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National Garden, Athens

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Take a break from the heat and the crowds of the city at National Garden. Created by Queen Amalia in 1839, these gardens once belonged to the royal palace. Now, the 15.4 hectare (38 acre) property is open to the public throughout the day. Walk among the multitude of trees, flowers, and other greenery, or sit on one of the many benches to picnic and watch the ducks in the pond. Stop into the on-site mini zoo to view turtles, birds, goats, and some other animals. Using our world travel planner, Athens attractions like National Garden can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This garden is a green lung and a haven of freshness in the center of Athens. The walk is particularly enjoyable at any age. You can see turtles, birds and, of course, very many plant species.
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  • With the establishment of the Republic in 1974, the royal garden becomes national garden, it houses a small zoo, a Botanical Museum, a children's library and various facilities.  It is located behind the Parliament Hellenic and a few steps from the Presidential Palace (seat of the Presidency of the Republic) and the Maximos Villa (residence and office of the Prime Minister), Garden extends to the South of the city, in the area where the Zappeion and the Kalimarmaro stadeolympique are located.
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  • We did everything but this is such great and diverse city of parks. All the events in the country I went unfortunately we do not have. Left to right are unable to park making a mosque. The mosque also get such nice areas. See right go to $4.50.
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  • Very quiet and nice place to rest. The coffee shop offers very nice and affordable food and drink. There's lots of tortoises living freely all around the park, just listen to the crispy leaves noise to spot them. There's also benches literally everywhere in this parc, so anyone should find a great spot to rest under the shade of wonderful old trees.
  • The National Garden, located in the very centre of Athens, behind the building of Parliament, is one of the few places you can enjoy long quite walks. Lots of shadow, a botanical museum, an expo and also a playground can be found inside the park
  • My favourite place for long walks into its surrounding greenery. Nice surprise the parrots' nests on the high trees around the cage with the smaller birds. Love their way to feed, flying in'n out of the cage. Intriguing to know that this garden was created by Queen Amalia for recreation in 1839 and it remains the city's green lung!
  • Very nice park in the heart of Athens. Good for a moment in shadow during the day. And it contains one of much to few playgrounds for kids in the south-eastern corner
  • So many things to see while in Athens. This is a beautiful place, visit it once. We rented bicycles, so easy to go across Athens.

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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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