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1. Acropolis

Acropolis
4.5 /5

1 km
from city center
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Acropolis, the most famous landmark of entire Greece, is the eternal symbol of democracy, education and inspiration. It is an ancient fortified town dating back to the bronze age. Acropolis consists of 21 major archaeological remains. Parthenon is in the centre of Acropolis and is the main attraction here.

2. Parthenon

Parthenon
4.3 /5

1 km
from city center
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things to do in Athens

The Parthenon is an iconic landmark of Acropolis, Greece. This ancient temple is dedicated to Athena, one of the most cherished and famous Greek deities. Built in 447BC, it attracts tourists from around the world because of its perfect symmetry, towering columns, sculptures of Greek art, and more than 2000 years of rich history.

3. Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum
4.2 /5

2 km
from city center
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things to do in Athens

Acropolis museum is an archaeological museum which contains the artefacts found in Acropolis. It has over 4000 objects from the Greek Bronze Age to Byzantine Greece. It lies over the ruins of Roman and Byzantine Athens.

4. Ancient Agora

Ancient Agora
3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
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The Ancient Agora is a well-known archaeological site located northwest of the Acropolis in Greece. A Greek agora or marketplace established in the 6th century BC, it is a lush green space that was used for commercial, legal, political and social activities. It is home to several residential and public buildings that are in ruin, including temples of Olympia Gods, altars, fountains, statues, stoas, etc.

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5. Library of Hadrian

Library of Hadrian
4.0 /5

1 km
from city center
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Hadrian's Library is an architectural wonder with high surrounding walls and a columned facade. Although mostly in ruins, the site was once home to the largest library in Athens. It is located outside Monastiraki metro station, on the northern side of the Acropolis of Athen. Built by Roman Emperor Hadrian, the library complex used to store both important literary works and legal and administrative documents.

6. Stroll Through Plaka Neighbourhood

Stroll Through Plaka Neighbourhood
3.4 /5

1 km
from city center
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things to do in Athens

Plaka is the old historical neighbourhood of Athens, clustered around the Acropolis. Plaka is built on top of the residential areas of the ancient town of Athens. It is also known as the "Neighbourhood of the Gods" due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites.

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7. National Archaeological Museum

National Archaeological Museum
4.0 /5

1 km
from city center
7 out of 59
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National Archaeological Museum consists of artefacts from Greek history. Considered the best museum in the world, it exhibits a rich collection of objects. The museum contains prehistoric collections, and sculptures- most famous being a bronze statue of Zeus, vases, Santorini findings, metallurgy collections, and Egyptian arts. etc.

8. Temple of Hephaestus

Temple of Hephaestus
3.7 /5

1 km
from city center
8 out of 59
things to do in Athens

Temple of Hephaestus is among the very few structures left in Athens, standing as it was originally built. Hephaestus was the god of metal working, craftsmanship and fire. Around 700 CE, the temple was turned into a church dedicated to Saint George. When Athens became Greece's capital in 1834, the publication of the relevant royal edict was made in this temple.

9. Syntagma Square

Syntagma Square
3.7 /5

1 km
from city center
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things to do in Athens

Syntagma Square is the central square in Athens. It is an important square both from a historical and social point of view. Opposite the square is the Greek parliament, surrounded by beautiful national gardens which are open to the public. The changing of the guard ceremony is conducted in front of the tomb of an unknown soldier in the area between Syntagma Square and the parliament building.

10. Lycabettus Hill

Lycabettus Hill
3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
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Athens' Mount Lycabettus is a well-known limestone hill that provides a 360-degree panorama of the city. It is encircled by pine trees and has a theatre, a restaurant, and a Chapel of St. George at its foot, among other well-known attractions. A cable car to the top of the hill is another popular highlight.

11. Erechtheion

Erechtheion
3.1 /5

1 km
from city center
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things to do in Athens

The Erechtheion or Erechtheum is an ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis which was dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon. Its distinctive building has large columns are statues depicting women. Four of the original six statues are now on display in the Acropolis Museum.

12. Temple of Olympian Zeus

Temple of Olympian Zeus
3.6 /5

2 km
from city center
12 out of 59
things to do in Athens

The temple or columns of Olympian Zeus is a ruined temple in the centre of Athens which was dedicated to Zeus, King of Olympian gods. The temple is situated close to Syngtama square. Fifteen columns remain standing today, and the sixteenth column lies on the ground.

13. Nightlife in Athens

Nightlife in Athens

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Athens is also famous for its lively nightlife and is home to countless bars, restaurants and clubs. Neighbourhoods like Gazi, Koukaki, Exarchia and Monastiraki are the most popular choices for a fun night out.

14. Museum of Cycladic Art

Museum of Cycladic Art

1 km
from city center
14 out of 59
things to do in Athens

Nestled at the Neophytou Douka Street in the heart of Athens, the Museum of Cycladic Art (MCA) is a lively cultural institute. The museum is dedicated specifically to the Cycladic art of the 30th century BC. It also has one of the best private collections of artefacts & sculptures of Cycladic Art. Moreover, the classic Cypriot antiquities in this museum represent one of the largest collections outside Cyprus across the globe.

15. Psiri

Psiri

0 km
from city center
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One of the finest areas in Athens for a night out is Psiri, located in the vicinity of the homonymous metro station. Psiri is nestled on the northeastern side of Monastiraki. With eateries, nightclubs, diners and live music, this neighbourhood beams with life at night. During the day, visitors can engage in street shopping, as the market is full of stores selling souvenirs, handicrafts and other local delights.

16. Temple of Athena Nike

Temple of Athena Nike
4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
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things to do in Athens

The Temple of Athena Nike is an ancient Ionic Greek temple dedicated to the Greek Gods, Athena and Nike. It is a small yet impressive structure standing 7m high on the southwest corner of the Acropolis. The nuanced architecture of the temple with white marble and scenic views from all points often gives it the name ‘pearl of the Acropolis’.

17. Picnic at National Gardens

Picnic at National Gardens
4.3 /5

1 km
from city center
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things to do in Athens

National Garden Athens is a public park located just a few kilometres from Syntagma metro station. The garden contains ancient ruins, picturesque picnic spots, duck ponds, eateries and a zoo and spans more than 15 hectares. A sundial marks the main entrance. One of the most popular attractions here is the Duck Pond.

18. Changing of Guard Ceremony at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

Changing of Guard Ceremony at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

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At Syntagma Square in Athens, in the vicinity of the Old Royal Palace, stands a war memorial known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It serves as a memorial to Greek warriors who were killed in battle. A changing of the guard ceremony takes place every Sunday at the tomb and has become an intrinsic part of the traditions of Athens.

19. Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

1 km
from city center
19 out of 59
things to do in Athens

The Benaki Museum of Islamic Art is the oldest and largest museum in Greece that features Greek artworks from the prehistoric period to the contemporary era. The museum is lodged in a complex of elegant buildings in the historical heart of Athens. It is located at the corner of Agion Asomaton and Dipylou streets in the Kerameikos district.

20. Panathenaic Stadium

Panathenaic Stadium
3.6 /5

2 km
from city center
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Panathenaic Stadium is the place which had the honour of hosting the first modern Olympics in 1896. It is the only stadium in the world built from marble. In ancient times, the Panathenaic stadium was used to host the athletic events of the Panathenaic Games. It is now where the Olympic flame handover ceremony takes place before every Olympic Games.

21. Areopagus

Areopagus

1 km
from city center
21 out of 59
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Aeropagus Hill is a historic site located northwest of Acropolis. Around 1300 -1500 BC, it functioned as a court. It is visited for its serenity and amazing view of the city. The shiny, slippery steps for climbing Areopagus need trekking expertise. Look for marble patches and remnants of ancient houses on one of the hillsides.

22. Athens Central Market

Athens Central Market
3.8 /5

0 km
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The Varvakios Agora or Athens Central Market is a fruit, meat, fish and vegetable market located on Athinas Street. One of the liveliest places is Athens, full of traditional flavours and aromas, it is a paradise for food lovers. Named after a national Greek hero, pirate Ioannis Varvakis, the market also has several popular tavernas and ouzeries where you can enjoy a hot cup of Greek coffee.

23. Plaka Stairs

Plaka Stairs
3.9 /5

72 km
from city center
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Mnisikleous Street Stairs or the Plaka Stairs is a perfect spot for those who want to enjoy delicious and traditional Greek food with a beautiful view of Athens. Located around the northeast side of Acropolis hill, the stairs are painted in a beautiful white colour and climb uphill to the picturesque neighbourhood of Anafiotika.

24. Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Odeon of Herodes Atticus
3.3 /5

1 km
from city center
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The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone theatre structure located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis. It was built in 161 AD by the Athenian merchant Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla.

25. The National Art Gallery

The National Art Gallery
3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
25 out of 59
things to do in Athens

The National Gallery or the Alexandros Soutzos Museum is the most important museum of Greek art and focuses primarily on post-Byzantine Greek art from the 14th to the 20th century. Opened in 1900, it is situated in the Pangrati district of Athens. It can be reached through Metro at the Evangelismos station.

26. Philopappos monument

Philopappos monument
3.2 /5

2 km
from city center
26 out of 59
things to do in Athens

Philopappos monument is a two-storey structure dedicated to Philopappus, a prince from the Kingdom of Commagene. Philopappos died in 116, and his death caused great grief to the citizens of Athens. As a dedication to honour his memory, people built a tomb structure on Mouseion Hill near the Acropolis. His tomb monument, made of marble is known as the Philopappos Monument.

27. Wine Tour at Attica Vineyards

Wine Tour at Attica Vineyards

156 km
from city center
27 out of 59
things to do in Athens

Attica, a region circling the city of Athens and flanked by the Boeotia and Megaris on the north and west fronts respectively, is home to the oldest vineyards in Greek history. Native and select foreign varieties are grown in Attica's vineyards. Savvatiano and Roditis Greek varieties are mostly cultivated here. Some of the top must-visit wineries include Nikolou Winery, Anagnostou Winery and Domaine Vassiliou.

28. Arch of Hadrian

Arch of Hadrian
3.2 /5

2 km
from city center
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things to do in Athens

The Arch of Hadrian, most commonly known as Hadrian's gate, is a marble structure resembling a Roman Triumphal Arch.

29. Cape Sounion

Cape Sounion
4.1 /5

45 km
from city center
29 out of 59
things to do in Athens

The Archaeological Site of Sounion or Cape Sounion is a raised piece of land on the southern tip of the Attic peninsula in Lavreotiki. One of the most famous and important attractions at Sounion is the Temple of Poseidon. The land also offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and ancient Greek architecture.

30. Propylaea

Propylaea
4.0 /5

1 km
from city center
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Propylaea in Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athens, is the gateway and the monumental entrance to the Acropolis of Athens. The gates take inspiration from the architecture of a temple or religious complex and house the “Agrippa” monument on a pedestal and the Temple of Nike. Even though most of it is in ruins, the white Pentelic marble building is still a beautiful sight.

31. Byzantine and Christian Museum

Byzantine and Christian Museum

3 km
from city center
31 out of 59
things to do in Athens

The Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, located on the Vassilissis Sofias Avenue, represents the best of Byzantine Art in Greece. Containing more than 30,000 artworks, including frescoes, sculpture, pottery, ceramics, textile, and jewellery, it was built in 1948 in Tuscan Renaissance style.

32. Theatre of Dionysus

Theatre of Dionysus

2 km
from city center
32 out of 59
things to do in Athens

The Theatre of Dionysus is an ancient theatre located on the southern slopes of Acropolis. One of the largest and first theatres built in Athens, it is often regarded as the birthplace of Greek plays and dramas. The Theatre is dedicated to Dionysus, the God of ecstasy and fertility.

33. Numismatic Museum of Athens

Numismatic Museum of Athens
3.3 /5

1 km
from city center
33 out of 59
things to do in Athens

One of the most important museums in Greece, the Numismatic Museum houses one of the greatest collections of coins in the world. It is situated on Panepistimiou Street, near Syntagma Square in Athens. The museum has an astounding collection of more than 500,000 coins, stamps, gems, weights, medals, etc., dating back to the 1400BC.

34. Goulandris Museum

Goulandris Museum
4.1 /5

2 km
from city center
34 out of 59
things to do in Athens

Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, also referred to as Goulandris Museum of Contemporary Art, is a recently opened modern art museum on Eratosthenous Street, Pangrati. This 11 storey masterpiece houses art collections from the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso, and contemporary Greek art. Guided tours are available.

35. Parnitha National Park

Parnitha National Park
3.4 /5

21 km
from city center
35 out of 59
things to do in Athens

Mount Parnitha National Park is a protected area located on top of the highest peaks in Attica, close to Athens. Overlooking the entire peninsula, the park's distinctive features include caves, lakes, dense forests, and historical monuments such as Byzantine monasteries, ancient fortresses, and gaudily abandoned palaces.

36. Vorres Museum

Vorres Museum
3.7 /5

11 km
from city center
36 out of 59
things to do in Athens

Opened in 1983 by its President and Founder, Ian Vorres, Vorres Museum displays over 6000 pieces of folk and contemporary Greek art in Paiania, Athens. The vision behind the museum-cum-gallery was to promote Greek culture and art following the massive upsurge of urbanisation after World War II.

37. Museum of Greek Children's Art

Museum of Greek Children's Art
4.1 /5

1 km
from city center
37 out of 59
things to do in Athens

The Museum of Greek Children's Art is a museum dedicated solely to displaying artwork made by children aged 5-14 years. Located in Plaka, it is housed in a neoclassical building. Every year it collects over 10,000 drawings by children and exhibits them in its building.

38. Pozar Thermal Baths

Pozar Thermal Baths
4.0 /5

367 km
from city center
38 out of 59
things to do in Athens

Pozar Thermal Baths is a thermal spring located near Edessa at the base of the Voras Mountains at Loutra Loutrakiou. Situated at 390 metres above sea level, the hot baths offer magnificent views of the surroundings. There are 2 indoor pools, 2 steam rooms, an outdoor bath and artificial waterfalls. The water temperature at the hydrotherapy centre is maintained at 37.2°C and is believed to possess healing properties.

39. Epigraphic Museum

Epigraphic Museum
3.9 /5

1 km
from city center
39 out of 59
things to do in Athens

The Epigraphic Museum in Athens is one of a kind. Located in Tossitsa, it is situated in the south wing of the National Archaeological Museum. However, the Epigraphic Museum has its own separate entrance. With more than 14,000 inscriptions, most of which are in Greek, the Epigraphic Museum has an enviable collection. These inscriptions date back to the early historical times till the Late Roman period.

40. National Observatory of Athens

National Observatory of Athens
4.5 /5

2 km
from city center
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things to do in Athens

The National Observatory of Athens is for all astronomy and space lovers. It is located in the historical area of Thissio on the hill of Nymphs. With excellent guided tours in English and Greek, visitors can see the large telescope, view the planets and the moon, watch the astrological clock, explore the space theatre, and more. The highlight here is the night tour.

41. Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
4.5 /5

6 km
from city center
41 out of 59
things to do in Athens

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center or SNFCC is a cultural landmark in Athens. Located on the Faliro Delta in the Kallithea district, the complex includes the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, and the massive Stavros Niarchos Park. The architecture of the cultural center is commendable with several viewpoints.

42. Allou Fun Park

Allou Fun Park
4.2 /5

5 km
from city center
42 out of 59
things to do in Athens

One of the largest and most fun amusement parks in Athens, Allou! Fun Park is for both kids and adults. It is divided into two zones, Kidom (for kids) and Allou! (for teenagers and adults). Try the Star Flyer and Panorama, Greece’s largest Ferris wheel ride! Enjoy the water activities at La Isla or the thrill of cars at Power Karts.

43. Athens University History Museum

Athens University History Museum
3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
43 out of 59
things to do in Athens

Athens University History Museum, or the Old University, is a museum in Plaka. It houses historical relics and collections of the former university like preserved manuscripts, scientific instruments, portraits and even diplomas. The museum offers splendid views of the Acropolis and is a 2-minute walk from Erechtheion.

44. Acropolis Fortification Wall

Acropolis Fortification Wall

1 km
from city center
44 out of 59
things to do in Athens

The Acropolis Fortification Wall is the ruins of the walls built around the Acropolis. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular attraction to witness the splendid Greek architecture. Apart from the primary Cyclopean wall and a Themistoclean Wall, visitors can also check out the Pelargic Wall which has many doors, giving the fortification the name of “Enneapylon” or “nine-doored”.

45. Industrial Gas Museum

Industrial Gas Museum
3.6 /5

2 km
from city center
45 out of 59
things to do in Athens

Industrial Gas Museum is a historic landmark situated in Pireos, Athens. It houses information about the history of old Athens Gasworks. Visitors can explore the steam machines and the exhibits of various old gas apparatuses and enjoy the recently launched interactive tours. The top floor of the New Watergas building is a must-visit as it provides a panoramic 360° view of the city.

46. Museum of Illusions Athens

Museum of Illusions Athens
4.0 /5

1 km
from city center
46 out of 59
things to do in Athens

Museum of Illusions Athens is an interactive optical illusion museum located in the Monastiraki neighbourhood in Athens. It is one of the most interactive places in the city that houses exhibits like inverted room, chair illusion, rotating vortex, infinity room and much more. It is a fun place to visit for people of all ages.

47. Athens War Museum

Athens War Museum
3.6 /5

2 km
from city center
47 out of 59
things to do in Athens

Athens War Museum is the largest military history museum in Greece, located on Rizari Street in Athens. It houses Greek military relics and documents the numerous conflicts in which the Greek nation took part throughout the centuries. In addition, there are exhibitions of weapon artefacts on 4 distinct floors and weaponry from other ancient civilizations such as Ancient China and Japan on display.

48. Museum of Ancient Greek Technology

Museum of Ancient Greek Technology
3.5 /5

215 km
from city center
48 out of 59
things to do in Athens

The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology exhibits cutting-edge ancient Greek technology. It is located in the Katakolo town of Elis near Athens. The museum was founded by Kostas Kotsanas and houses hundreds of objects and replicas made by him. The main attractions are Plato’s hydraulic alarm clock and a working replica of the Antikythera Mechanism, the oldest known analogue computer.

49. Church of the Holy Apostles Athens

Church of the Holy Apostles Athens
3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
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Church of the Holy Apostles or Holy Apostles of Solakis is the first middle Byzantine church located in Ancient Agora. The only other standing monument in Agora, apart from the Temple of Hephaestus, the church is famous for its architecture. The highlights are a few wall paintings dating back to the 17th century and the watercolour of Saint Anthony and Saint Spyridon by Piet de Jong.

50. Hellenic Motor Museum

Hellenic Motor Museum
4.4 /5

1 km
from city center
50 out of 59
things to do in Athens

The Hellenic Motor Museum is a car museum located on the top three floors of the Athenian Capitol shopping mall. It is only a few minutes away by foot from Victoria metro station. It spans over 4000 sqm and contains over 300 cars ranging from the 1920s to the 1970s. About 110 cars are displayed at a time. It also contains an F1 simulator which is great fun for all ages. Guided Tour in English is available upon request.

51. National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens

National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens

2 km
from city center
51 out of 59
things to do in Athens

The National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), located on Kallirrois Avenue, Athens, is a premier art gallery. It houses documents, research and exhibits on contemporary Greek and international art. It also showcases painting and 3D artworks, photography and new media, as well as architecture and industrial design that describes the artistic evolution in Athens.

52. Stoa of Attalos

Stoa of Attalos
4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
52 out of 59
things to do in Athens

The Stoa of Attalos is an impressive archaeological site on the east side of the Agora that houses the Museum of the Ancient Agora. The museum preserves some of the finest excavations from the Ancient Agora – from sculptures, coins, and inscriptions that date back to the 5th century BC to the pottery of the Byzantine period and the Turkish conquest.

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The top sightseeing places in Athens are Acropolis, Parthenon, Acropolis Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Ancient Agora, Temple of Hephaestus.

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