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Galata Bridge

Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Ranked #66 of 646 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We had the chance of serving one cup of tea in lower stage of Galata bridge in 25 february, this year. It is a memorable place although the weather was cold in that night, about 1:30 Am. In the restaurant building, there was a live music + dance but single men were not allowed to enter, only couples or women.... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

You really know you are at the Gates of Asia on this bridge. The constant movement of ferries coupled with views of one of the most vibrant cities in the world really packs a punch. Relax in one of the bridge's cafes with a shisha and watch the world go frantically by.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

There's a lot happening at Galata Bridge but make sure you get a fish sandwich straight off the boat. Fresh fish straight off the grill, lettuce and onion in a roll. Add some lemon juice and salt and eat sitting at one of the little tables and stools. Delicious and about AUD3 each.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Ok, so I didn't imagine i'd review a bridge, but in some ways this is more than a bridge. Sunday morning and it was a hive of activity from the usual street traders (slightly inflated prices) to dizens of people fishing to tourists and locsls crossing from one side to the other. And to yop it off, great views in... More

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We run into that bridge after visiting Taksim and walking down the beautiful Istiklad street. The traffic is high on the road, but you can walk by side and take nice photos. Plenty of people are fishing. You can also go down near the see level and take pictures,see the boats and enjoy the view. Also you can walk in... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The bridge itself is not so special, but is full of people, restaurants, excellent view etc and gives you a feeling of Istanbul. Try to go there in the afternoon, take a sit in one of the restaurants with a view on the West side and wait for the sunset. It is just amazing. PS: Do not forget to eat... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

After a day on the boat trips and the Galatea Tower, decided to walk back home over the Galatea Bridge. So many restaurants to choose from, picked the last one with the guys outside grilling the fish, fast service and plenty of food for the money. Walked along the coast road by the sea, thought about trying the free gym... More

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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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