Sightseeing in Istanbul

The best of Istanbul between highlights, museums, palaces, attractions, insider tips and tours on the Bosphorus.

Istanbul is a contrasting metropolis of 15 million people, located on the two continents of Europe and Asia. With the name Constantinople, Istanbul was once the capital of Rome and Byzantium, and later of the Ottoman Empire.
The most famous sights in Istanbul date back to these periods, first and foremost among them are Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar.


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The highlights in Istanbul

The Topkapi Palace, whose name is derived from the vernacular and literally means "Cannon Gate ...

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The magnificent Dolmabahçe Palace dates back to the time of Sultan Abdülmecit I, who entrusted ...

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The once mightiest church of early Christianity is considered the eighth wonder of the world ...

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The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) is considered to be the largest and most magnificent mosque ...

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The Yerebatan Cistern, also known as the "Sunken Palace" due to its Turkish name, is ...

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The Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) is hard to miss. Perched in the medieval Genoese settlement ...

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The Maiden's Tower, also known as Leander’s Tower, is a lighthouse from the late 18th ...

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The Grand Bazaar has always been the heart of the bustling and flourishing business life ...

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It is almost impossible to feel the enchanting spirit of Istanbul without embarking on an ...

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More Sights


Bazaars, Museums, Art & Culture, Places of Worship and much more...

An aura of romance and oriental flair still today surrounds the old structures, the narrow, ...

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Places of Worship in IstanbulDiscover the most important Churches, Mosques and Synagogues of Istanbul the ...

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You want to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city for a while ...

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Apart from the bazaars of Istanbul, there is a range of colorful markets in the ...

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Sightseeing Tips

The most famous sights of Istanbul are in Sultanahmet, the district with the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapı Palace, Eminönü with the Galata Bridge and the boat docks for the Bosphorus cruises.

The center of Istanbul from the point of view of travelers is therefore the area around Sultanahmet. Also, the Galata Tower in the Beyoğlu district and for travelers looking for variety, Kadıköy on the Asian side of the Bosphorus is appealing.

The districts are accessible to each other by Istanbul's public transportation.

Discount Cards

  • Istanbulkart: Rechargeable card for public transport, which pays off for almost all travelers.
  • Istanbul Welcome Card: Skip The Line tickets with guided tour, Bosphorus tour and Istanbulkart as a combo.
  • Istanbul Museum Pass: Collective ticket for admission to major museums in Istanbul.

Admission for children: Admission to most sights in Istanbul is free for children up to the age of 5.


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Tours & Tickets


Visit the sights of Istanbul without standing in line or with bundle discounts.

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