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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

Excellent day. Great sights. Lots of information.

Efi was a great guide. She has a passion for Greek history and gave us a fantastic insight to the life and times of Athens and it's people.

Rosa our guide was exceptional. We were thrilled.

My trip to Greece happened 40 years from the day I vowed to myself I will stand on Acropolis and look up at the splendous of the ilands and it sbeaches. First stop Acropolis. in one week i amanaged all i had on my list. my second visit, i will be a history bum waking from museum to museum. Padma Hongkong

Athens Acropolis Afternoon Guided Tour Reviewed by Padma, 06/05/2018

The archaeological sites of Greece brought alive

I really enjoyed this tour - Dimitra really did bring history alive. Not only did she know her stuff, she communicated it in a friendly, easy to understand style, her english was fantastic, and she was always mindful of everyone’s needs. Definately recommended !

Athens Mythology Highlights Tour Reviewed by Jo, 05/29/2018

Great information delivered very well in half an hour!

Our guide, Katerina, was lovely, energetic and very informative - she delivered us the entrance of the Akropolis all the while sharing very interesting facts and myths about the city, its inhabitants, neighborhoods and monuments.

Interesting outlook on a common tourist area

The Mythology tour was very good because it covered many archaeological sites while keeping it fresh and interesting with tales of the Greek Gods. They seem to be a bit of a soap opera. Our guide was fun and expressive when telling the stories, she also had a lot of information beyond the myths which was much appreciated. Great tour with many sites covered in a small group.

Athens Mythology Highlights Tour Reviewed by victoria, 05/23/2018

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