Top 10 Places to Visit and See in Istanbul (2020 Insider Advice Guide)

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Places to visit and see in Istanbul are very impressive. Istanbul offers great sights and points of interest for its visitors. Of course it is not possible to mention all the best Istanbul sights, but here you may find the most fascinating and the ones that you won’t want to miss on your Istanbul visit.


1. Hagia Sophia Museum

Top 10 Places to Visit and See in Istanbul (2020 Insider Advice Guide)

Located in the Sultanahmet neighborhood, Hagia Sophia is a former church and mosque, declared as one of the world’s greatest architectural works and accepted as the 8th wonder of the world. Hagia Sophia is also one of the most visited landmarks and museums in Istanbul and in the world. Continue reading…

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2. Topkapi Palace Museum

Top 10 Places to Visit and See in Istanbul (2020 Insider Advice Guide)

Located in the Sultanahmet neighborhood, Topkapi Palace is a magnificent oriental palace and one of world’s richest museums that is situated on a triangular promontory dominating the Bosphorus & Golden Horn. It was the residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 15th century to mid-19th century. Continue reading…


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3. Istanbul Archaeology Museums

Top 10 Places to Visit and See in Istanbul (2020 Insider Advice Guide)

Located in the Sultanahmet neighborhood, Istanbul Archaeology Museums are one of the richest archaeology museums in the world. The museums contains an immense collection of Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine works and items including sculptures and sarcophagi and consist of three separate museums on one site that include the Archaeology Museum, the Museum of the Ancient Orient and the Tiled Pavilion. That’s why it’s called plural. Continue reading…

4. Galata Tower

Top 10 Places to Visit and See in Istanbul (2020 Insider Advice Guide)

Located in the Galata neighborhood, Galata Tower, topped with a distinctive witch’s-hat roof, is an old Genoese tower overlooking the city and has a luxurious restaurant at the top. Travelers may enjoy the 360 degrees excellent panoramic views of Istanbul, Golden Horn and Bosphorus. Continue reading…

5. Sultanahmet Square & Blue Mosque

Top 10 Places to Visit and See in Istanbul (2020 Insider Advice Guide)

Located in the Sultanahmet neighborhood, the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque) is a great sample of the Turkish and Islamic architecture and one of the most visited sights and mosques in Istanbul. It can also be considered as a triumph of harmony, proportion and elegance. Continue reading…


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6. Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

Top 10 Places to Visit and See in Istanbul (2020 Insider Advice Guide)

Located in the Beyazit neighborhood, the Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) is an excellent shopping adventure that you won’t want to miss. A series of covered streets feature over 4,000 merchants all selling their products and wares. You can find anything here from boots and slippers to gold and silver jewelry. Continue reading…

7. Princes’ Islands

Top 10 Places to Visit and See in Istanbul (2020 Insider Advice Guide)

The Princes’ Islands is one of the best preserved natural areas and sights in Istanbul. This summer sightseeing islands (Buyukada is the most popular one) was once the pleasure island of the Byzantine Princes, and it boasts a stunning pinewood scenery. You can experience an island tour by horse-drawn carriages, and take a lunch at a local fish restaurant by the sea. Continue reading…

8. Istiklal Street

Top 10 Places to Visit and See in Istanbul (2020 Insider Advice Guide)

Located in the Taksim neighborhood, Istiklal Street (Istiklal Avenue) is probably the most famous street and entertainment area in Istanbul. It is a long colorful pedestrian street full of all kind of shops, restaurants, cafes, street shows and more. Continue reading…

9. Isfanbul Theme Park

Top 10 Places to Visit and See in Istanbul (2020 Insider Advice Guide)

Isfanbul is one of the best theme parks in Istanbul as well as in Europe and offers great attractions for both kids and adults. What makes it amazing is its not being only an amusement park, but also a huge complex combining theme park, shopping, entertainment and exhibition centers in one place. Continue reading…

10. Sea Life Aquarium

Top 10 Places to Visit and See in Istanbul (2020 Insider Advice Guide)

Sea Life Istanbul is an aquarium and entertainment center located in the Forum Shopping Center in Bayrampasa district. It is the 5th largest aquarium in the world having an impressive 47 display tanks and more than 15,000 sea creatures. Visitors may experience and enjoy the lovely sea creatures, the largest collection of sharks in Europe, the Digital Aquarium, the Turtle Hospital where you may see the injured turtles are getting healed, thematic zones, school trips, birthday parties and much more. Continue reading…


Tours & Tickets

When planning an Istanbul visit, weekend break, getaway or holiday, there are always plenty of tours, attractions, deals, offers, packages and events to choose from and enjoy in the city. You may explore Istanbul via daily tours made by the local travel agents with professional guides. It is a very good option if you don’t want to go through the hassle of making all the arrangements including the tickets, waiting at the long queues and 2-ways transportation by your own.

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Tourist Passes

Istanbul has two major tourist discount passes. You can read more with our tips and comparisons on our Istanbul Welcome Card and Istanbul Tourist Pass pages.


Istanbul Welcome Card Deluxe

Top 10 Places to Visit and See in Istanbul (2020 Insider Advice Guide)This is a travel discount card that is delivered to your hotel for FREE upon your purchase online, and will be ready to use at your arrival. You can also receive it from its stand in both two Istanbul Airports.

Istanbul Welcome Card Deluxe comes with Pass for 12 Museums, 3 Tours by Historian Guide, 20 Rides with IstanbulKart (Public Transport), Bosphorus Cruise, Digital Guide Book and Map.

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Tip: This discount card also gets you 20% for all the other attractions and services on their shop like guided museum tours, dinner cruise, theme parks, airport transfer, unlimited mobile internet, etc., and is a jewel to tourists with a lot to see.

Istanbul Tourist Pass

Top 10 Places to Visit and See in Istanbul (2020 Insider Advice Guide)This is a digital travel discount pass that is delivered to your phone upon your purchase online, and will be ready to use at your arrival. It includes 30+ attractions and services including skip the line access and guided museum tours, dinner cruise, hop-on & hop-off Bus, airport transfer, unlimited mobile internet, etc.

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