Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. It is also the financial and economic centre of Turkey. If you fly with Austrian Airlines to Istanbul, you can expect a combination of unique architecture and culture, which enjoys a long tradition. Istanbul is becoming increasingly colourful when it comes to commercial and social activities. During festival season, which is at the end of March, hundreds of festivals and music performances take place. Istanbul also offers its visitors endless beaches with turquoise water - the most popular places for a day at the beach are Bakırköy, Küçükçekmece, Sarıyer and the Bosphorus. Lastly, a tourist should not miss the vivid nightlife in Istanbul, especially in one of the typical Turkish taverns.