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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

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

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

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

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

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!

Our insider tips

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.

What people are saying about Acropolis of Athens

Great tour! Our guide took his time to get to know all of us.

Tour guide was knowledgeable! friendly and took time to answer questions. We travel to other cities in Greece and where able to understand a lot of the history due to this tour. Worth it!

Marita is an excellent guide and wonderful person !

Her knowledge span across several culture amd topic, she is able to give you the full context from an historical, geographical, cultural, mythological perspectives, she is very knowledgeable and a great person to stay with, very enjoyable, and professional We are extremely happy about her and the whole experience

Dorina was a knowledgeable, friendly and professional guide.

Well paced tour with option to have guide take you through the museum. Great to not queue for tickets and receive insight into the different ruins along the way.

Acropolis: 1.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour Reviewed by Megan, 01/03/2018

Fantastic tour! I will definitely recommend it to my friends!!

Fantastic tour! I will definitely recommend it to my friends who are coming to Athens in June!

Acropolis: 1.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour Reviewed by Alexandra, 12/31/2017

Guide was very knowledgeable and provided in depth answers to question

The last thing on the tour was the Third floor of the Museum - would have liked to visit this earlier in the tour- it was one of the most interesting items on the agenda and it was hard to appreciate when you are hot tired and thirsty Did the French engineer the HVAC system - it was stifling in the museum

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