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Athens' most popular theme park, and one of the most popular in Greece, Allou Fun Park offers children and adults the opportunity to enjoy some seriously exciting rides. There are rides to suit every age group and thrill threshold, from the serene and relaxing to the eye-poppingly scary.

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The views over the city of Athens from the top of the panoramic ferries wheel make great photo souvenirs. Children under 10 years of age will do better to go to the next-door section of the park called 'Kidom' which is tailored to younger kids. There are lots of games, activities and great meal and snack options available so it is easy to spend a whole day or night enjoying the park.

Access to Allou is technically free - which is wonderful for those family members who are keen to just soak up the festive atmosphere. But, for those who wish to ride or participate in the activities, there are a variety of payment options.

Kifissou & Petrou Rali - Agios Ionnis Rentis
tel: 210 8092800 (office) - tel: 210 8092888 (park)

By METRO + BUS
Catch METRO Red line No 3 to AIGALEO (8 minutes) - walk to THEODOR POLI KANDRIOTIS 5 minutes and then catch BUS No 845 ( (8 minutes, 4 stops)
BY taxi aprox. 20 minutes €12

Monday to Friday: 17:00- 23:30
Saturday & Public Holidays:10:00 – 00:00
Sunday: 10:00-23:30
In case of bad weather conditions, operating hours may change. Please contact +30 210 80 92 888, to be informed.

Daily pass for adults from €21, for kids from €16 (find more http://www.allou.gr/en/park/?Parkid=2)

More useful information:  www.allou.gr 

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The museum presents the modern history of Athens, Europe’s oldest and most famous city, since it became the capital of the newly founded Hellenic State in 1834 under the first royal couple, Otto and Amalia. Your tour will also include many other facets of Athenian history, culture and life. Several other collections and a series of typical late 19th century- early 20th century sitting and living rooms of the Athenian aristocracy complete the different aspects of our city offered by the Museum.

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The Museum has a Library and hosts in its Collections about 40.000 items ranging from antiquity to the 21st century, such as: Ancient Items, Books and Musical Texts, Byzantine, meta-Byzantine and ecclesiastical items, Sculptures, Stamps, Documents and Manuscripts, Glass, Porcelain and Ceramics, Recording Media, Metallurgy, Small Items, Memorabilia and Relics, Musical Instruments, Coins, Woodcraft and Furniture, Paintings and Engravings, Utensils, Fabrics, Embroidery, Apparel and Tapestry, Photographs and Photographic records.

Operating hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 09:00- 16:00
Saturday, Sunday: 10:00- 15:00
On Tuesdays the Museum remains closed.
The Museum also remains closed each year on the following dates: Jan. 1, Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Easter Sunday and the following Monday.

Entrance fee: € 5,00.
For pupils, students, senior citizens and groups over four persons: € 3,00.
Disabled persons: free.
For guided tours or school visits please call +30-210-3231387 & +30-210-3231397.

Address: 5-7 Paparrigopoulou str.
Closest Metro station is Panepistimio (red line). From your Athens flat apartment is about 20 minutes walk.

For more info please visit the museum’s official website 

The Industrial Gas Museum opened its doors to the public in 2013. The main objective of the Museum is the promotion and protection of the old Athens Gasworks plant, an industrial heritage monument that supplied energy and lighting in the Athens metropolitan area for 130 years.

The Industrial Gaz Museum in Athens

The visit to the Museum includes a museum path with 13 stops in specific areas of the factory. The museum path tour helps the visitor follow the gas production line, admire the mechanical equipment and the old machinery, learn about the role played by the management and workers of the factory, find out about the work conditions and become familiar with terms such as industrial heritage and archaeology.

Industrial Gaz Museum Athens

The Museum has a rich collection of photographs and archive material as well as audiovisual material, including short films and recorded interviews of factory workers and residents of the area. The museum’s collection is further enriched with items from the factory itself as well as interactive applications.

The Industrial Gas Museum is the first industrial museum in Athens. It supplements the museal map of Athens and highlights one of the few surviving industrial heritage monuments of the city.

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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) covers an area of 210,000 sqm.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Designed by the architectural firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), the SNFCC is a multifunctional urban complex that includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, and the Stavros Niarchos Park.

Renzo Piano envisaged the SNFCC rising out of the ground like a dislodged piece of the earth’s crust. As a result, an artificial hill is constructed and the roof of both the library and the opera house is emerging from it maintaining the slope. The library is lower and the ‘hill’ concludes with the opera house. The roof of the library will be covered with ground material. On top of the opera house, there will be a canopy supported on thin steel columns. According to Piano, "the canopy represents a cloud hovering over the highest point of the hill"

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

It is a recreation destination as it offers environmentally sustainable education, arts, playground and an interesting architectural structure.

The National Library of Greece
The nearly 24,000 m2 (235,000 sq. ft.) building combines traditional with technological innovation, conservation with information and communication. A nationwide digitization project helps make heritage materials available to the public and offers access to the Library’s various collections. Connectivity with other libraries both nationally and globally allows the Library’s users access to material abroad that is relevant to Greece or Hellenism. In addition, a Business Center provides the public with an active hub for enterprise, knowledge, and innovation, offering computer workstations, laptops, and wireless connectivity.

Holdings include over 4,500 manuscript codices from the 9th to the 19th century and a rich variety of important historical documents and archives.

The Greek National Opera

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Covering an area of 28,000 m2, the new premises of the Greek National Opera can only be compared with the most modern opera houses in the world. The high aesthetics and acoustics, as well as the installations of the Main Stage (Stavros Niarchos Hall, 1400 seats), bolster a high-calibre artistic program. Furthermore, the Alternative Stage (400 seats) is a hub of research and creativity in the field of education, community and contemporary artistic creation, with special emphasis in all forms of the musical theater.
More info and scheduled performances 

The Stavros Niarchos Park

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The Stavros Niarchos Park, a modern Landscape Architecture project has been designed in accordance with the principles of sustainability, ecosystems and the alternations of a place that is in constant evolution. It is a welcoming and open space, with plantings and a character that reflects the Mediterranean landscape.
Every Thursday at 13:00 there is a guided tour in English language.
Meeting point: Visitors Center (Evripidou & Doiranis, Kallithea)
Tour Duration: 90 '
Number of participants: 20 people

Please note
*The tour involves continuous walking down the Stavros Niarchos Park and the use of stairs. Estimated walking distance is calculated at 1 km.
*The tours at the Stavros Niarchos Park will be conducted under sufficient weather conditions.
*Τhe Stavros Niarchos Park is fully accessible for people with disabilities. For further information please check

Renting a bike
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Bikes is a short-term bicycle rental service for children and adults able to use a bicycle.

There are 50 adult bikes available distributed across the three bike stations around the SNFCC (Visitors Center, Agora, Rear Agora) and 25 kids' bikes at the Visitors Center. (fifteen 20-inch bikes for children aged 5–8 and ten 24-inch bikes for children aged 9–13)
The SNFCC Bikes have three speeds and are equipped with hub dynamo powered headlight and taillight, bell, saddle with adjustable height, short-term safety lock and basket for carrying light objects along.
Hours of operation are 09:00-21:00 daily.
Registration 3€
Rate per hour (€3/5/10/20 prepaid pack options) 1€

Μore info about bicycle rental

How to get there

For convenient access to and from the SNFCC, transportation by shuttle bus is available daily to visitors, free of charge. A minibus bearing the SNFCC logo departs from Syntagma Square (intersection with Ermou Street), with a stopover at the Syggrou-Fix Metro station (Syggrou Avenue), and arrives at the south side of the SNFCC Canal (near the GNO building) and vice versa.

On Sundays, from 10.00 to 13.00, the shuttle bus runs only from Syggrou-Fix to the SNFCC and vice versa, due to the scheduled changing of the Presidential Guard in front of the Hellenic Parliament. In the event of special traffic regulations the schedule of shuttle bus, might be modified accordingly.
See the time timetable and other ways

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Psiri is the place to be if you are interested for Greek food, live Greek music or nightlife.

Psiri District

Just 10 minutes walk from your cozy Syntagma flat, there is no area as authentically Greek as Psiri. Worth visiting, if someone wants to see how Greeks spend their nights out. As it is right next to Monastiraki it can be included in a walk in Athens center.

Psyri is full of contradictions.

the neighborhood of Psiri

Until the early 1990s, Psyri had a dangerous reputation, but it has now become one of the most fashionable and trendy choices in the centre of Athens for entertainment and food.

In daytime, streets are filled with working class people and a variety of little shops like leather craftsman, material shops for shoes and clothing making, type-setters, fixtures or even antiques. But in the night, the scene changes completely! Even if, after a long day around, you have ensconced yourself in the convenience of your comfortable Athens apartment, it is worthwhile.

Inexpensive cafeterias which serve beer, wine, ouzo and oriental “narghile” until very late after midnight attract the more bohemian part of Greek youth. Expensive restaurants or reasonable tavernas with live music attract older crowds and stylish clubs, bars and cafe attract the more trendy and fashionable one.

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The Frissiras Museum, the only Museum for Contemporary European Painting in Greece, was inaugurated on November 27, 2000

Frissiras Museum Exterior view

The Frissiras Museum houses the private collection of over 3,500 works of its founder, Vlassis Frissiras. An attorney by profession but passionate about Art. He started collecting works by young Greek visual artists in 1978, with the resolute aim of putting together a collection made up exclusively of paintings centered on two axes: the human form and body, and representation, i.e. the figurative art that reinstates a method of painting which has been more or less marginalized by newer forms of art. In the 1990s, his interest turned to European artists.

Frissiras Museum Interior View

Current exhibition: from 04 January 2018 to 30 June 2018
New Horizons of European Painting II

Frissira Museum Exhibition New Horizons

What are ideas made from? Continuing the “New Horizons in Painting” trilogy, Frissiras museum promotes contemporary trends in Visual Arts and suggests intriguing artists, from the museum’s collections. In this second part, entitled “The Unpredictability of Ideas”, various depictions of visions and ideas are presented through the works of twenty-one artists. Each of them weaves in their own way unique worlds, some times dream-like, while others using scientific tools, thus creating images, which are bound to surprise not only the viewer, but sometimes even the artists themselves. Participating Artists: Agnes Baillon, Beata Bigaj, Christopher Le Brun, Vincent Corpet, Biliana Djurdjevic, Apostolos Georgiou, Afroditi Krontiri, Frederic Leglise, Mohamed Lekleti, , Michalis Manousakis, Gilles Marrey, Tassos Mantzavinos, Spyros Prokopiou, Leopold Rabus, Edouard Sacaillan, Uta Siebert, Attila Szcucs, Djamel Tatah, Elena Tsigaridou, Chrisa Valsamaki, Grzegorz Wnek.

Official website for more info and photos

ADDRESS
3 & 7, Monis Asteriou, Plaka, Athens, Greece
(at the junction of Kydathineon st.) 10558
tel: +30 210 3234678, +30 210 3316027
fax: +30 210 3316027
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
OPENING HOURS
Wednesday to Friday: 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00
Monday and Tuesday: closed
ADMISSION
General: €6
Seniors: €3 Over 65 y.o, students, members of the Chamber of Arts
Free: Members of AICA, ICOM, students of schools of Fine Arts, children under 12yrs old

Facilities for persons with special needs

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The Museum of illusions in Athens is a different, contemporary museum in which guests are requested to touch the exhibits and are encoraged to take photos.In fact, you'll regret if you do not carry a camera fully charged and with memory space.

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Visit this museum if you like experiential entertainment.
Ιn a building with a total area of more than 400 sq. m. special designed rooms, installations, images and visual games designed to sharpen the mind and confuse the eye, will lead you to experience the impossible.

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Visiting this museum you will be thrilled because nothing is what it seems!

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Each of the exhibits is based on science, mathematics, biology and psychology, deceives and confuses our confidence in our own senses, stuns slightly, but at the same time astonishes and trains.
Amusing and awesome tricks will teach you about vision, perception, the human brain and science so it will be easier to perceive why your eyes see things which your brain cannot understand.

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Make sure you visit the playroom with intriguing and educational games and puzzles.
A real fitness center for your brain. These brain bashers are definitely great fun but tend to be frustrating as well.
Play with the brain teasers, puzzles, impossible knots, tricks and mathematical games as well as other educational concepts which will break your mind but simultaneously make you smarter.

It’s the place to be for new experiences and fun with friends and family, suitable and inspiring for children.

In the smart shop, you can buy Dilemma games, optical illusion, educational toys, wooden puzzles , 3D lightings and more. You try them out, ask questions, and choose something that is just right for you.

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Working hours:
Monday to Sunday
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Museum captions: Greek and English
Ticket price:
Adults: 9€
Children (5 – 18 years): 6€
Students: 7€
Family: 23€* (includes2 adults
with 2 children 5 – 18 years)
Address: Astiggos 12 (a small street starting at Ermou 119)
Monastiraki-Athens
Phone: 2103238065
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More info at the official website

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Outlaw art (most of the times) in the urban landscape, in other words, Graffiti.

Athens city Graffiti Art

Travelers to Athens can't help but notice the amount of graffiti in the city. Any surface that can be sprayed upon is covered with a maddening number of scribbles, slogans, signatures, and designs, but there is also a large amount of graffiti that is good art.

Walking around Athens especially at Plaka, Gazi, Psiri, Metaxourgio and Exarchia districts you may discover amazing pieces of art in the most unexpected places.

Athens city center Graffiti art

ILPAP Building houses the city trolley buses and it is located at the end of Ermou Street where it meets Pireos Street in front of the Gazi, the city's former gas works and now a center of arts and entertainment.
At its wall, there is a huge graffiti that was painted by a group of well-known international graffiti artists.
The building it is not been kept up and could use some restoration but is impressive for its size, design, and colors.

If you are interested in street art you may want to follow the “Athens street art tour”. Your guide will be a street artist who will show you the details of the coolest works of art in the most unlikely places.
http://www.alternativeathens.com/tours/street-art-tour/

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The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) began its operation in 2000.

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The permanent home of the Museum is the former Fix brewery on Syngrou Ave., the reconstruction of which was completed in February 2014. The building occupies 18.142 sqm. on a 3.123 sqm surface.

The Museum's collection is formed around a very important nucleus of works by Greek and foreign artists, such as Stephen Antonakos, Constantin (Dikos) Byzantios, Vlassis Caniaris, Chryssa, Mona Hatoun, Gary Hill, Emily Jacir, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Nikos Kessanlis, Jannis Kounellis, Shirin Neshat, Lucas Samaras, Costas Tsoclis, Bill Viola, a.o, which is constantly enriched.

Museum Of Contemporary Art in Athens

Address: Kallirrois Avenue & Amvr. Frantzi Str, Athens (you can the Metro (red line) direction Elliniko and stop at Sygrou-Fix station or have a nice 30 minutes walk from Athens flat)
Tel.: +30 211 1019000-99

OPENING HOURS
Monday CLOSED
Tuesday 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Wednesday 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Thursday 11.00 am – 11.00 pm
Friday 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Saturday 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Sunday 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
TICKETS
ADMISSION FEE 8€
REDUCED FEE 4€
FREE ENTRANCE (valid ID or proof of entitlement required)

More info at the official museum's website

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To put ruins and museums into perspective, take a virtual-reality trip to Ancient Greece at the futuristic Foundation for the Hellenic World, about 2km southwest of the city centre.

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The Tholos virtual-reality theatre takes you on an interactive tour of the Ancient Agora or allows you to get a feel for life in ancient Athens.
The Kivotos time machine has 3D floor-to-ceiling screens with a live guide taking you through ancient Olympia and Miletus.
Find out more on http://www.fhw.gr/cosmos/index.php?id=1&&lg=_en and keep in mind that for some inexplicable reason ... the website is far below than the show!

How to get there:
Buses: 049 (Piraeus-Omonoia) stop ATHENS SCHOOL of FINE ARTS
914 (Omonoia-Piraeus-Palaia Kokkinia) stop ATHENS SCHOOL of FINE ARTS

254 Pireos street,Tavros (Next to the Athens School of Fine Arts)
Telephone: +30 212 254 0000

Winter (October 1st to June 12th).
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Wednesday – Thursday: 09:00 - 13:30
Friday: 09:00 - 20:00
Saturday: 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00 /
Summer (June 13th to September 30th).
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday – Friday: 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday: 11:00 - 15:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 15:00

Per show: Adults €5-10 / Children €3-8,
Day pass: Adults €15 / Children €12
Sunday educational programms €8,5

http://www.hellenic-cosmos.gr

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The Athens Pinball Museum, the first in Greece, have just open for the public (September 2018).

With a daily entrance fee of 10€, people of all ages (children over 8 years old) can play unlimited.

The Athens Pinball Museum exhibits pieces constructed from 1958 tο the most recent years.
Οver 100 pinball machine titles, perfectly maintained, in excellent condition and 100% playable are there for you to admire or play with.

The Athens PinBall Museum

Centuries ago, games were played outdoors by rolling balls or stones, usually on a grass course, such as bocce or bowls.
The evolving and specializing outdoor games finally led to indoor versions that could be played on a table, such as billiards.
The tabletop versions of these games became the ancestors of modern pinball.

The inspiration of the past and the combination of high technology and art led to pinball (flipper) machines.

Each one is unique!

The Athens Pinball Museum

Those futuristic machines were revolutionary, following the last trends of technology in complexity, and timeliness.
They are actually an interactive game as an individual or group of players can play.

The goal of the museum is to present to the general public these electro-mechanical miracles as well as their preservation over time.

Α workshop for repair and maintenance works on the premises of the Athens Pinball Museum.

At the cafe, with no entrance fee, you can enjoy coffee, drinks and snacks

Working hours 10:00am to 00:00 (midnight)

Address: Dionisiou Aeropagitou & Makri 2
(next to the Acropolis Museum and Acropolis Metro station)

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Kolonaki is the elegant and chic area of central Athens thus an upmarket district.

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It is located between Syntagma square, Lycabettus hill, and Exarchia.

From the National Gardens, cross Vassilias Sophias street, walk from Irodou Attikou str. past the beautiful mansion that houses the Benaki Museum and you will find yourself at Kolonaki square.

Its name derives from the two-meter column, located in Kolonaki Square, that defined the area even before a single house had been built there.

This is the area that you can find many museums, art galleries, high-end boutiques, prestigious haute couture, delicatessen and of course lots of coffee shops and restaurants. One of its main shopping pedestrian street, Voukourestiou str. is well known for its jewelry.

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Walk further past the cafes, turn left up Anagnostopoulou street at the top of the square, go right on Iraklitou str, then up the steps and through the small park. You will end up at a place called Dexameni that means cistern which is what the square sits upon.
It used to be the water supply for all of Athens and was actually built by Emperor Hadrian and the ancient walls are still there.
High enough to be breezy and cool, is a place that Athenians love.

Here there is a playground for kids and a restaurant that you can enjoy a casual lunch or drinks.
On Fridays there is an organic market here from 9 am to 1 pm.

There is also an outdoor movie theater that shows mostly English language films.

Right across the street from the park is the Hotel Saint George Lycabettus, one of the best hotels in Athens with a great view and a swimming pool.

Within few minutes walk you end up at the Lycabettus Funicular, a funicular railway, that links Kolonaki to the summit of Lycabettus hill

 

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