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Galata Kulesi

Galata Tower

(Galata Kulesi)
Historic and Protected Site and Scenic Lookout
Bereketzade, Beyoğlu
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    Abdul M.
    "Amazing time spent here!! complete 360 views of istanbul!!"(19 Tips)
    I B.
    "One of the best panoramic view of the city!"(12 Tips)
    "outer balcony"(9 Tips)
    Taras K.
    "Wonderful panorama city view."(3 Tips)
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  • sibel a.
    sibel a.June 29, 2014
    Galata Tower, XIV century Genoese tower, 67m height. The best place to see the sunset in Istanbul (Europe and Asia, Bosphorus and the Golden Horn). This is a view which is really historical...
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Samiraheart icon on user image
    SamiraAugust 14, 2015
    It is one of the dominating landmarks in istanbul, it was used as a watchtower.(16 floors/67 M).make sure to enjoy the views 360° from the outer balcony because they're panoramic and breathtaking.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
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    Sergei ChukhanAugust 26, 2015
    One of must visit place in Istanbul, but a lot of people want to see the landscape from this tower. So you should stay in a queue.
    Upvoted 2 days ago
  • Kitsos M.
    Kitsos MitsosJanuary 3, 2013
    12 TL for entering the tower. It provides an elevator to the restaurant floor and then you have to climb few stairs. Perfect view to the city. Recommended if the queue is not that big.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Ela M.
    Ela MorgendorfferAugust 11, 2014
    18,5 TL (6,5€) entrance. You can enjoy an interesting view of Istanbul, both Asian and European sides, but it's a big expensive compare to its offer. Cafeteria ultra expensive.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Muratheart icon on user image
    MuratJune 11, 2016
    One of the most important touristic attraction, cultural and so historical. Located at the end of Pedestranian Street. Possible to climb up, for one of the best viewsbof the city. A must-see spot.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • L. Q.heart icon on user image
    L. Q.March 7, 2016
    25TL for this? Check it out from outside, but then go to a rooftop restaurant with a view, grab a tea and enjoy a much better and comfortable experience. Galata is a trap!
  • Aylin A.heart icon on user image
    Aylin AlpustunAugust 9, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the symbols of Istanbul, it was once a watch tower and a prison, now you can go up to get an aerial view of Istanbul - lift up to a certain point then have to walk up two flights of stairs.
  • Kerry A.
    Kerry AsmatSeptember 3, 2014
    Best time to go is before sunset so tht u get to enjoy both day & night within 30-45mins. But if not, go fr anytime in the day rather thn night unless u like city lights rather thn panoramic cityscape
  • Anya R.heart icon on user image
    Anya RoxieJune 7, 2019
    One of the most famous historic places in Istanbul. Just walk along the narrow streets, make loads of photos and then come to this tower and enjoy an awesome view of Istanbul from the top of it.
  • Erol U 🚶heart icon on user image
    Erol U 🚶January 1, 2021
    Been here 10+ times
    Galata Tower is one of the most iconic symbols of Istanbul. It also features to be one of the highest and oldest towers of the city. Well worth doing in late afternoon or sunset otherwise skip it.
  • Burcu Y.
    Burcu YatmazogluSeptember 2, 2018
    A medieval stone tower in Galata quarter of Istanbul which is one of the oldest towers of Istanbul. Ensure that your camera and phone’s batteries are full as you’ll take amazing photos of Istanbul!
  • Monica K.heart icon on user image
    Monica KhoshbakhtAugust 6, 2015
    I had best moments there up in Galata tower, my husband and me loved it with great view on Bosforos 🏰💙❤
  • James W.heart icon on user image
    James WhatleyApril 8, 2016
    Incredible views. Great spot for panoramic photos (if that's your kinda thing). Go in the morning for the views, then drink tea at the cafe at the bottom in the afternoon sun.
  • Mehmetcanheart icon on user image
    MehmetcanSeptember 28, 2016
    Best view of the city with the most economical restaurant and cafe; but reservation first!
  • Shabbnnamheart icon on user image
    ShabbnnamMarch 6, 2015
    Great atmosphere great memories great ppl hanging around ,, dont miss it while in Istanbul 💁☺️🍷
  • edna_ellena ..heart icon on user image
    edna_ellena .November 18, 2017
    Has a great view from the balcony, both European and Asian side of Istanbul. Requires a ticket 25 TL. If you want to dine in the restaurant inside the tower you would need a reservation.
  • peyman g.heart icon on user image
    peyman gApril 14, 2019
    Maybe the best view in Istanbul, It's crowded so better to be there early in morning. Plenty of shops and cafe around there.
  • Qiu I.heart icon on user image
    Qiu IcsJanuary 27, 2019
    Great view but it’s always crowded. Better come as early as you can. The balcony on top is not wide and everybody has to squeeze around. Should be worth it for the view though.
  • P.
    P.November 4, 2019
    You’ll get a 360 degree view of Istanbul for 35 Turkish Lira, which is worth the price. You might end up having to line up in the queue for some time but that’s okay, the view is worth the wait.
  • LocalGuddy
    LocalGuddyApril 17, 2017
    GET TO THE TOP OF GALATA TOWER. Galata tower is Istanbul's one of the most striking landmarks. It has an awesome view of Istanbul. Find locals to show you Istanbul. Read more
    Otel.comDecember 24, 2013
    Do you know the story of Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi, who attempted to fly from the Galata Tower to Uskudar on the Asian side with wings attached to his arms. And he succeeded!
  • Asif K.
    Asif KMarch 28, 2013
    Topped with a distinctive witch's hat roof, the Galata Tower dates back to the days when Genose traders were settled in this part of town. Also, hippies hang around the area. Awesome atmosphere!
  • Semih M.heart icon on user image
    Semih MutluJanuary 10, 2016
    Entrance (to top) is 15₺ for tourists (nearly 5€).There is a cafe inside, tea is 6₺ (2€) coffee is 7₺ (2,5€) Prices
  • Turkey Tourism
    Turkey TourismMay 14, 2013
    Galata Tower, being one of the oldest and the most important towers in the world, was made by Byzantium Emperor Anastasius in 507 under the name Lighthouse Tower. Read more
  • Zainab A.heart icon on user image
    Zainab AljarrashNovember 1, 2015
    Such a gorgeous view. A must see! Try the stuffed aubergine and lamb shank at the restaurant. Make reservation next to a good window to watch the sunset.
  • Tara G.heart icon on user image
    One of “must visit”s in Istanbul 😉 and make sure you read the stories and maybe some legends that are told about this tower 😊(some stories about LOVE,maybe 😉)
  • Esra P.heart icon on user image
    Esra PRGSeptember 6, 2014
    Amazing view. Istanbul is just everywhere! Make sure to be there before sunset.
  • Tan O.heart icon on user image
    Tan OzturkJune 11, 2013
    It's worth if you make it early in the morning to avoid the crowd,get there by taxi if you don't like walking up the hill on cobbled road,complete the experience by visiting the little specific shops.
  • sarah || aïs™
    sarah || aïs™September 22, 2012
    Open: daily from 09.00 – 20.00 Closed: no closing days ! Best to Hang out with friends for dinner, Beers and chit chatty, some bar have the live music too.
  • Annaheart icon on user image
    AnnaApril 7, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    "Thumb up" of the whole Istanbul, it's one of the most recognisable signs. Explore the area around the tower.
  • Marco O.heart icon on user image
    Marco OrtizJune 10, 2015
    Don't miss this spot, it's a great place to get amazing views from Istanbul.
  • Thanos A.
    Magnificent view from outer balcony. One of the best in Istanbul. Open hour 9:00 am till 20:30 pm.
  • Burak S.heart icon on user image
    Burak SansalOctober 25, 2020
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the best tourist sights and the best spot for a 360 degree view of Istanbul. It offers great views at sunset and evenings.
  • Hadeel S.heart icon on user image
    Hadeel SDecember 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    amazing historical area .. amazing view for Istanbul worth long line waiting .. worth the money 👍🏼
  • Darliana P.heart icon on user image
    Darliana PoscaiNovember 19, 2018
    I expected a lot from this place. I was disappointed. It's just a cafe with a very tight and crowded balcony to see the view. The view is beautiful but you can see from other nearby places.
  • Samiraheart icon on user image
    SamiraAugust 14, 2015
    This tower looks like it would be better suited as Rapunzel’s home in a fairy tale. Actually it’s my favorite place in istanbul, it brings back so many memories.
  • IzApps
    IzAppsOctober 5, 2012
    Galata Tower is one of the most famous symbols of İstanbul. If you like it, we invite you to see Chora Museum. Here is the offical application of Chora.
  • Marwan R.heart icon on user image
    Marwan RaghebDecember 16, 2019
    Make sure you are there early morning, and during the weekdays, there are less people which makes queuing more acceptable and the visit more pleasant
  • K H.
    K HameedMarch 9, 2014
    Galatta Tower, one the tallest building of ancient world, built by the Byzantines. Can get a really nice view of Eminonu & Galatta Bridge from the Observation deck.
  • Farinaz 💎🍀heart icon on user image
    Farinaz 💎🍀February 5, 2015
    Historical place . You can see if u come here and seat to restraunt around here . Quite and safe place .
  • Majed A.heart icon on user image
    Majed AlashariFebruary 18, 2017
    Nice tower to take a photo of but is it hard to get there as it is over hill. Many souvenirs shops near by.
  • Abhishekheart icon on user image
    AbhishekOctober 18, 2015
    Awesome views of the old city. I would recommend visiting in the evening to take good photographs of the panoramic views of the city.
  • Nicolay O.
    Nicolay OfnerApril 27, 2014
    nice view of everything from the balcony; view of everything from the balcony; Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi flew across the Bosphorus from Europe to Asia in 1638;first ever intercontinental flight.
  • istanbul
    istanbulMarch 2, 2011
    Topped with a distinctive witch's hat roof, the prominent Galata Tower dates back to the days when Genose traders were settled in this part of town.
  • Matteo P.heart icon on user image
    Matteo PenzoFebruary 3, 2020
    Amazing view. Book the restaurant a day before your visit to skip the line (enter from the tower exit)
  • Mabelle L.heart icon on user image
    Amazing view of Istanbul. Worth wait the cue. The cafe on the top is a nice place to have some Turkish tea or coffee.
  • Manuel
    ManuelFebruary 5, 2013
    A must see when you are in Istanbul & very beautiful at night.
  • Volga N.heart icon on user image
    Volga NehriJuly 13, 2019
    Go and climb the ladders. İt takes only five minutes to reach an amazing İstanbul view. The only worst thing is to wait the line for 45 min and it worths. Go early in the Morning (09 or 10 am)
  • Lisa E.
    Lisa EMarch 21, 2014
    Time your visit to coincide with the call to prayer (assuming you won't be praying). The sound of the ezans wafting up from all the mosques is nothing short of magical.
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