Asansör Overview

Discover Izmir Asansör, an iconic elevator built in 1907 to connect Karataş's hillside and coastline. This architectural gem not only eases travel but also hosts a cafe with panoramic views of the vibrant city and the azure sea. It is also perfect for a picturesque break or a light meal in historical surroundings.

Izmir Asansör, nestled in the Karataş quarter of Izmir, is more than just an elevator. It was built in 1907 by Nesim Levi Bayraklıoğlu, a wealthy Jewish banker. This historic building was initially designed to connect the lower streets of Karataş to the more elevated neighbourhoods. This engineering feat was inspired by the grand elevators of Europe and crafted to assist the elderly and differently-abled. The construction of the elevator also significantly improved mobility in this hilly region of the city.

Today, Izmir Asansör stands as a beloved landmark, boasting a charming café and restaurant at its summit. Visitors can enjoy a meal while enjoying panoramic views of the city and the Aegean Sea. The journey to the top aboard the beautifully maintained elevator offers a unique perspective of Izmir's urban landscape. The street leading to the elevator is now named after the famous Turkish-Jewish singer Dario Moreno. It adds a cultural richness, blending historical significance with modern-day Izmir's vibrant life. Enhance your Turkey travel itinerary with a visit to this iconic tower, promising not only exquisite dining and breathtaking views but also a memorable addition to your Turkish adventure.


• Experience the historical charm and architectural elegance with a ride in the 1907 Asansör elevator.
• Enjoy expansive panoramic views of Izmir and the Aegean Sea from the atmospheric rooftop cafe.
• Dine at the top-level cafe-restaurant, pairing exquisite local cuisine with stunning city vistas.
• Stroll down the culturally significant Dario Moreno Street, named after the renowned Turkish-Jewish singer.
• Capture the vibrant street art and historic architecture along the scenic pathway leading up.

How To Reach

  • By Road: Asansör is located 3.5 kilometres away from the city centre of Izmir.
  • By Bus: Local buses (bus numbers 19, 19A, 104, 157, 202 and 253) connect the city centre to the vicinity of Izmir Asansör. Look for buses heading towards Karataş and alight at the "Asansör" stop. The journey usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes.
  • By Car: Driving from the city centre, take the route via Gazi Boulevard and Mustafa Kemal Sahil Boulevard. This drive should take around 15 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • By Bike: For cycling enthusiasts, the ride from the city centre to Izmir Asansör can be pretty scenic, taking approximately 25 minutes. The route is generally cyclist-friendly, with some bike lanes available.
  • By Metro: The Izmir metro system is efficient for getting close to Izmir Asansör. The nearest metro stop is Konak, located 1.8 kilometres away. From Konak, you can walk for about 25 minutes or catch a taxi to Asansör.
  • By Tram: Another convenient option is to take the tramway from the city centre to reach Izmir Asansör. If you are in the Alsancak area, you can take the tramway to the Karataş stop and walk to the elevator. From the Konak Iskele stop, you can take the tramway one stop to the Karataş tramway station, which is close to Izmir Asansör.
  • By Boat: You can access Izmir Asansör by boat for a more scenic route, especially if you are coming from the Karşıyaka area. Take any boat towards Konak Ferry Port and walk or take the tram to the elevator. The boat ride offers beautiful coastline views and a unique perspective of the city before you explore Izmir Asansör.

Best Time To Visit

Izmir Asansör is wonderful to visit any time of the year. Each visit to the elevator offers unique experiences across seasons.

  • Best Day of the Week: Weekday visits to the Izmir Asansör are recommended. These days are quieter, allowing for a more relaxed visit without the weekend crowds. You will also have more space and time to enjoy the historical elevator and its surroundings.
  • Best Time of the Day: Early morning, just after sunrise, is perfect for a visit to Izmir Asansör. The early hours offer cooler temperatures and softer light, perfect for photography and peaceful moments. It is also a great time to enjoy breakfast with a view at the café.

Other Essential Information

Tips to Visit:

1. Visit early in the morning to enjoy peaceful, quiet moments and the softer morning light.

2. Wear comfortable shoes suitable for exploring the historic surrounding areas.

3. Always check the local weather forecasts; evenings are often cooler, even during summer.

4. Keep your camera ready to capture stunning panoramic views from the elevated top platform.

5. Carry a water bottle to stay hydrated, especially during the warmer summer months.

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