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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 spent 5 days in Athens in October during covid, and walked through the park at least 3 times, usually on the way somewhere. It's very peaceful and would be a good place to give young kids a break.....  more »
  • When walking down from Hadrian's arch to the Panathanaic stadium, we strolled around the edge of the park to get there. It was a lovely manicured park that was lush with plant life and very...  more »
  • We spent the afternoon wandering around here after a hot morning at the Acropolis. There's a lot of shade, a cafe with toilets, and it's free. The playgrounds were closed because of Covid (I assume.....  more »
  • Located across from Amalia Hotel, it was perfectly located. We wondered the park for a good portion if the day, and I wish we had more time there. Athens National Garden was one of the highlights of our trip, with its secret garden paths and "rooms" that house wonderful surprises at every corner. It is a Must-see!!! Grab some food and have a picnic, meditate while you enjoy the sweet sounds of this little oasis, take your kids to the play park and to see the birds and animals. Oh yeah, it is also FREE!
  • In August, when was very sunny and hot, it was very refreshing to stay in Gardens. There is even tap water to drink, unfortunately it was warm, but still drinkable. We even saw guards shift from there. I truly recommend visiting, especially when the sun shines like crazy.
  • Beautiful gardens. It can be a bit of a maze at times, not Google Maps will set you right. The gardens are very well maintained (apart from the odd graffiti here and there) and are very beautiful to see. Out is free in to see also which is nice. We enjoyed our hour or so, sauntering around this place for an hour or so. Would recommend this place.
  • I loved this garden, all the trees and plants were huge and lush. You can really feel the history here. There are faucets for water through out and plenty of space to sit and relax, or have a picnic. The "zoo" was pretty depressing and upsetting (the reason for only 4 stars). I hope they get rid of the zoo and find those animals better homes, especially the turtles.
  • After walking from Monastiraki to Parliament, we found the national garden to be a good place to sit down and rest. We took a small break from the city and ancient architecture for a bit of green.The National Garden is one of my favourite places in Athens to jog. What makes it special, is its proximity to the city centre. It essentially is in the centre and is a haven of green and lush vegetation.

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