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Exploring Exarcheia, Athens

From the Academy of Athens to the Archeological Museum, a walking tour of this history- and activity-packed district
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.8 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Location of the Athens Polytechnic Uprising in 1973 and home of universities, student bars, art venues and research institutes,... more »

Tips:  Despite several shady places for respite en route, Athens can be baking hot from spring onwards, so bring hats, water and plenty of... more »

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Points of Interest

Start your tour outside one of the city's most striking landmarks - it's considered so important it even figured on the 100 euro coin that was minted for the 2004 Olympics.

Founded in 1926 and based on ancient philosopher Plato's much-venerated 4th century BC Academy, this colonnaded building flanked by the statues of Athena and Apollo now ... More

Fired by the Greek struggle for independence - which saw British poet Byron fighting alongside the country's would-be liberators - the project of a National Library to house Greece's cultural treasures first saw light of day in the 1820s.

Designed by Theophil von Hansen - the Danish architect who also designed The Academy of Athens - the building... More

3. Tilt

Arty, upbeat Exarcheia with its large student population abounds in stores selling comics and cartoon paraphernalia.

Established in the 1990s, Tilt was the first store to sell Mangas in Greece. Kids and adults alike love browsing the store's wide range of figurines, t-shirts, posters and comic collectibles.
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Hours
Tues-Sat 9am-1.30pm and... More

4. National Archeological Museum

With more than 11,000 exhibits (it houses one of the world's largest collections of ancient Greek artifacts) you'll need several hours to get the best out of this stunning museum.

Created in 1889, it contains signature pieces dating from prehistory to the present day, including the stunning 3,500-year-old gold mask of Agamemnon that was... More

5. Pedion Park

Covering nearly 30 hectares of land, this glorious park was created to honour the heroes of the Greek War of Independence in the 1820s, which freed the country from Ottoman rule.

It was recently given a mega-makeover; some 1,200 trees were planted and tons of ugly asphalt walkways were ripped up and replaced with marble. A stroll through this... More