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Rumeli Fortress (Rumeli Hisari)
Rumeli Fortress (Rumeli Hisari)

Rumeli Fortress (Rumeli Hisari)

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The Basics

See Rumeli Fortress from the water during a Bosphorus Cruise—look for the imposing structure on the western (European) bank as you approach the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. Alternatively, explore the fortress on foot as part of a walking tour; climb up the towers and onto the ramparts, from where the views of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and Bebek Bay on the Asian side of the Bosphorus are spectacular.

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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-4
Very good sightseeing
JARIF_A, Nov 2020
Morning Bosphorus Tour ((4 Hours)) With One Break Near Rumeli Fortress
Very good tour. It is better to take morning tour than afternoon or evening tour. It is wise to wear or carry winter clothes as you will encounter very cool breeze.
star-5
Sailing the Bosphorus
Michael_H, Sep 2019
Bosphorus Cruise with Stops at Rumeli Fortreess and Asian Side Half-Day Morning Cruise Tour
This is a wonderful cruise on the Bosphorus. The half day tour goes out to Rumeli fortress; the full day goes all the way to the Black Sea. So it depends on how much time you wish to spend. You get to visit several sites including a a mosque next to Dolmabahce Palace, Climbing the ruins of Rumeli fortress is fascinating. You can just picture the Ottomans beseiging Constaninople. Out guide was very knowledgable about the history.
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

  • Due to its historical significance and well-preserved architecture, Rumeli Fortress is a must-visit for history buffs.

  • Bring your camera to capture the views from the fort’s lookout points.

  • There are lots of steps within the fortress, making it inaccessible to travelers with mobility issues.

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How to Get There

Rumeli Fortress is situated in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul. Driving from Sultanahmet will take about 40–50 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. To get there by public transport, ride the tram to Kabatas and then take the 25E bus to the fortress.

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When to Get There

The fort’s off-the-beaten-track location means that its rarely crowded, so you can visit in peak season and find it relatively peaceful. The fort is closed on Wednesdays. For an extra special experience, try a sunset cruise: Rumeli Fortress and other strait-side landmarks look extra picturesque in the dusk light.

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Other Landmarks Along the Bosphorus

Cruises along the Bosphorus offer views not only of Rumeli Fortress, but of Dolmabahce Palace (Dolmabahce Sarayi), the lavish 19th-century home of Ottoman sultans, and the grand Ortaköy Mosque (Ortaköy Cami), which sits near the continent-connecting Bosphorus Bridge (Bogazici Koprusu). On the far side of the shore sits the ruined Anatolian Fortress, a smaller sister fort that dates back to the 14th century.

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