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Top 10 Attractions To Visit In Athens

Top 10 Attractions To Visit In Athens
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Updated: 14 June 2017
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Athens is a vibrant city with unlimited choices and contrasts to fall in love with. Here’s a list of the sights, places and activities that will make your Athenian experience unforgettable.

Lycabettus

If you’re the sporty type, why not hike up the paths in Kolonaki? If not take a bus from Panepistimiou Street or the funicular from Aristippou Street. The end game is to enjoy the most amazing view of Athens at an altitude of 300 meters. The 19th century chapel of Saint George, surrounded by pine trees, dominates the top of the mount Lycabettus, while the open-air theater here hosts a number of performances and concerts every summer.

Lycabettus, Athens, Greece

The New Acropolis Museum

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This museum was opened to the public in 2009 after years of anticipation, with its modern architecture in total harmony with the classical world it houses. It stands as a powerful argument for the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the United Kingdom, as well as a fine exhibition center in its own right. Yes sir, this is undoubtedly one of the greatest museums in the world offering a unique historic and cultural experience and a glimpse at ancient Greece at its height.
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Museum of Cycladic Art

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Cycladid Art Museum
Cycladid Art Museum | © Tilemachos Efthimiadis/WikiCommons
The Museum of Cycladic Art may not be as famous as the Acropolis Museum, but is one of the most important museums of prehistoric and ancient Greek art. On the first floor you will see an impressive collection of about 350 exhibits from the Cycladic Era, among which are many characteristic marble Cycladic figurines. On the second floor you will explore artifacts from the ancient Greek world, dating back to the Bronze Age. The third floor houses a collection of Cypriot antiquities.
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Sun:
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Eugenides Foundation

The experience offered by the Eugenides Foundation will take you back to those magical childhood years, when we all used to stare at the sky, watching the stars. The most advanced digital, 3D, 360-degree planetarium in the world projects fascinating large format films and takes visitors on a journey to the cosmos and reveals secrets of the universe. In addition to the amazing high-tech planetarium, the Foundation, located in Palaio Faliro, also hosts various interactive scientific exhibitions and workshops, a library with a collection of about 50,000 books and an amphitheater where sophisticated scientific discussions take place.

Eugenides Foundation, 387 Syngrou, Palaio Faliro, Athens, Greece, +30 210 9469641

National Garden

Botanical Garden, Park
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National Garden, Athens
One of the many pavilions in the National Garden, Athens | © Georgios Liakopoulos / Flickr
In the heart of Athens, in Syntagma Square, just next to the Greek Parliament, you will find this unexpectedly big and magnificent public park. Formerly known as the “Royal Garden”, as it was commissioned by Queen Amalia, it is open all day long, giving you the opportunity to wander around for hours, enjoying the shade of the palm trees and the song of the nightingales. Inside the National Garden visitors will also find a small zoo, two duck ponds, a playground and a café.
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6:00 am - 7:30 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Dog Friendly, Kid Friendly, Family Friendly

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Outdoors, Photo Opportunity, Historical Landmark
Athens National Garden

Exarcheia

Mere minutes away from Syntagma Square, right in the center of the city, Exarcheia is a truly historic Athenian neighborhood, which remains a “nucleus” of cultural and political interaction. Radical politics, anti-fascism and anarchism are reflected all over Exarcheia, with slogans and graffiti art on the walls, as well as with self-organized social structures, like the self-organized Health Structure of Exarcheia and the self-organized Navarinou Park. History has been written in this neighborhood, namely at the Polytechnic School student uprising against the Greek dictatorship in November 1973. Three decades later, the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, a 15-year-old student, by a policeman in Exarcheia became the symbol and the reason for a widespread social revolt all over Greece, with solidarity demonstrations and clashes with local police forces ensuing in more than 70 cities all around the world.

Exarcheia, Athens, Greece

Tzavella street, Alexandros Grigoropoulos’s murder spot

Plaka

Wait until the sun goes down and head out for a walk in the idyllic narrow streets of Plaka. Explore the beauty of Athens’ old city and a cultural mosaic composed through the passage of time. You will pass by small orthodox churches, a mosque, an Ottoman bathhouse, the first university of Greece, outdoor vendors and oodles of earthy Greek tavernas alike.

Plaka, Athens, Greece

View from Plaka

Open air cinemas

Open air cinema in Athens is a tradition dating back to the 60s, with the blue Athenian sky, the song of the nightingales and the view of historical sites providing a wonderful backdrop for enjoying new movies, as well as the classics. About 100 local open air cinemas in Thisio, Pagrati, Gazi, Kolonaki and elsewhere offer an unforgettable cinema experience that’s simply not to be missed!

Marina Flisvos

Half an hour away from the city center, in the south of Athens, Flisvos Marina is a wonderful place that does not just attract yacht owners, but anyone who wants to have a walk or enjoy the magical sunset and the view of the marina. This romantic place offers a wide range of activities, with a number of restaurants, cafés and shops to suit all tastes.

Marina Floisvos, Athens, Greece, + 30 210 9871000-2

Karaiskakis Stadium

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Karaiskakis Stadium
Karaiskakis Stadium | © Marc Freeman/WikiCommons
Karaiskakis Stadium was named after Georgios Karaiskakis, a hero of the Greek War of Independence, and belongs to one of the greatest clubs in Greek footballing history. If you are a fan and come by during a football match of Olympiakos you’re in for a real treat. Olympiakos ultras are considered among the top ten ultras groups in the world and when you visit Karaiskakis Stadium you are sure to see why.
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