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Küçüksu Palace (Küçüksu Kasri)
Küçüksu Palace (Küçüksu Kasri)

Küçüksu Palace (Küçüksu Kasri)

Göksu Mahallesi, Küçüksu Cd., İstanbul, 34815

The Basics

Though smaller than other imperial summer palaces in Istanbul, Küçüksu Palace makes it up in its design details. Perched on the water’s edge and surrounded by a large garden, Küçüksu represents royal leisure. The rooms of Küçüksu Palace are decorated with elaborate carpets, light fixtures, and paintings—and interestingly, there are no bedrooms, as it was intended only for daytime use.

Some small-group and private tours, including Bosphorus hop-on hop-off boats, visit Küçüksu Palace as part of a Bosphorus cruise experience. Tours of the palace often also include visits to Rumeli Fortress, Anadolu Kavagi, Dolmabahce Palace, and the Ortakoy neighborhood.

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Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Kücüksu Palace Or Rumeli Fortress Tour
Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Kücüksu Palace Or Rumeli Fortress Tour
$28.73 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Loved the cruise
The cruise was fascinating, the tour guide knew his stuff. The Rumeli fortress was also quite a good stop in between.
Shoaib_H, Dec 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Istanbul

star-5
Excellent
Lalit_S, Nov 2019
Dolmabahce Palace and Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise with Küçüksu Palace
Excellent tour and tour guide. The tour was very descriptive and elaborate.we definitely recommend this tour. We really enjoyed this tour.
star-5
Dolmabahce Palace and Bosphorus tours
Nader S, Jul 2019
Dolmabahce Palace and Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise with Küçüksu Palace
Very nice and insightful tour. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and interactive. You get to see hands on all the historical sights of Istanbul
star-4
Bosphorus - very good
MOTIUR_R, Jun 2019
Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Kücüksu Palace Or Rumeli Fortress Tour
Very good. Me and my wife enjoyed. Tour guide was very good as well. Like to visit Istanbul again in future
star-4
Enjoyable, relaxing boat trip with great scenery
Jane_W, Jun 2019
Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Kücüksu Palace Or Rumeli Fortress Tour
Really enjoyed this boat cruise, plenty of room to sit and move around, commentary was really interesting. Very relaxing break from the bustling busy city. Refreshments available including alcohol. Good value for money. Can't understand the negative comments about drop off point as it clearly states on the information given. Also clearly states the two different stopping points, guess people don't read the details properly. Drop off point was actually perfect as we were able to walk to the Spice Bazaar and Süleymaniye Mosque from there. My only criticism was that the toilets were a bit rough, smelly and no toilet paper etc. Not a big problem though as we had got used to that in Istanbul!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Küçüksu Palace is a must-visit for architecture and history buffs.

  • To protect the carpets, slips are provided to cover your shoes when you enter the palace.

  • Photography is not allowed inside Küçüksu Palace.

  • Due to stairs, the palace is not accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Küçüksu Palace is in Istanbul’s Beykoz district, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. It is most easily reached by ferry boat; choose a tour that includes a ferry ride for the most scenic and convenient option. The palace is also accessible by bus or taxi from the Uskudar neighborhood.

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When to Get There

Küçüksu Palace is open from 9am to 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday through Sunday. Some Turkish and religious holidays can affect opening hours, so check before visiting. Küçüksu Palace is rarely crowded, so any time of day affords a quiet experience.

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Istanbul’s Other Imperial Palaces

While Küçüksu Pavilion served as a summer daytime palace for the Ottoman sultans, the other palaces that dot the Bosphorus shores were residences. Dolmabahce Palace became the empire’s seat in the 19th century, and continued to serve as an official residence after the fall of the empire and founding of the republic. Meanwhile, Beylerbeyi Palace was a summer residence.

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