If you are planning a trip to Athens and your budget is a primary consideration, don’t despair because there are several attractions that you can see involving no out-of-pocket cost. With the global economy being as unstable as it has been, it’s no wonder that tourists who travel internationally have either cut back on their spending or are looking for free venues in order to supplement their travel itineraries. We have compiled a list of 6 different destinations that do not cost anything in order to enjoy seeing them.
Greek Parliament Changing of the Guards
Although the ceremony takes place every day, on Sunday mornings at 11 am, you will see more of the Evzones guards changing shifts at the Syntagma Square. These soldiers are still dressed the way they have since the War of Independence in Greece when they wore these same uniforms. The guard-changing ceremony typically begins when a fresh shift marches in on Vasillis Sophias street from their National Gardens’ barracks.
Museum of Popular Musical Instruments
Located near the Roman Agora and situated in the Plaka neighborhood, this is a very enjoyable museum venue. The museum is laid out over four sections which spread through all 3 stories of the building. Dating as far back as the 1700’s through the present day, you can see over 200 different musical instruments which are still popular in Greece today.
The primary focus of this museum that is slightly over 30 years old features some interesting technological transportation innovations. There is an 1884 steam powered locomotive and tramways of Athens from past decades including a French steam locomotive and other items.
Inaugurated 35 years ago and open to the public from 9 am until 2 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, this museum features displays reminiscent of the struggles for freedom and wars that Greece endured from ancient times until the German invasion years of the World War II era. You will enjoy seeing anything from airplanes and helicopters to extremely old weapons of war.
The Hellenic Children’s Museum
This is without a doubt the best place to take your children in Athens if you are vacationing with your spouse and family. They are allowed to create, experiment, investigate, observe, and even play throughout the grounds. There are numerous educational programs that are geared to children as well as exhibits that are sure to keep them entertained while touring this attraction. But don’t be discouraged. There are exhibits and programs for adults as well.
Municipal Gallery of Athens
If you want a taste of art and culture, this is the place. Almost every renowned work of Greek artists are featured here. There are 2,355 different works of art that include drawings, engravings, and paintings.
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