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“A quiet green haven in the middle of the bustling city.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Gardens

National Gardens
off Amalias St., Athens 999-20, Greece
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Ranked #57 of 178 Attractions in Athens
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This beautiful oasis offers a soothing respite of greenery from the big city with many benches for picnicking, cafes, duck ponds and a small zoo.
Ryde, United Kingdom
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“A quiet green haven in the middle of the bustling city.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

After a hectic morning touring the city centre, we entered the park for some shade and quiet. It covers a huge area and it is easy to follow the paths. There is a lot to see - a beautiful wisteria arch, a pond full of turtles, a bridge over a stream, various statues and remains, a children's playground, even some cages full of goats, rabbits and birds, although it is rather optimistic to call this a zoo, as it says in the guidebook. There are a huge number of different species of trees, and the flower beds are generally well looked after. There are many benches to sit in the shade, and Athenians seem to use the park a lot in their lunch break. Depending which entrance you use, you can easily reach the government building next door, the impressive Zappeion gardens, or the temple of Zeus. We would recommend a short walk in the gardens to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Visited April 2013
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“The Royal Gardens.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

The National Gardens used to be called the Royal Gardens since they were the Palace Gardens of the Greek Royal Family. They were initially created behind the palace for the Kings and Queens and contain a large collection of trees from around the world. After the Greek Royal family was exiled from Greece, they were renamed and given to the general public. It is a great place to cool down in the summer, under the large trees and next to the lakes and streams.

Visited July 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Take a stroll in the shade.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Green and full of trees including quite a lot of fruit trees (Mulberries , Olives , Oranges) a small stream and a couple of pond with giant Coy and turtles. Backs onto the extreemly unimpressive parliment. A little sad to see quite a few homeless people had made shelters in the Gardens.

Visited May 2012
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“Lovely”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

After a day of looking at ruins the national gardens was a nice walk through the park. Geocachers will find another reason to visit. It's also a great place to escape the bustle and noise of the city. Stop in and walk around, you will be glad you did. Grab some food and drinks on the way in to make it a picnic.

Visited April 2013
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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“A sanctuary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

This is a great place to stroll around and enjoy some peaceful beauty in busy, noisy Athens. It is also a great way to get from the Plaka to museums like the Cycladic, the Benaki and the Byzantine.

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