13 Exceptional Attractions in Athens: From Classics to Hidden Gems [with Tickets]

Aktualisiert am 13. June 2024 von Athens-Tourist-Information
13 Attraktionen in Athen in Greece

Athens, the historical capital of Greece, has captivated travelers for centuries. 

With a rich history dating back thousands of years, Athens is home to some of the most important ancient monuments in the world. However, in addition to its classical museums and historical sites, the city is also a vibrant and bustling metropolis with many exciting attractions to discover.

In this article, we have compiled a list of the 13 best attractions in Athens, from iconic activities to hidden gems, off the beaten track ...

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1. Changing of the Evzones Guard

One of the most visited attractions is the Changing of the Evzone Guard
in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You can see the former royal bodyguard of King Otto, now the Greek Presidential Guard, who change their post with the relief in their traditional costume with long parade steps. 

The spectacle takes place every hour on the hour in front of the Parliament on Syntagma SquareEven more impressive is the ceremony on Sundays at 11am, when the guards wear a special parade uniforms and are accompanied by a military band.

2. Sail to the Islands Near Athens

A sensational spectacle awaits you at the Dora Stratou Dance Theater directly opposite the Acropolis. The Greek dance shows in this open-air theater inspire visitors every summer with a wide variety of dances from all parts of the country. The handmade, traditional costumes also always attract attention.

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4. Dinner in the Sky

A special experience is the dinner in the sky. 40 meters above the Greek capital, you can expect a six-course dinner, complemented by Greek wines and a spectacular view. While Athens and illuminated sights such as the Acropolis are presented in a completely different light, you can enjoy unforgettable, almost magical moments in the open air.

5. Beaches & Beach Clubs in Athens

In the vicinity of Athens there are a number of beaches such as Varkiza Beach or Schinias Beach, which can be reached within an hour. In the summer months they offer much more than just sun, beach and sea. The beach clubs, which provide you with refreshments and snacks on the beach during the day, turn into exuberant clubs in the evenings, attracting party-goers until the early hours of the morning.

6. City Tour

For a fresh and comfortable way to uncover the beauty of the Greek capital, embark on a captivating city tour. Whether you opt for the convenience of hop-on-hop-off buses, the charm of tuk-tuks, or the exhilaration of bike and Segway tours, you'll be guided to Athens' finest attractions. Experience the city's vibrant energy and rich history from a whole new angle, making your visit truly unforgettable.

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7. Hellenic Cosmos

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The Hellenic Cosmos cultural center on Pireos Street between Athens and Piraeus features state-of-the-art technology that brings you closer to Hellenic cultureAmong other things, you can do virtual reality tours, experience shows in the virtual reality theater, and watch documentaries on Greek history.

8. Nightlife

Athens' nightlife is famous and extremely diverseAthens' nightlife scene varies from taverns and pubs to trendy bars, beach clubs and open-air clubs to so-called bouzoukis with live Greek music. Popular hotspots are the neighborhoods of Psyri, Kolonaki and Exarchia.

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9. Food Tour

A food tour is one of the best ways to get to know Athens. A stroll through the city to some of the best addresses on the gastro scene is a wonderful way to taste the culinary diversity of Athens. Thanks to exciting background information and insider tips from the guide, guests will learn everything they need to know about authentic, traditional Greek cuisine.

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10. Puppet Theater 

Athens Toy Museum puppet with red hair

The Figoures kai Koukles puppet theater offers entertainment for all ages. Even if the performances are in Greek, the traditional shadow theater is a truly special experience. The plays revolve around the main character Karagiozis and her funny adventures. A special feature is that the figures are made of brightly colored leather using the so-called paper cutting technique and date from the Ottoman period.

11. Tours from Athens

Surroundings Athens there are a number of excursion destinations that can be reached very easily. A day trip is therefore a wonderful way to explore places such as the Oracle of Delphi, the Meteora monasteries, Cape Sounion or Mycenae, Nafplio & Epidaurus.

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12. Classical Concerts, Ballet and Opera

Athens is considered the birthplace of ancient theater, which is why it is hardly surprising that the metropolis has rich cultural offerings. A particularly breathtaking stage is the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus or the open-air theater on Lykabbetus Hill. A popular place to visit is also the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, which shows opera, ballet and musical performances in the National Opera.

13. Filopappou Hill

The 147 meter high Filopappou Hill offers breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of the Acropolis as well as a number of sights and experiences. These include the ancient Philopappos Monument, Socrates' prison and the Dora Stratou Theater. In addition, the viewpoint, which is usually less crowded, is a beautiful place to have a picnic, hike and linger.

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