Dolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahce Palace
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
This palace was built in the mid 1800s to replace an earlier structure that was made of wood. The new palace incorporated sixteen separate buildings with stables, a flour mill and a clock tower among them.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Aneeqa A
    Chester, New York3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent!!
    Loved it. It was sooooo magnificent that you can’t believe your eyes. I recommend booking via tour of you don’t mind long waiting lines, or go early morning when it opens. Our guide explained us the history and then we were on our own. It is a MUST SEE!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Mohamed Sami
    Alexandria, Egypt1,709 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Modern Ottoman masterpiece
    This modern European-style palace was built by Sultan Abdulmecid I in the 19th century and served for the residence of the Sultan during the last decades of the Ottoman empire and was also the residence of Ataturk during his final years where he died. Though the decline of the empire was already started, the palace was very expensively constructed and it costed more than 35 tons of gold, which highly affected the financial state of the empire, with marble, gold, furniture, chandeliers, carpets and highly decorated walls and ceilings. As usual it also compromises a Harem section. This place is a must to see as expected. A new gallery is now opened for the portraits of the Sultans as well as many paintings of many famous artists acquired during the Ottoman era, this museum also shouldn't be missed.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Alma V
    Tirana, Albania9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    Magnificient palace, plenty of rooms with different styles. A room for every occassion. At the center of the palace was a huge chandelier with gems and gold. You can pay at the entrance for a audio book guide, wich is in different languages. Wonderful view 😍
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 September 2023
  • tjjjbel
    Chester, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    East meets west opulence- worth the trip
    Excellent audio guide round a beautiful palace - (clear English accents) & interesting mix of east meets west and including spectacular glass chandeliers and Harem with marble bathrooms/hammams. Typical unfriendly, aggressive ticket staff (where do they get them from?) but we’ll worth the tram trip. Very short queue at 10am & in some rooms on our own. Great painting museum but other ancillary displays closed.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Phil Weckenmann
    Nuertingen, Germany14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    We went to the palace because it was recommended to us by friends and it was stunning. It is a beautiful building and the garden is a delight for the eyes. However, entry is a little expensive and you are not allowed to take photos inside the palace. Overall still, I would highly recommend paying it a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Iris
    Vancouver, Canada58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful palace
    Had a good time visiting this gorgeous palace. Free audio tour guide with admission avail in various languages. We passed on this d/t the requirement to surrender our passports to take advantage of the audio guide. Worth visiting.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Susan K
    New York City, New York1,036 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    After seeing the waterfront facade of the palace from the Bosphorus, my interest was peaked
    We purchased the only admission ticket offered which included the Selamlik, gardens, Harem, and Art Museum. The Cystal Staircase of Baccarat crystal was very impressive. The palace is opened 9-4 Tuesday to Sunday. We visited on a Sunday and there were many families enjoying the the grounds. There were two lines for tickets and even though they were very long, the line moved quickly. They have a cafe and gift shop. Before entering each of the buildings, you are given plastic shoe covers so flats, and sneakers make it safer to walk. There are lots of stair so be mindful.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Richard D
    Ciutadella, Spain740 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectabular chandelier
    The grounds and the garden are very pleasant. The palace is furnished and some of the room have very interesting crystal fixtures, probably from Bohemia. Most remarkable is the last room before the exit, the ceremonial function room. There is a 4.5 ton chandelier tethered to a very high ceiling. Quite unique and impressive.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 November 2023
  • IlyaNJ
    Marlboro, New Jersey991 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    The palace is huge and varied, with quite a few interesting highlights in different sections, including a number of halls decorated in a very European way. In reality, this is a Renaissance palace with very little in terms of Ottoman or Turkish influence. Just as everywhere, early arrival makes for easier access.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 November 2023
  • shvarz
    New York City, New York276 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    OK palace, great Painting Museum
    The palace was built to match the European palaces of the time and that's what it feels like - a wannabe European palace. Many almost identical rooms, the ceremonial hall being the most impressive. It's OK to visit, make sure to go to the harem as well, it's a bit more interesting than the main palace. The Painting Museum is great, leave at least an hour for it, the collection is very interesting. There are a couple of cafes on the grounds with reasonable food and service.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 November 2023
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Sahira Aybar
39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
It was a great experience. My visit was fantastic. The palace is huge with beautiful views and near the water. To enter to the palace you have to wear plastics shoes that they provide. No cameras allowed inside, they took me my selfie stick and kept it at the entrance. Besides that it was a wonderful experience. I took beautiful pictures.
Written 11 July 2024
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Zsuzsa.Guide
Targu Secuiesc, Romania771 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Friends
Built by the order of sultan AbdülMecid în the 19th century and designed by Karabet & Nikos Balyan, this Palace was built when the Ottoman Empire was in decline. Admire the garden, the Imperial Gate, the Ceremonial Hall, the Crystal Staircase, the Harem and Atatünk 's Bedroom. It is expensive, but worth it. Take your passport with you and get a free audio guide. Visiting everything takes aprox. 3 hours
Written 4 July 2024
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Travelingtodiscover
Los Angeles, CA289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
“Dolmabahçe Palace” (Filled in Garden) Museum is the largest in Turkey.
Baroque and Rococo style palace was built facing out towards the Bosphorus, completed in 1856. It served as the official residence for Ottoman sultans. Palace was one of the masterpiece’s of the Armenian architect Garabet Balyan.
“Dolmabahçe Palace Gate” mesmerizing view right from the Center of Europe and Asia.
It feels good to be lost in the right direction!!! Just do it 👌!!!
Written 11 June 2024
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roozbeh b
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
So over priced for foreigners. It is seven times more expensive for foreigners than for locals. I think it is not worth of it spending 30 EUR for visiting it.
Written 1 June 2024
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flekim
Basingstoke, UK153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
I think this cost us about £25/pp entrance. In my view it was well worth it.
Beautiful palace, you are led through the downstairs and some of the upstairs of the palace seeing all the rooms which are splendid. Sadly (unless I missed it) they don’t show any bedrooms or the “downstairs” kitchens etc which would have been really nice. I didn’t notice anyone with an audio guide and didn’t ask for one but there are leaflets in all languages.
The gardens are beautiful and it’s all looking out to the sea, so if you can get in before certain tourists who love taking pictures of themselves it’s a good photo opportunity too.
Nice gift shop.
Probably no more than 3 hours is needed there…..I didn’t see a cafe but again I could be mistaken.
Written 1 June 2024
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Alice
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
My journey to Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul was a journey through opulence and history. From the moment I stepped foot in its magnificent halls, I was captivated by the palace's grandeur and elegance. The intricate details of the architecture, adorned with lavish decorations and ornate furnishings, reflected the splendor of the Ottoman Empire at its height. Walking through the palace rooms, each more breathtaking than the last, I was transported to a bygone era of sultans and royalty. The highlight was undoubtedly the Crystal Staircase, a masterpiece of craftsmanship that left me in awe of its beauty. The palace's stunning location along the Bosphorus added to its allure, offering panoramic views of the water and the city beyond. Visiting Dolmabahçe Palace was a truly unforgettable experience, and I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a glimpse into Turkey's rich cultural heritage.
Written 25 May 2024
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Cumbrianhomeandaway
Wigton, UK340 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Impressive exterior but inside it seems to be a collection of rooms with chairs! This is probably why they do not allow photography inside as it is boring. The last palace to be used by the Sultans but better to visit the Topkapi Palace for a better experience.
Written 21 May 2024
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joewC8024SJ
28 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The palace is closed on a Monday. This information is hidden away on the website and is only apparent once you have got to the ticket office. ☹️
Written 20 May 2024
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St_DiaS
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
From personal perspective I found Dolmabahce Palace more impressive than Topkapi. Significantly more elaborated and with a lot of different areas to explore it is true jewel of Istanbul's architectural heritage, holding a rich history dating back to the mid-19th century. It took us over 3 hours to visit it. The rooms are gorgeously embellished and do not seem to end. Impressive history in that place: the room in which Ataturk died is also within the place.
The gardens of this sumptuous palace are beautifully care for and the position (it is located on the coast) offers a spectacular view of the Bosporus. Unfortunately you cannot take any pictures inside which was. . . naff.
There was waiting line for the ticket purchase but not a huge one; after 15.00 o'clock it is more relaxed.

An un pleasant thing was the fact that there are different entry ticket prices for tourists vs locals (approx. 1000 lira for foreigners and approx. 100 for Turks; just ten times the difference)
I was also sorry for not being able to visit the the clock museum as it was closed nor see the crystal staircase as it was completely covered ( but not mentioned at the entrance).
Written 7 May 2024
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Ak1
Greater London, UK4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very disappointing. They have closed off most of the rooms so all you get to see are hallways and glimpses of some of the rooms. Majority of the rooms in the palace no just has chairs lined up. Not much to see long queues. The guards shout if u take pictures inside
Written 1 May 2024
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