Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Turkey  /  Istanbul  /  Galata Bridge

Galata Bridge, Istanbul

4.3
#16 of 1,315 in Things to do in Istanbul
While not much to look at, Galata Bridge represents a tiny microcosm of life in the city, linking Beyoglu and Eminonu districts. The current bridge was built in 1992, replacing several earlier versions which were no longer feasible. Both Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were at times enlisted to design the bridge to cross the Golden Horn. Da Vinci's design was not accepted by the Sultan, while Michelangelo rejected the invitation to work on the project. Experience the sights of mosques and the Galata Tower on the horizon as you walk the length of the bridge. Most days you'll find dozens of men casting their fishing lines into the water below and street vendors peddling Turkish snacks, souvenirs, and fishing bait. Below the bridge, discover restaurants and cafes serving up Turkish food and drinks. Make Galata Bridge a centerpiece of your Istanbul vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Galata Bridge
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Galata Bridge Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
3,434 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Enjoyed seeing the boats, water, fishermen and the cityscape at night...captured a crescent moon above a mosque. Sense of comraderie amongst the fishermen. Just lovely.  more »
  • Beautiful bridge for walking in summer and Shata see fishermen who catch fish under the bridge and b there are a variety of tasty fish restaurants shops of the most important places to visit in Istanbul
    View original
  • Loved it. Men fishing. Hawkers selling. Restaurant business all go. Boat tours taking off. Spice market selling. People everywhere. Great views. We walked over,jumped on the ferry to cross over,get a ...  more »
Google
  • Great and very living location for a walk. The restaurants are nothing special food wise but with a great atmosphere. We walked here several times to enjoy the feeling of relaxation on the top from the fishermen's catching small fishes. In case you consider buying the fish from them take into account the number of boats sailing there and amount of pollution in the water. I am not sure it is all that healthy 😊
  • You should try walking across the bridge in summer. It is a fantastic experience. There are two levels in the Galata bridge. The upper one is the traffic lanes and footpath while the lower one is for the restaurants. The lower level will be disconnected at the middle of the bridge in order to provide sufficient height for boats to pass underneath the bridge. There is a small sight-seeing spaces on the lower level near the middle of the bridge. If you are walking across the bridge, you may face a situation that shoe polisher pretends to drop their brushes while he is walking so that you will call him to pick up his brushes. This is a trick to make you to talk to him and use their service. If you are not aware, you may need to pay a lot of money. I encountered this trick few times during my short stay there.
  • Really enjoyed walking across this bridge. Beautiful views of both eastern and western Istanbul. You can watch a ton of people fishing along the side of the bridge at the top. At the bottom, there is a series of restaurants/cafes.
  • One of the greatest place ever Entrance fee 25 LT per person and you can bay extra 10 LT for a helicopter simulation around Istanbul at 6th floor as i remember
  • Amazing place. You can see fishermen with fishing rods and Galata tower. One of the nice place in Istanbul.
Places to stay near Galata Bridge

Plan your trip to Istanbul

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Galata Bridge by other users

6 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM BELGIUM November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM INDIA December, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA December, teens, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Izmir Province & Istanbul BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA December, teens, kids, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Istanbul & London BY A USER FROM KUWAIT December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 20 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM TURKEY November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM EGYPT December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM TUNISIA December, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans