Best Observation Decks to go for the best views of Istanbul

Istanbul is beautiful. With the glamorous Bosphorus and the Golden Horn; with all the historical and natural places the city has; Istanbul is truly, absolutely beautiful. Although there are many rooftop restaurants, towers and hills, there are only three observation decks in Istanbul to see this amazing city from above.

In this article, we take a closer look at the three observation decks in Istanbul for you to go for the best views in Istanbul. In addition to the observation decks, we want to give you some tips to see the beautiful Istanbul from above. Let’s start. 

An Exceptional View of Istanbul 

İstanbul Sapphire Observation Deck

The Sapphire Observation Deck is one of the best spots to visit in Istanbul, with a breathtaking 360-degree view from the top floor of the Sapphire building. The Sapphire Shopping Mall is located in the lively neighbourhood of 4. Levent on the European side of the city, and it’s very easy to get there by subway.

At the Sapphire Observation Deck, you'll be amazed to see how big Istanbul really is! You can take amazing pictures of the city and the Bosphorus, plus there are some delicious food options there. Why not enjoy a delicious dessert with a view or have a romantic dinner at the Vista Cafe & Restaurant?

There is also a SkyRide 4D helicopter simulation on the deck for you to "fly" over the city to see Istanbul's famous landmarks as if you've never seen them before!

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The Sapphire Observation deck is a great tourist attraction with its incredible view and modern structure. The Sapphire Residence, one of the tallest structures in Istanbul, provides a breathtaking sight. With Istanbul Tourist Pass, the whole of Istanbul is just beneath your feet for FREE.

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Dare to walk in the sky?


Emaar Skyview 

On the Anatolian side of beautiful Istanbul, Emaar Skyview is located on the 47th and 48th floors of Emaar Square Mall. When you get there, you will encounter a breathtaking view of this beautiful city from a glass-viewing terrace. From the Galata Bridge, the Golden Horn, and the Prince’s Islands to the Bosphorus you can see many landmarks of the city. 

In this observation deck, you will see the city with an uninterrupted 360-degree view. There is also a SkyWalk section which is consisted of a whole glass floor. Stepping onto the glass, you will be 300 metres above sea level. If you are brave enough to step on the glass, share your photos with us we’d like to hear from you! Here is our Instagram.

There is also a cafe on the terrace in which you can enjoy your coffee with an amazing view.  If you are on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, you may consider giving it a go. You can reach Emaar Skyview from Emaar Square Mall with an elevator only in 58 seconds!


587 metres above sea level


Kule Observation Deck

Kule or the Tower is the tallest building in Istanbul with a height of 587 meters above sea level. The Tower has 49 floors including four of which are underground. 

Kule Observation Deck is on the Camlica Radio & TV Tower which rises on the Camlica Hill on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. The Tower is a new symbol of Istanbul, which is combining new technology with history and is surrounded by the natural beauty of Camlica. 

The tower also has a cafe and souvenir shop for visitors. We would love to hear about your experiences if you get there. Here is our Instagram account; @istanbultouristpass follow us! 

Other Great Places with wonderful views in Istanbul

With the Istanbul Tourist Pass you can also visit the Galata Tower and the Topkapi Palace Museum for FREE, and both of these places have great views of Istanbul. You can enjoy history and the view at the same time. 

Check out other great attractions included in your Pass for FREE. There are more than 100 of them! 


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