The views from various hills around the city are breathtaking. The famous Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in the heart oft the city. At its top lies the Parthenon, the most famous monument of the Acropolis and dedicated to the goddess Athena. It is built entirely of marble and weighs about 20,000 tons!
At the foot of the Acropolis you find the Acropolis Museum which is built in contemporary design and really plays a pleasant combination of modern structure and ancient contents. Filled with natural light, which highlights the artifacts well the Acropolis Museum is one of most beautiful museums. Here you can get a close look at the Parthenon frieze replicas on display.
The other attractions are the Propylaea, the monumental gateway to the Acropolis. At the Erechtheion temple 6 statues of young girls were used as columns. Further important sites are the Temple of Athena Nike¨, the Theater of Dionysus and Herodes Atticus’ Odeon, an amphitheater still used for performances during the Athens Festival.
The Benaki Museum offers Greek culture, where you can admire intricately crafted Greek costumes and handicrafts. Or you walk a few blocks in the opposite direction to the Byzantine and Christian Museum, a treasure trove of religious art in a meditative, monastic environment. Extend the zen effect by taking a walk in the quiet museum gardens.
Whether you are discovering Athens on your own or with one of our accomplished guides, this city will definitely captivate your senses.