The Galata Bridge is not only a connecting passage between Istanbul’s Old City and northern district, but is a historic landmark itself. Join locals crossing over the bridge, look out onto the waters of the Golden Horn inlet and spot city landmarks amongst the crowded urban skyline.
Leonardo da Vinci first conceived designs for a bridge crossing the inlet in 1502. His grand ideas, however, were considered too ambitious and impractical. His plans finally came to fruition in 1854, when a bridge was built. Visit today and admire the fifth version of the Galata Bridge, which has two levels and was built in 1954.
Join locals crossing the bridge by car or tram. Alternatively, walk along its 490-metre (1,600-foot) expanse and watch fisherman casting their line into the waters below. Street vendors and stalls line the footpath, offering snacks and souvenirs. Spend a moment in the centre of the bridge and enjoy the rare opportunity of seeing Asia on one landmass, and Europe on another.
On the bridge’s lower levels, a number of teahouses, restaurants and bars offer tasty beverages with great views. Find a traditional café and try Turkish nargile or smoke a shish pipe. Here, the aromatic tobacco and pillow seats create a distinctly Turkish-bazaar atmosphere. For some fresh air, sit at an outdoor terrace and admire Istanbul’s seven hills. A sunset drink here is well worthwhile, when the city’s decorative spires are silhouetted against the sky.
At each end of the bridge, be sure to explore the sights. At the southern end, browse nut, cheese and meat vendors at the Egyptian market. Engage with the history of the New Mosque, which was actually built in 1597. At the northern end, try a fish sandwich at the Galata fish market.
For a great view of the bridge from below, board a passenger ferry travelling between the docks at Eminönü and Karaköy.
Get the most out of your visit to Galata Bridge. Below is a list of some of the most popular things to do:
For more activities, check out our Istanbul things to do page.
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