Asian side, Istanbul
One of the buildings which impressed me the most in Istanbul was the Haydarpasa Train Station, although its glorious times seem to be over.
The monumental neoclassical building was designed by German architects Otto Ritter and Helmuth Cuno. It was completed after only two years of construction in August 1908.
Once the busiest Turkish train station with connections to Anatolia, Baghdad and Tehran, it will soon be made redundant by the underground railway project Marmaray, which includes a rail tunnel under the Bosphorus.
In November 2010 a massive fire destroyed the roof and the 4th level of the building and it was closed. So far the damage has not been properly repaired.
When I visited the Haydarpasa Train Station in December 2012, it was almost empty and I realised that only very few local suburban trains were scheduled.
Still the interior decoration is impressive and I took my time to take photos without any people being in the way. In the large and empty waiting halls I only met some local fluffy cats which obviously loved the warmth of the heaters. The atmosphere in such a big building with almost no peole was just bizarre.
Somewhere near the platforms I found a small post-office where I bought a few stamps. The old man in charge was obviously happy to have at least one customer on this grey and wet December day.
In front of the Haydarpasa Train Station, the beautiful early 20th century Haydarpasa ferry terminal can be found. Also an old steam locomotive of the English company Sharp Stewart (Model 23000 from 1870) is exhibited here.
The Haydarpasa Train Station is situated in Istanbul’s Kadiköy district on the Asian side of the city. It stands directly at the Sea of Marmara, hence ferries from Karaköy to Kadiköy stop here.
Hip, young, rumbling, and bohemian Kadikoy on the Asian side offers a refreshing antithesis to old, historic Istanbul. A perfect time to cross the Bosphorus to see Kadikoy would be around sunset when the Istanbul sky glows in deep orange and flaming red. As I got off the ferry, the bohemian vibe was right away palpable with a group of young music students (probably on their way home from the classes on the European side) playing and singing Hotel California amidst the throng of humanity - in animated spontaneity.
Across the street from the ferry terminal, the early evening crowd gathered around snack stands for quick eats before going on their journeys home. Walk further towards the market area, and this is where Kadikoy's charm is most striking. The shops sell almost everything from fresh catch to colorful lamps. Soak up the local flavor as much as you could - there are hardly any tourists here. If you're tired and hungry, grab a chair in one of the many pubs around and order hamsi - fried fresh anchovies with a dash of lemon - washed down with local brew Efes before you head back to European Istanbul.
Ferries from Eminonu, Karakoy and Besiktas leave every 10-30 minutes (depending on which terminal) and services are up to as late as 10:45 pm (check the schedules before boarding the ferry).
Suadiye is a lovely neighborhood located along the Sea of Marmara, just south of Kadiköy. It is a very upscale area of Istanbul, with many beautiful homes and apartment complexes, as well as lots of fashionable shopping and eating spots along Bagdat Caddesi, a popular street in the area. The views of the sea are what inpressed me the most. There are some great sights of the Princes' Islands from beyond the beach here. The sidewalk along the shore is an excellent place for a stroll by the sea. Suadiye can easily be reached by taking a ferry to Bostanci.
mostly of traveler are missing the Maiden Tower in Istanbul.
Which is middle(almost) of the bosphorus.Close to Uskudar(asia side)
since 2001 they made restoration and you can have dinner or breakfast there.
they have live music and a boat which will take you there in 5 min. ;-)
my suggestion is having breakfast with freash air and incredible view !!
As most of people may know Istanbul is landed on two continents and I am living in Kadikoy Asian side. If you are in Istanbul take a ferry from Eminonu or Karakoy and come to Kadikoy than take the tram 20 go to Moda and beside the seaside eat yr famous ice cream named "Moda Dondurmasi".........
Moda is a beautiful district of Istanbul, situated along the Sea of Marmara near Kadiköy on the Asian side. The mood in the area here is quite in contrast to the big city-life of Istanbul, very tranquil and laid-back. On the hill above the sea there are several great cafes to have a bite to eat, and the Tea Garden located here is a one of the best places in the whole city to converse with friends over a glass of hot tea. Sunsets here are spectacular! We watched the sun dip beyond the horizon from one of the park benches here, simply amazing! Like the one along Istiklal Caddesi in Taksim, there is an old-fashioned tram that runs in a loop through Moda and Kadiköy. If you take a ferry to Kadiköy, you can hop right on this tram near the landing and take it to Moda, and then back again when you are ready to leave. Moda is one of my favorite places that i visited in Istanbul, definately worth a visit!
Tourists pass this quaint little corner of Istanbul on their way up to Anadolu Kavagi but rarely stop,which is a shame as there are few small local restaurants around the area, Dere Balik in the photographs is almost set in the walls.
Built by Sultan Beyazid I in the 1390's as part of his preparations against siege on the narrowest point of the Bosphorus and to control the shipping.The Barbican was added by Sultan Mehmet II in 1452.
Alas you can't get into the Barbican and some of the surrounding walls were knocked down to make way for the coast road.
Currently working on the sidewalks and road so a bit dusty.
You can catch a ferry from the European side in a couple of places,Bebek and Arnavutkoy being the closest 2 from Sultanahmet.
There is also a local ferry pier at Kucuksu but unsure of times but is probably nearer to walk from, 5 minutes, also from Bebek.
Check out the times HERE
Most people only go to Beylerbeyi to visit the palace, built for Sultan Abdul Aziz and was the final place of confinement of the deposed sultan Abdulhamid II from 1912 until he died there in 1918. If they bothered to stay and take the short walk along the front to the pier, then they would find a lovely little harbour surrounded by several restaurants with some great views of the bosphorus.
If you want to get there by local bus, then cross to either Kadikoy and take the 14M , 15CK, or 15F, from Uskudar take the 15, 15B, 15C, 15H, 15KC, 15M, 15N, 15P, 15R, 15S, 15SN, 15U and 15Y. Web page below but follow the directions from my Istanbul transport, buses page.
Ferries are direct but not many, see below web site.
I was sitting on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus - somewhere between Uskudar and Salacak. I was watching the ships, the current, and the birds. Three women sat down about 10 meters away from me. One kept looking at me and smiling, I smiled back. Some forms of communication are just universal.
She sat next to me and things turned awkward. She spoke maybe 20 words in English. I spoke two in Turkish.
"Evet" and "Chai" will not get you very far.
A women came by selling flowers and so I bought one for her. I took her picture. We are back to a universal language.
Those friendships that last five minutes, those experiences that stay with us for a lifetime.
In my mind you are all so scattered around the world for me. Those that are and those that will be.
In contrast to its Asian sister suburb, the hip and young Kadikoy, Uskudar's main attractions are of religious in nature - more than a dozen camii (mosques) cramped around its narrow shores. Being the closest point to Mecca (Islam's holy city), the Ottoman rulers decided this was the best place to showcase their religious devotion.
During my half-day visit to Uskudar, I was able to see two of Uskudar's many mosques. The Iskele Camii (also known is Mihrima Sultan Camii) occupies a prominent site directly across the ferry terminal. Its colorful stained glass windows are beautiful. Aga Camii is your typical Turkish mosque, but with a more serene setting on a leafy street corner.
Getting to Uskudar from the European side is easy. There are regular ferries from Eminonu and Kabatas (near Dolmabahce Palace). Keep your akbil handy.
I really enjoy walking through markets where the locals buy their meats, produce, seafood, and other everyday items. Typically they are open air markets or stalls on either side of streets busy with shoppers and hawkers yelling out the specials of the day. You really get a sense of the pulse of real life in a destination in such places. Plus they are a photographer's little slice of heaven. Kadikoy has such a market not far from the ferry terminal. Basically situated in the blocks on either side of the intersection of Serasker Caddesi and Güneslibahce Sokak, you'll find meat, produce, pickled vegetables, and lots and lots of fresh seafood. Definitely a lot of fun to walk through and browse. And you won't bump into many other tourists either.
Once over the shock of the monstrousness of the pink theatre as you step off the ferry, cross over into the labryinth of small streets that is the heart of Kadikoy. This is where Istanbullus shop, enjoy and meet friends. The cobbled streets are lined with bookstores, art galleries,jewellers, cake shops, clothes stores.... and cafes. Climb higher up the hill into the maze and you will discover antique and craft shops.
The market is buzzing and colourful with stalls and shops specialising in different types of local food. Look out for the honey shop, the fish shops, and the olive oil shop and best of all the marzipan shop!
Take the ferry from Eminonu, Karakoy or Besiktas.
2 hours more or less, or 150 km away from Istanbul on the black sea coast, is this fairly secluded,quiet, and relatively unspoilt part.Water is great for swimming and lots of unspoilt bays for picnics and relaxing.Head towards Izmit, turn off for Kandira and keep going north.Kerpe is relaxed to Istanbuls' crazy.Just a bit further up the coast to the east is Kefken, red cliff/rocks, great at sunset.
Around an hour and a half down the coast to the west is Izmit,take the turn off for Izmit otogar/Yalova.From the turnpike take 1st left signed,keep going heading D130 signed Yalova.Just after sign turn off for Kullar.Keep going to PetrolOfisi gas station and turn left before the bridge.Keep going until Kullar stadyum sign and turn right.Go through Kullar to the left of the Mosque and turn left just before Saglik Bakanligi building on the left.Head up to Yuvacik.In Yuvacik turn left just past green Mosque,signed Yuvacik baraji,it's on a building.Road twist through the back streets.Go up right side of dam.Great scenery and great picnic areas from past the headwater.At the head water are a couple of river fish(alabalik)restaurants also a couple of nice ones on the way just past the dam.
The Inonu valley signposted after the headwater is quiet and great for picnics also wild flower and fungi.
Area good for hiking and walking found ceps on my last visit.
Take tea in a really local tea house as tourists are few and far between.
Cinaralti means under the plane tree and is a popular spot for locals always.
Weekends are manic and waiting for an outside table could be half an hour as people turn up with their own food and just order drinks from the establishment.They serve Turkish breakfast dishes so don't worry about taking your own.Week days are perfect.
From the ferry terminal turn right and turn down the alley not by but next after police station,just after the bakery,where you can buy borek and other local favourites.
After breakfast walk around the area,lots of old wooden houses still survive, across the road from the ferry terminal is the Greek Orthodox, church of ST.George and if you walk left up the Bosphorus you will come to the sultans old elephant stables and the Naval college.
To get here there are 2 main ferries with Line 2 leaving from Eminonu/Besiktas LINE 2 this one being the more frequent and LINE 1
Alternatively get a ferry across to Kadikoy #15F or Uskudar #15 local buses, probably other buses #15 something also go that way so just ask for Cengelkoy.