Dolmabahce Palace

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Dolmabahce Palace and Other Sights on the Bosphorus Strait

Dolmabahce Palace sits imposingly on the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, and is a stunning example of Ottoman architecture. To get the fuller context of Istanbul's multi-layered history, here are other sights and experiences you should incorporate into your visit there.

  • Dolmabahce Museum

    1. Dolmabahce Museum

    The palace itself serves as a museum, bringing Istanbul's story to life. View the rooms where Ataturk spent his last days, as well as a whole host of antique furniture and art.

  • Bosphorus Strait

    2. Bosphorus Strait

    How many times have you been on two continents in one day? Every year, people rise to the challenge of swimming across the Bosphorus Strait. If you don't want to get your feet wet, you can simply take a ferry!

  • Rumeli Castle

    3. Rumeli Castle

    Sultan Mehmed II built Rumeli Castle in 1451, back when Istanbul was still known as Constantinople. It has retained its rustic charm, which can be viewed from the Bosphorus Strait!

  • Byzantine Quarter

    4. Byzantine Quarter

    In addition to its Islamic heritage, Istanbul has also been home to Jewish and Christian communities over the centuries. Walk the deep, turreted city walls which were built under Roman Emperor Constantine in order to guard against sea and land attacks.

  • Camlica HIll

    5. Camlica HIll

    Panoramic views and cultivated gardens characterize Camlica Hill, where you can spend an afternoon away from Istanbul's hustle and bustle but still take in the astounding beauty of the region.

Planning Your Visit

  • Bosphorus Bridge

    If you plan to drive across the bridge, bear in mind that there's a toll to cross from Europe to Asia, but not vice versa

  • October Marathon

    If you want to walk between the continents, there's a chance to do that once a year during the marathon!

  • Sun protection

    In the southern European heat, staying adequately protected from the sun is essential! Make sure you stay in the shade around midday, and reapply sunscreen.

  • Visa

    To enter Turkey as a US passport holder, you need to pay $30 for a 90-day visa. You can pay on arrival or easily purchase it online before your trip. Other nationalities may need to check beforehand for entry conditions.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open 9:00AM - 4:00PM. Ticket office might close early if maximum number of daily visitors is reached.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult general admission starts at 30 lira. Harem entrance is additional 10 lira.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Individuals are not allowed to explore without a guide. Many guided tours, also in English, are led throughout the day.
  • How to get there
    Located just short walk from Kabatas tram stop.
  • Additional information

    • Please note that within the Palace you are not allowed to take pictures but can still capture the impressive views and gardens surrounding the palace to share with friends and family.

    • The changing of the guard outside the palace is a sight in itself! Pick a spot and wait to see this ancient tradition.

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What people are saying about Dolmabahce Palace

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,410 reviews

We had the best experience ever with Yasin! He did a phenomenal job showing us all of Istanbul & giving us history lessons on all the areas we went too. We also got to skip the long lines for tickets which saved us so much time! He also took us to a incredible restaurant with authentic Turkish cussine! I highly recommend this for anyone trying to see Istanbul in one day!!

Ayla hat uns pünktlich vom Hotel abgeholt und wir erlebten mit ihr den absolut schönsten Tag in Istanbul!! Sie hat ein unheimlich großes Wissen und kann dieses super interessant vermitteln. Wir können die Tour nur wärmstens weiterempfehlen! Vielen lieben Dank an Ayla!

Our guide was great. The first tour i have taken that is private. From the beginning, we immediately felt that we weren't taking a tour. We were spending time with a friend who is knowledgeable and passionate about the history of this beautiful place.

Great tour, the tour guide was very interesting. Beautiful palace, must see, we would recommend to bring water since it is very hot inside.

We had a great tour on the Bosporus with a small group, nice food and a very knowledgeable guide. Can only recommend :-)