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Pierre Loti hill, Istanbul: observation deck, cafe and cable car

Pierre Loti Hill is one of the best and most famous viewing platforms in Istanbul.

On a hill with a height of 53 meters, in addition to the observation deck, there is a cafe of the same name "Pierre Loti" with panoramic views, several souvenir shops and the hotel Turkhouse Hotel

You can climb the hill by cable car or on foot.

The hill is located on the European side of Istanbul, in the Eyup area near the waters of the Golden Horn.

The name "Pierre Loti" is in honor of the French writer Pierre Loti, who lived in Istanbul, the author of the novel "Asiade" (Aziyade).

The most visited place on the hill is the observation deck located at the top station of the cable car. The observation deck offers some of the best panoramic views of the Golden Horn and the European part of the city in Istanbul.

Near the observation deck there is a cafe of the same name with tables under the open sky and panoramic views.

There are also places with panoramic views near the cafe.

In addition to overpowered, on the hill, near the observation deck, there are: several souvenir shops, a toilet, a restaurant and Hotel Turkhouse which overlooks the 7 hills of Istanbul and the Golden Horn Bay. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Guests can make use of a sauna and a hammam. Hotel link

Climb to the observation deck and cafe Pierre Loti

You can climb the hill to the observation deck and cafe by the Eyüp-Piyer Loti Teleferik Hatt (TF2) gondola cable car or on foot.

Although the cable car is not long (0.42 kilometers long, the ascent time is about 3 minutes), it is also included in the list of attractions of the city.

The cable car ascent is paid. The cable car is a public transport; it belongs to the Istanbul metro and the Istanbul transport card is valid on it. You can purchase and (or) top up the card at the vending machines in the lower station of the cable car. Istanbul Metro website:

Pierre Loti Cable Car ascent

Near the lower station of the cable car there is a bus stop "Teleferik Pierreloti" and a tram stop "Eyüpsultan Teleferik" of the tram line T5.

You can also go up and (or) down the hill on foot along paved stone paths passing through the cemetery with marble tombstones. The way up begins near the lower station of the cable car.

At the lower station of the cable car there are shops and the Sultan Eyup Mosque (Eyüp Sultan Camii) of the 15th century, rebuilt in 1800, and where a friend of the Prophet Muhammad is believed to be buried.

All accommodation facilities in Istanbul, including in the historical center, on the European and Asian sides of the city, can be viewed and booked here

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