The tower is a medieval stone one in the Galata/Karakoy quarter of Istanbul and it is one of the city’s most striking landmarks, it was the highest building for many centuries with its cone-capped cylinder look that dominates the skyline of the city and offers great views of Old Istanbul and its environs. There is a cafe-restaurant on its upper floors which command a magnificent view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus.
The first man flew in history in the 17th century was Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi who put wooden wings and flew from the tower to Uskudar.
Be aware of the recommended visiting hours and days as the lines at the entrance or balcony that are reached with an elevator can get pretty crowded.
Location: Galata Kulesi (between Karakoy/Galata and the lower end of Istiklal St)
Phone: +90 212 293 81 80
Open every day.
Best time to visit Galata Tower is early in the morning and late afternoon to get spectacular 360º panoramic views of Istanbul, especially in weekdays to beat the crowds.
Summer/Winter: Open: 09:00 / Closed: 20:30