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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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  • We walked through (all around?) this park because it was so convenient-----right across from our hotel and near the Parliament building. There are paths all over and wildlife galore, e.g., plants, bir...  more »
  • Imagine that you can find a refuge of therapeutic greenery in the heart of the city of Athens FOR FREE .. This is the National Garden of Athens. It is a must not only when it's your first time to visi...  more »
  • a small oasis of prassinoy on ketnro of Athens. Nice well maintained, with many small tracks under the trees.
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  • Very pleasant to walk around the variety of trees, also a very good place if you are with children. There is a children's library and playing ground. I also recommend a coffee shop, small but fine. As a tourist it's a good place to escape from usual hustle of this crowded tourist city.
  • Slightly confusing to navigate without using Google maps, but beautiful nonetheless! Plenty of benches to rest on, a sweet area with baby goats and bunnies, fountains full of live turtles, and beautiful jasmine covered archways. Stay aware of your surroundings - sometimes men may get and little bit too close for comfort but I never felt threatened while I was there. Recommend the restaurants nearby - really good vegan chocolate ice cream!
  • Beautiful and large garden to have a walk in. There is a mini zoo and a playground here which is very nice. You could spend quite a lot of time here, and there is no shortage of benches to take a break on. If you are moving from site to site, I recommend going through this garden instead of walking on the busy roads!
  • A beautiful garden in middle of the city. It's so cool and calm to just sit there. There is a botanical garden inside and lots of turtles! 20 mins from Symtagma square. A perfect escape from the heat and noise. Best time to go is in the afternoon when the sun is scorching
  • Great visit next to the national guard and changing of the guards. Nice botanical gardens. At the right time of day, you may see the special forces cadets practicing for their opportunity to become the presidential guards. Very nice and serene.
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