Located on the European shores of Istanbul, Emirgan Park is one of the largest in Istanbul and serves as an oasis of nature in the urban sprawl. The park a popular weekend destination thanks to its jogging trails and picnic areas, and it is also the main venue for the annual Istanbul Tulip Festival, which blooms every April.
In the 19th century, Emirgan Park was owned by the Ottoman governor of Egypt and Sudan, who constructed three wooden pavilions within the park; these were restored in the 1970s. The Yellow Pavilion features traditional Ottoman architecture and lush interiors, the White Pavilion was constructed in a neoclassical style, and the Pink Pavilion is a popular venue for weddings.
Small-group and private tours can visit Emirgan Park. It is also a stop on hop-on hop-off Bosphorus sightseeing boat tours.Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Emirgan Park is a must-visit for nature lovers and those looking for a quiet escape within the city.
- Wear comfortable shoes to explore the large park.
- The park is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
Emirgan Park is located north of the second bridge on the European side of Istanbul. Take a taxi, or ride the 25E bus from the Kabatas tram stop. For maximum convenience, take the hop-on hop-off Bosphorus boat or other tour that includes transportation.
When to Get There
Emirgan Park is open early in the morning until late into the night. The park is a very popular on weekends, especially during the Tulip Festival in April. Avoid the crowds and the traffic, which can get particularly slow on weekend afternoons, by arriving early on a weekday.Tulips in Istanbul
Istanbul’s annual Tulip Festival, held every April in Emirgan Park and other locations around the city, celebrates the long history of tulip cultivation in Turkey. Tulips were originally grown in Persia before arriving in Turkey. Later, tulips arrived in Europe in the 16th century, supposedly thanks to a Dutch ambassador who smuggled the bulbs out of the Ottoman Empire.