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Galata Bridge

Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Ranked #65 of 642 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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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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New Orleans, Louisiana
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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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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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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

one of the must see sights in Istanbul. just walking across it and enjoying the bosporus, and the smells of the resteraunts. At night there is a good night life, and beautiful mosques all lit up. Great place for photos.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Recommend a walk across. Fishermen are attentive to where tourists are when they cast their lines! The only two drawbacks are going through the underground tunnel to get to the bridge (crowded) and the employees at the restaurants heavily cajoling you to eat at their place. Great views of Istanbul - better from a boat

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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

very fast connect Eminonu and the Galata area you can enjoy the sight of many fishermen on the side of the bridge

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Gurgaon, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We walked along the bridge ..felt very part of the city...saw young boys helping their dads with fishing..that was interesting...checked out the worms and bait they use...and when one of them lifted his fishing rod we saw so many fish on it as they have many hook on each line..! It was like they are earning their dinner..! Also nice... More

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St. Helena Bay, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Loved the bridge and the fisherman, made amazing photographs and even though there is traffic and people - there is almost a quiet about it when you stop and watch the fisherman. The restaurants underneath are great for sundowners and sometimes have "happy hour" specials. In our 5 days in Istanbul, the best meal (well ended up being 3 meals)... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This bridge is the latest version of Galata bridge since centuries.My foreign guests enjoyed our strolling experience very much since they watched the Golden Horn on one side and the Bosphorus on the other. The amateur fishermen give a different nice feeling with the fish they catch. The restaurants under the bridge are a different story. Trip Advisor doesnot have... More

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