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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

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

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

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

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

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

Very interesting and came away with knowing so much more.

Caterina was an excellent guide and very knowledgeable. Her enthusiasm was truly enjoyed. We learned so much by taking on a guide and showing us the out of way places.

Our guide was knowledgable & friendly. 2 hours was a perfect length!

Great tour! It was nice to be lead by a real tour guide who shared information beyond just historical details. It was worth the money and the time saved on waiting in crazy long lines.

Great tour for a quick history lesson of the Acropolis

My husband and I are happy we did this tour, otherwise we would have gone to the Acropolis and looked at a bunch of rocks. We learned a lot in a short amount of time! Our tour guide was Vicki and was cognizant of the heat and tried to share information in shaded areas. Purchasing the ticket to enter the Acropolis was convenient as well! Skipping the line and walking right in was very much appreciated. Highly recommend for anyone visiting the Acropolis!

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour with Kostas!

Wonderful morning spent exploring Athens, and especially the Acropolis, with Kostas. The passion he has for the history of his country is contagious ... he gave us so much interesting info, with the odd joke thrown in to keep things light. Could have spent the whole day going around Athens with him. Also, everything was well organized and everything ran on time!!

Thank you so much Spiros Rapsomanikis for the Amazing tour of Athens &

Thank you so much Spiros Rapsomanikis for the Amazing tour of Athens & Corinth . This was an amazing tour and it was so great to see both cities in one day ! You were amazing,very helpful, patient, gentleman and informative. Definitely I recommend this tour with you . Thank you so much

Athens and Corinth Full-Day Tour with Transfers Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/15/2019

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