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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.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 293 81 80
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Well worth it, although we were lucky and got there on a Thursday... didn’t realise how lucky till we saw the queues on Saturday and Sunday! There are other places to see a great view in Istanbul of course but there is something special about...More

Thank joannab59
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Have a coffee at the base of the tower, there is a little bar in the form of an old tram that offers great coffee. Once up, you will have an incredible 360° view of Istanbul, breathtaking! And no stress, there is an elevator, only...More

Thank stevemE7001YD
Reviewed yesterday

My recommendation for this attraction is to either get there early or leave it until early afternoon to miss the queues, although to be fair the queues are not that bad. They do not seem to count how many people actually go up at any...More

Thank DPJ-Travels
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you visit Neve Salom Sinagog walk, turn the cormer and great Galata tower is there. Around there are very nice cafes you can drink and take photos around and you can go up the kule and look istanbul from there and take beautiful pictures...More

Thank nilay_sen
Reviewed 2 days ago

This tower is not to be missed. I have been here both during the day and at sunset and although both views are captivating in their own unique ways, but I can not recommend more the sunset from this tower and beautiful vibrant city coming...More

Thank Shan M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Make sure you pick an off-peak time. The tower opens at 9AM so we aimed to make our way up then, and that was a good bet. Around noon, the queue was very long, snaking along the tower yard. Although it was super-crowded to view...More

Thank emeskayy
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Queue was quite long (about 25 minutes). Once upstairs we headed straight for the 360 degrees balcony. It is narrow so gets crowded easily. Be aware that the floor of the balcony slightly slopes downwards which can sometimes make it feel a bit precarious. However...More

Thank Redalfa147
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Must see in Istanbul ...the building and the small shops nearby are nice . Also go on top of the building and take a look at Istanbul 360 degrees!

Thank baselkawaii
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A lot of sympathic shops, great coffee places around and besides one of the oldest tramway...istklal street is near and worth too

Reviewed 6 days ago

Icon of the Istanbul skyline, Galata Tower is a high medieval stone tower offering amazing views of Istanbul's historic peninsula and the Bosphorus. There is a restaurant on the upper floor. A Must-See when in town.

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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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Rana S
October 16, 2018|
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Response from MirelaBarba | Reviewed this property |
The tower can be visited every day between 9 - 19.30
Rana S
October 16, 2018|
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Response from AK_RUH | Reviewed this property |
If you're talking about the 4D show I think it goes throughout the day. Maybe every 10~20 minutes. Just finish your visit to the top and go to the show as you are going out. Its a few floors below. Make sure your ticket... More
September 12, 2018|
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Response from Natasha_Var | Reviewed this property |
Everyday. You just ask at the entrance