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Preplanned City Guides and Travel Itineraries

Eminönü Neighborhood

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Eminönü Neighborhood.

Eminönü Neighborhood features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Istanbul City Guide5-day Istanbul City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Oldest neighborhood of Istanbul
  • The center of the city

Time required: 45 minutes

Public transport:

  • Tram Line T1: Eminönü stop


Photos: (see more photos)

Photo: BüniD

Things you need to know:

  • Eminönü neighborhood is located on the south side of the Golden Horn. It is the oldest part of Istanbul from where the city expanded
  • The neighborhood has been a major transportation hub since Byzantine times and features some of the best known Istanbul attractions: Spice Bazaar, New Mosque, and Rüstem Pasha Mosque
  • The impressive Sirkeci Train Station was built during the late Ottoman period. It is one of the termini of the famous Orient Express
  • Other highlight is the grandiose Central Post Office also built during the late Ottoman era
  • Eminönü is one of the busiest neighborhoods of Istanbul. It has only 55,000 residents but more than 2 million people come here daily

What to do there:

  • Take a short walk in the old harbor, enjoying the stunning views
  • Or just walk along the streets to the harbor enjoying the atmosphere

Tips & Insights:

  • Stop for a cup of authentic Turkish tea in one of the traditional tea houses

Eminönü Neighborhood features in these preplanned City Guides: