Athens is the capital of Greece. It is also the largest city in the country. Athens (in Greek: Αθήνα) is located in the Attica region and is also the administrative center of it. You can divide Athens into seven di4erent city districts. Athens is one of the most important cities in Greece. This is because the political and economic center of the country is located here. More than 4 million inhabitants live in Athens city. The name Athens is derived from the name of the Greek goddess Athena. Athens city was already an important place in ancient times. The city is unique because it was the first democracy. The Greek citizens were allowed to participate in politics. In Athens, several wars were fought against the Persians. Because of this, many of the well-known buildings and monuments have partly been destroyed and perished. Athens is also known as a city that produced many philosophers, such as Plato, Aristotle and Socrates. As a result, Athens became an important center for culture, art and philosophy.
What to visit in Athens city? The capital of Greece is full of ancient monuments, temples, ruins and churches. For lovers of ancient Greece, this city is a paradise. You really have to see the Acropolis. This hill in the middle of Athens has some of the most important archaeological monuments. Throughout the city, however, you will find remains of temples and other monuments. Many of these are dedicated to the ancient Greek gods.
Athens also has plenty of museums. The Acropolis museum and the National Archaeological Museum are perhaps the best known. The National Archaeological Museum, for example, has the largest collection of ancient Greek art in the entire country. Furthermore, Athens Greece has many more larger and smaller museums that are specialized in a type of art or an era of history. Athens is also a pleasant city with several squares such as Monastiráki Square where you will also find a large shopping street. So there is something for everyone to experience during an Athens city trip.
The absolute number 1 attraction of Athens city is without a doubt the Acropolis. The mountain is centrally located in the city and you will find the Parthenon here; the temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. Read our useful tourism tips for visiting the Acropolis.
Besides the Acropolis, Athens has many other archaeological sites. Learn about six other areas such as the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Kerameikos or Hadrian's Library.
Museums in Athens
Museum lover? Then Athens is the right place for you. Besides the famous Acropolis Museum and the huge National Archaeological Museum, the city has many other museums such as a Byzantine museum, the Benaki museum or the Hellenic Motor Museum.