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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!

Acropolis of Athens: Our 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 to visit
    Open daily from 8:00AM to 8:00PM in the summer, until 5:00PM in the winter.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    • 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

A great initial investment to explore the city first.

This is the best way to do it. Tour the city first by their bus and then you can choose your priority which is more important to you to explore. The ride was excellent and very convenient. The people (driver and greeting ladies) operating the system were very courteous and friendly. Good job and well done. I'll do it again.

Athens, Piraeus and Beaches Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Reviewed by Michael, 11/18/2016

Excellent tour with a very pleasant and informative guide

Stavos was an excellent guide who made the tour very pleasant, and he allowed us to rest on way up to acropolis, thus avoiding the group getting tired.

Athens: Acropolis Skip-The-Line Walking Tour Reviewed by Godwin, 11/04/2016

The guide made the whole experience so valuable!

Had an amazing time! This tour should be promoted more so that others can enjoy it as much as I did! Would recommend to anyone visiting Athens ;)

Athens Acropolis Afternoon Guided Tour Reviewed by CHRYSI, 10/31/2016

A very good time, guide very good, a lot of information.

I have never had a bad Segway tour. The guides have always been good and this one was very good too.

Athens: 3-Hour Segway Grand Tour Reviewed by Deanna, 10/25/2016

Fantastic museum with the key pieces from the Parthenon and Acropolis

Great modern museum that does a great job at showcasing pieces from the Parthenon and other temples of the Acropolis. It provides a context to each piece allowing you to learn a lot. This museum is a great complement to the visit to the actual Acropolis, not to miss. My mobile voucher was exchanged for a ticket easily.

New Acropolis Museum: Admission Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/02/2016

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