The Galata Tower is one of Istanbul’s most striking monuments. The medieval tower has a phenomenal observation gallery upon which you can marvel the entire city and the coast. Additionally it contains a restaurant and bar, which truly defines luxury dining. Enjoy world-class food, wine from around the world, and a stunning sunset as the Istanbul night illuminates beneath you. For those of you who have always enjoyed your history on the immersive side, don’t hesitate to try on some historical costumes and experience Ottoman decadence.
Galata Tower, Bereketzade, Galata Kulesi, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey, +90 212 244 7736
Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, founded in 2004, was Turkey’s first private museum showcasing modern art pieces. This is a comprehensive collection of international art pieces that appeals both to art enthusiasts and has a commitment to educating those who wish to learn more about this vibrant movement. The museum takes great pride in its cultural identity and hosts many educational and social programs for the local community and tourists to enjoy. For a fascinating, cultural, and interactive experience, make the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art an essential stop and be sure to check ahead of time, which workshops you can partake in.
The beating heart of the city is Taksim Square. Come day or night, this square is the nucleus of socialization, fun and culture. During the day, the local residents mill about, shop, and gather in the local cafés. As the sun sets, the city comes to life for a second time and the nightlife blossoms around you. Bars and diners beckon you through their glowing doorways, live musicians fill the air with traditional songs, and the night sky is full of stars.
The Museum of Innocence
The Museum of Innocence was created by Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, inspired by his novel of the same name. This museum was created at the same time as its namesake novel and won the 2014 award for the European Museum of the Year. The museum is located inside a 19th century house and consists of more than 1,000 artifacts evoking upper-class life in the city. Many of the artifacts are significant to the novel and we so we would recommend giving it a read before, during, or after your visit.
The Pera Museum is an art museum that has a uniquely 19th century oriental theme in its exhibits. The museum is only a decade old and is located in a former hotel. It is a beautiful building seemingly inspired by Parisian 19th century architecture, making it outwardly impressive and elaborate. The artifacts within consist of paintings, pottery and an array of random items.
Miniatürk is a miniature park on the Golden Horn. The 60,000 square meter park holds the humorous title of being one of the world’s largest miniature parks. It is filled with many detailed, scaled down models of buildings, monuments, people, and landmarks from across Turkey. This is a fun and novel day out for you to experience and is perfect both for adults and families.
Miniaturk, Sütlüce Mahallesi, İmrahor Caddesi, İstanbul, Turkey, +90 212 222 2882
Taksim Gezi Park
From a miniature park to a full sized urban park, Taksim Gezi Park is the smallest park in Turkey. It is an urban park in the city that provides a delightful contrast to the built up skyline of the concrete city. It is an incredibly significant space as it is one of the limited green spaces in the city. Take a leisurely stroll, have a picnic, lounge in the sun or go for an energetic run in this urban Eden.