Panathenaic Stadium
Panathenaic Stadium
4.5
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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About
The Panathenaic Stadium dates back to the 4th century B.C. and was the site of the first modern Olympic games in 1896 and remains the starting point of the Olympic flame torch relay. Made entirely of white marble, it's an impressive sight that's earned it the nickname Kallimarmaro or "beautiful marble". There are even a couple of hours in the morning designated for morning jogs when you run in the footsteps of former Olympians. Take a stroll up to Ardittos Hill for a panoramic view of the stadium. Tickets are required to enter the stadium, which includes a free audio guide. – Tripadvisor
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  • Eleanor L
    United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent audio guide and magnificent views
    This may be controversial but I think I may have preferred this to the Acropolis. At first glance it may seem there's not loads to do at this historic stadium but every ticket includes a free audio guide which is well narrated to tell the story of the birthplace of the modern Olympic games. We explored around the track, walked through the tunnel to a small exhibition of Olympic games posters and took in the amazing view from the top. Don't miss this.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 21, 2023
  • Cimmerianbloke
    Rixensart, Belgium506 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting visit.
    Mandatory visit with a guided tour hence a reduced price ticket, I am not sure I would have appreciated the 10,00€ full price entry ticket. I remarked that all cultural site entrance fees are pure extorsion in Athens. About the place itself, it's very impressive to see all the seating have been carved in marble, even though some grass is growing between the marble swabs... Early morning visit, some runners were doing laps, that made for some nice pictures... The place is where the annual Athens Marathon ends, you can take a picture of yourself on the podium. A one-room tiny museum offers some memorabilia (posters of Olympic Games editions, original torches...) on display.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 31, 2023
  • MS11M22S
    United Kingdom180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!!
    We stopped outside the Panathenaic Stadium as part of the Athens Free Tour and decided to head back the next day to get a chance to explore it fully. And so glad we did!! You can take photos of the stadium from outside. However, it is so worth the entrance fee (€10 each / €5 child) to go into the actual place and you get a free audio guide as well. You can either take a personal handheld audio device & listen to it, or download it via a QR code onto your own mobile device. The audio guide gives an easy to listen to & fascinating overview of the stadium & the history of the Olympics. Halfway round you go into a tunnel (lovely & cool - a refreshing break from the heat in the stadium) that takes you into a hidden part of the building where you will find a huge collection of Olympic torches from games gone by! Wow!! You can run on the track, where world class runners have gone before & stand on the winners podium. Before you leave, you must head to the top of the stadium seats to admire the spectacular views of the Acropolis & Pathernon. It was definitely one of the best parts of our trip to Athens & unexpectedly so! Make the effort to visit!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Windsurfer
    48 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not actually open at 7:30am for running
    We got up early and arrived at 7:30am for ‘morning jogging’ as clearly listed on the stadium’s website. Unfortunately, all that’s there at 7:30 is a surly guy who is clearly annoyed with people showing up at 7:30 when he has no plan to let anyone in before the regular 8am opening time. At least we hadn’t made any other plans for the day that depended on a quick visit that would be over by 8, unlike some of the other people who showed up early. After waiting for the ticket window and admission gate to be open at 8, it was a great experience to be able to run on the track and to explore the stadium, including the great views from the upper rows of seating. And even without the special early opening, it was worth getting up early for the experience of being in the stadium with very few other people and before it got really hot.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Warby
    Bicester, United Kingdom3,805 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing looking stadium
    Really impressive and gives a real feel of the ancient Olympics, particularly if you visit the new Olympic museum in Athens. Strangely not part of the multi pass ticket. Easy to find and not busy
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Arthur C
    Bury, United Kingdom272 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic to see.
    Stopped here as part of a tour of Athens. You can get some really good photos from outside without actually paying to go in. It has certainly stood the test of time being in amazing condition and fantastic that the Olympic torch still starts its journey from here. You can feel the history. Well worth a visit if in Athens.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Sammie-Jo69
    North West England, United Kingdom355 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    Not included in the combined Athens ticket, it's $10 to get in plus an audioguide (although mine didn't work and the person who handed it to me might want to reconsider the nature of their work in a public-facing role). Surprisingly not busy, the huge stadium is flawlessly maintained and you can walk to any corner you like, take a photo on the podium, sit on the emperor's chair, run a few laps. The inside museum dedicated to historic games is a nice touch. You can see it from the outside, but much better on the inside.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Parm M
    London, United Kingdom135 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it!
    What a great place to learn some history. 10 euros to enter and you get an audio guide which was very informative. You can explore at your own pace although the man in the ticket booth said we had to return our audio guides after an hour. An hour was fine for us as it was 34 degrees and most of the stadium is in the sun. Great to listen to all the information and lovely to see the Olympic torches on display. Definitely worth a visit and it is one of the stops on the hop on hop off bus if you do that too.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 19, 2023
  • IrishFamilyAdventures
    County Dublin, Ireland68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit.
    It is was very hot when we visited in August but still manged to do a lap of the stadium. There is something magical about standing in the middle of the stadium and imagining all those athletes. A small indoor museum provided some respite from the heat and it was great to see the original Olympic torches on display. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Kapil Sood
    Bengaluru, India178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must go for the Olympic history
    4th century BC huge stadium made from stone. The olympic torch starts from here even now, so you won't want to miss this for anything. This place is not too far from the Acropolis. You can get here mid-day as this place doesn't get very crowded. One tip: You can actually view this from outside itself, as in don't need to buy the tickets. You can see the view in the picture.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
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MikeMidd2001
London, UK99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Panathenaic Stadium is worth a visit, especially if you have a sunny day so you can climb to the top and get the great views of the Acropolis from sections 20-21.

Whilst you can get nice pictures from outside, walking to the top inside gives you a real sense of scale. That's particularly important when you remember it is made of marble. There's also a bit of fun in walking the track in the centre. There is a free and useful audio guide that runs about 35-40 minutes, though my machine kept automatically shutting off.

Worth noting that there are steep steps and no railings, of course, so not suitable for those with mobility issues.

The 'museum' is mostly historical Olympic posters, and the upper floor was locked the day I was there.

I think it's certainly worth the €5 admission price.
Written February 16, 2020
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Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia4,735 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We were in Athens in March 2020 at the start of the Covid restrictions and the city was effectively closed. When we walked into the square in front of the stadium, we were literally alone in the square with no-one else. It was again closed due to Covid restrictions but you can see a lot of the stadium so it wasn't to bad. A couple of Japanese reporters came and interviewed us as they were doing a story on the lighting of the flame for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which was happening in 3 days. I would of loved to go in but at least you could see most of it. Well worth seeing as it is the birth place of the modern Olympics.
Written October 18, 2020
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CMC
Herne Bay, United Kingdom695 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Photos make this look like a smaller structure than it is in reality. Possible to walk all around the stadium and on to running track and medal podium. There is a small museum accessed via the stadium with posters of past games and Olympic torches.

Shop was closed but there was a temporary one outside.

Buy tickets at ticket office outside, no queue (afternoon in late April)

Late afternoon / early evening there is some shade on one side of the stadium so might be a good time to go if very hot day.
Written May 3, 2022
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Berit P
Munich, Germany13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
The ticket was 5 € and an Audioguides is included. The self guided tour took me about 30 min and gave lots of interesting facts about the stadium, the architecture and the history. Climbing the steps to the highest point, walking through the arena, all very interesting. The Audioguides let the atmosphere of a packed stadium come alive. There’s a small museum but that’s partly closed due to COVID-19. I enjoyed the visit immensely.
Written October 5, 2020
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owlbeonholiday
Worcester, UK866 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The first stadium of the modern Olympic games. We spent quite a bit of time here, walking around, visiting the little museum, getting lots of photos at various points in the stadium. The scale of the place cannot be appreciated on the outside. Plus we could have gone for a run around the track if we had wanted. A few people did. €5 entry fee. Maybe a little high, but we paid it anyway for the experience.
Written January 16, 2020
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ElsieF499
London, UK57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Home of he modern Olympic Games.
I spent a pleasant hour here exploring the stadium and enjoying the views from the top of the stands. The entry fee of 10 euros is a bit steep, but included in that is an audio guide giving the history of the stadium and the Olympic Games, and a small museum dedicated to the olympics with posters and torches from various games. You can climb up to the top of the stands which gives you a great view over Athens. You can always walk/run on the track and have your picture taken standing on a winner’s podium. Yes, you can see the stadium from the street, but if you have the time and the money then it is worth going in
Written October 12, 2022
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MS11M22S
United Kingdom180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We stopped outside the Panathenaic Stadium as part of the Athens Free Tour and decided to head back the next day to get a chance to explore it fully. And so glad we did!!

You can take photos of the stadium from outside.
However, it is so worth the entrance fee (€10 each / €5 child) to go into the actual place and you get a free audio guide as well. You can either take a personal handheld audio device & listen to it, or download it via a QR code onto your own mobile device.

The audio guide gives an easy to listen to & fascinating overview of the stadium & the history of the Olympics.
Halfway round you go into a tunnel (lovely & cool - a refreshing break from the heat in the stadium) that takes you into a hidden part of the building where you will find a huge collection of Olympic torches from games gone by! Wow!!

You can run on the track, where world class runners have gone before & stand on the winners podium.

Before you leave, you must head to the top of the stadium seats to admire the spectacular views of the Acropolis & Pathernon.

It was definitely one of the best parts of our trip to Athens & unexpectedly so!

Make the effort to visit!
Written July 1, 2023
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Thomas G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,688 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
The stadium is really impressive. It is fully made of marble and the oldest Olympic stadium in the world. It is way nicer than I thought and an absolutely must do, even if you are not a sports fan. The stadium is sooo huge. I recommend on doing the audiotour, which takes about 40 minutes and it will explain everything on a fun way. There is a small museum which is nice for 10 minutes and further just enjoy the mighty stadium. One of the absolute highlights of Athens for me.
PS don't forget to run a round in this historical stadium and stand on the number 1 spot for the real experience.
Written January 13, 2022
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JalynCameron
Vancouver, Canada209 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Really nice view walking around the fully marble stadium. Entey fee is a bit pricey since you can basically see the entire stadium from the outside. But you also gain access to a mini museum of the stadium underground. Its suuuuuper small and not worth calling a "museum".
Written June 14, 2020
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Sarah b
Lytham St Anne's, UK1,664 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit here which was excellent value at €5 entrance each. We spent around 90 minutes here walking up to the top row and around. There is an audio guide but we found the leaflet very informative. The museum, though small contained posters and memorabilia from Olympics through the years which was really interesting. Also helped us make the connections between ancient and modern. Well worth a visit.
Written October 17, 2020
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