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National Gardens

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As featured in 3 Days in Athens and 2 other guides
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Address: off Amalias St., Athens 999-20, Greece
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This beautiful oasis offers a soothing respite of greenery from the big...

This beautiful oasis offers a soothing respite of greenery from the big city with many benches for picnicking, cafes, duck ponds and a small zoo.

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Lovely Little Walk

The opening was visible from our Hotel Amalia Balcony. We wandered around and then went out the other end to the Temple of Zeus, then we took a taxi upto Lyobettus Hill. We did... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Paula C
Akrotiri, Cyprus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A beautiful area for a stroll just a stone's throw from Parliament. See how many special structures you can find. Maybe pick up a fallen fruit or two. ;) Plenty of benches to sit and ponder or people-watch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The walk through the National Gardens is an outstanding experience. The gardens are open to public from the morning to the tale evening. They are a mistical place, with lots of small corners to wander around. For children, there's even a mini zoo there. Adults can find numerous romantic spots and charming paths.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The opening was visible from our Hotel Amalia Balcony. We wandered around and then went out the other end to the Temple of Zeus, then we took a taxi upto Lyobettus Hill. We did three must see things in a few hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens themselves are a vast and unexpected size given the city's arrangement. There are fountains, mainly trees and shrubs interspesed with a miriad of walkways and quiet corners. Equally intersesting in the cool of the evening when the rest of the city can be quite hot escepially in High Summer.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pleasant walk away from a really busy city,once inside the gardens the city's noise is gone. Lots of places to sit and only 1 coffee shop. The gardens themselves are pretty average just lots of trees......no pretty flowers not one fountain is working hardy any birds.. Try and go to a toilet before hand as they are incredibly dirty and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

The National Garden (formerly the Royal Garden) is a public Park of about 15 hectares, in the very center of Athens. It is located directly behind the Greek Parliament Building (The Old Palace) and continues to the South towards the area where the Zappeion Hall is located. By the way, it has to be noted that the Zappeion was utilized... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We didn't walk the whole garden as it is massive, but even towards the end of November it was still a beautiful place to visit, and amazingly peaceful for somewhere in the centre of Athens. If you like walking and greenery, with a few sculptures thrown in, this is a great place!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

The National Gardens are a lovely place to spend time walking, running or just sitting on a bench. There are so many different plants and trees, the lanes are nicely designed and the overall atmosphere is very peaceful and relaxing. What I enjoyed the most was walking through the gardens after finishing the Athens Authentic Marathon at the nearby Panathenaic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Acres of beautiful landscape for you to enjoy a nice walk while being in the center of Athens. Nice scenery.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

The layout and variety of plants and trees is lovely. There's a small enclosure of animals such as birds, goats and rabbits. A little sad to see two of the geese needed medical attention on their wings. There is a children's playground and children appeared to even just be happy walking around amongst the trees. A beautiful park. Worth a... More 

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Staying in Syntagma

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Perhaps the best place to get your bearings is Syntagma Square, crowned by the imposing Parliament building on its upper side and surrounded by other large structures, such as the exclusive Hotel Grande Bretagne. The grand avenues that lead towards Omonia are also full of massive Neoclassical edifices like the Numismatic Museum and those around smaller Platia Kolokotroni. Here you will find lots of travel agents, bookshops and fashion shops, especially on Ermou Street. Just south of Syntagma Square, you can take a breather in the lush National Gardens, which extend into the grounds of the Zappeio palace and beyond to the ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus.
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