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There are plenty of places to see and visit in Istanbul. Whether you love hiking or cycling, Istanbul is a region where 20 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today.

The top 20 Attractions in Istanbul

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    1

    Grand Bazaar

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    The big, famous and notorious bazaar of Istanbul. Mostly so full that you are pushed on and on. An Eldorado for pickpockets, but also a treasure trove for everything and …

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    Hagia Sophia

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    First church, then Mosque and now museum. The Hagia Sophia is the highlight of an Istanbul trip. A true eye candy, there is so much to discover. Painted Christian symbols …

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    Galata Brücke

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    The bridge houses good seafood restaurants, not only visited by tourists.

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    Galataturm

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    a quarter of Istanbul's Beyoğlu district. Originally, it was part of the built under the Genoese city fortifications.

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    In the center of the square stands the Monument of the Republic, built in 1928 in memory of the 5th anniversary of the founding of Turkey after the Turkish War of Independence.

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    Yeni Camii

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    New mosque, one of the main attractions of Istanbul

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    Istiklal Cadesi

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    The Istiklal Cadesi starts at the Taxim and leads to the Tünel. It is a nearly 2 km long shopping street and mostly very well visited. It used to be …

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    The Basilica of St. Anthony (Turkish Sent Antuan Kilisesi) is a Roman Catholic church in Istanbul.The basilica is located on the İstiklal Caddesi in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district.

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    The Egyptian Bazaar, also called Spice Bazaar, is known for its sea of scents and colors. The oriental spice market is located on Eminönü Square, just to the right of …

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    10

    Aksaray Valide Moschee

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    The Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Mosque, also known as Aksaray Valide Mosque, is an Ottoman imperial mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. It is located at the intersection of Ordu Street and Atatürk …

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    Taksim Square

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    The Taxim is a central place in Istanbul. It is a transport hub where you can change from the metro to one of the many buses, from there stroll along …

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    12

    Three Ottoman sultans and numerous members of the ruling family. Almost thirty people in all. The last burial was in 1988.

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    Theodosius dikilitaş

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    The obelisk of Theodosius is an ancient Egyptian obelisk, which was brought to Constantinople under Emperor Theodosius I and placed there in 390 AD in the Hippodrome.

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    Süleymaniye-Moschee

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    The Süleymaniye Mosque is one of the grandest mosques in Istanbul. Majestically it trembles on the third hill of the old town over the Golden Horn.

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    Çiçek Pasajı

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    The Çiçek Pasajı or flower gallery gets its name from the planted flower pots on the walls. It houses numerous restaurants.

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    Der deutsche Brunnen

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    The fountain was a gift from Sultan Abdulhamid II and was erected in 1900 to commemorate the 1898 visit of German Emperor Wilhelm II to Istanbul. It was manufactured in …

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    17

    Örme dikilitaş

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    The Hippodrome, built by Constantine the Great after Constantine's declaration of Istanbul as the capital of the Roman Empire, was located in what we now call Sultanahmet Square.

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    18

    Now when I was there in Oct 2020, there were no carriages in operation, only the small Bimelbahnen which I think is good.

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    19

    Valens-Aquädukt

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    The Valens Aqueduct is part of an extensive old aqueduct in the Saraçhane and Zeyrek districts of Istanbul, which supplied the city with water. It originally stretched for just over …

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    Schiff-Anlegestelle

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    The jetty is perfect, you are right in the middle of the action and you can decide where you want to go 👍🏻

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