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Gülhane Park is a public park situated in Istanbul’s Old City, overlooking the Bosphorus Strait and Marmara Sea. Originally the outer garden of Topkapi Palace, the park opened as a public recreation space in 1912. Its name means Rosehouse Park and it was designed as a large rose garden. You can also come here to enjoy sea views from its traditional tea garden, take a tour of a sultan’s palace and explore museums.
Escape the busy city streets and unwind in the shade of the park’s large plane trees, some of which date back to the 1800s. Stroll along the wide paths to see the colorful roses and ornamental water features. Keep an eye out for statues, including one of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first president of the Turkish Republic. Look up at the column erected to commemorate a Roman victory over the Goths.
Bring a picnic and relax on the park’s lawns or buy drinks and snacks from the various kiosks. Alternatively, go to the park’s northeastern side to find a tea garden and café. Order a pot of tea or coffee and take in the uninterrupted view of the Bosphorus Strait and Marmara Sea.
While here, be sure to visit Topkapi Palace, a former sultan’s residence built between 1459 and 1478. Walk through the palace’s courtyards to see jewelry and ceremonial robes, armory and ceramics that epitomize the opulence of the Ottoman Empire. The palace has a harem and other preserved examples of the extravagant lifestyle of the sultans. Check the palace’s official website for details of opening times and tour prices.
Aspiring inventors will appreciate the educational exhibits at the Istanbul Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam. Find reconstructions of historical Islamic instruments, such as a water-powered clock and a device used for the distillation of rosewater. The museum is open from Wednesday to Monday and there is a small admission fee.
Located on the Eminönü peninsula, Gülhane Park is a short walk from Istanbul’s historical center. Public transport, such as buses and trams, stop close to the park’s entrance.
Located in Sultanahmet, this hotel is steps away from Blue Mosque and Sultanahmet Square. Hagia Sophia and Hippodrome of Constantinople are also within 5 minutes. Sultanahmet Station is only a 5-minute walk and Cemberlitas Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Sultanahmet, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of German Fountain, Hagia Sophia, and Sultanahmet Square. Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace are also within 10 minutes. Sultanahmet Station and Gulhane Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Sultanahmet, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of German Fountain, Sultanahmet Square, and Hagia Sophia. Grand Bazaar and Hippodrome of Constantinople are also within 10 minutes. Sultanahmet Station is only a 2-minute walk and Cemberlitas Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Istanbul City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hagia Sophia, Eminonu Pier and Topkapi Palace. Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Centre and Isfanbul Theme Park are also within 9 mi (15 km). Gulhane Station is only a 2-minute walk and Sirkeci Station is 6 minutes.
This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located on the Strip, within a 5-minute walk of Ataturk Cultural Center and Taksim Square. Dolmabahce Palace and Istiklal Avenue are also within 1 mile (2 km). Taksim Station is only a 3-minute walk and Findikli Station is 7 minutes.
This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia. Sultanahmet Square and Gulhane Park are also within 5 minutes. Gulhane Station is only a 4-minute walk and Sultanahmet Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Sultanahmet, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fountain of Sultan Ahmed III, Hagia Sophia and Gulhane Park. Sultanahmet Square and Topkapi Palace are also within 10 minutes. Istanbul Cankurtaran Station is only a 3-minute walk and Gulhane Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Sultanahmet, this hotel is steps away from Topkapi Palace and Gulhane Park. Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet Square are also within 10 minutes. Gulhane Station is 8 minutes by foot and Istanbul Cankurtaran Station is 8 minutes.