One of the oldest cities in the world and one with the richest histories, Athens, Greece will definitely thrill you. There are virtually countless things to do in the city that a weekend in Athens will not be enough to fully experience its best-kept treasures.
For history buffs, museums in Athens will be a delightful place to stop. With the city’s long history– from the Ancient times to the Roman and Byzantine periods, Athens has already marked itself in the world being one with the most flourishing civilizations. Be in awe with the rare collections displayed in some of the city’s top museums, which include the Acropolis Museum, the Museum of Greek Folk Art, and the Benaki Museum among others.
Unarguably, Athens has one of the best architectures in the world. If you are in the city for a visit, make sure to take a snap at some of the breath-taking structures in the city. You will be fascinated not only for their forms and functions, you will also be amazed at the stories behind each architecture.
Athens is not just for adults; it is also for the kids. Athens for kids will bring you to some of the most enjoyable and learning-filled experiences that you and your little ones can share. You can even bring them to some Athens festivals for a one-of-a-kind party experience with the family.
For food addicts, Athens restaurants are up to treat you for a ‘plateful’ experience. Try out any Greek cuisine and get a taste of the city’s gastronomy. You will see how different – of course, that’s in a good way – Athens delicacies are from what other cities has for the table.
At night, get yourself pumped up to party and experience Athens nightlife. There are many Athens bars and Athens clubs to choose from so the city is all at your hands when night comes.
The shopping scene in the city can also be an interesting thing to do when in the capital of Greece. With its wide range of rare and interesting displays, getting a souvenir from the city would be quite an adventure.
Sporty? Why not get to know the sports in Athens? It’s perfect thing to do in conjunction with fitness in Athens options. You will not only flex your muscles during your visit, you will also get a close encounter to the other face of the city.
And if you haven’t been entertained enough, go have fun in theaters in Athens or listen to music in Athens. If these aren’t enough, go try out Athens for free for some interesting sights and attractions all open for free!
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Athens, Greece will be a paradise for history buffs! Being one of the world’s oldest cities, with one of the longest histories, Athens is definitely loaded with museums – old and new. Here are a few of the interesting museums in the city with details of their location and opening hours.
The Benaki Museum
Vassilisis Sofias and 1 Koumbari Street
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday – Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm; Thursday: 9:00am-10:00pm; Sunday: 9:00am -3:00pm
The Benaki Museum is considered by many to be among the best museums in Athens as it features both ancient and modern Greece, particularly in arts and culture. Its bottom floor starts with a display of pieces from the ancient times then goes up with a showcase of various memorabilia from the different periods of the country’s history. Its third floor presents the many heroes of the Greek Revolution. The National Gardens is located here to give you more interesting views.
The museum is open daily, except on Tuesdays.
National Archaeological Museum
44 Patission Street, Athens 10682
+30 210 8217724
Opening Hours: Tuesday & Friday: 8:00am-7:00pm; Monday: 12:30pm-7:00pm; Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 8:30am-3:00pm
The National Archaeological Museum is one of the world’s most important archaeological museums being home to the historical past of the greatest civilizations in the world. One can find here rare and breathtaking collections from ancient Greece, which include religious items from Neolithic times, vases, jewellery, statues, sculpture, and weapons.
Agamemnon’s golden mask and other treasures from the Mycenae period is also found here which make every visit very worthwhile. Be in awe with the statues of gods and goddesses which include that of Poseidon of Artemision, Zeus holding a thunder from Dodona, Demeter and Persephone, and that of Aphrodite and Pan among others.
Athens City Museum
7 Paparigopoulou St.
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00am-4:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am-3:00pm
If you think you’ve toured enough from the ancient times, then try to stop by the Museum of the City of Athens. This modern museum features the modern history of the city (from the time it became the capital of the country). Among the collections displayed here are paintings, artifacts, and individual artworks from local artists. The museum has an admission fee of 3 euros per person.
War Museum of Athens
Rizari street 2
+30 210 7290543-4
Opening Hours: 9:00am-2:00pm
Inaugurated in 1975, the War Museum showcases collections from the Greek Army, including materials from Greece’s war history since the prehistoric times up to the modern days. Aside from war mementos, the museum also documents studies from war history. With its interesting displays, it’s more interesting to note that the museum does not charge any admission fees.
The Acropolis Museum
15 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens
+30 210 9000900
This new Acropolis Museum contains breathtaking pieces, such as pediment sculptures and statues found on Acropolis Rock and were part of the buildings’ decoration as part of the dedicated to Athena, the city’s patron and goddess of wisdom. You will also be in awe with the statues of female figures from the archaic era referred to as “Korai”.
Athens will not run out interesting and fascinating museums, so get ready to be in magnificence exploring these breathtaking museums.
Arguably, Athens, Greece has one of the world’s most magnificent architecture. As the city’s life has mainly dominated by religion, it is not surprising that the city’s temples are one of the biggest and most beautiful in the world. Additionally, these temples celebrate pride and civic power, which made them really stand out.
If you have any background in architecture, you would’ve probably known that it was the Greek who came up with three architectural systems known as orders – Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian. The first is elegant with its thin posts and decorated with scroll-like designs; the second is sturdy at its top with design more plain than the first; the last order has designs more elaborate, with acanthus leaves decorations.
Among the architecture in Athens with Ionic order are the Erechtheum, Temple of Apollo in Didyma, and the Temple of Athena Nike. The Erechtheum is a middle classic period temple built on the Acropolis between 421 and 405 BC. Sanctuaries to the gods like Posideon, Athena Polias, and Erechtheus are found here. The Temple of Apollo at Didyma on the other hand features a design known as dipteral – two sets of columns which surround the interior section. The Temple of Athena Nike is part of the Acropolis. The ruins of this temple suggest its former grandeur.
The Parthenon is an example of architecture in the Doric Order. Dedicated to Athena, the goddess of wisdom and patron of the city, this temple has stood still despite much damage from the time of its construction in the 5th century BC.
For the Corinthian Order, the temples of Apollo at Bassae and Zeus at Athens are the best example. Being the most ornate among architecture’s classic orders, the Greeks did not seem to really make use of this particular order.
Other interesting architecture in Athens are the Syntagma Square which is also referred to as the Constitution Square, the Theater of Dionysos which was built of dates and timber, and the Hadrian’s Arch which first served as the entry point in Athens.
The architecture in Athens should be on top of your list as you visit Athens. You may just be for a weekend in Athens, but these structures should never be missed no matter what as it shows not just the beauty and magnificence of the city, it also tell a lot of stories to its visitors – something that will make anybody want to visit them again and again.
If you are in the city, whether for a short or long vacation, do not just stop by top Athens attractions, do take part too in its many festivities to truly experience what it is to be in the capital of Greece.
Among the major festivals in the city are the Hellenic Festival, the International Jazz & Blues Festival, the International Dancing Festival, and August Moon Festival.
The Hellenic Festival would probably be one of the city’s biggest and most celebrated festivals. It is celebrated in Herodes Atticus theater and highlights several interesting performances, like ancient and modern theater, opera, jazz, ballet, dances, and symphonic music. It is celebrated from the 2nd of July to the 28th of September (yes, that long!).
The International Jazz & Blues Festival on the other hand is held in the city every June with a kick off activity at the Lycabettus theater. Several music, dance, and theatrical performances come with the event.
For dance enthusiasts, the International Dancing Festival would be a great event to take part in. opened for the first time in 2003, the event has soon become one of the most famous international events, not just in the city, but throughout Greece as well. It is headed by the Cultural Organization of Athens and usually takes place in the first two weeks of July.
Annually, the city if Athens also celebrates the August Moon Festival. On the night of the full moon of the month, when the Athenians believe the moon is at its brightest and most beautiful for the year, the August Moon Festival marks many opera performances, classical music, and Greek dances. It is also during this time when many of Athens architecture and other top attractions are offered for free; among these are the Roman Agora, the Acropolis, and the Odeion of Herodes.
The Epidaurus Festival is also one of the city’s well-known festivals. It is an annual arts festival held from May to October. Among the activities in the festival are the theatrical and dance performances happening in several top venues in the city.
You may not have come to the city for it, but Athens festivals are surely worth experiencing.