Athens’ most renowned landmark, the rock of the Acropolis and the Temple of Parthenon are found within walking distance from The Foundry Hotel. Taking the Acropolis perimeter pedestrian street up from Thissio, the winding, cobblestone road takes you in a 15-minute-walk to the entrance of the iconic, ancient site as well as Odeon of Herodes Atticus that is located right at the foot of the Acropolis.
Directly opposite the spectacular Acropolis, the newly built museum dedicated to the homonymous landmark, pays tribute to the magnificent heritage that Ancient Greece has bestowed upon us. Allow a good 2 to 3 hours to observe the plethora of artefacts and displays that will instil a newfound appreciation for the civilisation that flourished so many centuries ago.
Athens’ most impressive, ancient amphitheater located on the southern side of the Acropolis, just at the foot of the rock. It is not only an archaeological marvel; it is used regularly until this day, hosting many cultural events, shows and performances during the summer.
One of the most colourful spots in Athens, the Monastiraki Square and its surrounding district poses a wonderful location to explore, just 500 m. from the accommodation. Brimming with souvenir shops and stores, tavernas, cafes and restaurants as well as a flea market, Monastiraki is buzzing both day and night.
One of the most quaint neighbourhoods of Athens, Plaka is situated right at the foot of northern side of the Acropolis. Characterised by listed, neo classical buildings, it is also known for bordering with the lovely district of Anafiotika, a quarter of Athens that exudes unmistakable island vibes.
One of the most pleasant locations, and one out of a total of two hills of Athens, Filopappou Hill is a rocky yet verdant hill whose elevated position allows for some truly astonishing views. You can visit it by taking the Acropolis perimeter street up from Thissio and you will find it to your right, following the incline, marble path.
Syntagma Square is where the Parliament of Greece is located, together with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is also where you can observe the official changing of the guard, the Evzones as they are called, dressed in the traditional Greek uniform.
Next to Syntagma square, there is a wonderful expanse of land that is known as the National Garden. Once used as a zoo, the National Garden now provides a great spot for a casual stroll amidst flourishing flora.
The Panathenaic Stadium, also known as Kallimarmaro, is an important monument and one of the top attractions of the city. The only stadium in the world built entirely out of marble, it was originally used for athletic events and ceremonies, as well as cultural happenings in more recent years.
A museum dedicated to promoting and studying the ancient cultures if the Aegean and Cypriot civilisations. On permanent display are Cycladic antiquities, Ancient Greek Art and Cypriot Art as well as occasional, periodic collections of international artists.
Also known as Technopolis, the Gazi Industrial Park is a multi-purpose venue, industrial museum dedicated to the Greek composer, Manos Hatzidakis. Numerous music concerts, seminars, exhibitions and other types of cultural activities are hosted here.
Located within a few minutes walk from The Foundry Hotel, the Museum of Islamic Art, which is part of the Benaki Institute, houses a range of collections that include artefacts that span from the 7th to the 19th century.
Perhaps Athens’ finest, this museum was founded by art collector and a cultural benefactor of the city, Antonis Benakis in 1930. During Benakis’ life, the museum was constantly endowed with a diverse collection of artefacts that span many eras; from the prehistoric up to the modern times and the Bronze Age until World War II.