Best Places To Visit In Istanbul; View, SightSeeing, Natural Parks and Populer Areas

2018-02-14 18:00:17



Eminönü, on the edge of the harbor, is full of boats that bring passengers down at ferry piers near the central local bazaars. There are stalls selling fruits, tea and spices at the Egyptian Bazaar, while the adjacent Grand Bazaar has colorful carpets, fabrics, lamps and jewelery.


Suleymaniye Mosque, while watching the region from above, built in the 16th century Rustem Pasha Mosque, famous with its nicaea tiles.

Galata Bridge

Galata Bridge, built on the Golden Horn Istanbul, the bridge connecting Karakoy and Eminonu. Galata Bridge, which was completed and started to service in December 1994 and is currently in service, is a scales bridge with a length of 490 meters and a length of 80 meters.

galata bridge

Leonardo da Vinci in the 16th century during the reign of Sultan Beyazit; He is invited to Istanbul for the construction of a bridge that will connect Eminonu and Karakoy. Leonardo decided to come Istanbul to build the bridge, Venetian Port administration made him give up the project about the bridge. It is evident from the correspondence found in the Topkapı Museum that Leonardo is working on this subject.

Galata Tower

The construction of Galata Tower, which was also known as the Tower of Jesus in the past, is not known exactly. However, the estimated date of construction of the Galata Tower is mostly cited in the 500s AD.

Galata bridge

This tower is the most important and oldest monument in the historical Galata region. It was used throughout the history by the Romans, Venetians, Genoese and Ottomans for different purposes.

Bosphorus Bridge

Bosphorus Bridge, officially known as the 15 July Martyrs Bridge or the first bridge built to the Bosphorus, is the first bridge, one of the three suspension bridges on the Bosphorus connecting the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea. 15 July Martyrs Bridge, 1560 meters long, opened in 1973 was the world's fourth longest suspension bridge.

can we walk on Bosphorus bridge

Today, it is still one of the longest bridges in the world. LED lighting system to illuminate the bridge at night creates a great visual, try to have a diner at great view of Bosphorus. Although the bridge is typically closed to pedestrians, it opens for the Istanbul Eurasia Marathon, which is the only marathon that crosses from one continent to another every October.

Belgrade Forest

Belgrade Forest takes its name from the villager of Belgrade, where the Sultan Suleiman was brought back on his return from Serbia.

belgrade forest

There are six dams built in Belgrade Forests to meet the water needs of the city. In the Belgrade Forest on the Chatalca (Çatalca) Peninsula, which is the favorite place for those who want to spend time in a natural environment away from the city center of Istanbul, pine, oak, beech, chestnut and poplar trees, as well as many different plant species can be seen. In Forest, there are 10 recreation areas where you can spend a pleasant and peaceful day with nature in Istanbul with its seating areas, hiking trails, sports fields, cafes and restaurants and children's playgrounds.


Cihangir is a district near Taksim in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul. Popular with cafes and old buildings. Mostly It is a neighborhood of foreigners and artists who settle in Istanbul. The Cihangir District takes its name from the mosque built by Sultan Süleyman for his son Shazade gyhangir (Şehzade Cihangir), who died at a young age (22 years old).


The mosque, built by Architect Sinan in 1559, has succumbed to many fires and times and has been built many times. The mosque was built again by second Abdulhamid in 1889. It is composed of two parts in opposite temperament: Cihangir in the central position and the surrounding neighborhoods called Cukurcuma-Firuzaga-Purtelas. ( Chukurguma-fyruz aga- purtelash) While Cihangir is an high class neighborhood that mostly addresses the upper-income group, the adjacent neighborhoods appear to be suburban neighborhoods.

Bebek Coast (baby)

Bebek, the most beautiful and exclusive district on the European side of the Bosphorus, is home to luxurious restaurants and cafes with its seafront location. In the morning you will often come across the jogging sport of the inhabitants of Bebek. The beach is tremendously convenient for hiking, walking around and getting the fresh air of the Bosphorus night.

bebek street

Emirgan Grove

Emirgan Grove popular with tulip gardens, mansions and Bosphorus views. Thanks to the Tulip Festival, which is traditionally held in April each year, visitors are coming to flow from all over the city.

Emirgan Grove, which we also include in our list of places to visit in Istanbul, offers its visitors the opportunity to have a picnic in the Bosphorus view. Have a breakfast in one of the 3 kiosks and jogging on the hiking trails, thanks to its clean air and magnificent atmosphere.

Emirgan park

Gülhane Park and Yıldız Park are the most popular places of the Istanbul Tulip Festivals. The Emirgan Tulip Festival, which is held between April 1 and 30, displays 2.8 million tulips of about 190 different species. Within the scope of Istanbul Tulip Festival, you can come across local music groups every day on April.

Yoros Castle

Yoros Castle, located on the Anatolian Kavak towards the Black Sea exit of the Anatolian side of the Bosphorus, is one of the places where you can visit and see in Istanbul at the weekend. You can have great breakfast and dinner with the magnificent view of the Bosphorus. Yoros castle, also known as Genoese Castle, is actually a Byzantine Castle and here you can watch the Black Sea and the Bosphorus with spectacular views.

Yoros castle

Yoros Cafe and Restaurant is located right next to the Castle and has a perfect view of the Bosphorus. Yoros Cafe and Restaurant is an ideal place for those who want to relax, eat and drink in a natural environment in a calm and peaceful environment. The restaurant serves breakfast, daily fresh fish and meat menus.

Camlıca Hill (Chamliga)

Camlıca Hill, is a hilly and green hill on the Asian side of Istanbul in the Üsküdar district where you can watch the city from a 360-degree angle. Dominating the unique view of the Bosphorus, the Marmara Sea and Istanbul, Camlıca Hill is one of the most touristic regions of the city with its fresh air and natural beauties.

Camlıca hill

On the Anatolian side of the Bosphorus, Camlıca Hill, which consists of two close hills between Uskudar and Umraniye, Buyuk Camlıca (big ) hill in the north and Kucuk camlıca (little)  hill in the south, is now completely within the city area. The region, which is preferred by tourists as well as Istanbul residents for breakfast and dinner at the weekend, serves as a viewing terrace to watch the unique sunset view.

Pierre Loti Hill

Pierre Loti Hill is a overlooking the Golden Horn in Eyüp sultan district of Istanbul. It was named after the French novelist and orientalist Julien Viaud, who came to Istanbul in 1876 and settled here, often known for coming to a cafe on this hill.

Pierre loti hill

When you reach these ridges, which is the best area where you can watch the famous panorama of the Golden Horn; Pierre Loti, a true lover of Istanbul who lived for a long time in Istanbul, is called ien Julien Viaud hill. Historic Coffee is the ideal place to enjoy the unique view.

Japanese Garden

 Japanese garden, In addition to the declaration of the 2003 Turkish year in Japan, a Japanese garden was created in Baltalimanı, Istanbul, since Shimonoseki and Istanbul were fraternal cities. Plants and designs used in Japanese gardens are also used here. In the garden bridges, waterfalls and ponds and Japanese garden design is reflected.

japanese garden

The garden, which uses 4850 trees and plants, offers a natural beauty worth seeing. The garden also has a view of the Bosphorus. Due to the presence of the Shimonoseki Strait in the fraternal city, both the Bosphorus and the Shimonoseki Strait inspired the garden entrance gate. You can visit this garden, where the cherry tree is the symbol of Japan and the plants that remain alive for four seasons. Those who live in Istanbul and want to get away from the city life, can visit this wonderful garden.

Taksim Square

Taksim Square is undoubtedly the most popular square in Istanbul. Beside the famous Istiklal Street, it is one of the squares where urban life is seen at the highest level. Surrounding Taksim square where the Republic Monument is located, Taksim is always a lively nightlife, shopping and restaurant area.

Taksim square

Nostalgic trams run along İstiklal Street, which is closed to car traffic. 19th-century buildings lined on this street are home to international chain of stores, cinemas and cafes. The narrow side streets also feature bars, antique shops and rooftop restaurants with Bosphorus views.

Haydarpasa Railway (Haydar Pasha) 

Haydarpaşa Railway Station, one of the first historical beauties in Kadıkoy, which has been a connecting point between Europe and Asia for nearly a hundred years. For many years, many people from this city have seen farewells to unique journeys, and often hosted Turkish films.

Gar's construction was first started on 30 May 1906. The opening took place on May 19, 1908 after two years of work by two German architects and 1500 Italian stonemasons. Before the construction of Haydarpasa gar, which is the last stop of the railway line connecting Anatolia to Istanbul, it is known that there was the starting point of the railroad running to Pendik in 1872.

 haydarpasha gar

The importance of the railway station gradually increased with the expansion of the railway network to the inner parts of Anatolia. The German company, which operated the railway station at that time and called Anadolu Railways, had a breakwater built in front of the station. In addition, silos have been built to store commercial goods carried by trains to and from Anatolia. Haydarpasha Train Station, which was first established on an area of ​​2525 square meters, was spread over an area of ​​3836 square meters when closed. Seven roads and four platforms served for years. Eastern Express, Capital Express, Fatih Express, Kurtalan Express, such as all of the familiar trains have left for many years.

Istanbul Aquarium

Istanbul Aquarium, established on an area of ​​100 acres in Florya, Istanbul Aquarium is one of the places where the family can spend the day with its social facilities and activities. With its new generation technology, the thematic structure, which is home to more than 1500 species and more than 15.000 living things, which is one of the biggest in the world and also the world's largest thematic aquarium. Welcomes visitors with increasing interest since its establishment. .

istanbul aquarium

Diving with sharks, dodging the labyrinth, feeding time of the fish, 5d cinema or simulation helicopter tour are activities that will hardly fit your day in Istanbul aquarium and you will never forget.

Istanbul Dolphinarium

Istanbul Dolphinarium, are you ready to travel to the world of fascinating marine mammals? Istanbul dolphinarium offers its guests of all ages the opportunity to meet up close with cheerful dolphins, playful seals, massive walruses and the majestic white whale! Dolphinarium offers you a unique opportunity to explore the magical world of marine mammals.


You will be able to communicate directly with these great creatures, get to know them closely and pay more attention to their place in nature. Dolphins, Walruses, Seals and Whales ... Smart and cute from each other. They're all waiting for you.

Rahmi Koç Museum (Rahmi Koch)

Rahmi Koç Museum is an industrial museum in the Haskoy district of Istanbul on the banks of the Golden Horn. In 1994, businessman Rahmi Koc museum opened with the support of industry in Turkey. Transport, it is the first major museum dedicated to the history of industry and communications.

rahmi koc museum

Frequent events, concerts and special exhibitions are held in the museum. The Rahmi Koch Museum is a private institution dedicated to collecting, hosting, researching, protecting and exhibiting industrial and engineering objects and documents belonging to all countries and all periods from past to present. The museum informs the public about their collections and resources, and impresses them; Visit the museum to expand in Turkey and using it to support the investigation of the history of the industry. You will be surprised to see the collection it contains.

Ataturk Arboretum

Ataturk Arboretum is a special place like the tranquil secret garden of Istanbul. It is a tree museum where you can stand alone with nature and see every shade of green and feel the peace among the sounds of birds. Go to live the arboretum you know from the photos, skip to breathe the air. Whether it's a spring season, rain, fog and a snowy winter or autumn with yellow colors, this is a beauty that can be enjoyed in four seasons. Ataturk Arboretum is located on the Kemerburgaz-Bahceköy  (Bahchekoy) road in Sarıyer, Istanbul.

Ataturk arboretum

Arboretum, pond and walking paths, fresh air, lush vegetation with a place that radiates peace. There are two ponds and swans and ducks floating in the ponds. You may even see squirrels if you're lucky. Those living in Istanbul should be happy to have such a natural habitat. It's like an enormous studio right by the city for nature lovers.

Mihrabat Grove

Mihrabat Grove; During the last period of the Ottoman Empire, the daughter of Egyptian Abbas Halim Pasha, lady Rukiye was given as a gift to her. Mihrabat grove, which hosted the oriental entertainments for centuries, on moonlit nights, hosted the sultans and princess, and inspired many artists with its magnificent view;

Mihrabat grove

now focus to your most special moments, it will continues to welcome you with happiness. Mihrabat park, located on the back of Kanlica, welcomes you with the lively scent of pine trees. You will stand in front of Ortakoy, Rumeli Fortress, İstinye park with a magnificent view, with this unique landscape, you understand how right the goers of the Mihrabat grove are.


Ortakoy is a district of Besiktas, on the shores of the Bosphorus. Ortakoy Square is famous with Kumpir shops, the mosque is the symbol of the neighborhood. It has been an attractive settlement since the Ottoman period, It was used as a summer residence for the sultans. It is like a lover who has lost its popularity for a period, because of successive fires throughout history and then made a wonderful return.


Perhaps the seaside of Ortakoy, the most beautiful point of the Bosphorus. Ciragan Palace, Kabatas Boys High School, Princess Hotel, such as the mosque-church-synagogue triangle located in Ortakoy Bazaar, the bazaar in the local market, souvenir shops, cafes, bars and restaurants located around the square. Ortakoy is a little quiet in the early morning, action starts after 10.00 am...

Kumpir shops and gift shops on the way to the beach are busy with tourist. The cafes and restaurants come alive. The waiters are moving to avoid losing the customer to the cafe next door. Because in these cafes arranged side by side also same style of food is almost the same as the atmosphere.

Saklı Gol (Hidden Lake)

Hidden Lake, located within the borders of Şile Karamandere Village, is an artificial dam lake. This beautiful corner, which is preferred for many Istanbulites to breathe at the weekend, is one of the secrets of many nature lovers who can enjoy a walk and a nice breakfast.

hidden lake

The stalls where the villagers have served organik fruit and the natural food and small pancake, stops on the way to reach the lake will be a nice surprise for those who want to spend all day here and do some shopping.


Polonezkoy Nature Park is the first choice for those who want to spend a weekend alone with nature. We will share brief information about how to get to Polonezkoy Nature Park, where the purest form of nature is, how to get there! This place, which has the distinction of being the provincial nature park of Istanbul, was declared as a nature park in 1994.


Covering an area of ​​approximately 3000 hectares, the park is now the largest natural park in Istanbul. The park is home to many wild animals. These animals; Red Deer, Roe, Wild Boar, Jackal, Fox, Squirrel, Partridge, Hawk, Blackbird, Saka, Owl, Sparrow.

The park is also rich in plant diversity. In general, the plants in the area: Larch, Oak, Horse Chestnut, European Spruce, Sycamore, Hornbeam, Elm, Alder, Beech, Linden, Laurel, Medlar, Shrub species can be listed as.

Yıldız Park

Yıldız Park, also known as Yıldız Grove, is a historical İstanbul park located in Besiktas. The park, which includes the Malta and Tent kiosks, is the largest grove in the city with an area of ​​approximately 46 hectares.

Yıldız park

Yıldız Park is also known as the laurel forests mentioned in various historical sources and the greens in which the mythological stories Pan plays the flute on the Bosphorus. Located in the heart of Istanbul between Besiktas and Ortakoy, in the record paper of the period of Magnificent Suleiman in the 1600s it was Kazancıoğlu Garden.

Ulus Park

Ulus Park, which has one of the most beautiful views of Istanbul, is located in a place where you can look at the Bosphorus from the top. The most important reason why Ulus Park is so popular ? its view of Bosphorus. In addition, the fact that it is in the green trees increases its charm.

ulus park

If you have the chance to visit Ulus Park which is very crowded on Sundays, we recommend you to go on weekdays. If you want to have a nice and comfortable time with your child, Ulus Park should be among the places you prefer. You can enjoy the scenery in Ulus Park, have a nice meal with your child in the cafe in the park and it is a nice park to enjoy the fresh air of the landscape.