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Galata Bridge

Address: Hobyar Eminonu Mh., Hoca Kasim Koprusu Sk, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Ranked #73 of 504 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Bridges, Landmarks
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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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162 reviews 162 reviews
79 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 NEW

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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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Walked short distance from the Golden City Hotel and went through an alley where a local had sausages cooking on a grill in his driveway. Best sandwich we had in Istanbul, but he fish sandwiches in and near the bridge were excellent as well. Fun place to watch the locals.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

We took a short walk on the Galatta bridge.. We went after dark and the view from the bridge is amazing .. All the mosques lit and a nice picturesque spot. You could see loads of locals fishing on the bridge... This bridge connects two major cities of Istanbul, Faith & Beyoglu.. If you have strength , take a walk... More

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Karachi, Pakistan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

walk on the bridge is good to have a local feel....also d view of Sultanehmet is good...there are lots of people fishing ...you can also try to have a catch if u feel like...our daughter caught a fish so it was worth a place to visit ... :)

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Kampala, Uganda
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed my stroll across the Galata bridge as it is not just a bridge but an vibrant place in its own right. I stood for a while watching the fisherman and the water is so clear that you can see the schools of fish they are trying to lure in, as well as lots of jelly fish. Recommended.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

It is worth walking on and down the bridge to see the coffee shops and restaurants there! On the bridge you can take nice fotos with the mosques in Sultanahmet on the background or with the fishermen that stand on the bridge!

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Sussex, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

On the lower level you are permanently hustled by the restaurants looking for customers. On the top level watch out for the dropped brush scam by the roving shoe cleaners - if you see /hear a dropped brush just ignore!

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Cotabato City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This is a real manifestation of the saying above. There's not much to see in this bridge if you are expecting a grand view. This is rather a "feel being a local" area. On the bridge, people are happy fishing and expecting a good catch. Below the bridge there is a long line of fish vendors and buyers looking for... More

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NEPA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I wanted to walk across the famous bridge and enjoy the views of the Old City. There were SO MANY people and I didn't get very far before I was almost stopped in my tracks by the stench of fish. I wondered at that moment if that tram stop should be re-branded as vegetarian hell. On both sides, the boats... More

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Mendham Township, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Definitely walk across the Galata Bridge. Go to lower level to eat at one of the many fish restaurants! Sit outside and watch the ferries across the Bosphorus and Golden Horn; view the Galata Tower, and the old town mosques. Then walk the entire bridge - pick a beautiful day!

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