Gülhane Park (Gülhane means House of Roses), once a favorite garden of Ottoman sultans, is one of Istanbul’s oldest parks. The large green space wraps around the west and north sides of Topkapi Palace on the historical peninsula in the old city. Originally, the park was part of the palace gardens. The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern and the Archaeology Museum are all located within a short walk away.
The Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam is on the park grounds, housed in the former stables of Topkapi Palace.
Gülhane Park is a serene oasis in the midst of the busy, dense Eminönü-Sultanahmet area. Broad paths meander through flower beds, lawns and groves of mature trees, some hundreds of years old. In April, it’s one of several locations of the annual Tulip Festival, with over a million tulips in bloom in this park alone. In the summer heat, it’s an especially welcome retreat. The park is clean and well maintained, with benches, playgrounds, and fountains, which are illuminated at night. It’s popular with locals and is a hang-out for some of Istanbul’s famous and well-loved street cats,
At the end of the park, there are exceptional views of the Bosphorus Strait and the Asian side of the city from a hilltop café.
The Gülhane tram stop is right next to the park. Entry is free of charge.