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Review of Yildiz Park

Yildiz Park
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

if you are planning to spend time in Ortakoy, do yourself a favour and add a few more hours for a walk around Yildiz Park. This makes a nice break from the traffic and there are several interesting sights in the park. The first place you should go is the lodge that was constructed for the visit of the kaiser in the early 20th century. Everything is from that period and the construction is German country and completely out of place in istanbul, which only adds to its charm. The interior is Turkish and Barocque. Take note of the bathrooms, they are original.
The next stop is the pavillion which was a hunting lodge for ottoman royalty. It is small and beautiful and used for weddings now although it is possible to get food and refreshments here. Nearby is a porcellain factory where you can buy exquisite Turkish porcelain. It is not cheap but it is unique and handmade.
When you have finished you can reenter bustling istanbul and stop in Ortakoy and appreciate the respite you received in Yildiz.

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

It is a perfect place if you need to escape the noise of the big metropol, Yildiz park is the right place. A pretty, leafy oassis alive with birds and picnickers... It is the imperial garden of Ciragan Palace. Park has two pavillions. These pavilions is used by the Sultans to enjoy the surrounds. when you entered the main entrance opposite the ciragan palace, and if you walk around 10 minutes to uphill. From T intersection at the top if you take left, this is going to bring you to cadir Kosk. There is a small lake in front of this pavilion which I like a lot. the other one is Malta pavilion. on th right side of the park. You can have light lunch at malta pavilion with the view of Bosphorus from it's terrace..A taxi from sultanahmet coast around 15 tl if there is no traffic. But it is a really nice way to walk under the exteremly big trees.

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Followed our guide book and took a hike up the park. Was very serene and peaceful, but loads of dogs around the park. However, I was really glad they did not bother us in any way, they seem to enjoy the sun and peacefulness of the area as well.

Quite a hike, so good walking shoes are a must. Did not stop by for a cuppa at the Malta chalet, but it does have good views over the Bosphorous from very high up. You would need to pay for entry for one of the pavillions, 10 TL and no photos are permitted. Beware of vehicles that seem to drive through the park with very high speed...

4  Thank FuzzyGirly
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Nice old cafe in an old building, nice walking track etc. The park is set on a hill, so you can follow a multi angle walking track.

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

While you’re visiting Istanbul, I recommend that you visit Yildiz Park if you have some extra time! It’s a very nice big park that is very big, green and clean however it is not a protected park so be careful around animals! Also Yildiz Park has a very good location and has very easy access by bus, dolmus, by taxi and of course by car. I recommend that you go to the park on a weekday rather than a weekend because weekends tend to be crowded. Also I recommend that you go on park grounds with your car because it is faster and you can park your car anywhere when you want to get out. Of course you could also walk but young children will get tired but it’s great for exercising! Yildiz Park is also a very nice place to go for a picnic but be careful around dogs.

Yildiz Park has many old Ottoman pavilions and while you’re in the park, I recommend that you visit them! We visited the Malta Pavillion and the outside and inside were very beautiful. However we ordered food there and we had to wait for 40 minutes for one chocolate cake! After we found out why they delayed so long; it turns out that our waiter got our order, went on her lunch break and forgot to tell what we ordered to the kitchen! However that was the only negative part during our visit.

Yildiz Park also has a very nice porcelain factory and museum called Yildiz Porcelain! I really recommend that you visit there because they have beautiful porcelain! The factory tour isn’t open everyday so make sure to check on their website for their opening and closing times and dates. Also make sure that you visit their shop and buy a replica porcelain dish that the sultan’s used to use!

Overall, I really recommend that you visit Yildiz Park while you’re in Istanbul because you’ll never forget it! Also, while you’re there make sure to visit Ortaköy as it is very close to the park!

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