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Galata Bridge

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Address: Galata Koprusu Kemankes Karamustafa Pasa | Beyoglu, Istanbul 34425, Turkey
Phone Number: 902122439501
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu,...

This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu, the northern district of Istanbul.

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Historical view and golden horn

Galata bridge presents good occasion for sudden stop for lunch or dinner if you are looking for differences what you use to do everyday. Comoaring the last few years many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were staying in a hotel located just above Inonu Stadium and took the Galata Bridge numerous times to get to the Old City and its wonderful sites. The metal drawbridge built in the 90's separates the Bosporus from the Golden Horn and one end starts in Eminonu right next to the ferry terminal. It is therefore a very busy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you just want to cross the Galata Bridge then travel along the upper roadside. If you want to walk leisurely along the water, then walk beneath the road surface. Just be prepared for constant offers of the best seafood in Istanbul.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Walk across the bridge towards the spice market and great shopping but on the way feel the atmosphere of the city of Istanbul. Watching many people fishing from the bridge and the bustle and noise of this massive city, if you prefer you can also take a tram across instead of walking. Once across treat yourself to something at the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As I always say, bridges connect people, but most important on this bridge is that here it also feed people. The fish sandwiches sold at the side of the bridge are a MUST if you visit Istanbul. Cheap, delicious and original.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Galata bridge presents good occasion for sudden stop for lunch or dinner if you are looking for differences what you use to do everyday. Comoaring the last few years many restaurant renovated. It is important that they changed from touristical reastaurant to seafood and/or fish reastaurant. Historical penunsula lays down on your view. Also you can try waterpipe and order... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice to walk over the bridge, or you can choose to walk along the restaurants. At every restaurant there were attendants to try to "talk you getting inside"! We didn't like Thatcher very much!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Try eating at one of the anchored boat restaurants to the north of the bridge, a must-do when visiting Istanbul. Tip; you're going for the experience, not the food.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The bridge is over Bosphorus and it connects the new area with historical area of Istanbul. The tram and vehicles go over there. There is also a pathway under the bridge with many shops.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wouldn't rate it too highly as an attraction in itself but it's pleasant to wander across from Galata to Eminonu and watch the fisherman competing for catches in the Golden Horn below. At the Eminonu end of the Bridge is an Istanbul must: a fish sandwich from the famous stall. It's packed with locals and a cheap snack. Just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the walk both ways across the bridge. From the fisherman with their long poles fishing for toddlers to the perpetual motion of ferries and other boats of all sizes. Reminded me a lot of Sydney harbor and Hongkong harbor A very relaxing stroll with extensive views

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Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighborhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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