Top 7 Places for the Best Views of Istanbul 

1- Çamlıca Tower

Çamlıca Tower officially became the tallest building in Istanbul and all of Turkey after its opening in May 2021. It quickly became a popular tourist destination as a result of its fantastic location on a high hill with a stunning view of Istanbul. On the top floor, you can enjoy a cup of coffee in the restaurant.

Çamlıca Tower

2- Grand Çamlıca Mosque

Istanbul’s Grand Çamlıca Mosque is located at Çamlıca Hill, undoubtedly one of the most well-known and popular locations in the city. It is situated on the Asian side of the city. The view of the city’s other side, the European Side, is straightforward from the mosque’s terrace. Grand Çamlıca Mosque opened in March 2019 and currently, it is the largest mosque in Turkey with 63,000 worshipers at a time. Using public transportation, you can get to Çamlıca mosque from Kadıköy and Üsküdar.

Çamlıca Mosque

3- Galata Tower

The magnificent Galata Tower, one of Istanbul’s top tourist attractions and a constant feature of the city’s silhouette, is situated in the city’s center, you can go up to the tower to see the Golden Horn. You can take the M2 metro line, T1 tram line, or any of the city’s numerous buses to get to the tower.

Galata Tower

4- Pierre Loti Hill

The historic Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Cemetery in Istanbul’s top part is known as Pierre Loti Hill. A cable car departs from the area immediately outside of Eyüp Sultan Mosque and takes passengers to the hill from where they can view the city and the Golden Horn. One of the most popular tourist destinations is the hill with its numerous cafes and eateries.

Pierre Loti Hill

5- Süleymaniye

The best place to view historical Istanbul is Süleymaniye. It is one of the best places to observe the city and take pictures because of the Süleymaniye Madrasa, where the Süleymaniye Mosque is located, and its terrace. Using the M2 metro line or the T1 tram line will get you to the Süleymaniye Area.

Süleymaniye Mosque

6-Rumeli Fortress

One of the city’s castles, Rumeli Hisarüstü, is a great place to take in the city and the Bosphorus while also making some memories. For your photo shoots, the hill provides a panoramic view of the Bosphorus. By bus, it’s simple to travel to Rumeli Hisarüstü from Beşiktaş.

Rumeli Fortress

7- Sapphire Observation Deck

Sapphire, Istanbul’s second-tallest tower and the city’s tallest shopping center, also features a sizable viewing terrace. This is going to be an excellent choice for an Istanbul experience where you can feel the ground beneath your feet on the observation terrace on the 54th floor. To get to Istanbul Sapphire, you can take public transportation M2 metro line.


8- Nakkaştepe Park

One of the highest points from which to view Istanbul is Nakkaştepe, which is situated in Kuzguncuk, the city’s historic district on the Asian side of the city. You can spend hours admiring the European side of the city, the Çırağan Palace, Yıldız Park, Ortaköy, and more. You can easily reach Nakkaştepe from Üsküdar.

Bosphorus Bridge

Eyüp Sultan Mosque

After Mecca and Medina, the Eyüp Sultan Mosque in Turkey is one of the most revered places among Muslims.

The mosque is titled after Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari, whose tomb is located in the same place. He was one of the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Companions. The Place of the Grave was determined by Akşemsettin, the master and mentor of Mehmed the Conqueror, in 1453, right after the conquest of Istanbul and five years later, the mosque was built there.

Since its build, the mosque has maintained its significance. In the Ottoman era, the coronation ceremony took place here, and most sultans visited the Eyüp Sultan tomb as their final stop before engaging in combat. Today, both locals and tourists frequently visit the mosque.

Eyüp Sultan Tomb Visiting Hours and Days: The tomb is open to visitors between 09:30 and 16:00 every day.
Pierre Loti Hill:
During your visit to Eyüp Sultan Mosque, there is a cable car and stairs that run from the Golden Horn’s shore to the top of the Pierre Loti Hill, and also by drinking a Turkish coffee and Golden Horn view you can get rid of your tiredness.

How to get to Eyüp Sultan Mosque using public transportation:

  • You can use 99A and 33ES bus lines (Eyüpsultan Stop) or T5 tram line from Eminönü.
  • You can take 55T bus line (Eyüpsultan Stop) from Taksim or 55 (Eyüpsultan Stop) bus line from Şişli.

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