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Ancient Athens in 4 days

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If the very first thing you think about when here "Athens" is history and antiquity, this guide is for you.

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  • Art and Architecture Lover

14 Places

3 City Tips

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14 Places

Kerameikos Cemetery

Cemeteries

Parthenon

Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Ancient Agora of Athens

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

National Archaeological Museum

Art Museums, History Museums

Stoa of Attalos

Historic Sites

Herod Atticus Odeon

Historic Sites, Theatres

Temple of Hephaestus

Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites

Acropolis Museum

Speciality Museums

Museum of Cycladic Art

Art Museums

Benaki Museum

Art Museums

Acropolis

Ancient Ruins

Roman Agora

Historic Sites

Hadrian's Library

Libraries

Theater of Dionysus

Ancient Ruins

Анна К's City Tips

  • Visiting National Archaeological Museum takes a half of the day if you don't like Greek vases and the whole day if you love them.
  • Go to see the Acropolis early in the morning - it's awfully hot over there and there's no shadow!
  • Buy a special ticket for 10 main ancient sites including the Acropolis for only 12 Euro in a less crowded ticket office, e.g. Agora. It allows you to avoid queue at the Acropolis.
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    Kerameikos Cemetery
    Cemeteries
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    Анна К Says:

    The site was discovered during the Athens metro construction and includes ruins of city walls, Panathenaic games preparation centre, pottery production district (Kerameikos) and the main city cemetery for noble citizens. It's not a very popular tourist place, but you should visit the site museum (near the entrance) to see lots of ceramics, exquisite tomb monuments and even some archaic statues recovered out of the Piraeus road basement.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Entrance fee is a part of Acropolis joint ticket for 12 Euro.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 339 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The museum is a little gem 20/04/2018
    • Really superb site, but can be difficult to interpret 11/04/2018
    • Kerameikos Cemetery
    Address:
    Ermou 148
    Ermou 148, 105 53
    Athens 105 53
    Greece
    Phone:
    01/346-3552
    Other:
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    Parthenon
    Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Анна К Says:

    An absolutely must. It's the most beautiful temple nevertheless it was blown up with gunpowder.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The restoration work is on, but by the south side you can find places where the cranes are not seen.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 339 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful Structure! 26/04/2018
    • Larger than life 26/04/2018
    • Parthenon
    Address:
    Acropolis
    Top of Dionyssiou Areopagitou
    Athens 105 58
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0321 4172
    Other:
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    Ancient Agora of Athens
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Анна К Says:

    Today the Agora looks like more a park then a square we heard about. Wandering about and looking at the various ruins don't miss the Temple of Hephaestos - it's in amazingly good condition. And the giants in the middle of the Agora - the rest of the immense Odeon of Agrippa.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • There are lots of trees, so you can visit it even during the hot afternoon hours.
    • Entrance fee (including the museum) is a part of Acropolis joint ticket for 12 Euro.
    • Take a break in the Stoa of Attalos (The Agora Museum) gallery and admire the view.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 339 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • History 25/04/2018
    • Wondeful 22/04/2018
    • Ancient Agora of Athens
    Address:
    24 Adrianou
    Adrianou 24
    Athens 105 55
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0321 0185
    Other:
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    National Archaeological Museum
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    Анна К Says:

    The museum possesses a huge collection of Greek antiquities of all types from prehistoric object and statues of Cycladic and Mycenaean ages through classic period up to Hellenistic and Romans ones. You'll find an exceptional collection of Kouros and the gold of Agamemnon's tomb on the ground floor, while on the fist floor you'll see frescoes and ceramics from Thera, Santorini and, I think, the world most large vase collection. Don't miss the marvellous Stathatos Collection.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • If you feel tied just go down to the basement atrium to get a rest, eat a snack or a cake and continue to observe the exhibits directly from your table!
    • The special ticket includes Byzantine and Christian Museum, Numismatic Museum and Epigraphic Museum as well.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 339 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning Collection 26/04/2018
    • Do Not Miss 26/04/2018
    • National Archaeological Museum
    Address:
    Patision 44
    Athens 106 82
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 3214 4800
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Stoa of Attalos
    Historic Sites
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    Анна К Says:

    It's a modern two-store building reproducing the ancient one in the east side of the Agora and shelters the Museum of Ancient Agora. The visit will surely be interesting - all the objects are from the area since the prehistoric time till the Roman Empire.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Relax in the gallery sitting and adoring Nike statue, ruins of the Odeon of Agrippa and the marvellous view of the Temple of Hephaestus.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 339 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Prefect reconstruction 15/04/2018
    • Impressive reconstruction inside the ancient Agora 19/03/2018
    • Stoa of Attalos
    Address:
    Adrianou St. 24
    Athens
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0321 0185
    Other:
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    Herod Atticus Odeon
    Historic Sites, Theatres
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    Анна К Says:

    Ancient amphitheatre refashioned in a modern concert hall is closed for visitors and opens only for various occasions: concerts, operas, performances. It lays right down the exit from the Acropolis hill and you can see it only from the above climbing to or going down from it.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • It's strongly recommended to buy a ticket for some performance - usually it starts after the sunset.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 339 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Conference opening session 26/04/2018
    • Very impressived 25/04/2018
    • Herod Atticus Odeon
    Address:
    Dionissiou Areopagitou
    Athens
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0324 1807
    Other:
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    Temple of Hephaestus
    Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Анна К Says:

    The temple is well seen from the Acropolis hill and makes a part of the Agora site. It is in a very good condition and gives a clear idea of how a Greek temple should look like.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • If you come nearer you'll see the well preserved frieze with scenes of fighting Centaurus.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 339 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful monument 24/04/2018
    • Better than the acropolis 22/04/2018
    • Temple of Hephaestus
    Address:
    24 Adrianou St.
    Ancient Agora of Athens
    Athens 105 55
    Greece
    Other:
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    Acropolis Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Анна К Says:

    The state-of-the-art building lead the visitors from the early Attic treasures through classical period to the Hellenistic and Roman ones up to the third floor where you will find a calm relax zone and the museum cafe-restaurant with a breathtaking view of Acropolis. Exceptional collection of statues.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Have a lunch on the third floor terrace - the view is exceptional! The cuisine is good as well.
    • The best time to visit the museum is during the hot daytime after the morning visit of the Acropolis.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 339 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Finds From the Acropolis. 26/04/2018
    • A must See 26/04/2018
    • Acropolis Museum
    Address:
    Dionysiou Areopagitou 15
    Athens 117 42
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0900 0900
    Other:
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    Museum of Cycladic Art
    Art Museums
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    Анна К Says:

    Collection of ancient Greek art starting from Cycladic pre-historic period trough Mycenaean to Greek ceramics. Special exposition is devoted to ancient Cyprus. Every object is accompanied with an extensive explanation. You can find many multimedia features as well.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The museum souvenir shop sells natural scale replicas of the exhibits.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 339 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 17/04/2018
    • A fascinating summary collection 01/04/2018
    • Museum of Cycladic Art
    Address:
    4 Douka Neofitou
    Athens 106 74
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0722 8321
    Other:
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    Benaki Museum
    Art Museums
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    Анна К Says:

    A big collection of the Greek Art since the prehistoric period until XIX century. You can see antiquities, costumes and object of Greek day life, marvellous icons and Byzantine Art, including two El Greco early works.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 339 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A collector 's dream, a director 's passion!!! 26/04/2018
    • Good all round mixture 22/04/2018
    • Benaki Museum
    Address:
    1 Koubari
    Athens 106 74
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0367 1000
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 03:00
    Wed
    09:00 - 17:00
    Thu
    09:00 - 23:30
    Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Acropolis
    Ancient Ruins
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    Анна К Says:

    An absolutely must! Don't hurry and inspect every corner of it and every monument. Besides the Parthenon you can admire panoramic views of the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Be aware: it's no shadow over there, so be careful and do not climb the hill during the hottest hours of the day.
    • Entrance fee is a part of Acropolis joint ticket for 12 Euro. It better to buy it in a less crowded place, at the Agora, for example.
    • At about 8 in the morning you can avoid queues.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 339 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful 26/04/2018
    • Amazing Place to visit 26/04/2018
    • Acropolis
    Phone:
    +30 21 0321 4172
    Other:
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    Roman Agora
    Historic Sites
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    Анна К Says:

    You surely should visit it at least because of the Tower of the Winds - a Roman meteorological station and a clock. It's in amazingly good condition. The rest of the site is in ruins, unfortunately.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Entrance fee is a part of Acropolis joint ticket for 12 Euro.
    • Extremely hot place, it's better visit in either early in the morning or late in the evening.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 339 things to do in Athens
    • Roman Agora 09/04/2018
    • Agora: Ancient Roman marketplace in Athens 24/03/2018
    • Roman Agora
    Phone:
    +30 21 0324 5220
    Other:
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    Hadrian's Library
    Libraries
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    Анна К Says:

    There's not many objects remained from the Romans time, but it worth a visit. Restoration work is in progress and the columns portico now is quite competed. Don't miss a small museum on the right of the entrance with a good collection of Roman sculptures.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Entrance fee is a part of Acropolis joint ticket for 12 Euro.
    • Extremely hot place, it's better visit in either early in the morning or late in the evening.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 339 things to do in Athens
    • Just a quick stop 13/04/2018
    • Yes stop 27/03/2018
    • Hadrian's Library
    Address:
    Areaos
    Athens
    Greece
    Other:
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    Theater of Dionysus
    Ancient Ruins
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    Анна К Says:

    The ruins of the huge amphitheatre (capacity over 20 000 people!) strikes you imagination, it's even claimed that Dionysus himself participated in the theatre construction... The theatre was redesigned twice: during the Hellenistic period and then by Romans, at the moment the restoration is carrying on.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Entrance fee is a part of Acropolis joint ticket for 12 Euro.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 339 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great site 19/04/2018
    • The cradle of performing arts 15/04/2018
    • Theater of Dionysus
    Address:
    Mitseon 25
    Athens 105 58
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0322 4625
    Other:
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