Istanbul Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Istanbul - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Anadolu Kavağı

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At the upper end of the Asian shore, Anadolu Kavağı is the final destination on the full Bosphorus cruises. A pretty little fishing...


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This picturesque neighborhood just below Bebek is a pleasant place for a stroll. The waterfront is taken up by a row of beautiful 19th-century...


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One of Istanbul's most fashionable suburbs, Bebek is especially popular with the affluent boating set, thanks to the area's pretty natural...

Beylerbeyi Palace

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Built as a summer residence for Sultan Abdülaziz in 1865, Beylerbeyi is a bit like a mini-Dolmabahçe that incorporates a similarly...


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The quiet suburb of Emirgan is best known for its large, attractive public park, Emirgan Korusu— formerly an estate owned by the...


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Just north of the second Bosphorus bridge, the village-turned-suburb of Kanlıca has been famous for its delicious yogurt for at least...


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The charming neighborhood of Ortaköy is popular with both locals and visitors and is a lovely spot to spend a summer afternoon or evening.

Rumeli Hisarı

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Built on a hill overlooking the water, Rumeli Hisarı is the best preserved of all the fortresses on the Bosphorus and well worth a visit.

Sakıp Sabancı Museum

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The Sakıp Sabancı Museum is one of Istanbul's premier private museums, thanks to its world-class exhibits and stunning location in...


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One of the northernmost settlements on the European shore of the Bosphorus, Sarıyer, centered on a small harbor and backed by a row...