Welcome to The Golden Horn
Few visitors to İstanbul have heard about the ferry route up and down the length of the Golden Horn (Haliç). Until recently, this stretch of water to the north of the Galata Bridge was heavily polluted and its suburbs offered little to tempt travellers. All that's changing these days, with the Haliç suburbs being gentrified and beautification works (including the creation of many parks) being undertaken along both sides of the waterway. The ferry trip to Eyüp offers magnificent views of the imperial mosques atop the Old City's hills, glimpses of the historic city walls, and panoramas of ancient suburbs including Fener, Balat and Ayvansaray. On the opposite shore, vistas include Ottoman mezarlıgıs (cemeteries) and the remnants of Ottoman arsenals and naval docks.