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Tunel is on the opposite end of Istiklal Road (Caddesi) from Taksim Square and is fast becoming a very upmarket area where you will find a plethora of chic bars and restaurants and which can be reached using the oldest funicular railway to be found in Europe. Tunel is also home to one of Istanbul ’s best small music venues.
 In the past it was the northern end of Istiklal Caddesi that was considered the place to be seen, and recently this has changed to the southern end because of the many new and trendy establishments that have opened here, with antique shops and good book stores intermixed between them.
You can reach the Tunel from Istiklal Road (Caddesi) if you walk or take a tram but the best way is to use the funicular that is near the Karakoy stop to Tunel Square.

Tunel Railway

This railway system was originally built between 1871 and 1874 by the Frenchman Eugene Henri Gavan. It first opened in 1875 and is the third oldest underground railway system in the world after London and New York and was modernised in 2008. The local people use it mainly to get between their homes in Pera and their workplaces in Galata . At the Karakoy terminal there is information about its history on display along with books and newspaper cuttings. The Tunel is 573m long, has one stop, can take up to 170 passengers, the journey takes 1½ minutes and the service operates from 07:30 to 23:00 every day. At the top of the Tunel looking across the tram lines you can see a tall chimney which was in use from 1874 to 1970 when the funicular operated solely on steam power that was generated from the basements of the building that it is attached to.

Getting to Tünel

Take the funicular railway from the Karakoy stop and walk straight ahead as you leave the station. You can use the historic tram on Istiklal Caddesi at Galatasaray Square and turn right on to Asmalimescit Sokak.

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