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Review of Rumeli Fortress

Rumeli Fortress
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Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour
Ranked #41 of 1,033 things to do in Istanbul
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Owner description: This three-towered fortress was built in 1452 on the Bosphorus to protect the narrow waterway from advancing ships.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

I loved it..I have to admit it is unerving to look down and be like..oh darn i can fall!But the no hand rails is somewhat over rated..meaning I saw young kids with their parents and there was not really anyone per say freaking out.
The views were to die for.it took my breath away..it started raining and I sat there an hour just looking at the view. I went to the top of one side of the fortress and left the other side of the fortress for when i come back next year inshallah!

This is an extremely well to do area of Istanbul..a lot of hi fi restaurants and the walk back is amazing with the sea on your side, I walked a good hour before I caught the bus.
Very easy to catch a bus from Kabatas and get there...

A great 2-3 hours of my day!

Visited July 2013
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Pristina, Kosovo
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“Set aside a day to see while in Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

Defiantly worth the extra drive north of the city. Picturesque views over the fortress walls. To get the best views you have to do a little climbing and it can be a little frightening even for those who are not afraid of heights. Take sunscreen and plenty of water.

Visited May 2013
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“Best thing I did in Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

Just 5 liras to enter (circa £1.70; $3). Very few people. A little dangerous in terms of there being no handrails, and rather terrifying for someone like me who suffers from mediocre vertigo. You can walk along the walls in various sections - perhaps 6 or 7 areas of the wall. It's actually a far more rewarding and interesting wall-walking experience than China's Great Wall. In my four days in Istanbul this was by far the highlight of an amazing holiday. I would strongly urge everyone to visit the fortress. I spent around 90 minutes here, and would very happily have stayed for longer.

There was no opportunity to buy any water or food within the fortress, but they did have toilets.

Visited July 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“Worth to visit if you have time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

Though a bit far from city centre, not difficult to find by taking bus from Kabatus, must use stored value card as the bus does not accept cash or plastic coin as you bought for the Metro, many helpful bus drivers will help you how to get there and ask other passenger to pay for you, so you will feel the hospitality of Turkish.
The fortress is magnificent even if you watch on the boat or walking inside, you can walk to the highest part to see the beautiful scenery of the Bosporus Harbour, if you dare, as the steps only has one side with castle wall while another side is a steep slope if you fall, you will die. I saw some youngsters walk up and hanging half-way and need to walk back. Some dare to go up and sit on the margin of the castle wall which is 10-15 floor high...
After coming out from the fortress, there is a beautiful seafront walkaway, it is romantic and comfortable with sea breeze, sea gull, hawkers.. can have a slow walk back, there are many sea view restaurants/cafe along the road, you can slowly enjoy your life.

Visited June 2013
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“Fortress Wonder”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

Amazing Fortress on the European side of Istanbul along the Bosphorus River next to the famous Bosphorus Bridge which connects Asia and Europe. You will always see this while on the Bosphorus Cruise but we managed to stop here for a few minutes to have a look around and this old castle is simply stunning

Visited June 2013
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