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Address: Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 293 8180
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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Built in 500 A.D., Galata Tower is one of the dominating landmarks of...

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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You can see all of Istanbul. It is beautiful and romantic but it is unnecessarily expensive. There is a cafe on the top floor. It is nice to have a coffee and look at the Aya... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took a boat cruise on Bosporus, now Galatea Tower has a Resturant and motor boat club. Not aware if you need to book for Resturant and how to actually get to the tower, many cruise boats would take you around the Galata Tower.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was there during this winter and wondering if it is worthed to pay and going up there. Then my decision was right, it was worthed to see Istanbul from eagle's eye view. Definite to visit!

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Thank Arie D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Galata tower is one of the places you never forget! Its neighbourhood specially is very friendy and cozy. We just wanted to walk around for hours. There are a lot of great cafes which their Turkish Coffee will make you delighted! Go there! Just stay there!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You can see all of Istanbul. It is beautiful and romantic but it is unnecessarily expensive. There is a cafe on the top floor. It is nice to have a coffee and look at the Aya Sophia. I highly recommend it but the cost should come down for it to be a 5 star rating.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

+gorgeous from above and below +stunning views of istanbul +lifts for easy access and a few stairs which was a good combination +cafe places conveniently at the top -slightly tight when outside especially when busy. Can't really stand and take too many selfies as people are trying to get through either side - different prices for tourists and Turkish residents!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Highly recommend attraction to do, although yes, it is very high up! I'm terrific of hights but decided this was not a time to wimp out-and I'm very pleased I didn't! Beautiful views up at the top but we did find it was quite over priced at 25 TL per person.

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Thank Rachel L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very beautiful, romantic, historical place. There are bars in old buildings. For the wintertime i can strongly advice mulled wine.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I got scammed by a taxi driver that somehow rigged his meter. A taxi from the Hagia Sophia to Galata Tower, 4.2 kilometers, came out to 59 Turkish lira. I was told that it should have taken about 13 to 15 lira. This Tower is easily accessible from the tram station, which you can take for 2 Lira, if you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You have to think about Galata tower with Galata district. Tower entrence may need passion because of long queu. At the top scene is very pistoresky. You will see 360 degree of very center of Istanbul. Also you will find cafe and breakfast, lunch, dinner options but dont forget that is very touristic way.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Galta tower located close to Galata Bridge. The way to the tower is a little bold, but very romantic. nice small restaurants, ruelles. we can walk around the tower, and the view is amazing. There is a small coffe on the tp, with free wifi.

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