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Gulhane Park is a beautiful and nice place in Istanbul.
It’s a great option for a morning run, evening stroll or a short walk in Istanbul. Situated right behind the world-famous Hagia Sophia, it’s also a very accessible place. You can easily walk there from Sultanahmet and Taksim, two of the most popular districts in Istanbul for tourists. Being so centrally located, it also gets busy at times — take that into account.
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1. Gulhane Park, Istanbul: Basics
It isn’t a very big park for other cities, but for Istanbul it’s huge.
Opened to the public in 1912, Gulhane park is one of the biggest parks in the city, and also the oldest park in Istanbul.
TIME: 1-2 hours
Normally the park is accessible 24 hours a day, but now in April 2021 due to Covid restrictions it was being closed during the nights, and the opening hours were changed to 6 – 22:30. Double check it when you’ll be visiting Istanbul.
There are two entrances.
2. Getting to Gulhane Park
You can walk, take a taxi or a tram to get there.
Istanbul Tram T1 stop is right next to the park.
3. Visiting Gulhane Park: My Experience
At first, I didn’t even know there is this park.
I was walking through the busy streets of Sultanahmet area, wandering around more or less aimlessly, and just heading in the direction of the Hagia Sophia. And then, boom, I found Gulhane Park, which in April 2021 felt like a true oasis in the midst of Istanbul’s traffic and neverending bustle (even during the pandemic).
The park is quite big, there are wide pathways and a lot of greenery — perfect place for a walk in Istanbul.
It’s a well-kept park you really want to return to.
Here are a few photos from my walk.
Have you been to Istanbul? Did you check out any parks in Istanbul? What was your experience?
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