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Galata Bridge, Istanbul
(4.2/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Full of character and lots of history and culture, very busy location and full of hustle and bustle, nice. 
  • Walk on the bridge or take a tram trip to visit the asian side of the country. On lazy sunday afternoon you can see old turkish people fishing on the bridge. 
  • This is a very touristy part of Istanbul, but well worth spending some time in this neighbourhood. Find yourself a seat at one of the restaurants (we like the Balik Noktasi) on the lower level of the ...  more »
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  • You'll see some historical places just by walking around here a little bit. The view really good. There'll be people fishing, running, cycling. At the lower side of the bridge you'll see lots of sea food restaurants, they are not so cheap though. If you are hitting for a morning run and in İstanbul for only a short time, add this bridge to your route.
  • A very good idea to take a walk on this bridge. Brilliant atmosphere with fishers patiently waiting their prey. There are two levels to the bridge, the one above for fishing and the one below for fish resturants.
  • Great view and specualy on the sunset! About food you can taste a good fish or if you want something special you should try Baliki Ekmek ( Fish with bread )!
  • Not to be missed ! The Galata bridge has changed little over 40 years except now trams cross it ! On one side there are loads of fishermen and on the other side full of fresh fish restaurants. You can buy a small piece of fish in a lump of mbread with salad for 7.tl cooked by the side of the bridge.
  • Lovely place and atmosphere at bridge. People busy in catching fish on top of bridge while vehicle crossing it behind them while on lower story restaurants selling variety of eatery. Prices at restaurants are negotiable. Bread with fish is speciality here and around this place but I found it dry and without spices.