Where to Go in Istanbul for a Panoramic View?

Istanbul has a unique place among world cities with its location, history, and culture. With its mosques, churches, palaces, and iconic centers, Istanbul has many places to explore. The view of this city is as unique and magnificent as all these important values.

The Historical Peninsula and the Bosphorus are among the most visited places in Istanbul. You may have heard that Istanbul is a city with seven hills. These hills are the right places for those who want to watch the view of the city.

Towers, mosques and palaces, and some restaurants in Istanbul offer panoramic views of Istanbul. There are many places you can go when you want to enjoy the city view.

Here are some of the best places with panoramic Istanbul views to gaze at Istanbul with love and admiration.

Terrace Restaurants

The restaurants on the terrace floor are one of the places where you can enjoy the city view of Istanbul. Terrace restaurants located on high floors in many parts of the city offer pleasant moments to their guests with their views.

deraliye terrace

For example, Deraliye Terrace Restaurant; offers a panoramic view of the city in Sultanahmet, the heart of Istanbul. While enjoying your meal at Deraliye Terrace, you can watch Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. If you are looking for a restaurant with a panoramic view of Istanbul, Deraliye Terrace will be one of the best choices.

Galata Tower

galata tower

Galata Tower in Beyoğlu is a magnificent work with its location and architecture. To see Istanbul through the eyes of birds, you should go up to the Galata Tower. The Historical Peninsula, the Anatolian side, and beyond… We are talking about a 360-degree view of Istanbul.

Galata Tower, known to have been built in 1348, has been used by many civilizations for various purposes. This is the tower where Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi jumped with wings he made himself and flew over the Bosphorus in history.

Camlica Tower

camlica tower

Located in Küçük Çamlıca, Çamlıca Tower is the tallest structure in Istanbul. The tower has a height of 388.5 meters. It has 53 floors, 4 of which are underground.

There is an observation terrace on the 33rd and 34th floors of the tower. You can watch all of Istanbul from here. 360-degree panoramic city views are literally available here.

The entrance fee to the tower and full ticket is 60 TL, while the discounted ticket is 30 TL.

Pierre Loti

pierre loti

Another high place to watch the view of Istanbul is Pierre Loti Hill in Eyüp. From this hill, you can watch the Golden Horn panoramically.
There is also a cafe here, which is mostly visited by local tourists. Watching the city view while drinking your tea at a table gives you peace of mind.

This hill is named after Pierre Loti, a French naval officer. Pierre Loti, who is a lover of Turkey and Istanbul, was inspired by this hill while writing his book Aziyade.

Aya Yorgi, Buyukada

aya yorgi

Büyükada is the largest island in the Adalar district of Istanbul. Also known as the Prince Islands, there are many historical places in this region. The most famous of them is Aya Yorgi Church.

To go to Aya Yorgi, you have to climb a little bit. When you reach the summit, the magnificent view will relieve your tiredness. The blueness of the Bosphorus and the limitlessness of the horizon will calm you down.

The church is a Greek Orthodox church and was built in 1751. Every year, on April 23 and September 23, Christians make a pilgrimage to the hill where the church is located.

Sakip Sabanci Museum

sakip sabanci museum

Sakıp Sabancı Museum is located in the Emirgan district, overlooking the Bosphorus. With its garden full of greenery and historical mansion, this place is a magnificent source of peace.

It will be an unforgettable experience to watch the beautiful city view of Istanbul from the terrace of the museum. It is a source of peace to watch the ships passing through the Bosphorus.

Büyük Valide Han

büyük valide han

Büyük Valide Han, located in the Historic Peninsula, is a very large inn with more than 300 stores. Its history dates back to the 17th century.

We are sure that you have seen many photos taken on the terrace of this inn on social media. The inn is temporarily closed as it is currently under restoration.

Otağtepe (Fatih Grove)

Fatih Grove, located on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, is one of the hidden paradises of the city. It is located next to the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge.

Located on Kavacık, Fatih Grove (formerly Otağtepe Park) offers a magnificent view of Istanbul. In addition to this view, you can see the two bridges on the Bosphorus.