Best Time to Visit Topkapi Palace
The best time to visit Topkapi Palace, to escape the crowds and have enough time to explore the vast complex comfortably, is early in the morning.
If you prefer not to visit in the morning, you can also visit the palace in the late afternoon, around 4 PM, at least during the summer season. At this time of day, you can enjoy the beautiful golden light that fills the palace. However, keep in mind that you will have only about two hours for the tour if you visit at this time.
It is advisable to visit Topkapi Palace on weekdays, as on weekends, Istanbul residents and people from other cities also come to visit, resulting in larger crowds. The busiest months are April to October.
How Much Time Should I Plan to Visit Topkapi Palace?
When planning your visit, keep in mind that Topkapi Palace is 350 hectares and there is a lot to see here. To explore the area thoroughly and to be able to visit all the sights, you need three hours.
Treat yourself to additional time to rest in the gardens and to enjoy a Turkish tea or coffee, maybe even a delicious specialty in one of the cafes and restaurants on the premises. In short: Plan at least half a day!
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