Galata Tower

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Galata Tower
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Built in 500 A.D., Galata Tower is one of the dominating landmarks of Istanbul. It was used as a watchtower to help defend the city.
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The area
Neighborhood: Beyoglu
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
How to get there
  • Şişhane • 4 min walk
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kiranbabutamt
Houston, United States49 contributions
Recommend getting 5 day museum pass for 550 Lira if you will be seeing Topkaki palace and one other site - will let you avoid ticket lines. You can see in about 1 hour. Elevator to 6th floor. You can walk up the stairs to the top - great views. On the way down will have to come down stairs thru narrow tunnel in the wall and get to see museum exhipits at each floor.
Written June 21, 2022
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Janine P
Red Deer, Canada2,460 contributions
Couples
We arrived early on a Sunday morning to go into the tower. We did not pre purchase tickets but easily bought some at the ticket booth. 130 TL admission 40 TL more for interpretive headsets-be prepared to leave passport or other ID, and possibly wait in a long line after to get your ID back.
Enjoyed the tower, very scenic panorama of the city, and interpretive info was good to get a better understanding of the tower history.
Stairwells not made for taller people do may want to use the elevator.
Written June 12, 2022
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AhmedM_Foodie
New York City, NY417 contributions
Friends
Istanbul is beautiful, thats a given, but if you want to go somewhere to chill and enjoy the charm of the country, this is the neighborhood. This is a beautiful and somewhat calmer part of Istanbul that is only minutes away from popular tourists areas. Galata neighborhood is something out of a movie. It has a small European town feel with small cafes, rustic homes and brick roads.

In the center of it all is Galata Tower. Take in the views of the neighborhood and other parts of Istanbul from the top of the tower. I went early in the morning upon opening around 8:30 AM. It was empty and I got to enjoy it with very few other tourists.

You pay outside in a trailer right outside that mimicked the red car train to Taksim. Then you enter and take an eleventh to the sixth floor. You come out and walk two flights up the stairs to the crown. There you walk out to a very narrow terrace.

Here you get 360 beautiful picturesque views.

Then you walk all the way down to the first floor with each floor being a museum with info of the tower and Istanbul.

I recommend going early in the morning. I could not see myself walking around the narrow terrace with more people. It would be complicated. I don’t recommend for families with strollers. Though it’s accessible, it’s very narrow inside and there a bit of walking up several flights to get to the crown.

Also, if you’re coming here, you can easily walk up towards the tower from Galata tower. Just follow any path uphill and let the tower be your guide.

At night I don’t recommend walking here from Galata bridge because there is No lighting on the side streets. You get beautiful views at night but it’s more sketchy out there at night. Also limited taxis available too.
Written July 2, 2021
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Eileen K
Bel Air, Maryland, United States2 contributions
The area around Galata is charming, with cobblestone streets, fun tourist shops. and. sophisticated boutiques and innumerable coffee shops and bistros. Easy to get around on public transit. Make a point. of learning how to manage it. Traffic is intense and taxi rides can take a long time day or night. A $10 bill is the best option, With Uber, drivers negotiate. Unbelievably steep streets paved with cobblestones, Bring good shoes! Being fit is highly recommended! Haga Sofia on Hippodrome a must. Also laser show at Basilica Cistern. Grand Bazaar intense and crowded. Can find bargains, but be wary. Not my thing, but. others in. our group loved it.Very ancient, Masking not common there. We had a city guide for a day. Recommend that. We were there a week in May. for a wedding with adults. Fabulous and reasonably priced. Lovely weather; a few rainy days. Being there in heat and summer tourist season could be a different story.
Our Airbnb host Dodo at Urban Bridge was gracious and so helpful ! He got us into fabulous restaurants and gave lots of helpful hints. Our apartment on Ekkrem Caddesi street was modern and well equipped including washer dryer, pleasant kitchen, including coffee and water bottles and a water cooler, necessary because water tastes awful. Two modern bathrooms with huge showers. Neigborhood cats and some dogs everywhere. All fed by everyone. If you are highly allergic could be a problem. Charming though. Overall, a fabulous city populated by friendly people.
Written May 21, 2022
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Mrathore51
14 contributions
Couples
Galata Tower is well worth the visit. It cost 130TL pp for entry fee, the queues were long as it’s a very popular destination for tourists. We had to walk up steep cobbled streets to reach the tower. There are lifts to get up to the 6th floor which makes it a lot easier, it was wonderful experience seeing the spectacular views of Istanbul. Highly recommend
Written June 12, 2022
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Abdulrahman Qazzaz
Alexandria, Egypt54 contributions
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‏One of the first things that will come up to anyone’s mind when asked about Istanbul is the iconic tower of Galata, situated in the historic district of Beyoğlu and very close to Istiklal street and Taksim square as well, the area around the tower is spectacular, it’s full of historical buildings, cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and everything you could ask for. The tower itself is open for everyone, the entry fee is 100 Lira(approx. 12$) per person, and Museum Card(Müze Kart) does work here as well, it’s a must to everyone who’s visiting Istanbul to come to this place and spend the day in this area, i do highly recommend doing this.
Written August 29, 2021
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MarcusHurley
Bristol, UK8,520 contributions
The tower itself is obviously at the top of the hill and we paid the £6 entrance and took the lift to the top – Deb would have been so pleased! At the top it was, frankly, terrifying! The views were as impressive as you’d expect but it had a very narrow walkway, a waist height barrier and people walking round both clockwise and anticlockwise. One of those place that is better viewed from elsewhere I think!

The stairs down from the tower were low ceiling and spiral but each floor had an interesting exhibition including some interactive ones so it was actually a rather good little museum. No cafe there though.
Written April 29, 2022
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clippe
Montreal346 contributions
Not only a landmark for Istanbul but also one of the best place place to see the city or to catch the sunset.

I bought my tickets online to avoid long line up but when we got on side (on a Tuesday) early in the morning as they recommend, we found the line up was not that long.

The online purchase was only 175 liras (9.75 USD) per person and they send you electronic tickets with a QR code.

I would not recommend guided tour (not even sure if there are). Just get the entrance tickets.

The tower tower has much history and is must do in my opinion. Don't place more than 60 min for this activity.
Written July 31, 2022
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Anish S
Chicago, IL749 contributions
The history behind the tower is great and the views from the tower are incredible. However, if you go during the afternoon, prepare yourself for long lines and a very crowded balcony. It was hard to move around on the balcony. But the neat part is that they have you take the stairs down and on each floor there's an exhibit or additional information about the tower. Note, you also have to had purchased your ticket beforehand as there's no ticketing counter here.

I would recommend going early in the morning before the tourist crowd descends on the place. I am assuming evenings will also be packed as it could be a nice spot to view sunset from.
Written June 13, 2022
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LPR1988
Windsor and Maidenhead, UK1,062 contributions
Couples
For £5 per person (approx) this was beyond worth it.

The views from the top were absolutely fantastic and we were lucky we visited on a clear sunny day so could see for miles!

The elevators take you up to the 6th floor and you can look at various artefacts before making your way up 2 flights of stairs for to the viewing point.

It is crowded up there, and we visited in January so can’t imagine how busy it would be during peak season!

You take the stairs back down and can take various photos along the way.

Once leaving the tower is a short walk to town and surrounded by plenty of cafes to grab a bite to eat or get a cup of coffee.
Written January 15, 2022
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