Top 10 Attractions in Istanbul

From Bosphorus Cruise to Hagia Sophia.

Here are the top attractions during a city trip in Istanbul.

Istanbul is history and literally the link between Euope and Asia.

The city walls are a reminder of Istanbul's past as the new capital of the Roman Empire, the old Constantinople.

Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace with the Harem and Dolmabahce Palace are the most important buildings from the time of the Ottoman Empire.

In addition, there is the Grand Bazaar, the food scene of Istanbul and the vibrant life in the alleys, restaurants and cafes.

Experiences and Attractions

From Bosphorus to Hagia Sophia

The Topkapi Palace, whose name is derived from


Follow your nose! The Spice Bazaar, also called


The Süleymaniye Mosque is one of the most


The once mightiest church of early Christianity is


The Grand Bazaar has always been the heart


The Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) is hard to


The magnificent Dolmabahçe Palace dates back to the


Without enjoying a boat tour on the Bosphorus,


The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) is considered to


The Yerebatan Cistern, also known as the "Sunken


Tips on the Attractions

The most important attractions of Istanbul are situated around Sultanahmet Square. These include, for example, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Basilica Cistern. 

The Galata Tower and Dolmabahce Palace are part of the Beyoglu and Besiktas districts north of Galata Bridge.

Discount tickets

  • Istanbulkart: Rechargeable discount card for public transportation
  • Istanbul Welcome Card: Fast Track Entry to Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Istanbulkart, and Bosphorus Cruise.
  • Istanbul Museum Pass: Admission to state-run museums in Istanbul.

Holidays and children: It is best to check opening hours on Turkish holidays.

Children up to the age of 6 usually have free admission to museums. That depends on the respective attractions.


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