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Galata Bridge, Istanbul

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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. To visit Galata Bridge and other attractions in Istanbul, use our Istanbul vacation route planner.
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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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  • Under the bridge you would find a lot of sea food resturants. I loved the sea view it's amazing & you could also get a boat for 1 hour around the bosphorus. The atmosphere is amazing you'll find some ...  more »
  • From the amazing food to the soft breeze from the river, the Galata bridge is a great place to go. The little stalls selling food street food really highlights how casual yet beautiful the bridge is.A...  more »
  • You can see people walking, fishing and the nice breeze while crossing the bridge, is not a big hike. Distances in Istanbul are very moderate and walking here can give you a nice relaxing stroll surro...  more »