We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“What a Fortress”
Review of Rumeli Fortress

Rumeli Fortress
Book In Advance
More Info
US$29.41*
and up
Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour
More Info
US$227.00*
and up
Private Tour: Rumeli Fortress and Anadolu Fortress from Istanbul
More Info
US$30.00*
and up
Bosphorus Cruise from Istanbul: Galata Bridge, Golden Horn, Grand Bazaar
Ranked #37 of 1,060 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: This three-towered fortress was built in 1452 on the Bosphorus to protect the narrow waterway from advancing ships.
Perth, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“What a Fortress”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

wow this is an amazingly huge place, but be careful as the stairs are narrow and no barriers. We got on a tram then the number 25A bus getting off near the 3rd bridge, entry is 10 lira or can use museum card for free entry. the view from the walls, if game enough to climb stairs, are breath taking. Make sure you take a couple of bottles of water each, you will need them. The Fortress looks stunning at night especially from the water. The fortress was built in 4 months in 1452 and I have no idea how this was achieved and is situated at the narrowest point of the Bosphorus. Directly opposite in the Fortress of Antatolia controlling this area well

Visited July 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank roslyn_fry
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

672 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    396
    200
    60
    14
    2
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Seoul, South Korea
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fantastic view! but somewhat dangerous stairs..”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

The view from the top is uncomparable!..but if you have acrophobia you should be careful. Staircases to the top are quite narrow and the wind is strong. Still, defenitly worth a visit!

Visited July 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank Ysaye
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
İstanbul
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Young boys”
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

It is very big and beautiful place. According to me,everybody must see this place and going is very easy by bus. View is incredible and you may see Bosphorus.

Helpful?
1 Thank Emregnydn
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Bucharest, Romania
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Nice place to admire Bosphorus”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

This is one of the two twin fortresses that were user to protect Istanbul from the Asian and European parts of the Bosphorus. Rumeli Hisari is the one on the European side. You can see a beautiful and historical construction and you can also admire amazing views of the Bosphorus.

Visited June 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank IoanaIoana
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Arlington, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Let your inner child take over...”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

I love Rumeli's Fortress and have been there five times!! I've led groups of students on four of these visits, and students love climbing on the walls throughout the fortress.

Let your inner child take over as you climb steep stairs to get to the top of ancient walls. But beware if you're afraid of heights, there are no guardrails anywhere!! If you're adventurous, you will love standing on the edge of a wall with a 70 foot drop off.

And finally, the views of the Bosphorus are truly incredible from the top of the walls.

Traveler tip...Skip the typical Bosphorus cruise and hire a private boat to take you directly to the fortress, wait an hour for you to explore, then take you back to the harbor. You can find private boats to the left of the Golden Horn bridge past the typical tour area and a large parking area.

Visited June 2014
Helpful?
2 Thank Gallascpa
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Rumeli Fortress also viewed

 

Been to Rumeli Fortress? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing