Things to do in Istanbul

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    Hagia Sophia

    Hagia Sophia

    Ranked #1 overall in Istanbul things to do
    9.4309 reviews
    History Museum
    Popular withHistoryArtsySpiritual

    Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia were my two favorite places to visit while in Istanbul, definitely top two must see's.

  • 2
    Topkapı Palace

    Topkapı Palace

    Ranked #2 overall in Istanbul things to do
    9.3160 reviews
    Sights and Museums, History Museum, Historic Site
    Popular withHistoryArtsyFamilies

    It was really interesting to see how the sultans lived, especially the harem. The dagger and the diamond in the treasury exhibit are absolutely stunning. Be prepared for lots of ...

  • 3
    Grand Bazaar

    Grand Bazaar

    Ranked #3 overall in Istanbul things to do
    8.6180 reviews
    Shopping, Mall
    Popular withHistoryAdventureFamilies

    Not what I expected. A tad overrated I felt. Lot less haggling than I thought and less cheap.

  • 4
    Blue Mosque

    Blue Mosque

    Ranked #4 overall in Istanbul things to do
    9.1235 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Mosque
    Popular withHistoryArtsySpiritual

    Words cannot do it justice. It's beauty alone is worth the trip to Istanbul.

  • 5
    Basilica Cistern

    Basilica Cistern

    Ranked #5 overall in Istanbul things to do
    9.2131 reviews
    Historic Site, Landmark
    Popular withHistoryAdventureArtsy

    Out of all the places I've been to in the world, the Basilica Cistern has by far been one of the most interesting. There's an air of mystery with this ...

  • 6
    The Spice Bazaar

    The Spice Bazaar

    Ranked #6 overall in Istanbul things to do
    8.6130 reviews
    Shopping, Landmark, Farmers Market
    Popular withFoodiesHistoryFamilies

    Visiting the Spice Bazaar was unexpectedly enjoyable. It is a large market with stall after stall selling different, colourful spices but not only. You can find Turkish delight, various tea ...

  • 7
    Bosphorus Bridge

    Bosphorus Bridge

    Ranked #7 overall in Istanbul things to do
    9.1103 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Bridge
    Popular withArtsyAdventureNightlife

    This bridge connecting Asia and Europe is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. It is worth taking one of the boat tours endlessly being hawked on the ...

  • 8
    Taksim Square

    Taksim Square

    Ranked #8 overall in Istanbul things to do
    8.4112 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Shopping, Landmark, Plaza, Popular
    Popular withHistoryFoodiesNightlife

    Every great city has a central square, and Istanbul does not disappoint. A gathering place for both locals and tourists, it has a little of everything. A pedestrian shopping street ...

  • 9
    Galata Tower

    Galata Tower

    Ranked #9 overall in Istanbul things to do
    9.098 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Landmark
    Popular withHistoryFamiliesArtsy

    Galata Tower is easy to find - perched on a high hill overlooking the city. It's really worth learning about the rich history of this tower while you're there. Overall, ...

  • 10
    Galata Bridge

    Galata Bridge

    Ranked #10 overall in Istanbul things to do
    8.483 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Bridge
    Popular withHistoryAdventureOutdoorsy

    You can eat delicious fish under galata bridge.View is wonderful from restaurants

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