the Zappeion, one of the important buildings of Athens

On this page of the free Athens travel guide, you can discover Athens important buildings which you will definitely pass by during your stay in the Greek Capital. You’ll also discover two of the most beautiful parks in Athens!

For each of these Athens important buildings and parks, you may find:

  • the name of the Athens important building or park and perhaps a photo of it;
  • a short description of the Athens park or important building;
  • visiting information including opening times, ticket prices, address and map location, telephone if available, and details on how to get there using public transport.

Athens buildings and parks

  1. Athens City Hall
  2. Hellenic Parliament
  3. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  4. Presidential Palace and Maximou Castle
  5. National Theater of Greece
  6. Panathenaic Stadium
  7. Zappeion
  8. National Gardens
  9. Pedion tou Areos

Athens City Hall during LuminAthens Christmas Festival
Athens City Hall during LuminAthens Christmas Festival. Christos Koudounis [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Athens City Hall

The archaeological excavations performed in front of the Athens City Hall have revealed an area found right by the old city walls.

Athens City Hall
Address: Athinas 63, Athina 105 52, Greece | See on map
Tel. +30 21 0372 2001


Hellenic Parliament in Athens
Thomas Wolf, www.foto-tw.de [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Hellenic Parliament

Raised in 1842 as the palace of King Otto, the first king of Greece, the building became the headquarters of the Parliament in 1926. The transition wasn’t that smooth: during the housing shortage of 1923, it was a shelter for the poor.

The building has a beautiful library, which you should visit.

Hellenic Parliament
Address: Athens 105 57, Greece | See on map
Tel. +30 21 0370 7000


Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square, Athens

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Sculpted in 1930 on the wall in front of the Parliament’s building, it depicts a dying soldier. The monument was done in the memory of all Greek citizens who have died during times of war, from the moment the Greeks won their independence to this day.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Address: Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias 133, Athina 105 57, Greece | See on map


Presidential Palace and Maximou Castle

The old palace of King Constantine was designed by the Bavarian architect Ernst Ziller, whose imagination is behind many neoclassic buildings from the city of Athens. Today, this is the Presidential Palace. Right next to it, there is Maximou Castle, right by the official residence of the Greek Prime Minister.

Maximou Castle
Address: Irodou Attikou 19, Athina 106 74, Greece | See on map
Tel. +30 21 0338 5491


National Theater of Greece

The beautiful neoclassical building of the National Theater in Athens was designed after Hadrian’s Library. The best shows in Greece take place on the stage of the National Theater.

National Theater of Greece
Address: Agiou Konstantinou 22, Athina 104 37, Greece | See on map
Tel. +30 21 0528 8100


Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece

Panathenaic Stadium

This is the only stadium built in white marble in the world! Initially raised in the year 330 BC for the Panathenaic Games, it was later abandoned.  It was rebuilt to host the Olympic Games of 1896, the first edition of the Modern Olympic Games.

Panathenaic Stadium
Address | Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou, Athina 116 35, Greece | See on map
Tel. +30 21 0752 2984


Zappeion Megaron in Athens, Greece

Zappeion

Located in the southern side of the National Gardens, the Zappeion is used as an exposition and conference hall today. In its past, the Zappeion hosted the Olympic Games from 1896 and 1906. Throughout its history, it also hosted many other events related to the Greek cultural identity, in general.

Zappeion
Address: Leof. Vasilissis Olgas, Athina 105 57, Greece | See on map
Tel. +30 21 0322 3509


The National Gardens of Athens, Greece
Sjaak Kempe from Groningen, The Netherlands [CC BY 2.0]

National Gardens

Designed in 1839 at Queen Amalia’s request, the vast and shady gardens were open to the public in 1923. Besides a large number of plants, the National Gardens are also home to a small zoo, a duck pond, and a children’s play area.

National Gardens
Address: Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias 1, Athina 105 57, Greece | See on map
Tel. +30 21 0721 5019


Pedion tou Areos Athens park
Vasilis Ziogas [CC BY 2.0]

Pedion tou Areos

Although less impressive than the National Gardens, Pedion tou Areos is the largest park of Athens. As it is close to Exarchion Square, it is often used for protests, but also for cultural events, such as concerts or the annual book fair.

Pedion tou Areos
Address: Athens 114 74, Greece | See on map
Tel. +30 21 0748 2222


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