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Galata Tower

Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 293 81 80
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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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  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 293 81 80
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Reviewed yesterday

Galata Tower stands in an old quarter of Istanbul. You have to walk less than fifteen minutes to get to the stone medieval tower from Karaköy tram Station. I had to wait in a queue for almost 45 minutes, before I could buy the ticket,...More

Thank shadmehr
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I would recommend to visit this place! The view from the top is really spectacular. They have lift by the way.

Thank Olya769
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice place to come and see the tower and drink a cup of tea the tower is big u can get really good pics just near isteklal street

Thank Hisham A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lovely place where i feel happy when i am around.. some Coffeeshops and interesting shops are located around tower and top of tower has great view 🌟love it..

Thank Ozge K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Such a nice experience specialy for coupels.when u climb u ‘ll be surprised by the 360 panorama senery of Istanbul.like a magical place.it is better to go there between noon and evening coz u can watch sunset from above.hug & kiss ur love there it...More

Thank delishnaz
Reviewed 5 days ago

This tower is worth the trip, lovely restaurants all around & great view of city from the top. Important landmark.

Thank annedriscoll123
Reviewed 5 days ago

Although I've already reviewed this as part of historical places, Galata Tower is one of a kind places to visit. You can walk to it by crossing the Galata bridge. You also see people fishing around the sides of the bridge :)

Thank Abdul A
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Loved the view! Loved the experience! Take the time for the photographer to play dress-up! Elevator to the 7th floor. Walk up two more. Restaurant was on top! Visit early to avoid crowds. However, heard it was amazing at night!

Thank Lydia S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Galata Tower is just a short walk from the Galata Bridge and it is easy to incorporate the Kamondo Stairs on the way. The tower was not very busy on the day we visited so did not have any wait for the elevator. Potentially great...More

Thank CAPerth
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had tried to go on our previous trip to Istanbul but it was too busy, we felt we could not wait. This time the queue was much shorter and it was well worth the wait. it is well organised and the views from the...More

Thank ANSGr
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal
Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night
and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights,
shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of
people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive
Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of
the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned
restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening
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Ashi K
12 September 2017|
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Response from Behzadvaziri | Reviewed this property |
Hi You cannot walk on the bridge! its closed for pedestrians. you can go to Besiktas or Ortakoy to get close to the bridge. It is sooo big so try to look at it from a bit far! I would recommend boat tours from Eminonu which... More
23 July 2016|
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Response from Batuhan K | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry but NO
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28 June 2016|
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Response from Asma_Hosna | Reviewed this property |
There is a cafe and also there is a Restaurant. I believe you will not be requiring a reservation prior as most of the time its empty. But in case you can inquire at the reception at the bottom of Galata