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Exploring Athens

Here is a handy guide with maps and tags that includes well-known places, but also hidden secrets of the city of Athens and its 3.000 years of history. Here the past meets contemporary living. Venues, attractions, monuments, archaeological sites are here for you to explore. The tag list on the right will make things easier for you to find out what you are interested in visiting.
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Staying at AthensFlat vacation rentals you take advantage of its convenient location, Syntagma square. Most places are within walking distance. Our guests have great access to explore Athens leisurely.

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Anafiotika is a scenic tiny neighborhood of Athens, part of old historical neighborhood of Plaka. Only 10 minutes walk from your apartment in Syntagma, it lies in northern east side of the Acropolis hill. First houses were built in the era of King Othon of Greece (1832 - 1862) when workers from the island of Anafi came to Athens in order to work as constructor workers in the refurbishment of King’s Palace. Soon, workers from other Cycladic islands also started…
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Psiri is the place to be if you are interested for Greek food, live Greek music or nightlife. 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. Until the early 1990s, Psyri had a dangerous reputation,…
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Kolonaki is the elegant and chic area of central Athens thus an upmarket district. 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…
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Long before the days of television, radio or even cinema a different form of entertainment existed In Greece, derived from folkloric traditions. It included paper or camel skin - made puppets which were handled by puppeteers who stood behind a white screen, illuminated from the back. Between the figures and the player (who was invisible), were candles or lamps that shed light to the figures and made their silhouettes visible to the audience through the cloth. Traditional puppets gave off…
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Funded by the Eugenides Foundation, a scientific and educational institution, Athens' Planetarium is south eastern Europe's largest and most technologically advanced scientific cinema. The 280 seat domed venue takes visitors on a 3D virtual trip around the galaxy narrated in English as well as Greek. With its 150 projection systems, displays of space, planets and stars appear across the entire hemispherical ceiling, entirely immersing you in the film. Current shows include titles such as 'Evolution', 'The Mystery of Life' and…
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The Museum of Greek Children’s Art is a pioneering Museum, one of the very few worldwide that exhibits exclusively drawings and three-dimensional artworks created by children 5 to 14 years old. The Museum's aim is to highlight the uniqueness of Children's Art, offering the chance to get acquainted with Art since childhood.It is addressed to children and adults, parents, teachers, artists and scientists and offers outlets that an adult has deprived long and a child needs to experience every day,…
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There is nothing better than spending the day with your children at the largest zoo in Greece. First of all do not forget to pick up a map of the park at the entrance as it will help you immensely during your tour. Beautiful animals from all over the world will enchant and impress the whole family as well as leave you with unique memories. Attica Zoo Park has more than 350 animal species, and half of these species are…
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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. 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…
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The Acropolis Museum supports independent learning by making available backpacks filled with activities and ‘family trails’ for families with young children, free of charge. Families can choose between a quick and simple visit using one of the booklets, or a longer and more intricate, using one of the backpacks, which are also equipped with games. Both family backpacks and Family trails are written and designed by the Acropolis Restoration Service Education Team of the Acropolis Museum. Family backpacks for children…
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The Hellenic Children's Museum is a non-profit educational and cultural organization that was established in Athens in 1987 and aims to encourage children to explore, learn, discover and question all around them. It is located in two houses which have been specifically designed for use by children. Κids will be excited to find a museum dedicated to their amusement rather than the more traditional ones they get dragged to. The space is full of games and interactive exhibits and a…
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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. 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…
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Goulandris Museum of Natural History is a magical place for children. Visitors can admire the rich collection of life-sized animal replicas. One thing is certain … children of all ages will hold their breath while older visitors will find the museum really educational.A visit to the Goulandris Museum of Natural History is a great opportunity for children to come into contact with the animal and plant kingdoms and understand the interaction of ecosystems. Children will be impressed by the life…
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The Benaki Toy Museum opened to the public in 2017. Its holdings, based on the collection of Maria Argyriadi that is among the most important in Europe, include toys, books, ephemera, clothing and other items associated with childhood from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The Greek collection features toys and other items for infants and children dating from antiquity to modern times: handmade traditional toys, fairground and commercially-produced toys, board games and group street games as well as childhood…
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The Tower of the Winds or the Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes is an octagonal Pentelic marble clocktower in the Roman Agora in Athens that functioned as a horologion or "timepiece". Unofficially, the monument is also called Aerides (Greek: Αέρηδες), which means Winds. The structure features a combination of sundials, a water clock, and a wind vane. It was supposedly built by Andronicus of Cyrrhus around 50 BC, but according to other sources, might have been constructed in the 2nd century…
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It is one of our city`s most popular touristic attractions and one of Athens landmarks. The Panathenaic Stadium is located on the site of an ancient stadium and for many centuries hosted games in which nude male athletes competed (gymnikoi agones) in track events, athletics championships as we would call them today. The stadium was built long before dimensions for athletics venues were standardized, and its track and layout follow the ancient hairpin-like model. It could once seat about 80,000…
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The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world's greatest museums. Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the nineteenth century excavations in and around Athens, it gradually became the central National Archaeological Museum and was enriched with finds from all over Greece. Its abundant collections, with more than 11,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity. The museum is housed in…
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The Byzantine and Christian Museum, which is based in Athens, is one of Greece’s national museums. Its areas of competency are centered on – but not limited to – religious artifacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods which it exhibits, but also acquires, receives, preserves, conserves, records, documents, researches, studies, publishes and raises awareness of. The museum has over 25,000 artifacts in its possession. The artifacts date from between the 3rd and 20th century AD, and…
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The Benaki Museum ranks among the major institutions that have enriched the material assets of the Greek state. It is also the oldest museum in Greece operating as a Foundation under Private Law. Through its extensive collections that cover several different cultural fields and its more general range of activities serving more than one social need, the Benaki Museum is perhaps the sole instance of a complex structure within the broader network of museum foundations in Greece. Permanent collection:This group…
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The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC. It was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Since then it has grown in size to accommodate new acquisitions, obtained either through direct purchases or through donations by important collectors and institutions. CYCLADIC CULTUREThe Cycladic civilization flourished on the islands of the central…
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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…
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