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Acropolis (Akropolis)

The ancient Greek city rises like a phoenix from the city center of modern Athens, lighting up at night in splendid glory.

The Acropolis, the “sacred rock” of Athens, is recognizable from the air, various viewpoints in the city, or from the history books of your childhood. It’s a worldwide symbol of the Golden Age of ancient Greek civilization. Here, you’ll find major portions of Doric temples and other architectural masterpieces, as well as the remnants of sculptures and carvings from the 5th century B.C.

The first thing you’ll see is the Propylaea, the monumental gray and white entrance building to the Acropolis. Guards were stationed here to protect this sacred area dedicated to Athena, the patron deity of ancient Athens. Slaves, runaways an other undesirables were turned away here, so that they couldn’t seek protection by the gods in the inner sanctuary. 

Anyone who appreciates history, art, and story-telling will have no trouble spending an entire day at the Acropolis. Make sure to bring plenty of water and wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll be likely be hiking uphill and in the hot sun for parts of the day. Some of the "don’t-miss" highlights include the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, and the new Acropolis Museum.

When you’re ready for lunch, head along the tree-lined paths and relax on  the benches in the park surrounding the main archeological site. Refreshments are available there, but it’s more cost-effective to bring snacks and water from a nearby store. Guides can always be found for a price near the ticket kiosk. You can also buy a guidebook and take a self-tour.

The Acropolis rises from the city center and is accessible by public transportation. The admission fee covers all structures on the archeological site and it’s open daily. Get there early to avoid the year-round crowds and the heat of summer. 


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Lodging Near Acropolis

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$104
Athens Gate Hotel

Athens Gate Hotel

10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens
4.6
of 5, from 2,616 reviews
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The Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch are directly across from this hotel, ideally located in Athens' historic district. The Acropolis, home to the Parthenon, is just 500 meters (0.3 mi) away.

$113
Royal Olympic Hotel

Royal Olympic Hotel

28-34 Athanasiou Diakou Str, Athens
4.2
of 5, from 2,400 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This luxury Athens hotel is located just in front of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Acropolis. Recently refurnished offers a variety of rooms and suites overlooking the Temple or the swimming pool garden.

$161
Electra Metropolis Athens

Electra Metropolis Athens

15 Mitropoleos Street, Athens
4.7
of 5, from 435 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Maria Callas Museum, Syntagma Square, and Hellenic Parliament. Roman Agora and Monastiraki Flea Market are also within 10 minutes.

$72
Palladian Home

Palladian Home

Farmaki 2 & Kidathineon, Athens
4.8
of 5, from 68 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Athens City Centre, this guesthouse is steps from Hellenic Children’s Museum and Arch of Hadrian. Acropolis Museum and Roman Agora are also within 10 minutes.

$103
Herodion Athens

Herodion Athens

4 Rovertou Galli Street, Athens
4.4
of 5, from 1,556 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This hotel overlooks the ancient Acropolis, and just steps to Acropolis Museum. Located near many of Athens' ancient sites, including Herod Atticus Theatre, Plaka old quarter, and only a 15-minute walk to Syntagma Square.

$83
Hera Hotel

Hera Hotel

Falirou 9 Acropoli, Athens
4.4
of 5, from 639 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Theatre of Dionysus, Acropolis Museum, and Parthenon. Filopappos Hill and Temple of Olympian Zeus are also within 10 minutes.

$96
Amalia Hotel Athens

Amalia Hotel Athens

10 Amalias Avenue, Athens
4.5
of 5, from 1,419 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Athens City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Athens National Garden and Syntagma Square. Hellenic Parliament and Roman Agora are also within 10 minutes.

$79
Airotel Parthenon

Airotel Parthenon

6 Makri Street, Athens
4.2
of 5, from 2,305 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Centrally located in Plaka, the ancient city of Athens, this 7-floor hotel is within walking distance of the famous Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum. The Acropolis Metro Station, offering easy connections to the city and airports is a 2-minute walk from the hotel.