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Galata Bridge

Hobyar Eminonu Mh., Hoca Kasim Koprusu Sk, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Ranked #73 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
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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Kaliningrad, Russia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

I would like to share with you my boyfriend's discovery- the most tasty balik ekmek I ever ate! When you will be next to Galata bridge (the beginning of it on the Karakoy side), try to find a man with carriage. Usually he is there and cooking this delicious "fish sandwish". It consists of fresh tasty baked mackerel (carefully cleaning... More

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Bristol, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

However beware the multitude of fishermen casting off as you walk behind them and the very nasty odours (and I don't mean the fish) that abound!

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san francisco, CA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

Get out of the crowded streets and enjoy the expanse of the strait of the Golden Horn. This bridge has two connecting sides of pedestrian walks... great place to watch the fishermen, see men carrying trays of bread on their heads, check out local fashionable teens strutting their stuff, and marvel at the views of the port. Pickpocketing has happened... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Galata Bridge is a neat way to cross the Golden Horn. While a traffic thoroughfare, it also has a pedestrian walkway at water level. It is a great place to have a coffee, and to sit and take in the sights - both on the walkways, and on the water. Food prices at any of the places I checked... More

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The Galata bridge IS a tourist attraction, not to be missed. But I warn you dear prospective travellers, do not eat in one of the fish restaurants. They are ever so expensive. They have fresh sea fish (not from fish farms) but the prices are very high. Four people we paid 560 TL. If you want to eat fresh fish,... More

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Krakow, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

For me it was really an essence of this city, at least the old part as I wasn't able to see rest of Istanbul. Crowded, loud place, above the Bosphorus with man fishing and selling fresh juice and great view for mosques. You just have to take a walk through it to the other side of European side :)

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Cool to see hundreds of fishermen trying to catch fish from the Bosphorous. The contrast between touristy and local is very cool! A must see to get a complete idea of this super diverse city!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This is the bridge that connects Karikoy to Eminonu. a very lively bridge. Can be crossed on foot. underneath it there are lot of eating places. on the top you will find loads of fisherman sitting with their lines tossed in the water waiting to catch fish. on the Eminonu side, you will stalls that sell fish sandwiches, a very... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This is more than just a bridge! Yes, there are cars crossing the bridge, but also dozens of fishermen lined up along the bridge waiting for their daily catch. Underneath the bridge are multitudes of restaurants, coffee shops and hookah bars, a great place to relax and hang out. I spent a pleasant October evening with new friends, watching the... More

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Orangevale, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

From the Egyptian Spice Market and New Mosque, it's a short 5 min walk to the bridge, passing the ferry docks. It's a lovely repreive from the crowded market to breezy 10 minutes walk across the bridge. Will provide an beautiful perspective of the Bosphorus. Beautiful views. At the end of the bridge, it is a 20 minute walk up... More

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