Rumeli Fortress

Address: Yahya Kemal Caddesi No. 42, Rumelihisarı, Istanbul, Turkey
Telephone: 0212 263 53 05

- Budget


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.

Value for money

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.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Sporty types
  • Great views / scenery
  • History
  • Design and architecture