Haydarpaşa Garı, Istanbul's
Teutonic pseudo-castle railway
shore of the Bosphorus was
the terminus for trains to
and from Anatolia (Asian Turkey) for over a century.
Haydarpaşa has now been retired from passenger service. No trains depart, no ferries stop at its dock (Kadıköy is the nearest dock).
The Marmaray rail
tunnel beneath the Bosphorus, opened late in 2013, takes you past Haydarpaşa to Söğütlüçeşme, 1 km farther east (map), where you can board high-speed trains to Eskişehir, Ankara, Konya and other destinations. More...
Hatları and TurYol ferryboats from Eminönü cross the Bosphorus frequently
only a 10-minute walk
from the station.
A Bit of History
||The grand interior...
The neoclassical Haydarpaşa
Station building, a
gift to the Sultan from Kaiser Wilhelm
II, was built by the Anatolia-Baghdad
Corporation between 1906 and 1908.
Its foundation is 1100 wooden piles,
each 21 meters (69 feet) long, driven
into the mushy shore by steam hammer.
Haydarpaşa was an important link in
the railway chain of the Kaiser's Berlin-to-Baghdad
railway scheme, part of the German
Empire's strategic Drang nach
Osten ("Drive to the East")
during the later 19th century.
If you're a train buff, take a ferry from
Eminönü or Karaköy over
to Kadıköy on the Asian
wander around, then board the next
ferry back to Karaköy
Garı, a little
the sultan and people of Istanbul from Kaiser
Wilhelm II, who really
knew how to do a guy a favor.