9 Places to Visit in Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece is a popular tourist destination with a lot to offer to its visitors. Even though Athens isn’t the largest European capital, there are still a lot to see and do and choosing where to go and how can be confusing.
In this article, you can find directions to our choice of 20 popular places to visit in Athens. Along with information about how to get there by public transport, you can find more directions through Google Maps by clicking the orange links, as well as more information about each place (opening hours, admission, etc.) on their official website, when that is available.
So, dress comfortably and join us for a tour of Athens!

1. The Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis of Athens and the nearby New Acropolis Museum are the places every visitor to the city should go to. Sitting on top of the Acropolis hill and dedicated to goddess Athens is the temple of Parthenon. Not only a symbol for the city, but for the whole Greek civilization as well.The New Acropolis Museum opened its doors in 2009. Findings from the Acropolis, including sculptures from the Parthenon are exhibited in a modern space designed by architect Bernard Tschumi.

The Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum

2. The Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus 

The Ancient Agora of Athens is the best-known example of an ancient Greek agora and is situated to the northwest of Acropolis.The Temple of Hephaestus, dedicated to the ancient Greek god of blacksmiths, fire and volcanoes can be found inside the site of Ancient Agora. It is one of the few Greek temples to be almost entirely preserved.

The Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus

3. Archaeological Museum of Athens

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is one of the most important archaeological museums in the world, with artifacts from all over Greece. Among them the Artemision Bronze statue of a Greek god and the Antikythera mechanism, the oldest analog computer ever found.

Archaeological Museum of Athens

4. Lycabettus Hill

The top of Lycabettus Hill is the highest point of central Athens. From there, you can have the best view of the city, including the Acropolis and see as far as Piraeus and the Saronic gulf. You can hike to the top via a number of paths around the hill or get up there fast via the funicular (cable car) railway that travels up and down at least every 30′ or less when there is demand (Athens transport tickets not accepted).

Lycabettus Hill

5. Benaki Museum

Benaki Museum dates back to 1930 and hosts an important collection of Greek art from the prehistorical to the modern times,  an extensive collection of Asian art while it also hosts periodic exhibitions of Greek and international artists.

Benaki Museum

6. Plaka and Anafiotika

Just under the Acropolis, the neighborhood of Plaka gives visitors a taste of ‘old Athens’. It is the ideal place to take a walk or enjoy the local cafes and restaurants. The Anafiotika area, built according to typical Cycladic architecture, makes you feel like you’re on an Aegean island, away from the center of Athens.

Plaka and Anafiotika

7. The Athenian Trilogy

These are the 3 neoclassical buildings on Panepistimiou street, designed and built in the 19th century by Danish architect Theophil Hansen. From left to right, it’s the National LibraryUniversity of Athens and the Academy of Athens.

The Athenian Trilogy

8. Panathenaic Stadium

The Panathenaic stadium was built around 330 BC and it was where ancient Athens’ Panathenaic Games were celebrated. After being left abandoned for centuries, it was refurbished in late 19th century using Penteli marble, the same as the one used on the Acropolis. It hosted the first Olympic Games of the modern era as well as the first marathon race in 1896.

Panathenaic Stadium

9. Syntagma square

In Athens, all roads lead to Syntagma square. Start by visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament building (former palace), guarded by the elite Evzones soldiers.  The changing of the guards takes place every hour while every Sunday at 11 am there’s a more elaborate ceremony. Ermou street which begins from Syntagma is Athens’ main pedestrian shopping street. It’s also worth checking out the first level of Syntagma Metro station. Archaeological findings from the station’s excavation are exhibited around the floor.

Syntagma square