"Great Views!!" Galata Tower Tip by Donna_in_India
Galata Tower, Istanbul: 99 reviews and 234 photos
Going to the top of the Galata Tower was one of my favorite things to do in Istanbul because the panoramic views from the top were great! I loved the greens, pinks, and tans of the surrounding buildings, the views of the mosques, the ships and ferries sailing the Bosphorus, the bridges, as well as the views of Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and the Galata Bridge.
The tower itself rises 196 feet out of Beyoglu and is easily spotted from the Eminou side of the Galata Bridge. It is shaped like a rocket ship and doesn't really look so tall up close. In the 6th century it was used to monitor ships in the surrounding waters. In subsequent years it was a jail and also a fire lookout.
We went at 4 p.m. which was a good time. The sun was still shining but glare was less. There was a line even at that time of day. The elevator goes almost to the top but once you exit the elevator you have about 60 (circular) stairs to climb. You have to yield to people passing and it gets a little tight especially if you're on the "small" part of the stair. Once you do reach the top, make sure to go clockwise around the tower otherwise you will be constantly trying to pass people on the narrow walkway (and in turn, irritating them!). There is a sign posted with a directional arrow.
There is a restaurant where the elevator lets off and a gift shop in the bottom of the tower. There is also a nightclub in the tower but I didn't see that.
Do try and go when the sky is clear for the best "long" views. If you are coming from the Eminou side or from the Galata Bridge, take the "tunel" (funicular/underground railway) up the steep hill to Beyoglu Square and walk back down a short distance to the Tower. Otherwise, the walk from the bridge to the tower is pretty steep.
Admission is 10 TL
Open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily
Restaurant & Nightclub is open 8 p.m. to midnight daily.
Address: Buyuk Hendek Sok, Beyoglu
Directions: Take tram to Karakoy or to Eminou (and walk across Galata Bridge), then take the tunel to Beyoglu Square.
Phone: 293 81 80
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