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Preplanned City Guides and Travel Itineraries

National Gardens

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about National Gardens.

National Gardens features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Athens City Guide5-day Athens City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Tranquil oasis in the city
  • Pleasant stroll

Time required: 45 minutes

Public transport:

  • Blue Metro Line: Syntagma station
  • Red Metro Line: Syntagma station

Address: Leoforos Amalias Street, Athens

Things you need to know:

  • The National Gardens of Athens is located in the city center behind the parliament. It used to be the Royal Palace's (now Parliament) gardens
  • Queen Amalia, King Otto's wife, commissioned the gardens in 1839. Otto was Greece's first king after its independence from Ottoman rule
  • More than 15,000 exotic trees, plants and flowers were imported from all over the world and planted here. Many of them are still alive
  • The government nationalized the park in 1923 and opened it to the public
  • It spans 16 ha (40 ac). Its maze of shady paths with quiet dead ends, duck and turtle ponds, benches, playground and numberous statues make it an ideal place for relaxation
  • The estate gives home to a Botanic Museum and a small zoo with birds, wild goats and a donkey

What to do there:

  • Stroll through the park
  • Relax on a bench

National Gardens features in these preplanned City Guides: