Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi)#13 in Best Things To Do in Istanbul
For perhaps the best view of Istanbul from Beyoglu, head up the Galata Tower. This landmark crowns the hill opposite the Golden Horn and was once used as a jail. After a copula was added during a 1960s restoration, this historic structure's observation deck opened to visitors. A restaurant and nightclub are also available at the top.
Travelers praise the Galata Tower's jaw-dropping vistas and historical charm, however, several were disappointed with the attraction's pricey admissions – adult tickets are $25 Turkish lira ($7). Others bemoaned the long wait times to get to the top but said you can avoid crowds if you arrive early.
The Galata Tower is open every day from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. It sits near the Sishane metro station, Karaköy's ferry terminals and the Istasyonu and Tophane tram stops.
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