About Acropolis, Partheon and Acropolis Museum

No doubt, a trip to Athens warrants a mandatory visit to almost all historic, influential, and mesmerizing tourist attractions of the city. Probably, ranking very high on your bucket list would be the Acropolis of Athens. Perhaps, this is the most crucial ancient site in the Western world. A trip to Athens would be incomplete without visiting the famous Parthenon temple here.

Built for the goddess Athena, the construction of the Parthenon temple to this date baffles everyone. The most advanced civilization of their time, the Greeks built the most perfect structure in the form of the Parthenon temple. However, during summers, it can get very hot up the mountain. So, try to visit it in the early hours of dawn or later in the day. Some cafes and restaurants have been set up along the route to ease your walk up to the Acropolis. The path is car-free so expect to enjoy a long and pleasurable walk. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and clothes to avoid unnecessary discomfort along the way.

One of the most visited museums in the world, the Acropolis Museum is filled with a rich history, from ornaments to paintings, statues, busts, and exquisite sculptures. The visitors to this museum get a sneak peek into the lifestyles and revolutions that the area went through. In addition to the various artifacts and sculptures, the building also features several fragments of temples and ruins which were shifted to the museum for restoration and maintenance, The Hecatopedon Bodies are sculptures of human bodies surrounded under the pediment which feature a lion and a bull in fighting stances. The Votives are several statues of birds and animals. A place for learning and observing the great art and sculptures of ancient Greece, the museum is the forerunner in preserving and educating visitors about the city and its past. 

The term Acropolis means “high city” in Greek. In those times, the locals would build their crucial temples in the center of the town. This location would be used as a safe retreat spot in case the town was under attack.

Must See

  • The Acropolis hill
  • Mycenaean citadel
  • The sacred rock, dedicated to the goddess Athena.
  • A small entrance under the tower of the temple of Athena Nike. 
  • Near the tower of the temple, the sanctuary of the Pandemic Aphrodite.
  • The Parthenon, the top monument of ancient Greek culture.
  • Erechtheion
  • Propylaea
  • Temple of Athena Nike
  • Bravron
  • Temple of Rome and August
  • Agrippa's pedestal
  • Gate Beule
  • Wall of the Acropolis
  • Halting room
  • The ancient temple of Athena
  • The Acropolis ballroom
  • The Votives
  • The hectabodies
  • The ancient temples
  • Propylaea, Athena nike

How to reach

Distance from Athens to Acropolis: 
12 min by car / taxi, 3.7 km via Stadiou and EO91
13 min  by car / taxi, 4.7 km via Pireos
15 min by car/taxi, 4.9 km via Stadiou
Taxi between Athens Airport and hotels, areas in inner city  Athens, cost is 35 euros at daytime, 50 euros at night time.

You can reach Athens downtown that is Acropolis Syntagna, Monostiraki, Plaka, Thesio either by Taxi or Bus and Metro.
Bus X95 runs directly to Syntagma square which is the most central point of Athens. A one-way bus ticket cost 5.00 €.

Athens Metro also runs directly from the airport to the center and it costs 8 € per person. If travelling by metro, bus  X95 will take you to Syntagma.  Take red line metro, (one stop), direction Elleniko to Akropoli, from here.  You will get the Acropolis Museum at the metro station. Acropolis entrance about 5 to 10 minutes walk. From there again, 10 minutes up the hill to the ticket office. 

Tips

  • Visitors can enter the archaeological site with a small backpack or handbag, this is for safety reasons. The Baggage and Baby Stroller Service will no longer accept bulky luggage.
  • The Shop of the Archaeological Resources Fund, outside the main entrance of the area, which has books, cards, slides, templates, gifts is temporarily closed (tel. +30 210-3222816)
  • Lift is available for disabled people and a parent who alone accompanies two or more infants. For the conditions of use, it is necessary to make a phone call before arriving at the premises (+30 210 3214172, +30 210 9238470). The service is not available during severe weather or strong winds.
  • Throughout the summer season, the Acropolis and Keys Archaeological Site will be closed to the public as long as the perceptible temperature in the Rock exceeds 40 ° C (+/- 37 ° C city temperature). Those who have purchased electronic tickets for these days and hours are kindly requested to contact the Business Department of TAPA via e-mail at etickets@tap.gr
  • The Acropolis hill is naturally fortified and inaccessible from all sides except the west. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes, it will be helpful to reach the top.
  • Carry water with you, as it will be hot and you may not get water here.
  • Expect a large crowd here and move along with them. 
  • Prebook tickets and purchase 'skip the line' tickets for less wait time.
  • Eat before you go and even carry some snacks with you.
  • Take water and lots of it as it might take some time at the museum
  • Photography is limited so be sure to check for permission.
  • Go with your sunglasses, umbrella, and sunscreen to beat the intense heat.
  • Visit the terrace of the museum for amazing views.
  • There are areas for sitting and resting.
  • An audio tour is available.
  • Special lectures and literature are available in the museum.

Visit Time

Sunday:        8:00 a.m. to  8:00 p.m.
Monday:       8:00 a.m. to  8:00 p.m. 
Tuesday:      8:00 a.m. to  8:00 p.m. 
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to  8:00 p.m. 
Thursday:     8:00 a.m. to  8:00 p.m. 
Friday:          8:00 a.m. to  8:00 p.m.
Saturday:      8:00 a.m. to  8:00 p.m. 

Last Entry(On All Days): 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Days
January 1st:                          Closed
March 25th:                           Closed
May 1st:                                Closed
Easter Sunday:                     Closed
Christmas, December 25th:  Closed
December 26th:                    Closed

Waiting Time

Nil, except if lift is used or you have to stand in queue to buy the tickets

 

Entrance Fee

Yes

Whole: € 20, Reduced: € 10 
Applies to the Archaeological Site of Acropolis and Keys. 
Tickets are available at ticket offices as well as on the internet. 
From 1st  November to 31st March (01 / 11 to 31 / 03) each year, a reduced price applies only to individual tickets for all archaeological sites and museums owned by the State. 
Single Ticket : Full: € 30, Reduced: € Single reduced ticket is not provided Ticket 
duration is 5 days.

ATTENTION: As of 1/7/2019 the issue of reduced single tickets is abolished. Reduced uniform tickets issued before this date and not used remain valid. For the e-ticketing service for the Acropolis and Keys archaeological site, please visit www.etickets.tap.gr 

Free Entry Days
March 6th  - Memory of Melina Merkouri
April 18th - International Monument Day
May 18th - International Museum Day
Last weekend of September (European Cultural Heritage Days)
October 28th
Every first Sunday of the month from 1st  November to 31st March: Persons entitled to reduced entry
Greek citizens and citizens of the other Member States of the European Union aged over 65 by showing their identity card or their passport to confirm their age and country of origin.
The foster parents in the educational visits of primary schools.
Students and students of Higher and Upper Educational Institutions, Technological Educational Institutions or Equal Schools outside the European Union countries, demonstrating their student identity.
Persons entitled to free entry
Parents of large families and their children up to 23 years of age or 25 years of age if they study or fulfill their military obligations regardless of their age if they have a disability by demonstrating a presumed alien sufferer of the Supreme Confederation of Underworld (ASPE)
Parents of third-party families and their children up to 23 years of age or 24 years of age if they are studying and regardless of age if they have a disability by showing a certificate of marital status by the Municipality

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Time you can spend

2 hours  to 3 hours

 

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