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Galata Bridge

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Galata Bridge.

Galata Bridge features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day Istanbul City Guide3-day Istanbul City Guide5-day Istanbul City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Istanbul's great landmark
  • Romantic appearance
  • Stunning view over the Golden Horn

Time required: 60 minutes

Public transport:

  • Tram Line T1: Eminönü stop
  • Tram Line T1: Karaköy stop


Things you need to know:

  • Galata Bridge is a two-level concrete bridge that spans Bosphorus at the Golden Horn
  • The original Galata Bridge, the first bridge spanning the Golden Horn, was built in the early 20th century
  • After the old historic bridge became insufficient for modern traffic, the current Galata Bridge was built in 1994
  • The lower level of the bridge is lined with restaurants and cafés. The upper level offers sweeping panoramic views of Istanbul's old town, especially breathtaking in sunset
  • Hundreds of fishermen stand along the railing trying to catch the biggest fish of the day
  • Leonardo da Vinci designed a revolutionary new bridge in 1502 for Galata Bridge's current location. If built, it would have been the longest bridge of its time

What to do there:

  • Walk all along the bridge
  • On the upper deck watch the row of fishermen cast lines, peering optimistically into murky waters below
  • Enjoy the excellent view across the city, the Golden Horn and ships
  • Have a rest in one of the cafés of the lower level

Tips & Insights:

  • The restaurants in the lower level of the bridge tend to be overpriced

Galata Bridge features in these preplanned City Guides: