Istanbul is a glorious city that has become a legend. The beauty of this dream city has enthralled people from all over the world for centuries. It takes years to understand the beauty of Istanbul and to witness its history and culture. But if you have a day to spend in this legendary city, there is plenty to do.
Istiklal is undoubtedly the most important street in Istanbul. The length of the street is 1.4 kilometers. One end leads to Taksim and the other to Tünel. There are countless restaurants and shops selling clothes, candy, Turkish delight, chocolate, and souvenirs on the street. The red nostalgic tram passing over the street is worth experiencing.
After a wonderful walk on Istiklal Avenue, the next stop is Galata Tower. The history of the tower, which is one of the landmarks adorning the silhouette of the city, dates back to the Genoese. Going up to the top of the tower and taking a look at the city from there will once again please you that you have come to Istanbul.
After admiring the beauty of the city once again at the Galata Tower, it's time to turn your route to Eminönü. You can move towards Eminönü over the Galata Bridge, which connects the two sides of the Golden Horn. Bosphorus on one side, Yeni Mosque on the other, and Süleymaniye Mosque on the other hill will greet you looking from the bridge. You can take a delicious break by eating a fish sandwich in Eminönü.
The Spice Bazaar is in Eminönü, behind the New Mosque and next to the Flower Market. It is one of the oldest bazaars in Istanbul. In this bazaar famous for its herbalists, besides natural medicines, spices, flower seeds, rare plant roots and shells, products from the old tradition; dried nuts, delicatessen products, various foodstuffs are sold.
If you think it would be good to have a cultural tour after the Spice Bazaar, the next stop is Sirkeci Railway Station. The magnificent Istanbul Railway Museum will welcome you here. It was designed to present the history and development of railway use in the country to future generations. In the museum, which was opened in 2005, documents, maps, plan projects, and materials from the Orient Express from the Ottoman Period are exhibited. The museum, which contains approximately 300 works of art, is the right address to take a closer look at the history of railways.
You have approached the end of the day, and if all you want is to feel the comfort of home after the hours of joy you spent in Istanbul, Grand Sirkeci Hotel is waiting for you. In the heart of the Historic Peninsula, you will feel the warmth and comfort of your home. The best of Istanbul is at Grand Sirkeci Hotel.