The fascinating palaces of Istanbul:
A journey through the city’s history

Istanbul’s top sights include a number of palaces. That’s hardly surprising: they are a testament to the varied history of the city and its different rulers. Visitors strolling through the most important palaces and museums can be accompanied by a tonwelt audio guide.

Istanbul is full of contrasts, from fashionable bars and splendid palaces to minarets from which the call to prayer echoes across the city. Over the course of its 2600-year history, Istanbul has had numerous cultural influences. Founded under the name Byzantion and later raised to capital of the Eastern Roman Empire under the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, the metropolis of Constantinople was conquered by the Ottomans in 1453. Over time, the name Istanbul, derived from the ancient Greek, developed in Turkish dialect. Its different rulers and kings had palaces, gardens and baths erected as symbols of their power; impressive constructions that are part of the reason why Istanbul is now one of the world’s most popular destinations for tourists.

Visitors from around the globe

With help from tonwelt, the city of Istanbul has developed an extensive concept that enables visitors to discover and explore the fascinating heritage of centuries past. Tonwelt has produced audio guides for 13 of the city’s most important palaces and museums in 17 languages.

Its supraGuide eco makes the content especially simple to access. Thanks to tonwelt triggerPoints, this device automatically plays content the moment visitors reach a specific area. Tonwelt tour guides are also used in Istanbul for live group tours. The system ensures that groups of visitors can always hear their guide clearly, even in noisy surroundings.

The available products make it far easier for visitors to Istanbul to discover its many historical highlights and understand their significance. With exciting content fed directly into their ears, they can focus on the most important thing: diving into the city’s cultural wealth.


Milli Saraylar
Presidency of National Palaces Administration

Place & date
Istanbul (Turkey), since 2017

Project type
Permanent exhibition

Customer type
Historical & cultural history museums


  • 3800 Audioguide supraGuide eco
  • 1100 tourGuide MG / tourGuide GO
  • Triggering system with triggerPoints
  • Audio production
  • Copywriting and translating into 17 languages (Arab, Bosnian, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish & Urdu)
  • Extra tours for children
  • Tours in sign language
  • Personal service