Straddling Asia and Europe, Istanbul is where East and West converge. Today, the legendary city is a rich landscape of mosques, museums, boutiques and bazaars.Located in the central Besiktas district, Swissotel Bosphorus Istanbul, provides a superb base from which to explore Istanbul’s many attractions. View the official tourism website for Turkey
Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque)
This mosque’s name comes from the 20,000 shimmering blue-green Iznik tiles that cover its interior. Built in the 17th century, the Blue Mosque is still in active use, but tourists may enter through a separate entrance.
This opulent palace was the former residence of Ottoman sultans in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Boasting both European and Turkish styles, the palace abounds in decorative finery such as crystal chandeliers, trompe l’oeil ceilings and intricate carpets.
The Prince’s Islands provide a pleasant getaway from the city. There are eight islands within one hour from the city offering a range of attractions, including beaches, historical buildings and hiking trails.
This waterway is famed as a dividing line between Europe and Asia. A ferry ride on the Bosphorus yields enchanting views of city sights, especially in the evening.
Arts & Culture
Now a museum, Hagia Sophia was first built as a basilica in the 6th century and later converted into a mosque by the Ottomans. Under its massive dome, more than 18 storeys high, visitors may view galleries of beautiful mosaics from the Byzantine era.
Founded in 1897, the Naval Museum showcases the maritime might of the Ottomans. Besides exhibits on celebrated Turkish sailors, the museum features an enormous collection of historical artifacts, including a 17th-century warship
This maze of a street market promises the shopping experience of a lifetime. Explore some of the 4,000 shops and establishments and bargain over the item of your desire, be it a leather bag or antique carpet.
The luxury shopping and fashion district of Istanbul, Nişantaşı is also known for Art Nouveau-style apartment buildings. Its upscale pubs and restaurants are popular with trendsetters and the well-heeled.