Craftsmen Park: Viewpoint Near Taksim Square, Istanbul

View from Craftsmen park

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All the noises, traffic, people, steep and narrow streets.

It can quickly get overwhelming in Istanbul, especially if you aren’t used to it. That’s just one of the reasons to love places like this one, where you can find a little bit of piece. Situated a short walk away from Taksim Square, Craftsmen Park offers both a bit of relaxation and beautiful views of the Bosphorus.

Go there from Taksim or by following our easy walk in Istanbul route.

Craftsmen Park, Istanbul: Basics

The park is small, and there are only a couple of benches.

But you can still sit on the grass there, even if there aren’t any free benches, and enjoy your time watching the Bosphorus. Watching the ships coming and going from the Black Sea.


DISTANCE (from Taksim): 1.5 miles / 2.4 km

That’s in total — going there from the Taksim square and back.

TIPS: be prepared that it’s a steep walk down the hill, and on the way back – up the hill. Just like in so many other places in Istanbul.

Craftsmen Park, Istanbul: Our Experience

It was on our first week in Istanbul.

We hadn’t yet been to any parks in the city, and it felt like there aren’t any relaxing places for walks in Istanbul. It seemed like all there is on the European side of Istanbul is buildings, built almost on top of each other. At that moment we hadn’t yet been to the Asian side of Istanbul.

So what a pleasant surprise it was to find this little beauty here, just a short walk away from the Taksim.

Here are a few photos from our walk on that day.

Colorful stairs and a cat in Istanbul

Rainbow stairs, Istanbul

Colorful stairs

Streets near Taksim square

Street near Taksim square

Apartment buildings near Taksim square

Sitting on grass in Craftsmen Park

A mosque as seen from Craftsmen Park

A mosque as seen from Craftsmen Park

Steep streets of Istanbul

This is how steep are the streets there

Have you been to Istanbul? Did you check out any parks in Istanbul? What was your experience?

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