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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. Make Galata Bridge a centerpiece of your Istanbul vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.
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  • It is full of restaurants the part below the bridge on both sides. We ate at one of them and the fish that you show in a car was very good. It's not cheap.
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  • When it comes to Istanbul within walking karaköye from the Eminonu don't go without. Watch all around galata bridge. You can see both views of the Golden Horn bridge welcomes you both in üsküdar. And the bridge on summer and winter fishing people. The bridge in one of the elements that complement the kabataş tramway and Horn in the direction of Delhi. I would recommend your work out you on the bridge.
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  • Famous place to see fisherman at their best and novice like me trying their luck and immitating the skilled ones. At night, it has splendor view of the sea, yachts and small boats. The day I visited (...  more »
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  • Great bridge and in a very beaufitul neighbourhood, historical and cozy. A must see place. There might be only one concern to worry about when visiting there; it is that it is too crowded; too many people so you will need to stay in the queue for long time. Maybe if you manage to go early then most probably there might be be less people. But the view really deserves even with too many people in there :) Fabulous!
  • I was walking through this bridge from Galata tower to the spice market. And I really enjoy the view: lots of people do fishing in the bridge, I even stopped and talked with them (someone who I met can’t speak English, so we used body language 😄), it’s nice interact with local people tho. Under the bridge are restaurants, you have to try the fish burger, it’s cheap, even though it’s not tasty but at least I try this for the first time.
  • Charming view at night. Don't miss to have dinner at one of the fish restaurants under the bridge. Enjoy.
  • One of the most interesting places in Istanbul You can see whole city with wonderful view for the sea and city The perfect place for photography and people who love to make special photos Easy to reach from many places
  • Loved going there. Wish to go again. Blue waters, nice breeze. Magnificent views

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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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