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Planning a trip to Istanbul

Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This city welcomes you with a mixture of new and old, trendy and traditional. It is divided into the European and Asian side. There are a lot of different sights in Istanbul that you should visit. Here we have put together some for you. Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With a mix of new and old, trendy and traditional, this city welcomes you to all its wonders. Istanbul is one a kind city. It is divided into three parts: the European side, the Asian side, and historic Sultanahmet. All three sides have their own fascinating attractions. With too much to explore, many foreigners may not be able to catch a glimpse of all the sites worth seeing in Istanbul- nonetheless, here is a summary of the best activities and tourist attractions in Istanbul.

Things to do in Istanbul

From Galataturm to Taksim Square
From Galataturm to Taksim Square
How about a walk from 'İstiklâl Caddesi' over the 'Gala-Tower' to the famous 'Taksim Square'? The İstiklâl Caddesi is a lively and popular shopping street, with a variety of shops and cafes in the Beyoğlu district. The Galata-Tower comes from the Genoese settlement of Galata and was built in 1348/1349. Taksim Square is a central meeting place and an important traffic hub in the European part of Istanbul. A worthwhile trip and one of our recommendations in Istanbul.



If you are on the modern side of Istanbul, do not miss walking from the Galata Tower to all the way to the pedestrian street, IstiklalCaddesi. Walk the entire length to Taksim Square. Along the side, you will see the red trams waiting to carry those who are unable to walk. While walking, explore the little details of the history by walking towards the side streets.
Fish Sandwich
Fish Sandwich
Here one of the more unusual excursions in Istanbul. On the left side of Galata Bridge you will find the fish market. If you just go straight and leave all the restaurants and cafes on the left, you will get to the small barbecue stalls. There is the famous fish-sandwiches 'Balik Ekmek', even better than the kebab. You should absolutely try it.


You will see a Karakoy fish market on the left side of the bridge. Ignore the restaurants and cafés and walk straight towards the small barbecue grill corner Balikekmek. It will be the best Fish Sandwich you ever had in life.
Explore Cihanger
Explore Cihanger
Cihanger has developed into an attractive scene district in recent years. Start your day with a traditional breakfast at one of the many nice cafes, or visit the Firuzaga Mosque. If you are looking for a special tourist attraction in Istanbul, visit the 'Musuem of Innocence'. This Musuem was designed according to the novel of the same name published in 2008.



Cihanger is an attractive and inspiring area of Istanbul. Visit the Firuzaga Mosque and start your day with a traditional Turkish breakfast before you head towards IstiklalCaddesi. By just a few miles walk you will see the Museum of Innocence- and be prepared for a few tears.

Tourist Attractions in Istanbul

The Topkapı-Palace
The Topkapı-Palace
The huge Topkapı Palace was the residence and government seat of the different sultans of the Ottoman Empire for many centuries until the beginning of the 18th century. It does not consist of a single one, but of several buildings and a large garden. Up to 5000 inhabitants had space here and the palace complex was a separate city. Since 1923 a museum has been found in the Topkapı Palace, with various porcelain collections, portraits, jewels and weapons and much more.



As a tourist, you may not have enough time to visit every portion of Istanbul. But if there is one place you should definitely visit, it is the Topkapi Palace. This palace was built for the Ottoman Sultans, and was a home to them during the 15th-19th century. There are four courtyards in the palace, surrounded by huge fountains. What you must see is the Imperial Treasury, the Armory, the Throne Room and the 86 carat Spoonmaker Diamond. In the end, walk towards the Sea of Marmara.
Museums
Museums
In the Sutanhamet area of Istanbul, there are three museums: The museum of the famous Alexander Sarcophagus, The Archeology Museum and the Athena Temple which display the antique ceramics and ornaments. You can visit these three together by enteringthe Gulhane Park. It is open on all days except Monday.
Hagia Sofia/ Aya Sofia
Hagia Sofia/ Aya Sofia
The Hagia Sophia (Sophia church) is a Byzantine church built in 537, which was converted into a mosque in 1453 and is now used as a museum. The beautiful dome is the most striking element of Hagia Sophia. A few mosaic and marble pieces, which were not destroyed during the transformation to the mosque, can be found in the upper galleries. Everywhere inside the church marble was processed. A beautiful building and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul.



Initially built as a Church in 537, it was converted into a mosque in 1435. Later in 1935, this mosque was converted into a museum. You will be lost inside the beauty of this city when you stand beneath the dome. Walk inside the gallery to experience the stunning mosaics of the 12th century. In Istanbul, people also regard it as the architectural beauty of the city. This building is one of the most beautiful ones in Istanbul.

Places to Visit in Istanbul

Hamam
Hamam
A large number of visitors in Istanbul would like to experience something of the traditional side of the city. What is better than a visit to a Turkish Hamam? Visit the Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı next to the Kılıç Ali Paşa Mosque, one of our excursion tips in Istanbul. In this beautiful old Hamam, you will be pampered by all the rules of art and you can simply relax for a few hours.



Accept it or not, the majority of those who travel to Istanbul wish to explore its traditional side. And one of the most exciting traditional aspects of Turkey is the bathing in Hamam. Visit the Kilic Ali Pasha Hamam that is next to the Kilic Ali Pasha Mosque. You will also find a gift shop outside that has a rich collection of Turkish ornaments.
Visit the Markets
Visit the Markets
On the markets in Istanbul you can find a huge selection of different goods, from baked goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, to craftsmanship and clothes. These markets take place on different weekdays. The Sunday markets, however, are particularly worth seeing. Visit the Tarlabasi or the Kastamonu market, two huge markets that are truly worth seeing.


The neighborhood markets of Istanbul sell everything from vegetables and fruits to ornaments and clothing. These markets are held on alternative days. The Sunday markets are particularly worth seeing. Head to the Tarlabasi or Kastamonu market if you want to explore a variety of Turkish tradition- all at once.
Rainbow Stairs
Rainbow Stairs
The first rainbowstairs in Istanbul were those which is connecting the Fındıklı and Cihangir districts of the Beyoğlu district. In beautiful bright colors this was applied against the hopelessness of the city by a Turkish man. In the meantime many locals have followed his example. This is how you will find new rainbows all over Istanbul. Our recommendation if you are looking for exceptional photos



When you are walking from the modern side of Istanbul to the Dolmabahce Palace, seek the painted steps on the other side of the street that link Findikli to Cihanger. These stairs are painted by a local resident in the hope of lightening up the area- also in rebellion to the grey color painted by the council.

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