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Taksim Square, Istanbul

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Taksim Square represents the heart of the city. The square acts as a transportation hub, with the central station of the metro network here, connecting important districts in the Turkish capital. The bustling, cosmopolitan Istiklal Street ends at this square. Discover important sites of Turkish culture and heritage, like the Monument of the Republic commemorating the fifth anniversary of Turkey's independence, and Ataturk Cultural Center, where concerts, operas, meetings, and exhibitions take place. Plan to visit Taksim Square during your Istanbul vacation using our convenient Istanbul vacation trip 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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  • Be sure to wander into most, if not all, the morning bakery shops. They have great breakfast pastries and tea is always free :) The walk all the way to the end of Taksim is worth it. There are cute sh...  more »
  • It was really nice experience from taksim square to istiklal street but prepare yourself for a long walk. The square itself was a nice place. The day i went there the weather was cold and there is lig...  more »
  • Well, this square if pretty famous, for no particular reason. It is very crowded, and not safe at all. If you are a woman, never visit Taksim alone in the evening or night. The statue is of Ataturk wi...  more »