NJV Athens Plaza: Athens attractions
Things to do and see in Athens
At the NJV Athens Plaza Hotel, we are excited to tell you about what you can see and do in the city of Athens. If you are looking for things to do in Athens, look no further. There are many places to visit and Athens is full of attractions to explore including museums, cultural centers, historic landmarks and archaeological sites.
Because of the NJV Athens Plaza prominent location in Syntagma Square in the city center of Athens, our guests have the advantage of being close to all of the action of the city. Visit the Sacred Rock of Athens, known as Acropolis; see the Kallimarmaron Stadium where the first Olympic Games were held, or stroll through famous museums like the Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum, both within walking distance from the hotel.
The NJV Athens Plaza has chosen some of our favorite places in the city, as well as the must-see ancient sites you can explore. They are all within walking distance from our hotel. Please feel free to browse through them below and make a list of what to do in Athens so you will be prepared when you book your stay with us.
Visit the Sacred Rock of Acropolis, one of the most photographed attractions in the world! This landmark attraction is visited by millions of people every year and it stands proudly in the center of Athens. See monumental masterpieces such as the Parthenon, Erechtheion, the Temple of Nike and the Propylaea. See ancient marbles sparkle under the clear blue sky of Attica and enjoy stunning views of the city.
Step into a white marble stadium, home to the first ever Olympic Games in 1896. The Kallimarmaron Stadium was built between 330 and 329 BC and was used as grounds for the Panathenaic Games where the Goddess Athena was honored.
Odeon of Herodes Attikus
Located on the southwest side of the Acropolis, Herodion is known for major cultural events and phenomenal acoustics. Considered as one of the most important theaters in Athens, the Herodion can accommodate 5,000 spectators and it is open from June until mid-September.
Located on the northwest side of the Acropolis lies Ancient Agora. It is home to various monuments such as Stoa Poikile, Temple of Hephaestus, Mitroo, Tholos, Stoa of Attalos, Vouleftirion and the Altar of the Twelve Gods.
Arch of Hadrian
Built in 131 AC, the Arch of Hadrian was built to honor the Roman Emperor Hadrian. This attraction is commonly known in Greek as "Hadrian's Gate" and is a monumental gateway that looks exactly like a Roman triumphal arch, which is often designed to divide a road.
People come from all over to see the ancient burial grounds of prominent Athenians that passed on during the Classical period. It is a cemetery that holds great history and perhaps even some mystery within its 4-acre grounds.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus
Located on the southeast side of the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus is known as the largest ancient temple in Greece. The temple was created in the beginning of the 6th century and dedicated to Zeus once completed 700 years later.
Dating back to ancient Greece times, Areopagus is called the Rock of Ares. It is situated on the northwest side of Acropolis and used to be a Court of Appeal for criminal and civil cases during the ancient years. The term Areopagus refers to the judicial body that was created to form a more powerful court in modern Greece.
The Acropolis Museum
Being the most popular museum in Athens, the Acropolis Museum is visited by millions of tourists and locals every year. See outstanding architecture, smooth sculptures, artistic masterpieces and breathtaking views of the city & the Ancient Rock of the Acropolis
National Archeological Museum
Being the largest archaeological attraction and museum in Greece, the National Archeological Museum is very popular among tourists and locals. Devoted to Greek art and founded at the end of the 19th century, it is one of the top museums in the world.
The Museum of Cycladic Art
With a special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC, the Museum of Cycladic Art is devoted to the promotion and study of the ancient cultures of Cyprus and Aegean. It is home to various collections, donations and galleries consisting of ancient Greek art, Cycladic art and ancient Cypriot art.
Being one of the most influential museums in Greece, the Benaki Museum is the oldest museum in the country and it operates under private law as a foundation. Visitors have the opportunity to view extensive collections and exhibitions portraying different cultural periods.
Byzantine and Christian Museum
Based in Athens, Greece, the Byzantine & Christian Museum is one of Greece's national museums, attracting many tourists throughout the year. Visitors can browse through the gallery where they will discover over 25,000 ancient religious artifacts from the post-Byzantine period.
Numismatic Museum of Athens
Being one of the oldest public museums in Greece, the Numismatic Museum of Athens was established in 1834. See the permanent exhibition at Iliou Melathron, a monumental 19th century residence in downtown Athens and residency of Heinrich Schliemann, the “father of Mycenaean archaeology”.
Museum of the city of Athens
This museum focuses on the modern history of the Greek capital. Housed with two connected post-revolutionary buildings, this museum allows visitors to travel through Athenian culture and history. See ancient artifacts from the 18th and 20th century and enjoy a glimpse of how the Athenians used to live.
Museum of Greek Folk Art
Home to rich collections of folk art, such as embroidery, crafts, silver work and pottery, as well as wood and stone carvings, the Museum of Greek Folk Art belongs to the state. Among the art are masquerade costumes worn by prominent figures.
National Gallery of Art
See permanent collections of Greek sculptures and paintings of the 19th and 20th centuries, when you plan a visit to the National Gallery of Art. The museum usually features shows from around the world such as Spanish architecture, Dutch 17th century art, Modernism and Art Nouveau.
Athens War Museum
This museum honors all of the soldiers that fought for the freedom of Greece. It is home to numerous monuments, memorials and publications for visitors to explore. The museum and its exhibitions are spread out over four levels and show the time line of Greek history from ancient times to present.
National Museum of Contemporary Art
Visit this national institution that features exhibitions and collections of international art in Athens, as well as contemporary Greek art. There you can see works of art from popular artists such as Stephen Antonakos, Nikos Kessanlis, IIya Kabakov, Allan Sekula and Joel Sanders.
Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum
Dedicated to the art of decorative arts and jewelry, this museum is a non-profit organization and opened to the public in 1993. Visitors can see over 4000 pieces of micro sculptures and jewelry. The museum also includes jewelry and art donations from across the globe.
Islamic Art Museum
The Islamic Art unique collections are exhibited in the Museum of Islamic Art housed in the neo-classical building complex that was donated by Lambros Eftaxias. It is located in the historic Centre of Athens, near the ancient Kerameikos cemetery.