In the early twentieth century, the park featured playgrounds, coffee houses, recreational areas and even a small zoo. In 1926, it also became home to the first statue of Ataturk, sculpted by Heinrich Kippel. More recently, renovations removed the zoo and an amusement fair in order to create more open green space. Today, it is a popular destination for residents looking to relax and tourists waiting in line to visit Topkapi Palace.
On the western edge of the park, you will find the Museum of The History of Science and Technology. Housed in the former palace stables, the museum displays over 100 replicas of major inventions from the 8th through the 16th centuries. Head to the far northern part of Gulhane Park to enjoy sweeping views of the Bosphorus from an outdoor tea garden.
Gulhane Park is particularly enjoyable to visit in late March and early April, when thousands of tulips are in bloom and the city celebrates the International Istanbul Tulip Festival.