Rumeli Fortress

Price guide: Budget

Yahya Kemal Caddesi No. 42, Rumelihisarı, Istanbul

Price guide: Budget

Rumeli Fortress
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#6 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
4.8
4.8
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Sporty types, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, History

Best for Posing - Expert review of Rumeli Fortress

Impressive waterfront fortress with great Bosphorus views.

One of the most prominent sights from the Bosphorus Tour, this massive hillside fortress was built in four months as part of the successful siege of Constantinople. Today, it’s a particularly picturesque place to enjoy dramatic views of the strait and climb with few restrictions around the fort’s steep and sometimes crumbling walls.

Price advice: 

Admission is a steal at 3 lira.

Expert tips: 
If visiting in summer, find out if any outdoor concerts are scheduled to be held at the castle; it’s a beautiful, intimate venue.
Kids will love exploring the castle and its grounds, but keep a good eye on the little ones as safety barriers are few.

More information on Rumeli Fortress:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Castle / palace
Address:
Yahya Kemal Caddesi No. 42, Rumelihisarı, Istanbul
Telephone:
0212 263 53 05
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Tue-Sun 9am-5pm; until 7pm in summer. Closed Mondays.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor

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