National Garden

National Garden, Athens: Hours, Address, National Garden Reviews: 4/5

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
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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.
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1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Zappeion
How to get there
  • Syntagma • 3 min walk
  • Nomismatokopio • 6 min walk
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mf4516
Milwaukee area, Wisconsin26 contributions
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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Thomas G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands964 contributions
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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Sherlock arting
Rome, GA137 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
The National Garden (formerly the Royal Garden) is a public park of 15.5 hectares (38 acres) in the center of the Greek capital, Athens. It is located between the districts of Kolonaki and Pangrati, directly behind the Greek Parliament building (The Old Palace) and continues to the South to the area where the Zappeion is located, across from the Panathenaiko or Kalimarmaro Olympic Stadium of the 1896 Olympic Games. The Garden also encloses some ancient ruins, tambourines and Corinthian capitals of columns, mosaics, and other features. On the Southeast side are the busts of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of Greece, and of the Philhellene Jean-Gabriel Eynard. On the South side are the busts of the celebrated Greek poets Dionysios Solomos, author of the Greek National Hymn, and Aristotelis Valaoritis.
Written October 9, 2020
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Daisha
Pinole, CA23 contributions
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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patra7
Athens, Greece29 contributions
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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In-Yong H
London, UK657 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
It's a lovely (free!) park to rest your legs if you're feeling tired in the Athens sun. There's a pond with turtles and ducks and a small zoo which might keep some kids occupied for a while. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit it, but it's certainly worth popping into if you're in the neighbourbood.
Written August 9, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,096 contributions
Sep 2021
This very large public park is right in the center of town. It is very well used as so many people live and work around it. Not very well-maintained and very dusty in the summer. Insufficient shady areas, but still nice to have some green in this very concrete city.
Written June 12, 2022
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permia
Ireland37,690 contributions
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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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,536 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Wonderful oasis, especially on a hot day. Rambling paths through well maintained landscapes, though you never really know where you’re at due to bad signing. It was difficult to find a bathroom and I was ready to duck behind a tree before happening on a hidden WC. At the southern end is the dramatic Hadrian’s Arch and the Olympieion. Worth a visit, don’t get lost!
Written May 7, 2022
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MargotPrist
Brussels, Belgium23 contributions
Jan 2022
The national garden is a beautiful garden with a lot trees so a lot of shade if you need some.
It's a nice place to get away from the burning sun in the summer.
It has a multiple little past to get lost in and you discover beautiful little hidden places within the garden.
Written January 9, 2022
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