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Strolling Through Istanbul City

Strolling Through Istanbul City

Istanbul is a very beautiful city located on two continents. The city is very unique when you consider it's in the middle of Europe and Asia like an elegant bridge. Just like its perfect location the culture of the city is mixture of two different worlds. This strategic position of the city creates its hybrid culture.

Houses In Istanbul Old City

Walking Through Galata Bridge

You can mostly feel that you are in Asia while walking in the streets of Istanbul. However you may immediately feel like you are in Europe sometimes when you turn the corner of a street. 

This vivid change can be seen especially when the Galata Bridge is passed by walking. Because you need to pass this bridge in order to walk to the New Town (Beyoğlu District) from Old Istanbul in other words: Constantinople.

Appearance Of The Old City From Galata Bridge 

Ottoman Istanbul v.s. Constantinople

Constantinople is captured by the Ottomans in 1453 and the city is evolved to a Muslim city. Many mosques are built and many palaces were constructed. Therefore the Byzantine Consantinople within the walls became Ottoman Istanbul. While the other side of the Galata Bridge, Beyoğlu, was inhabited by the levants (Europeans living in the east) and non-muslim communities of the Ottoman Empire. Time after time the "other side" began to be called as Constantinople and the Old City became Ottoman Istanbul.

Istiklal Avenue In Istanbul New City (Beyoğlu)

In the 19th Century, New Town (Beyoğlu) looked like a little Paris and named by many people as Paris of the East. There were theatres and cinemas, beautiful baroque and neo-classic building all around. 

Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid, decided to move from traditional and classical Topkapı Palace to the Dolmabahçe Palace which is the modern palace he had built. Dolmabahçe Palace is located on the Bosphorus and glamours you like a shining diamond.

Istanbul Street Food In Hagia Sophia Square

Must See Places Around Galata Bridge

The old city side of Galata Bridge is called as Eminönü. Spice Bazaar, Rüstem Paşa Mosque and New Mosque are the highlights of this area. If you go further up you reach to the Sultanahmet Area. The center of the old city where the Hagia Sophia is located. Hagia Sophia mosaics are of course worldwide famous 

When you pass the bridge in the direction of the New Town you first arrive to Karaköy. Galata Tower, Istanbul Modern, Istiklal Avenue and Taksim Square are the highlights of that area. You can see also 

Spice Bazaar Istanbul

How Can You Book A Tour Guide In Istanbul

Every city can be visited by a guide book and a little bit of reading history. However considering that the Istanbul is a very complex city with the 15 million inhabitants, it might be different from the other cities in Europe. According to the statistics of 2015, 14 million people visited Istanbul and when you put this number on the top of the population, you may undestand how busy it is. A visit to this city might take a lot of time because of crowded streets and long lines. 

I strongly recommend you to book a private tour guide in Istanbul city. You can either book your istanbul private tour through the travel agencies or you can reach out to the guide himself through his web site. Guiding without the license is illegal in Turkey so make sure that the guide you book has a legal license. Otherwise your tour could be stopped by one of the goverment officers who is in charge of checking the license.

19th Century Ottoman Building On Bosphorus

Bosphorus Cruise Tours

Bosphorus is a beautiful strait that separates the Asian and European sides of Istanbul. Touring the Bosphorus with a little boat might be your best experience in Istanbul city. 

A private guide is again recommended for this kind of cruise tours. You might be overwhelmed by what Bosphorus offers since many buildings, palaces, kiosks and mosques located on the Bosphorus.

Check out the Istanbul public transportation article to gain more information about the Istanbul's metro, tram and ferry hours.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Istanbul?

The high season in Istanbul is Spring and Autumn. Spring is best time when it comes to beauty of the nature and the festivals. Such as Istanbul Film Festival and Istanbul Tulip Festival.

Autumn might also be a good choice because the city is very romantic in that season. There are also nice activities in Autumn too.

Istanbul In Spring
Istanbul is chilly in the winter but very calm and peaceful without any crowd. If you do not want to spend your time in front of popular museums you can consider coming in winter. It snows once or twice in a winter season. usually in January and February.

June is also a good month to visit but not July and August. Since the temperature is going up to 35 celcius degrees. People of Istanbul also leave the city to go to west and south coasts of Turkey. Where beautiful holiday cities are such as Bodrum, Fethiye, Antalya.

Istanbul Museums Opening Hours and Entrance Fees

Istanbul has many historical sights to see and many places to enjoy. Including the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Dolmabahce Palace. To get a knowledge about the opening hours, admission fees and updated information related to the Istanbul's most popular museums there is a great blog post to check out. You might have a look to the article named Istanbul museums opening hours and entrance fees to learn about the Istanbul museums correctly. 


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