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Top 5 Things To See In Athens

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Athens is one of the most magical cities in the world. It is often called “The Cradle of Western civilization and democracy”. Many wise men of ancient times lived there. It is a must-see destination for all history addicts. During the hot days drink frappé, the typical greek ice coffee. In the evening don’t stay at the hotel, but go outside. The nightlife of Athens satisfies all tastes. And during the day explore its cultural highlights.

Acropolis

The first thing you should visit in Athens is Acropolis, This ancient archeological monument is one of the seven wonders of the world. In the Late Bronze Age it was the ancient fortified town of Athens and it was sacred to the city’s goddess Athena. Today it is a Unesco World Heritage Site and the most favourite sight for tourists visiting Athens. Within the area of Acropolis explore Parthenon, Erectheion and Temple of Athena Nike

Lykavittos Hill

For the best view of the city, head to Lycavittos Hill, the highest point of Athens situated at 277 meters (908 feet) above sea level. You can walk from Kalinaki or to take a funicular railway. From the top of the hill you can see the central Athens and southern suburbs. On the top of Lykavittos Hill is also Saint George’s Chapel and an open-air theatre where many concerts and events are being held.

National Archeological Museum

National Archeological Museum of Athens houses many important artifacts from locations around Greece. All history lovers can find artifacts from prehistory and late antiquity. The museum exhibits not only Greek, but also Egyptian and Near Eastern collections. When visiting Athens, no one should skip this museum showing Europe’s very important collections.

National Art Gallery

Because of the history of Athens, the city houses many museums and galleries. After visiting National Gallery, go to the National Art Gallery that is a home to Greek and European paintings and art works from the 19th and 20th century. All contemporary art lovers can admire works from  Tsarouchis, El Greco, Vrizakis or Moralis.

National Garden of Athens

When longing for some rest from the historical sights go to the National Garden of Athens. In this peaceful park all the green around you will inspire you and it will provide you with new energy. Go there either for 15 minutes break or for several hours of relaxation. Visitors can admire plenty of luxuriant flowers, ducks in a pond and a small zoo.When having children, there is also a playground and you can order a cafe in a coffee house inside of the National Garden of Athens.

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Venere Travel Blog writer linda koscova

Linda works as PR and Internal Communication Manager in a multimedia publishing company in Bratislava, Slovakia. She is also a freelance articles writer and travel blogger who spent one year living in Florence, Italy. She likes history, art, travelling and books.

5 responses to “Top 5 Things To See In Athens”

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  1. Elke Wolff says via Facebook:
    September 13th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks. Leaving for Athens this week.

  2. Achilleas Karydis says via Facebook:
    September 13th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    5+5 things to do in Athens: http://www.breathtakingathens.com/?q=node/5000292

  3. venere.com says via Facebook:
    September 14th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    @Elke, great! How long will you be staying?
    @Achilleas, very useful resource, thanks! Is it your website?

  4. Elke Wolff says via Facebook:
    September 14th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    One week on mainland Greece another week cruising to Istanbul, Mykonos/Delos, Israel, Eygpt, Crete. Excited.

  5. Achilleas Karydis says via Facebook:
    September 14th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    thank you, the website belongs to an authority promoting Athens. it’s more or less the official resource to get all necessary information about the city


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