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Galata Bridge

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Address: Galata Koprusu Kemankes Karamustafa Pasa | Beyoglu, Istanbul 34425, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 243 9501
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu,...

This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu, the northern district of Istanbul.

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So busy

Great for a wander and a boat trip but such a busy area much more so than the historic area but still worth seeing

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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Galata Bridge is famous for the view of both sides and the fishermen standing on it, however it does not go further than that. The place was somewhere to hang out also however throughout the years it became a tourist trap with the behvaour of restaurants below. If you are walking under the bridge just ignore the insistent staff from... More 

Thank Flyngdtchmn
Tehran, Iran
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Beautiful bridge is between Eminunu and Karakoy. The restaurants in lower floor are so expensive and if you want to pass the bridge, they constantly offer you to have something and its annoying.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great for a wander and a boat trip but such a busy area much more so than the historic area but still worth seeing

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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good walk with excellent views. Many fishermen along the bridge. Also plenty of places to eat....but very popular especially with the locals

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is A very old bridge in old times it used to be the only bridge nowadays have 4 more modern bridges between ASIA and Europe , THER on t is very little trafic on the bridge but many many fisher men fishing their luck

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's just a bridge that happens to have some restaurants slung underneath it and some fishermen (yes they were all men) on the top. The restaurants have good views of the water but are very touristy. No idea if the food is any good - it didn't look very special and I expect there is a big location premium.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Galata Bridge is one of the oldest bridge in Istanbul that connects old and new part of the city over Golden Horn. The bridge is one of the picturesque point.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Grab a cheap fish sandwich 10TL and sit on tiny chairs while you watch the sun set on Istanbul. Seagulls will circle overhead and fisherman line the bridge late into the night.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

More than a Bridge this gave us one of best Istanbul views also many seafood restaurants located in Galata Bridge

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

Like any other touristic spot, this bridge also has an interesting activity happening all through out the day during winter and that is fishing activity. Middle to old age people spend hours in sitting along the railings of the bridge with their lines in the water in anticipation of catching a fish or two. Interestingly, under bridge there are lines... More 

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Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighbourhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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