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Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi)
Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi)

Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi)

Sishane, Istanbul, 34420

The Basics

With its conical roof and stone edifice, Galata Tower is a famous sight on the Istanbul skyline. The tower’s impressive views used to help the 18th-century Ottomans spot fires. Today Galata Tower is a great place to snap photos of Istanbul’s European shores from above. There is also a restaurant on the upper level.

Some small-group and private walking tours combine a visit to Galata Tower with an exploration of the Karakoy and Beyoglu neighborhoods, or the attraction-rich Sultanahmet district. Istanbul hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tours stop here as well.

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Multi Cultural Istanbul: Galata Tower - Fener and Balat - Golden Horn by Ferry
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Multi Cultural Istanbul: Galata Tower - Fener and Balat - Golden Horn by Ferry
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$53.67 per adult
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Istanbul discovered
A super tour with Erol that gave me a view of Istanbul I might not have discovered on my own. From start to finish this was a wonderful tour of Istanbul, beginning at Galata tower, learning it's history and that of the area surrounding it, seeing the beautiful views from the top of the tower; exploring the charming neighborhoods of Fener and Balat, enjoying delicious Turkish desserts and tea at a local cafe; relaxing on the final leg on the ferry ride home. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone, it was such a pleasure and Erol is incredibly knowledgable and easy to be with.
Melissa_H, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Istanbul

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Outstanding tour!!!
David_U, Nov 2021
Istanbul Modern City Walking: Taksim to Galata With Secret Passages
Outstanding tour!!! Erol was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic as he showed the non-tourist areas along side streets in the Taksim area as well as providing historical context. Highly recommend!!!
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My first tour of Istanbul.
Nawar_A, Oct 2021
Istanbul Modern City Walking: Taksim to Galata With Secret Passages
I booked this tour the day I arrived in Istanbul for the first time, such a pleasant experience, especially since I stayed in the Galata neighborhood so it gave me a good insight on what’s around, Erol did a fantastic job describing neighborhoods from the angle of a local. Highly recommended!
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Amazing Tour!
Ajmal_T, Aug 2021
Istanbul Modern City Walking: Taksim to Galata With Secret Passages
This was our second tour with Erol during our trip and it was excellent! We learned the best local eating places, that we went to try out later and they were delicious! We never felt rushed through the tour as he explained the significance of lots of sights and showed us the local treasures! Definitely recommend!
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Great way to see Beyoglu
Michelle_Y, Aug 2021
Istanbul Modern City Walking: Taksim to Galata With Secret Passages
This was a fantastic tour. I have been to the area many times but never appreciated all the things Erol shared with us. We loved seeing the beautiful backstreets and passages. We learned a bit about the history as well as the local food culture. Be prepared for a long, interesting walk. We went with children between the ages of 11 and 17. Erol was patient with all of us and made the tour interesting for everyone. I highly recommend this tour if you are new to Beyoglu or if you have been there many times.
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NOT TO BE MISSED! Amazing tour!!!!
Fahad_K, Apr 2021
Istanbul Modern City Walking: Taksim to Galata With Secret Passages
This was my fourth trip to Istanbul and even though there was a lockdown, I was able to see and learn so much more about Taksim! When they say secret passages - they MEAN secret passages ! Erol showed us all the hidden spots , short cuts - everything we could ask for and more! Erol is literally the best tour guide I’ve ever had in any city - and I’ve had the opportunity to visit many! The views from Galata are SPECTACULAR and to be able to know what your looking at makes it all that much more immersive and enjoyable! Take the tour , do not think twice!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Galata Tower is a must-visit for history buffs and anyone wanting a stellar view of Istanbul.

  • Istanbul TouristPass holders receive free access to the tower.

  • Sunset is an excellent time to capture spectacular views and the perfect picture.

  • Dine at the tower-top restaurant or watch a Turkish belly-dancing show at the nightclub.

  • There is an elevator to the seventh floor of the tower, and then there are two flights of stairs to the observation deck and restaurant, so access may be difficult for visitors with limited mobility.

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How to Get There

Located in the heart of its eponymous neighborhood, Galata Tower is a steep and short walk downhill from the Tunel funicular and the Sishane metro, or uphill from the Karakoy or Tophane tram stops and Karakoy ferry port. Taxis are a convenient option.

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When to Get There

Galata Tower is open from 9am through the evening every day. Entry lines can be long, but they move quickly. Early morning is a good time to beat the crowds, and sunset offers the best photo opportunities. There are generally more crowds at the tower on weekends and holidays.

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What Can You See?

As a panoramic lookout point over the city, Galata Tower provides views of many notable Istanbul sites. Spot the Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque on the Old City peninsula; watch people cross over, and boats under, the Galata Bridge; and spot the New Mosque and the Spice Bazaar on one side of the Golden Horn, and the curving streets of Beyoglu on the other.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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