Located on the northeastern shore of the Golden Horn in Istanbul, the fascinating miniature park called Miniatürk attracts locals and tourists alike. Since its opening in 2003, it has become a magnet for curious visitors wanting to learn more about Ottoman architecture, culture, and history, especially those who (sadly!) don’t have time to see all the sights during their stay.
Captivating, Educational, and Fun
Imagine 60,000 square meters covered with miniature versions of Turkey’s greatest buildings set on impeccably manicured lawns. With a tiny train traversing beautifully designed pathways and a mini coin-operated cable boat, the park is a brilliant testimonial to the rich historical background that embodies the Ottoman Empire. In an atmosphere that is captivating, educational, and fun for both adults and children, Miniatürk is a truly unique spot and definitely worth a visit.
Bowing to the Rich Heritage of Turkey
Picture 122 mini models of ancient Ottoman buildings created at 1/25th scale. Here you will see maquettes of historical wonders such as the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum of Maussillos at Haricarnassus (now Bodrum), the Hagia Sophia, the Aspendos Theater, the Suleymaniye Mosque, Fairy Chimneys, Mount Nemrud, Atatürk National Airport, a copy of the Bosphorus bridge that extends from Europe to Asia, and much more. With 58 historic structures originating from Istanbul, 52 from Anatolia, and 12 from Ottoman territories lying outside of Turkey on the borders of adjoining countries, the park takes a deep bow to the rich heritage of the country.
Plenty to Do and See
Miniatürk offers a gift shop, a restaurant with both outdoor and indoor seating, a café, shopping center, cinema, exhibition hall, library, labyrinth, open-air theater, and a great playground for the kids. With ample open spaces, covered areas, pools, waterways, and a parking lot that accommodates up to 500 vehicles, you can comfortably spend the day here and have plenty to do and see.
Affordable and Easy to Reach
Affordable at around 7 USD, with Turkish citizens and students enjoying a reduced fee, the park is open from 9 am to 7 pm on weekdays, and from 9 am to 9 pm on weekends over the summer months. From Hotel Büyük Keban it is easy to reach this must-see miniature park. As a guest, our concierge will happily give you directions and will also recommend other exceptional places to visit and enjoy during your stay.
A Premier Destination
It is no wonder that Istanbul has become a premier destination for tourists from around the world. With a rich culture that is embodied in our ancient mosques, towers, forts, gardens, and palaces, along with our contemporary galleries, culture, and cuisine, you will feel enriched from the moment you set out to sample all that the city offers. Let our gracious staff at Hotel Büyük Keban welcome you to a base located near all of the best attractions, which provides you with a beautiful room and all the amenities you could desire.
For more information on Miniatürk, as well as other activities that will fill your days with adventure and discovery, contact us today!