Located in the northwest of Istanbul, at Sariyer district, Belgrad Forest is one of the most green places in Istanbul and covers an area of 55,000 hectare proliferation of protected woodland full of oak, beech and chestnut trees. You can do hiking, nature walking, mountain biking, and have a great day out with picnics and barbecue. You’ll find many picnic spots.
The name of the Belgrad Forest comes after the thousands of Serbs’ being transferred to Istanbul by the Kanuni Sultan Suleiman, after the Siege of Belgrade in 1521.
There is also a 6 km walking trail that is surrounded by a beautiful lake which makes it an ideal place for nature walking, jogging, or running.
You’ll also find a massive aqueduct near the road that was used to be an Ottoman water supply system that were leading all the way through Taksim Square.
The Belgrad Forest becomes lively and full of locals especially at the weekends. There is an admission fee to enter the park.
How to Get There?
Belgrad Forest is situated on the northwest part of the city, at Sariyer district.
Getting to and from the Belgrad forest can be made by public buses to and from Bahcekoy. You can take a taxi from the Haciosman metro stop.
And if you can, car rental is the best option.