Where to Go

​​​​​​​In a city with endless possibilities of things to do or places to see, you can feel a bit confused about where to start. Here we gathered and categorized the best places to go in Istanbul for you. Read More

You can check all of them out and decide how you like to experience Istanbul for yourself. Museums, palaces, mosques, parks, or districts… Whether you are in Istanbul or haven’t visited yet, you can find the most interesting things to do in this section. You will see the best museums of the city, the Bosphorus strait and more. Find venues for live music, see the architectural masterpieces and live Istanbul to its fullest! This section will help you with finding activities to spend your time in the city. Here is a great list of answers to your where to go questions. 

 

Museums

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Istanbul is heaven for museum lovers. From the museums with historical artifacts to contemporary art museums, the museum culture of ıstanbul is nearly as rich as its cuisine. Here you can find the most recent information about Istanbul’s great museums and start to plan your trips to them.

Palaces & Mansion

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For ages, Istanbul was home to different empires. The deep history of Istanbul left its traces in great historical buildings like amazing palaces and mansions in different parts of the city.

Imagery & Monuments Tower

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Istanbul has a rich historical heritage coming from different eras of the city’s history. The towers like Galata Tower and Maiden’s Tower witnessed different empires come and go, witnessed a new republic arise.

Mosques

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In Istanbul, you hear calls to prayer five times a day coming from the masques all around the city. There are about 4000 mosques in Istanbul, but most are local mosques for prayers only.

Synagogues & Churches

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Istanbul is home to all three big religions: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Therefore there are many churches and synagogues in Istanbul. Since Christianity dates back to the pre-Islamic era of Istanbul, most churches are also historical.

Park, Gardens & Squares

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In every city, there are open-air places for people to come together and enjoy the weather. In Istanbul, there are many great parks, specially designed gardens, and famous squares in which people can walk around and enjoy the city’s weather.  

Bridges

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Istanbul is the meeting point of Asia and Europe which are divided by the beautiful Bosphorus. To connect these two continents there are three massive bridges but they are not the only ones in the city.

Istanbul Historical Buildings

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There are many historical buildings in Istanbul from different eras of the past. There are historical banks, schools, shopping centers, and houses all around the old neighborhoods.

Fountains & Cisterns

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Water is vital for the survival of humanity so throughout the history of Istanbul people tried to gather drinking water in the city. The people of Istanbul built various fountains around the city to provide water to others, and they also made huge cisterns underground for the city’s needs.

Sports Venues

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In Istanbul, you will feel like sports have an important role in the city’s culture. Especially football! There are great stadiums, basketball and volleyball areas, ice skate rings, and many different sports venues around the city.

Districts

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Istanbul has many districts and neighborhoods which have their own identity, culture, and lifestyle. You may be surprised by how different they are from each other.

Sightseeing in Istanbul

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Istanbul is beautiful, crowded, and chaotic, and this amazing city has the best views of the world. Here is everything you need to know about sightseeing in Istanbul.