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25 Things To Do in Athens in 2023 (Top Attractions and Sights)

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There are so many exciting things to do in Athens, it can be hard to decide what to do. Athens is an iconic destination, steeped in ancient history and filled with delicious food options. Yet, despite all this, many people only spend a day or two in Athens before heading to one of the Greek Islands.

This list will help you decide what to do in Athens during your time there — no matter how long your visit is. I’ve been to Athens twice and love the city, this is definitely one of the best places to visit in Greece.

Here are the 25 best things to do in Athens, Greece.

1. Climb to the Acropolis

Seeing the 5th-century Acropolis is the most popular thing to do in Athens.

Of course, this means that everyone wants to go there, including visitors from cruise ships. My advice is to get there early. The site opens at 8 am and the cruise ship passengers arrive around 10 am.

Most people visit the Acropolis to see the Parthenon but there are several other things to see on the hill, including the Erechtheion, the Arrhephorion, and the Temple of Athena Nike.

From the Acropolis, you can see much of Athens and can see all the way to the sea. The entrance fee is €20 ($23.25).

To learn about all of the incredible history, join a private walking tour. The tour will also take you to the museum (below). There are a few different types of tours you can take, click here to learn more about a highly-rated, skip-the-line tour.

2. Visit the Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is one of the most beautiful museums I have ever been to. I loved my experience here! It’s filled with natural light, which highlights the artifacts well.

Here you can get a close look at the Parthenon frieze replicas on display. The cafe balcony also offers great views of Athens. You can learn more about the Acropolis on my blog.

Either before or after you visit the Acropolis, you must visit the Acropolis Museum. It’s not far from the entrance of the Acropolis and the entrance fee is €5 ($5.80) in the winter and €10 ($10.50) in the summer.

Line-ups here can be huge, to skip the line, purchase your ticket ahead of time here. Alternatively, you can buy an all-inclusive ticket for both the museum and the Acropolis here.

3. See Hadrian’s Library

This library is not a library in the sense we know it today, it was a place of study, not a place where books were lent.

Hadrian’s Library was constructed around 132 AD for housing documents and…

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