Acropolis in Athens | Athens guide | Practical information

When we think about the Acropolis, we think about Athens. In fact, however, the acropolis is from the Greek “the highest city”, a citadel located on a hill. You will find such constructions not only in Athens and not only in Greece. However, the Acropolis of Athens is by far the most impressive, best preserved and offers fantastic experiences.

We have heard from some people who have visited this place that the Acropolis is not performing as much as one would expect. We would probably think so, if not for visiting the Acropolis Museum earlier. As you know, usually when travelling, we do not put museums in the first place. We prefer to absorb the atmosphere of the visited region differently. Often, the most interesting experiences we gather by making contact with the locals, strolling through the streets, trying different food and going to less touristic locations.

The Acropolis Museum seemed to be something no one should miss. Especially if you want to go to the Acropolis ruins and look at the place with understanding. A guided tour is a completely different story. We were amazed at how the perception of the museum could change with the help of one person, a longtime museum employee. She showed us everything with amazing passion and commitment and told the history of the Acropolis as well as ancient Greece and the development of culture and art. The museum is built in such a way that using an imagination you can move to the Acropolis site.

The construction uses a lot of glass panels, so you can look at the breathtaking hill. The installation of the Parthenon building is perfectly reproduced, the dimensions are exactly like the ancient buildings. You will find here, among others, sculptures that once decorated the temple. Some of them are lighter than others. These are the copies which originals are now in the British Museum. For many years, the Greeks have been talking with the British about returning the missing sculptures, we have to believe that it will happen sometime. After finishing the walk around the museum, we both stated that going to the hill without first hearing the history of an experienced guide would be a completely different experience.

The entrance to the museum costs 5 EUR, and the entrance to the Acropolis hill is 20 EUR. When to visit the Museum of the Acropolis and the Acropolis for free?

  • 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
  • 18 April (International Monuments Day)
  • 18 May (International Museums Day)
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • 28 October
  • Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st

The hill is really majestic and you have to spend a few hours strolling among the ancient ruins. In our opinion, in order to visit both the Acropolis Museum and the Hill itself, you need half a day. The tour is rather intense, when we add to it still quite intense sun, the rest of the day without remorse can be rested in one of the many restaurants on Plaka (a charming street that you can read about in an upcoming post).

On the top you’ll find:

  • Parthenon – a temple from the 5th century BC built in honour of Athena, the patron of the city
  • Erechtheum – a temple built in honour of Erechtheus
  • Temple of Athena Nike (Victorious Athena)
  • Old Temple of Athena
  • Propylene – entrance building, the vestibule of the Acropolis
  • Pinacotheca – part of the building which used to be a kind of art gallery where works of the most famous artists were exhibited

  • We add to this list … view of Athens! Imagine that you just had a genius guided tour. The stories you’ve heard are so incredibly interesting that you can’t fight the excitement. You admire the great Parthenon from a distance of a few meters. You are sitting on a bench, and Athens is spreading on this beautiful area at your feet. PRICELESS! 🙂

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