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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

Full of wonderful information! Highly recommend!

This tour is perfect for an overview of Athens's history! It was full of interesting information and well organized. Annie, our tour guide was fabulous!!! She not only gave us the facts but also a lot of the myth and culture that is Greece! Truly enjoyed it! Thank you Annie, you were wonderful! Would definitely recommend this tour.

Fun to have someone walk us through the neighborhood.

Nice tour, she walked us through the neighborhood and gave us more information about Athens and the ruins around the Parthenon.

This was a great tour. Our guide was wonderful and full of information

To really understand the Acropolis and all that it stands for, you need a guide. This was a great tour and we really enjoyed it.

Acropolis of Athens Early Morning Guided Tour Reviewed by Christine, 05/09/2018

Wonderful tour. Our guide was excellent!

This was a great tour of the Acropolis. Our guide, whose name I believe was Bernadine (I lost her card but she has a gold backpack if that helps identify her), was just wonderful. She gave us a good overview of the history of the Acropolis and of Ancient Greece. She also made a good effort to stop at shady points along the way to give us little historical tidbits. I was able to make it up the hill on a very hot day without too much stress due to her careful planning. Also, there’s a water fountain at the top of the Acropolis, so hang on to your water bottle and you can refill it.

Excellent tour for a very affordable price.

Such a good tour! Our guide, Thanassis, had amazing insight, and definitely enriched our Acropolis experience. Highly recommended.

Acropolis of Athens Early Morning Guided Tour Reviewed by Kayl, 04/09/2018

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