and take a seat and enjoy the view while having yr meal and drinks in this quiet place.Of course,it is also very nice to walk over... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Hi everyone, This is my personal review of Galata Bridge. When i was going to taksim, i decided to walk there from my hotel in Sultanahmet, and i did not read about Galata bridge itself so i was more then shocked actualy when i first came there as it was not only the bridge. Amount of people, restaurants, and overall... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

It was really interesting seeing so many people fishing at many hours of the day and night .There are boutiques and restaurants on both sides of the bridge and under .The vue of the city is spectacular . You may try a local delicacy along the shoreline consisting of a fish sandwich cooked fresh on docked barges equipped with huge... More 

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

fascinating walk across this bridge,all the way along great views, locals fishing by rod for their dinner and vendors selling all manner of goods, local fish restaurants both ends , bustling center vibrant and friendly

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This review is not just of the bridge itself - it is about everything surrounding it. Walking in this area, next to the Egyptian Spice Market, is a MUST if you are in Istanbul! Under the bridge are wall-to-wall restaurants. On the water are floating restaurants. Everything about this area is interesting and worth a walk-through. It is amazing to... More 

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