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Galata Bridge
Galata Bridge

Galata Bridge

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Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Bridge
Ranked #10 in Istanbul things to do
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Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Galata Köprüsü, 34425 Beyoğlu, Turke
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Galata Bridge is the heart of Istanbul, spanning the Golden Horn from Karaköy on the north to Old Istanbul, centered on Sultanahmet, on the south.

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Foster City

The Galata Bridge was a symbolic link between the traditional city of Istanbul and the districts like Galata and Beyoğlu. Lots of cafes on Galata Bridge and a great place to sit and enjoy the view.

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

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Barcelona

I would recommend heading to Galata Bridge for sunset. It gets a bit crowded, but not overly so and it has beautiful views to offer.

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New Delhi

Connects the Sultanahmet side to the Beyoglu side, with the golden horn passing underneath. You'll see plenty of fishermen casting their lines on all along the bridge.

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Anchorage

I visited Istanbul years ago and remember walking across this bridge and seeing al the fisherman lined up along the edge of the bridge casting their lines out.

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London

The Galata Bridge was one of the first bridges across the Golden Horn. It's still lined with fishermen. On the Sultanahmet side you can get great fish sandwiches, and on the Beyoglu side visit the fish market.

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Moss Beach

At first I thought it was just a bridge, it's that, sure with great views of the Bosphorus and the big ships and small craft sailing below. But it's also a linear food court with fish restaurants and pubs. And it's also a place where locals of all sorts go to fish. Walk across and you'll see it all. Oh, and I forgot to mention the train line traverses it. Amazing, really.

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Bedford

This bridge connects the Sultanamet District with Galata tower. Good photo opportunities from this area

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Berkeley

On the top part of the bridge there are always dozens of people fishing and you can buy fresh fish from them. On the bottom there are all sorts of seafood restaurants and a few hookah places. It's a nice place to relax after a long day in Sultanahmet, once you sit down that is. The hosts are rather aggressive in trying to get you to choose their restaurant. More so than a lot of other places in Istanbul.

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Nizwa

There's more going on over (and under) this bridge than meets the eye. There a pedestrian walkway up top popular with strollers and fishermen. On the lower level (this is a double decker bridge), there's a whole slew of fresh seafood restaurants, cafes and shops which is kind of how Istanbul is: life stacked upon life stacked upon life. By the way, this is purportedly where British Soldiers, stationed here during the Crimean War, invented the popular card game, Bridge.

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Huntington Beach

It must be seen!
There is so much going on...from the fisherman lined up on the bridge to the rocking boats selling the fish sandwiches!
There is tons of shopping and it is literally a 2 minute walk to the Spice Market.
The vendors get a little crazy but it is all just part of the flavor of the city.

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Santa Cruz

The first time I walked across this bridge, it was teeming with fishermen with their poles hanging over the edge, bait for sale, and was quite a scene. the setting sun created quite an ambiance, and beautiful views of the skyline across the Bosphorus. On the Sultanahmet side of the bridge you can buy fish sandwiches right off the boat, the delicious (imo) pickled juice and veggies, or fried dough - fun snacks while you people watch endlessly.

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Longmont

John Freely, noted Istanbul authority, referred to Galata Bridge as the true heart of the city. It makes a certain sense. As you look out on the Golden Horn passing beneath your feet, the intersection of the great estuary with the Bosphorus Strait and the Asian shore beyond, it becomes clear that Istanbul's greatness lies in its role as a confluence of land and water.

The Galata Bridge connects Eminonu with the port of Karakoy and the Beyoglu district. It's most famous for the hundreds of fishermen who daily line the span, casting lines and hoping to bring up mackeral or sardines. The lower level is something of a floating shopping mall with fish restaurants and nargiles everywhere. The touts can be a little aggressive but that's part of the city too.

The south end of the bridge faces the New Mosque and Egyptian Bazaar while the mosque of Sulyman the Magnificent and Beyazit tower loom in the distance.

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Bedford

This is so much more than just a bridge- its a microcosm microcosm of the city. When we passed under it by boat on the Golden Horn it seemed like the vivacious character of Istanbul was somehow condensed on this one low bridge. Go at night for great views of the illuminated mosques nearby.

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This dual-decked bridge contains both a series of restaurants (on the lower level), all very touristy and all relatively well-priced as well as a series of street merchants on either end.
You can also catch amazing shots of the Golden Horn at Sunset here.

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Munich

I walked this bridge very often during my short stay in Istanbul. There are restaurants, you can watch the fisherman, the going-ons of the fish market, or just enjoy the view on many sides of Istanbul.

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Jakarta

Smells like fish!! But its a nice stroll when it's sunny :) Find the first stop point in the middle, good photo spot!

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Bangkok

One of the great Istanbul's experiences is walking across the Galata Bridge. It's most magical to see people come for fishing, smoking tobacco on the bridge. There're a lot of seagulls flying over the sea.

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This is my favourite bridge. It has a multi-layered personality. No elegance but an adventure in itself. Hundreds of fishermen, restaurants and their hustlers, bustling traffic and all the lively mixing of ages and cultures that is Istanbul. Walk across this bridge and each time you do so it will be different, I challenge you to be bored however jaded a traveller you are.

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London

On the bridge you can always find people with their long fishing pole fishing on the bridge. It is quite puzzling to me, because there are a lot of commercial activities going on in the water below and I can't imagine it being a good spot for fishing. Maybe it is just a sport and the end goal is not to catch the fish but the process.
On the lower level of the bridge, there are tons of seafood restaurants. They are mostly for tourists and are not that great.

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