One of the most important buildings in Kadıköy is Haydarpaşa Garı. This historic railway terminal was built in 1908 by German engineers. It was the end of the line for both the Baghdad Railway and the Hejaz Railway. It has also served as the busiest commuter station in Istanbul and connects Istanbul with other cities in Anatolia (service has been temporarily suspended in order to upgrade the tracks for a high speed railway).
The building boasts elegant stone work and an elaborate interior. There’s a controversy over whether it will remain a railway station or not. Many believe the government has plans to develop it as a luxury hotel or residence. For a virtual tour, click here.
Outside the front entrance you can find the original Ottoman ferry stop with beautiful tile work and the old wooden ticket booth. There’s also an antique steam engine sitting in front of the building. For a virtual tour of the exterior, click here.
From Haydarpaşa, there are great views of Kadıköy. To the left you can see Haydarpaşa Camii.