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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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The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) began its operation in 2000. 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…
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The oldest house of Athens, a museum of itself. Built in the 16th century during Ottoman occupation, this mansion is the only surviving house of that period. It was home to the Benizelou family, and it is one of the Athenian noble mansions associated with the superior social group of Greek elders.The mansion is a prominent secular monument for the history of the city from the 16th to the 18th century. After a great restoration, it was conceded by the…
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Outlaw art (most of the times) in the urban landscape, in other words, Graffiti. 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…
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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) covers an area of 210,000 sqm. 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…
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The Frissiras Museum, the only Museum for Contemporary European Painting in Greece, was inaugurated on November 27, 2000 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…
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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. Centuries ago, games were played outdoors by rolling balls…
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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. 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…
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Exhibition: [ 1 June – 24 September 2017 ] NEON presents and commissions Adrián Villar Rojas’ first outdoor and indoor major site specific installation in Greece at the archaeological site of the Hill of the Nymphs Adrián Villar Rojas: National Observatory of Athens, Hill of the NymphsExhibition Dates: 1 June – 24 September 2017Opening Hours:Thursday – Sunday, 11 am -9 pmFree Entrance NEON is pleased to unveil the first site-specific, outdoor and indoor installation by Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas in…
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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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A major point of interest for any traveler to Athens is Syntagma Square, no more than 3’ minutes walk from Athens flats. Site of various political and cultural functions it remains the city’s beating heart. Most major events that occur in the country have been celebrated there. At the upper part of the Square one can easily see the house of Parliament, dominating the landscape, initially served as the King’s palace. The founding stone was laid on 1836, but the…
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Located just behind the Greek parliament building, next to Syntagma Square, just few minutes walk from the Athens flat. Picnicking with the children at the National Gardens on a Saturday has become a common pastime for local Athenian families and is a great way to spend a sunny summer's day when the days are long.   The gardens used to be called the Royal Gardens because they were the gardens of the king and the locals are very proud of…
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