National Garden
National Garden
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6:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 7:30 PM
About
The National Garden is a relaxing oasis located in the heart of Athens. This tranquil park is filled with beautiful trees, various plants, and shaded walkways. Here, you can have a picnic, explore the small zoo or botanical museum, and watch the animals as they play in the ponds. There is even a play area for children. The garden is also a popular shortcut from the Panathenaic Stadium to Syntagma Square and is included in many tours like the hop-on-hop-off bus, and bike tours. Visit in the morning or late afternoon for cooler temperatures. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Address
Neighborhood: Zappeion
How to get there
  • Syntagma • 3 min walk
  • Nomismatokopio • 6 min walk
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  • MS11M22S
    United Kingdom214 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty Gardens
    We walked through the gardens on the Athens Free Tour & it was very pretty. Heading to the Panathenaic Stadium the next day, we returned thinking we would just use it as a shaded cut through. However, we discovered there was more to it than just lots of cool greenery and some significant upgrading work going on. We chanced upon pretty seating areas, an amazing pond full of very happy terrapins (fascinating to watch!) and a small lake with ducks & geese. We spent a lovely hour just wandering out of the midday day sun.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • scvrose
    Fiddletown, California1,058 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice park to relax
    After visiting the changing of the guard, we walked through this large garden with aviaries, turtle ponds, trees, pergolas, etc. A lot of renovation going on so we hit several dead ends. One WC in the park, hard to find.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Emily
    London, United Kingdom402 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Park
    Beautiful park, a peaceful place to walk away from the busier parts to the city. Extremely pleasant as a very green space where your surrounded by bird song. Plenty of well maintained paths & benches well shaded by trees. Some great statues / monuments as well as pools with fish / geese / turtles and a pen of goats! Worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Sammie-Jo69
    North West England, United Kingdom522 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice grounds to wander
    Very well located for Syntagma and the Parliament, there are plenty of spots for either sun-seeking or taking a few minutes in the shade. Some decent historical exhibits to have a look at and plenty of wildlife too - the central lake with the turtles in particular - although current agricultural work can make it pretty difficult to navigate. Easy to take as long as needed to fit your schedule.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 17, 2023
  • podrozniczka60
    New Jersey16,045 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old city park
    The entrance to this nice , oldfashioned city park is free. It is relaxing and lovely. Not particularly manicured but well kept. Great place for joggers. Certainly a family destination. A welcome respit destination.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • StacyMacDonald
    Calgary, Canada236 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Athens Green Space
    My partner and I love wandering parks while on vacation, and the National Garden is a nice spot to take a walk. Be sure to find the turtle "parthenon". There's also a massive nest of green parrots in the park near the zoo and water fountain.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Liz M
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful haven on a hot or busy day
    A treasure of a place especially in a hot day. Full of shade and greenery. Loads of places to sit, maybe picnic. Fantastic trees. Clearly very well cared for. Some fabulous quirky features like the Turtle Acropolis and wild goats in the tiny zoo. Check out the cafe where you sit under an arbour, especially their homemade ice cream. Only wish we'd been there earlier in the year when they served their olive oil ice cream.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,630 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large, Free Public Gardens in Centre of Athens
    For tourists, the National Garden can easily be combined with other sightseeing. We started at Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, then crossed the road to the Gardens and followed the meandering paths past Zappeion Hall. We finished at Syntagma Square and the Greek Parliament where we watched the Changing of the Guard ceremony. This was a very efficient itinerary plan which packed an awful lot into a very short time. There are lots of lovely marble statues and busts scattered throughout the garden and several ponds, fountains and water features. One of the prettiest parts of the garden centres around Zappeion Hall. When we were there in June, a long avenue of jacarandas was out in full purple bloom. It was just stunning. The Gardens were commissioned by Queen Amalia in 1838 as a Royal Garden. Over 500 species of plants were imported as well as animals including peacocks, ducks, and turtles. Many of the plants didn’t last long in the harsh Greek climate and were replaced with more suitable plantings. However there have always been large oaks, cypress trees and date palms in the garden since it was first created. Entry to the Gardens is free.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 20, 2023
  • MissyPA71
    Wilmington, North Carolina1,593 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to take a stroll
    Nice place to walk off a big dinner. Plenty of paths to walk down, and the grounds are nicely maintained. Connects to other major sites so it’s also a nice place to break up sightseeing during the day and tale a relaxing break.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 2, 2024
  • 1VictoriaTheTraveler
    Sacramento, California764 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful walk and peaceful location
    I visited the National Garden Athens on December 5th while visiting Athens. I loved this location because it was a beautiful place to just walk around and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. There are tons of ponds, trees and statues to see. I would recommend as a great place to visit to get away from the city rush and take in a calm vibe.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written February 25, 2024
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Daisha
Pinole, CA28 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
I hate being down on Athens but come on Greece! The National Garden is one of the few examples where you can make Athens shine and you failed miserably! I'd more easily excuse the: raggedy looking park maintenance, tagged park benches, empty zoo exhibit enclosures with no explanation, exhibits that require water almost empty and others practically flooded, but when we were last in Athens pre--covid,we found the Parthenon (??!?!) similarly neglected (public bathrooms with broken toilets and rusty hardware), poor signage.
Even the other 'must see', The National Archeological Museum ', was closed on weekends and on weekdays closed at 2!.
For a country with so many treasures and tourist attractions it's as though you are trying to drive us all away...keep it up, this is the last time we will stop here before traveling onto a more functional Greek destination..
Written July 22, 2021
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permia
Ireland61,368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We enjoyed a grand stroll along the multitude of pleasant pathways. Lined with flora some of which still leafless it was a delightful afternoon.

In the centre is a fine lake with many ducks in residence. Further on is the remarkable Zappion Centre that is highly ornamented with many architectural design features.

There is no shortage of cafes and eateries and we had a delicious lunch in the busy one adjacent to the Zappion.
Written September 16, 2020
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK2,660 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We always visit the parks in city centres and we are pleased we had a wander around.
There are a lot of shaded areas and if you’ve had a chance to pack or buy a picnic lunch this is a great place to stop n take a break.
There are plenty of seats to rest your feet and the sounds of the birds including parakeets lends itself to that mindful moment we all need when we are on a city break.
Unfortunately the large lake is currently being excavated/ upgraded so we couldn’t see this but there was plenty of other flora and fauna around. No rubbish being tossed on the pathways and no vagrants, we felt completely safe which was nice.
Written July 17, 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,630 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
For tourists, the National Garden can easily be combined with other sightseeing. We started at Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, then crossed the road to the Gardens and followed the meandering paths past Zappeion Hall. We finished at Syntagma Square and the Greek Parliament where we watched the Changing of the Guard ceremony. This was a very efficient itinerary plan which packed an awful lot into a very short time.
There are lots of lovely marble statues and busts scattered throughout the garden and several ponds, fountains and water features. One of the prettiest parts of the garden centres around Zappeion Hall. When we were there in June, a long avenue of jacarandas was out in full purple bloom. It was just stunning.
The Gardens were commissioned by Queen Amalia in 1838 as a Royal Garden. Over 500 species of plants were imported as well as animals including peacocks, ducks, and turtles. Many of the plants didn’t last long in the harsh Greek climate and were replaced with more suitable plantings. However there have always been large oaks, cypress trees and date palms in the garden since it was first created.
Entry to the Gardens is free.
Written November 21, 2023
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CraigH0901
Adelaide, Australia1,220 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Only a short walk from Syntagma Square (nearest Metro), this wonderful park oasis in a predominantly urban city is a breath of fresh air. Nicely planned with easy to negotiate pathways, this was a nice break. We used it as a path from the Square to the Panathenaic Stadium and then took different paths back.

The types of plants were very similar to our home (Adelaide) and it felt a bit like home in a foreign city. Relaxing and beautiful.
Written September 6, 2022
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Thomas G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,819 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The national garden is a real oasis in the busy city of Athens. You can relax without hearing cars or other vehicles. It is in the city center and close to several other sights in the city. In the park itself the highlights are the Zappeion (great yellow building In the middle of the park), turtles and geese which you can see in the north of the park, although the exhibit is a bit small, the beautiful trees including trees with kind of oranges (do not taste as good as normal ones) and the historic site on the western side. It is a beautiful park and I will definitely recommend to visit!
Written January 10, 2022
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Ceci
Louisville, KY101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Free to everyone. It is right next to the Changing of the guard location. I recommend that you buy water and make sure you are well hydrated during summer time. There are many plants and trees to see. There is a play area for children. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and remember be respectful of the garden and animals who inhabit the place.
Written July 2, 2022
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patra7
Athens, Greece26 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We tried to visit the National Garden last Saturday, 21 August 2021, only to find out that it was closed "as a precautionary measure, due to the risk of fire), i.e. due to the inability of local authorities to properly manage and protect it.
Only 2 of the 3 main gates had a paper notice alerting visitors about the closure.
We later found out that this has been the case throughout August 2021 (still a week later, as I'm writing this review).

Otherwise, the Garden offers a much welcome respite from the city's hustle and bustle (and heat!) but it is perennially badly managed if not outright neglected
Written August 27, 2021
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Michaelaneous
Minneapolis, MN59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Peaceful place to relax, while waiting for something. Occasional breeze, plenty of shade and birds. The zoo is a few historic cages with a couple of goats and some caged pigeons and medium-sized birds. It's free.
The turtle pond is gross, with so many turtles they're like flies or something. Walk by, say "oh, how cute! Wait ... Ewww!" And then find somewhere else to relax from the trauma.
Written May 3, 2022
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Bobbi R
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We (myself, daughter, grandson) visited the National Gardens in Athens just 2 weeks ago and it was a quiet and cool reprise from the traffic on the hot day. Trees, water features, and benches throughout were were very relaxing. The gardens were within walking distance of our hotel and were directly on the Red Bus circuit. And it was free!

I would have given 5 stars but the Zoo and Museum were either closed or we were just unable to find them. A large green fence stopped our progress when searching.
Written July 6, 2022
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