Istanbul in Turkey

13.1 million inhabitants in the urban settlement area and a further 10 million in the immediate surrounding areas show the extraordinary significance of Istanbul for Turkey and Europe. This makes it the most populated city in Turkey and is the only metropolis in the world spread over two continents. The Bosphorus divides the city into European and Asian sections. Istanbul is the pre-eminent centre for culture, trade, finance and media in the eastern Mediterranean. The 39 districts of Istanbul are spread over approx. 1,800km². There are major airports, railway stations and transit routes for international logistics management on both sides of the strait between Europe and Asia.

Istanbul’s over 2600-year-old history has been influenced by ethnicities and religions. The Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and Turks have all left their architectural and cultural marks. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This vibrant, cosmopolitan city has much to offer all visitors. The landscape, architecture, culture, Mediterranean food and history provide a whole host of reasons to visit the city and its surroundings.