Top 55 Places to visit in Istanbul

In Istanbul, a weekend is the ideal city break! There’s plenty to do in two or three days, and it’s just enough for Eastern Europe to be thrilling and a bit of a shock to the society.

As the city straddles two continents, the blend of cultures, history, and madness that comes with this unexpectedly cosmopolitan city would certainly bewilder you.

If you’re going to Istanbul for a weekend, we have the ideal itinerary to spend your time and get the most out of your city break. So, buckle up and I’m going to show you around!

Here’s the ideal Istanbul weekend itinerary recommended to our students.

#1
GALATA KULESİ

Galata Tower is one of the symbols of Istanbul. It was built in the year of 528.

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#2
DOLMABAHÇE SARAYI

An old Ottoman Palace which you can visit as a museum.

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#3
TOPKAPI SARAYI

An old Ottoman Palace which you can visit as a museum.

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#4
EMİRGAN KORUSU

A beautiful forrest located in Sarıyer.

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#5
İSTİKLAL CADDESİ

One of the most popular street of Istanbul.

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#6
MADAME TUSSAUDS

A famous beeswax museum.

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#7
MISIR ÇARŞISI

One of oldest and famous bazaar’s in Istanbul.

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#8
PİERRE LOTİ TEPESİ

A famous hill located in Eyüp, where you can enjoy the scenery of Haliç.

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#9
MİNİATÜRK

A miniature park, where you can see the mini versions of Turkish structures.

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#10
YEREBATAN SARNICI

Istanbul’s biggest and most famous cistern.

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#11
VİALAND

A theme park.

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#12
ZORLU CENTER

A shopping mall.

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#13
İSTİNYE PARK AVM

A shopping mall.

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#14
CİTY'S NİŞANTAŞI

A shopping mall.

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#15
TRUMP TOWERS AVM

A shopping mall.

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#16
AKASYA

A shopping mall.

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#17
KANYON

A shopping mall.

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#18
AQUA FLORYA AVM

A shopping mall.

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#19
MALL OF İSTANBUL

A shopping mall.

#20
SNOWPARK TORİUM AVM

A shopping mall.

#21
OYUNCAK MÜZESİ

Toy Museum.

#22
KELEBEK ÇİFTLİĞİ

A beautiful butterfly ranch located in a Botanical Garden in Beykoz.

#23
SEA LİFE AKVARYUM

Turkey’s biggest aquarium located in Bayrampaşa.

#24
EMAAR

A shopping mall.

#25
KIZ KULESİ

A historical tower which can be visited as a museum or a restaurant.

#26
CADDEBOSTAN SAHİLİ

A park to hangout near the seaside.

#27
ANADOLU KAVAĞI

A neighbourhood close to Bosphorus famous for their seafood restaurants.

#28
MİHRABAT KORUSU

A beautiful forrest with restaurants, hyking parks and organizations.

#29
KANLICA

One of Istanbul’s famous for its special yogurt.

#30
ÇINARALTI ÇAY BAHÇESİ

A historical tea garden under plane trees.

#31
KAPALI ÇARŞI

World’s biggest and oldest bazaar.

#32
BALAT

A district full of popular cafes, modern galeries and beautiful streets.

#33
RUMELİ HİSARI

The famous rumelian castle.

#34
YOROS KALESİ

A historical castle from the Eastern Rome era.

#35
YEDİKULE ZİNDANLARI

Turkey’s oldest outdoors museum.

#36
SULTANAHMET MEYDANI

One of Istanbul’s most important squares.

#37
ALMAN ÇEŞMESİ

A historical fountain located in Fatih.

#38
AYA YORGİ MANASTIRI

A historical monastery located in Büyükada.

#39
AYA YORGİ RUM PATRİKHANESİ

A historical Greek patriarchate located in Fatih.

#40
ÇAMLICA TEPESİ

A famous hill in Üsküdar great for sightseeing.

#41
OTAĞTEPE PARKI

A beautiful park to hang out.

#42
SAFİR KULE

A tall building where you can shop and see the city on the top floor.

#43
GÜLHANE PARKI

A historical park in Eminönü.

#44
YILDIZ KORUSU

A famous park with cafes.

#45
MAÇKA PARKI

A beautiful park where you can hang out on grass.

#46
ATATÜRK ARBORETUMU

A beautiful forrest located in Sarıyer.

#47
ADALAR

Islands that are close to Istanbul with cafes and beaches.

#48
RAHMİ M. KOÇ MÜZESİ

A museum founded which is dedicated to industrial and communication history.

#49
SAKIP SABANCI MÜZESİ

An art museum located in Sarıyer.

#50
PERA MÜZESİ

A museum that was founded to provide various cultural activities.

#51
VEHBİ KOÇ SADBERK HANIM MÜZESİ

Turkey’s first private museum.

#52
İSTANBUL DENİZ MÜZESİ

Turkey’s biggest museum for marine.

#53
GALATA MEVLEVİHANESİ MÜZESİ

An old mevlevi lodge located in Beyoğlu.

#54
DRAGOS TEPESİ

A popular hill located in Dragos.

#55
YUŞA TEPESİ

A popular hill known for being close to the sea and being tall.

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