Fortress of Europe (Rumeli Hisari)

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Fortress of Europe (Rumeli Hisari) Istanbul Reviews

Pali Pali
7 reviews
Away from the City Rush Dec 01, 2013
The Rumeli Fortress is a half an hour bus ride from the city center. You can catch a bus from the station across the kapatase Tramway. Avoid Rush-hours since the bus ride would be much longer and very uncomfortable try to go at a time were most locals would be at work so definitely not the weekend.

The fortress itself is more of a park , it is a nice place to go have a cup of tea and enjoy the view. There are a few towers that you can climb towards (the tower gates are closed so you cannot go inside) but you have to be careful as the stairs are not guarded in anyway and you could easily fall if you are not careful. If you are going to attempt the climb make sure you have on a decent pair of shoes with a good grip. This is not advisable for kids or elderly.

In addition to enjoying the park and the great views , you can also enjoy a walk along the waterside. This is a nice part of the city and i think it reflects the quiet and peaceful side of Istanbul.

So have your lunch in the city and come enjoy a nice cup of tea in the park and a quiet stroll along the sea side :).
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CathAK CathAK
2 reviews
Neat escape from the city Apr 14, 2011
The Rumeli Hisari fortress was a great place to escape to in the big city of Istanbul. It's fairly easy to get to (take the Rumeli Hisari bus from Taksim Square - 559c) and just 3 Turkish lira to get inside. It's basically a big fortress that you can walk around, I didn't see guides or a museum or anything, but it's a really cool example of medieval architecture. You can walk along the walls and see the Bosphorus, as well as the Asian side of Istanbul. It's a really neat place to go!
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Paulianthomas Pauliant…
30 reviews
Impressive Ottoman Castle Jan 11, 2010
The Fortress of Asia (Anadolu Hisari) was built on the narrowest point of the Bosphorus. Opposite this small fort, the massive Fortress of Europe (Rumaili Hisari) was constructed. Sultan Mehmet II built the fortress in just four months, as a prelude to his siege of Constantinople. It’s massive cannon caused all European shipping movements to be blockaded, which allowed his armies to move safely between his dominions. Emperor Constantine XI, of the Byzantine Empire, alarmed by this unauthorised building on his lands, pleaded with Christendom to support him in the inevitable siege.

While the best view of Rumeli Hisari is from a ferry on the Bosphorus, visiting the castle is definitely worth a trip.


Rumeli Hisari (Fortress of the Romans - ie Europe) is easy to reach, cheap to enter and offers great views of the area. Walking along the walls is not for the faint hearted, as many tall drops remain unfenced.

To get to Rumeli Hisari, take a ferry boat from Eminonu Terminal to Emirgan, the first stop after passing the castle on the European side. Cheap buses run frequently down the coast road leading to the castle or back to Istanbul. Morning is the best time to visit the castle, as the eastern sun illuminates its walls.
Fortress of Europe as seen when cr…
Fortress of Asia, located opposite…
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el_wray says:
I don't recommend to go Rumeli Hisarı by bus during summertime because of the traffic density in the road. During winter, fall and spring it's OK though :) Buses are cheap, less than 1 EU.

Boat is the best way to reach this location, and in a shiny day, you'll enjoy the beauty of the amazing Bosphorus =)
Posted on: Jan 11, 2010
Seyyah Seyyah
11 reviews
Fortress of Europe (Rumeli Hisari) May 09, 2010
Last weekend on sunday. I want to do something and i decied. i went to rumeli hisari museum. Its to easy go to there by bus. You will pay 3 TL for enterance about 2 $. Very nice wiew of istanbul.
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