Winter in Istanbul

Places that you must visit in Istanbul in winter!

‘In the depth of winner, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer’

Albert Camus

Winter has been the source of inspiration for many writers, poets and other artists to create their works.

Sometimes, visiting a city in the winter season is the best choice for travel lovers. If you agree, you should read this article!

1-Taksim Square

Taksim Square is the first thing that comes to mind about Istanbul. When it is snowy, Taksim Square fascinates people so much that they walk there just to take photos. The best things to do in such a beautiful and peaceful weather is drinking a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the street certainly!

Taksim Square-Nostalgic Tram
Taksim Square-Nostalgic Tram


Bosphorus, where two continents come together is one of the most crucial parts of Istanbul. If it is winter you are recommended to wear warm clothes if you do the vice versa you may get cold and nobody wants it! Not to mention that it worths. In addition, Bosphorus district is a high quality place. Eating dinner at the, Bosphorus is a unique experience so we compiled a list of beautiful restaurants in Istanbul for you.

  • Feriye Palace
  • Bridge Restaurant
  • Rigel Restaurant

Ortakoy District – Bosphorus Bridge

3-Galata Tower

If you are planning to go to Galata Tower, you must prepare yourselves to wait for an hour in queue. You can either use steps or elevators. But if you want to watch the panaromic landscape of Istanbul, you have to climb the stairs after using the elevator. Watching Istanbul under snow is unbelievable but take care of cold weather! You can watch the following historical places from Galata Tower.

  • Sultanahmet Mosque
  • Kilic Ali Pasha Mosque
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Maiden’s Tower
  • Suleymaniye Mosque
  • Hagia Sophia
  • *Entrance fee is 20 liras.

4-Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia was once a cathedral and it was the oldest cathedral until 1520. In 1520, Sevillan cathedral was built and it is bigger than Hagia Sophia. As it is being prayed in Hagia Sophia since 15th century, it is known as the oldest religious place. Watching this magnificent place under snow will surely give you goosebumps. When you enter the square of Hagia Sophia the structure will welcome you. If you want to visit the museum, it is open till 19:00, admission fee is 72 liras.

Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia

5-Suleymaniye Mosque

Being one of Mimar Sinan’s creature of his maturity, it is one of the most fascinating mosques. For 513 years it has survived of many earthquakes, in addition, the tombs of Suleyman the Magnificent, Hurrem and Mimar Sinan is at Suleymaniye Mosque.

Suleymaniye Mosque

6- Maiden’s Tower

Near Usküdar, Maiden’s Tower is a small tower on a small island at Usküdar. Along with Galata Tower, Maiden’s tower could be counted as the most romantic places in Istanbul

Maiden's Tower
Maiden’s Tower

What is the admission fee for Maiden’s Tower?

Grown ups should pay 25 liras per each

Students and elderly people over 65 years old can see inside of the tower via paying 15 liras. Maiden’s tower serves breakfast and reservation is needed.

Breakfast menu: weekdays 70 liras

Weekends: 95 liras per each

Also Maiden’s tower hosts lots of lovers who wants to make the wedding proposal in such an old and charming structure.

7-Ataturk Arboretum

To confess, autumn is the best season to visit Ataturk Arboretum but we could not share the list without adding it because it fascinates the visitors on each season.

Ataturk Arboretum
Ataturk Arboretum

The admission fee depends on the time that you want to visit.

Weekends: Students pay 7.5, grown ups pay 20 liras.

Weekdays: 2.5 liras for students and 7.5 liras for grown ups.