Galata Köprüsü
Galata Köprüsü
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This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu, the northern district of Istanbul.
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Neighbourhood: Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighbourhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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  • tripsandfood55
    London, United Kingdom4,458 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    So many people fishing!
    With many restaurants underneath and even more people fishing on the bridge for sardines and bluefish is Galata Köprüsü on the Golden Horn. The current bridge, the fifth on the same site, was built in 1994. The first recorded bridge over the Golden Horn was built during in the 6th century. The bridge brings together old Istanbul with its more modern area and is known for connecting of cultures (old and new)
    Visited July 2023
    Written 19 July 2023
  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada4,600 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Watcher’s Paradise!
    Watching the Eminönü side. Watching the Karaköy side. Watching the fisher-folk on the bridge. Watching the boats on the Golden Horn. Watching the trams. Watching the buses. Watching the pedestrians. Watching the watchers watching other watchers. In summary, watching the world go by.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 March 2024
  • Jolie J
    Gatineau, Canada327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views
    Beautiful views. The bottom is filled with restaurants who all seem to have similar food and the workers will all try hard to get you to eat at their restaurant. If you do want to eat there, you can easily bargain on the price of the meals before agreeing to sit down (the menus are extremely over-priced, but all the workers will offer you deals to get your business).
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 April 2024
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking Galata Bridge betwen Eminonu and Karakoy
    The current Galata Bridge which spans the Golden Horn between Eminonu and Karakoy in Istanbul is the fifth bridge to do so. It was completed in 1994 and carries cars, the T1 tram and pedestrians. We crossed it on a tram and also by foot and also saw it from a ferry. None took a long time and we enjoyed the view especially at night when it is colourfully lit up. Restaurants operate on the underside of the bridge but we didn't try any.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 May 2024
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The current Galata Bridge which spans the Golden Horn between Eminonu and Karakoy in Istanbul is the fifth bridge to do so. It was completed in 1994 and carries cars, the T1 tram and pedestrians. We crossed it on a tram and also by foot and also saw it from a ferry. None took a long time and we enjoyed the view especially at night when it is colourfully lit up. Restaurants operate on the underside of the bridge but we didn't try any.
Written 1 May 2024
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Jolie J
Gatineau, Canada327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Beautiful views. The bottom is filled with restaurants who all seem to have similar food and the workers will all try hard to get you to eat at their restaurant. If you do want to eat there, you can easily bargain on the price of the meals before agreeing to sit down (the menus are extremely over-priced, but all the workers will offer you deals to get your business).
Written 16 April 2024
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada4,600 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Watching the Eminönü side.
Watching the Karaköy side.
Watching the fisher-folk on the bridge.
Watching the boats on the Golden Horn.
Watching the trams.
Watching the buses.
Watching the pedestrians.
Watching the watchers watching other watchers.
In summary, watching the world go by.
Written 3 March 2024
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Byron R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It was a bit cols at the beginning but last days we sunny and warm. The views were awesome. Friendly people. Very nice and pleasant experience.
Written 18 February 2024
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Birgul U
Bali, Indonesia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I love walking this bridge the view from both sides are spectacular and both ends have different aspects and things to see and do. The fish rolls are a must to try and lokma a dessert that is freshly cooked well worth it.
Written 20 January 2024
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary3,529 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We went by bus from the Galataport Yolcu Terminal to Hagia Sophia through this bridge.
It is a floating bridge not as much iconic than the Bosporus but you can get a perfect view of this beautiful city.
Written 11 December 2023
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ993 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Galata Bridge may not be exceptional in purely bridge terms, but it is almost unparalleled for views towards both Fatih and Beyoglu (which it connects), and especially for blue-hour and nighttime photography. The fishermen going about their business is a highlight, plus there are many seafood restaurants on the lower level, not all of them of the tourist-trap variety.
Written 6 November 2023
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Galal E
Cairo, Egypt62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A nice monument to visit, the bridge is very old but nice, the lower level is full of restaurants direct on the Bosporus and the port of Karaköy. One can enjoy a good meal there and enjoy the busy movement on the Bosporus and the port
Written 28 September 2023
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Kalkan White
Kalkan, Türkiye11,020 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This bridge is an iconic landmark of Istanbul, with its ancient backdrop, many fishermen catching fish with long rods & a long list of fish restaurants on the lower level.
Written 23 September 2023
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Turismo travel consulting
West Palm Beach, FL7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Business
A little disappointed as the food was not traditional Turkish food, was there with a group and the choices were very limited
Written 9 August 2023
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