Dolmabahce Palace Museum Istanbul: what to see, tickets, visiting tips

Dolmabahce Palace is one of the most spectacular palaces in Besiktas, located on the shores of the Bosphorus. You can find out necessary visiting information on Dolmabahce Palace Museum, one of the best palaces in Istanbul with our useful guide with what to see, tickets, hours, fees.

Quick history of Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace was built in 1856, is one of the most well-known palaces. Sultan Abdülmecid I and his family resided at Topkapi Palace at the time. Still, he subsequently opted to build a new, luxurious, and more contemporary palace because Topkapi was one of the oldest palaces with traditional elements. The building of Dolmabahçe Palace cost tonnes of gold, putting a significant strain on the public budget.

Dolmabahce Palace is the largest palace in Turkey, with 285 rooms, 6 hammams, 46 halls, and 68 restrooms spread across 45.000 m2. The palace’s interior and external design includes elements of the Rococo, Baroque, Neoclassical, and Ottoman architectural styles. It was built by Sultan Abdülmecit and continued until 1856, and since 1984 it serves as a museum.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, used the palace as his presidential house and spent his final days there before his death on November 10, 1938.

What to expect from your visit?

Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Turkey

The palace’s interior reflects the grandeur of the era and is created in the style of opulent European palaces. The entire palace structure is breathtaking. Over 50,000 artifacts are housed in the palace’s hundreds of chambers. And it was also home to six sultans and their families.

Visiting Dolmabahce Palace Tips

– The Directorate of National Palaces now manages Dolmabahçe Palace. Before visiting, please verify the current opening and closing hours; it is open from Tuesday through Sunday at 9 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.; the palace is closed on Mondays.

gate leading to bosporus strait from dolmabahce palace complex.

– You should buy a ticket for Dolmabahce Palace visit. You can buy ticket from the ticket window at the 1st courtyard of the palace, or buy it online. There are also guided tours with fast track entry. Just make sure the guides be authorized and have their badges.

– You should expect at least 2 hours to visit the palace. We recommend you visit Dolmabahce Palace before noon before the crowds begin to form.

– You should be aware with pickpockets and keep your wallet safe. This is common in all world’s top tourist destinations. Also stay away from any people pretending to be a guide.

Hours and Fees

Dolmabahce Palace is open every day between 09:00-18:30, except Mondays. The palace is closed for visit on Mondays.

Ticket Options

Selamlik + Harem + Painting Museum Ticket (Valid for a week) entrance fee is 300 TL at ticket window on location

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Top-Rated Dolmabahce Palace Tickets & Guided Tours

You can feel free to book one of these top selling fast track entry tickets and guided tours for Dolmabahce Palace Museum. They all have excellent traveler ratings. If you change your mind, you can also make free cancellation with a FULL REFUND up to 24 hours in advance.

Getting to Dolmabahce Palace Tips

Dolmabahce Palace is located in Besiktas district. See on google map.

For those coming from Sultanahmet , Eminonu, Galata, or Karakoy areas, can take the Kabatas-Bagcilar T1 tram line passing through Kabatas, and get off at Kabatas stop (the last stop). Dolmabahce Palace is right next to the tram station, about 300 meters.

For those on the Asian side of Istanbul, can take the ferry to Besiktas, and than walk about 10 minutes to the Dolmabahce Palace.


Address: Visnezade, Dolmabahçe Cd., Besiktas, Istanbul
: +90 212 236 90 00

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