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Zappeion Gardens

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

Zappeion Gardens features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Athens City Guide5-day Athens City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Perfect for a refreshing walk
  • Remarkable building called Zappeion

Time required: 30 minutes

Public transport:

  • Red Metro Line: Akropoli station


Things you need to know:

  • Zappeion Gardens is a public park adjacent to the National Gardens. It is a 14 ha (35 ac) garden with shady tree-lined promenades
  • Zappeion, the imposing edifice in the middle of the park, was the first building constructed specificly for the revival of the modern Olympic Games. It opened in 1888
  • One of the main characters behind the Olympic movement was businessman and philanthropist Evangelias Zappas, hence the name of the building and the garden
  • During the 1896 Summer Olympics Zappeion was used as the main fencing hall. Today it hosts both official and public meetings and ceremonies
  • Next to the Zappeion is Aigli, Athens' oldest open air cinema

What to do there:

  • Stroll through the park
  • Relax on a bench

Zappeion Gardens features in these preplanned City Guides: