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Galata Tower, Istanbul

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Take in dramatic panoramic views of the city and traditional Turkish fare atop Galata Tower. A recognizable symbol of the city's skyline, the tower stands 66.9 m (219.5 ft) high. Often referred to as the "Tower of Christ," it was the tallest and most important building during the time it was being built. Have a meal or enjoy a drink at the restaurant and cafe located at the top. After hours the upper portion turns into a lively nightclub. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Istanbul holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Galata Tower and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Historic building with amazing views of the city. There is an observation deck for which there is a ticket also an extra ticket for the helicopter simulation.  more »
  • Excellent views over the old city and Bosphorus. Should be on the agenda during any visit to Istanbul.
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  • Beautiful place with the pride of 13th century, a must visit place in Istanbul to explore the beautiful view of Istanbul. Although it's chargeable I think its little high 25 TL /almost 7 USD, there is...  more »
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  • The Galata tower is located at a central point and easily reachable through 6 different streets. Once you've paid $7, you go into the elevator halfway up the tower. Then there's a few more steps to go up to reach the restaurant and lookout. The observation deck is pretty much a tight circle around the restaurant, leaving you quite packed with the rest of the people that want to visit. Not a great place for people who suffer from claustrophobia or vertigo. The stairs are tight and ceilings are low. However if you have no problem with these things, it's a great adventure through the layers of the tower. Amazing panoramic view and as a result good memories, awesome pics & video. Place that every tourist and photographer should visit to.
  • An amazing view of the whole city. I think sunsets especially would be beautiful. It's a bit short-lived though, and the limited space can become even more cramped by all the selfie takers. At 25TL it's worth a visit, and queues usually move quickly.
  • We wanted to see the sunset and came an hour earlier but the queue for the tickets was so long that nearly missed it. We waited for about 45min. The view is amazing and it was definitely worth the wait. We also took some amazing night shots. Theres is a restaurant at the top, but we skipped it. It was a bit too crowded for my taste, but you can see the city in all directions
  • There is an elevator, so it's super easy to reach the top. It's not all the way, you still need to climb stair for 1 floor. There is a restaurant and a cafe/bar at the top. Though overpriced. There is a fee to access the tower. The ledge at the top is very narrow. It's hard to pass people on the fence. The view is spectacular, totally worth it.
  • The best view of Istanbul can be seen from Galata tower especially if you visit at sunset. Addmission is 25 TL. Open till 20:00. You might stuck in an hour line but the view is really worth of it. This is one of the must-dos one should take while being in Istanbul. Especially favorable for professional and amateur photographers. Visit and Enjoy!
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