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This three-towered fortress was built in 1452 on the Bosphorus to protect the narrow waterway from advancing ships.
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Tarabya Yenikoy Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 263 53 05
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Rumeli Fortress late in the afternoon and whilst it was raining, making the steps extra slippery and interesting to get to the towers. Definitely visit when it’s a dry and bright day as the views will undoubtedly be stunning but we had taken...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Albert L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very large castle with several tall towers. By visiting this castle you will travel to the heart of history. Its towers are very scenic. From the top of the castle is a beautiful view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus Strait. You can go there...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Mahyar H
Reviewed 23 September 2019 via mobile

It's a perfect sight. Beautiful, impressive castle with lots of big thick walls behind it. But the staircase leading up to the towers is not dangerous. Not suitable for trips with children.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Jshgarcia
Reviewed 22 August 2019

It’s a marvel of history, human perseverance, ingenuity, and the epitome of Turkeys success. It was built in four months. The views of the Bosphorus are unbelievable. It is like a history lesson to all , especially to children.There is a bridge to Anatolya from...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Zidan786
Reviewed 8 August 2019

I traveled to Rumeli Hisari on one of the many Bosphorus cruises hanging out at the docks near Galata Bridge. Meaning “Fortress in the Land of the Romans,” Sultan Mehmet II’s fortress was also called the “Throat Cutter” for its intended purpose of cutting off...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Stephalopogous
Reviewed 4 August 2019 via mobile

For those with an interest in history, this fortress is a must see. Built by Sultan Mehmet as his springboard to conquering Constantinople. Disappointing given the history of the fortress that it is not better maintained with more to see. But a must see for...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank paul-retired-2016
Reviewed 18 July 2019

if you are staying in Istanbul for a week or so and have seen the more touristy buildings like Blue mosque, Hagia Sophia, etc. then Rumeli Hisar is definitely 'worth a visit' place. on a clear blue sky the view of Bosporus and the Asian...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank wanderersdiary
Reviewed 27 June 2019 via mobile

These stirring fortifications overlooking the Bosphorus are well worth the trip out from Istanbul, particularly if you have the Museum Pass, as admission is included. Because it's perched on the side of a hill, you'll need to be fairly fit and steady on your feet...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 30 May 2019

the view of this place was OK but other than that there is nothing to visit Honestly I expected more!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank atlassi_aramesh
Reviewed 6 May 2019 via mobile

Visited the Rumeli Fort during a bosphorus cruise in Istanbul. It was a relatively windy day with a bit drizzling. Even then the hike up the fort was a nice warm up. The hike up was pretty easy. There's a small mosque hidden in it....More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Csaba C
1 April 2017|
Response from camsean | Reviewed this property |
It costs 10tl. It's open everyday except Monday.
11 August 2016|
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Response from David L | Reviewed this property |
All of the other answers are spot on. You can use a Taxi but be prepared to spend some serious money!