Acropolis of Athens

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Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis was the center of Athenian culture and worship for millenia. As the heart of Western civilization, it's now one of the world's foremost heritage sites and an essential addition to any sightseer's bucket list. Here are a few reasons why.

  • Geology formed the foundations of Athenian culture

    1. Geology formed the foundations of Athenian culture

    The limestone hill's shallow caves and steep slopes provided prime Neolithic real estate, and its freshwater springs may have inspired the myth of Athena – a fertility goddess!

  • It was the center of government

    2. It was the center of government

    Acropolis means "highest point" and as the most fortified site, became the seat of Athenian kings until the realities of the republic pushed administrative buildings further out.

  • The original buildings were destroyed by Persians

    3. The original buildings were destroyed by Persians

    It had been a dedicated site of worship for just 30 years before being sacked by the Persians in 480BC. Afterwards, Pericles began a construction project that lasted 50 years!

  • It was in relatively good condition until 1687

    4. It was in relatively good condition until 1687

    The Parthenon was used as an Ottoman garrison from 1458. During the Morean War, Venetian artillery blew its gunpowder supply and significantly damaged the Acropolis' temples.

  • Restoration began in 1975

    5. Restoration began in 1975

    The archaeological site is still being partly restored, but you'll see the Parthenon, Erechtheion, Temple of Athena Nike, and the Propylaea gateway among the ruins on your tour!

Planning Your Visit

  • Booking tickets?

    Admission prices begin at €12 (€6 concessions). Skip the lines by booking a tour in advance!

  • What are the opening times?

    The Acropolis is open to visitors between 8:00AM and 8:00PM from April to October, and until 5:00PM from November to March.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily from 8:00AM to 8:00PM in the summer, until 5:00PM in the winter.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult admission tickets start at €12.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    The Acropolis is within walking distance from most hotels in city center!
  • Additional information

    • Wear comfortable walking shoes!

    • If you're visiting in the summer heat, dress accordingly and bring some water.

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What people are saying about Acropolis of Athens

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Kimon is a most excellent Tour Guide! He was very informative, in an entertaining and engrossing way. We felt that he gave us an “Insiders view” of Ancient Greece without being boring in the least. Kimon interacted with each of us, not just addressing us as a whole, which everyone appreciated. His voice carries very well, so is easy to hear, and he speaks very clearly. His humor mixed with a serious passion for showing us the historic sites was unparalleled. We have been on many guided tours across the world - Kimon simply was the BEST!

It was a great way to visit this magic place. Our guide gave us a perfect amount of information with funny and interesting stories. Besides that the organization was really good. We arrived 15 minutes earlier in the meeting point and there was a person to inform us about our tour. Sometimes a visit it’s not only about a check in, but to be immersed. The tour allows a great experience.

Kimon was our guide and we had enjoyed the walk very much with him. He had chosen a good pick up spot, with many interesting and well thought out shaded stops along the way. We feel we had travelled back in time to understand the context history and the cultural background of each building and what life was like back then! highly recommend for a family with children and teenagers.

Informative host. Helped to be able to skip lines. Got a good sense of both architectural and political/sociological influence. Nice to finish in air conditionied museum. Would advise the morning tour for sure because of lack of crowds and heat

Fantastic guide who taught us about anchient Athens and the Akropolis in a funny and engaging way