Great Views of Istanbul

There’s a place on the Asian side of Istanbul with phenomenal views of the city and the Bosporus. Not many tourists know about this place. It’s not easy to get to if you don’t know where you’re going, but well worth it if you make the effort. You’ll be rewarded with a relaxing few hours.

That place is called Büyük Çamlıca Tepesi (Big Pine Tree Hill), and it’s the highest point in the city. There are benches to sit and enjoy a very nicely decorated park.

Büyük Çamlıca Tepesi in Istanbul, Turkey

Büyük Çamlıca Tepesi

Büyük Çamlıca Tepesi in Istanbul, Turkey

Büyük Çamlıca Tepesi

Büyük Çamlıca Tepesi in Istanbul, Turkey

Büyük Çamlıca Tepesi

As mentioned, the views of Istanbul are phenomenal. You can see the skyscrapers on the European side, the Bosporus, and the first bridge. It’s best to go on a clear day.

View from Büyük Çamlıca Tepesi in Istanbul, Turkey

View from Büyük Çamlıca Tepesi

View from Büyük Çamlıca Tepesi in Istanbul, Turkey

View from Büyük Çamlıca Tepesi

There’s also a good restaurant with decent prices located there along with a café.

Café at Büyük Çamlıca Tepesi in Istanbul, Turkey

Café

There’s no admission charge and the easiest way to get there is by taxi from Üsküdar. It shouldn’t cost more than 20TL from there. For the more adventurous, take a bus from Üsküdar to Çamlıca or Turistik Çamlıca Caddesi and walk uphill about 15 minutes.

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