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The Acropolis is located on a rocky outcrop overlooking Athens. This ancient citadel contains the remains of several historically significant ancient buildings, the most famous being the Parthenon, a former temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. Visitors can take a number of tours which give insights into Greek history, or walk the site alone.
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis Museum is a museum in Athens, where archaeological findings from the site of the Acropolis citadel are housed. Opened to the public in 2009, the museum is home to over 4000 artifacts found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes of the Acropolis, and contains relics from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.
National Archaeology Museum Athens
National Archaeology Museum Athens
The National Archaeology Museum is the largest museum in Greece, and one of the most important archaeological museums in the world. With the initial purpose of collecting findings from 19th-century excavations in Attica and elsewhere, it gradually became the central National Archaeology Museum, and was enriched with finds from many different regions. Its world-renowned collections, boasting more than 11,000 items, offer you a panorama of ancient Greek culture, from the beginning of prehistory to late antiquity.
Museum Of Illusions Athens
Museum Of Illusions Athens
The Museum of Illusions in Athens challenges basic perception and allows you see how human brains process endless streams of information every day. Make your way through a vortex tunnel, and enjoy mind-melting installations and games.
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Temple of Olympian Zeus
The Temple of Olympian Zeus is a temple ruin in the center of Athens, Greece, dedicated to the thunderbolt-wielding king of the Olympic pantheon, Zeus. It once contained a gigantic statue of Zeus that was among the largest cult statues of the ancient world. The temple was pillaged after the fall of the Roman Empire, and the statue of Zeus was likely broken down for precious materials, although its precise fate was lost in the annals of time. Only a few of the huge columns remain of this once-mighty temple, but it is a precious remnant of cultural heritage and a breathtaking piece of history to behold. We can only hope whoever did the ransacking was struck by a mysterious bolt of lightning...
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Weather and when to go

From clear, turquoise ocean to buzzing clubs and bars, to towering ancient temples, Athens has it all - all year round. If crowds make you crazy, try visiting between late April and mid-June, when the weather is mild and the crowds are much thinner. If you’re there in July and August, get your sightseeing done early, before the midday heat makes you want to do nothing but eat gelato in the shade. In July it's common for temperatures in Athens to soar to 37 °C. In the winter temperatures tend to stay around 5 to 13 °C, with lots of sun.

Athens eats

Spot the best places to eat in Athens by the crowds of locals waiting for tables. Cheese fans will like the crispy saganaki, a crunchy fried pastry packed with Gruyère. Hummus is unavoidable, and moussaka is a must - an eggplant and potato dish with a minced meat bottom and Béchamel on top. Spanakopita is also popular, a filo pastry rammed with spinach and herbs and cheeses. Cooking for yourself, or looking for Greek snacks? Stock up at the lively Central Market - just watch out for the sheep’s heads in the meat section.

Ancient Athens

Athens, with its 6,000-year history, is one of the world’s oldest cities. You can cover all the major archaeological sites on various self-guided or guided tours through the 3-km pedestrian zone. Most people want to get up close to the Acropolis, which casts its mighty shadow over Athens from the hill. Join a tour for the lowdown and don’t forget to say hi to Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, in the Parthenon. The best time to see these ancient sites is in the late afternoon, when temperatures are cooler and you can catch the sunset.

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LEGO marvels at Acropolis Museum

Want to see a Greek wonder immortalized in LEGO bricks? Head to the kid-friendly Acropolis Museum, where the cradle of Western civilization is explained and made fun for everyone. Witness excavated treasures and exhibits from the 5th century BC, through to the 5th century AD. Pose with archaic statues and see them from all angles, enhanced by beams of sunlight. And see the most important artifacts unearthed via archaeological excavation in Eleusis.

Hilltop wonders at the Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis, an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop, has been studied for centuries, but no one really knows how they built it. The best way to see and ‘feel’ it is by taking a tour, when the history and purpose of each temple on the sacred rock of the Acropolis will be explained. Imagine what it was like to watch a show at the crumbling Dionysus Theater in the 5th century BC. Learn about the chief shrine to Athena at the Parthenon, and see the views of Athens from the precipice - make sure to wear your non-slip shoes!

Rev your engine at The Hellenic Motor Museum

When you’ve ticked off all the ancient wonders, change gears and check out over 100 amazing cars at the Hellenic Motor Museum. From vintage cars to classics, there’s a huge collection here to impress any Top Gear or motor fan. Explore three floors and see cars from the 19th and 20th centuries. From models that are now out of action like Avions Voisin, Delage, and Lagonda, to cars that are still on the roads, like Bugatti, Ferrari, and Aston Martin, they’re all waiting to rev your engine here.

Get around easily on the Hop-on Hop-off Bus Athens

Athens can be crowded and hot, and you’ve got a lot to see. The best way to get around it in comfort is with an all-access hop-on hop-off bus pass. Valid for 24 or 72 hours, you'll have access to three lines and dozens of buses - no waiting around for cabs in the heat. Stop at the Parthenon, the antique market, the museums, the Port of Piraeus and more. Multilingual audio guides fill you with history and trivia as you go, and you get two walking tours and two photography tours of the city.

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