Welcome to Athens the cradle of democracy
One should best read into Greek mythology during the flight to Athens to better comprehend the role of the Greek gods, which have been worshipped individually in their respective temples. Stroll around the Acropolis most famous for its Parthenon temple, enjoy the unique panorama view from the top of the sacred hill and admire the futuristic architecture of the accompanying Acropolis Museum, which blends perfectly into the ancient cityscape. In the Acropolis Museum, you will find its history recounted and illustrated by more than 3000 artefacts from that period. The lesser known Temple of Hephaistos, the Greek god of volcanos, fire and blacksmiths, is usually less crowded, but at least as interesting. For getting a feel for the Greek classical period, head to the world famous Archaeological Museum of Athens, which houses the finest antiquities from all over Greece. You may also treat the city as an open-air museum by walking the archaeological path that was conceived in the 19th century. It features the Two Hills, once dedicated to the Nymphs and the Muses, respectively, the Ancient Agora, centre of public life in classical Athens, the Theatre of Dionysus, founded in the 6th century BC, and the Kerameikos, which used to be the ancient Athenians sacred cemetery.
The list of must-see sights is sheer endless. Visit the oldest legal court the Areios Pagos, or the ancient assembly place Pnyx. The historic market place, the Agora, used to be the city's socio-economic epicentre and can be visited by joining one of many guided tours. Other famous buildings of Athens’ "golden" period are the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike. Phidias, the most famous sculptor of his time, teamed up with the architects Ictinus and Callicrates for this, while the elected ruler Pericles footed the bill, mainly with the money of other Greek city-states.
It is easy to forget that Athens is also a modern-day city with its very own attractions. The beautiful neighbourhood of Plaka is worth an exploration. Syntagma Square is a very significant area in Athens because its central location allows you to walk to all the famous monuments. Three metro entrances enable you to easily travel anywhere further. Have another stroll in Monastiraki, one of the most famous neighbourhoods in central Athens, because it belongs to the oldest part of the town. It also features its traditional flea market. And don't forget that you are actually on the coast of the Mediterranean; so hit the beaches for a relaxing day. Here you can also have a night out, dancing in the clubs on the Athenian Riviera, the coastline of Athens. Book your flights to Athens now at swiss.com and fly comfortably with Swiss International Air Lines or our partner Aegan Airlines to the Greek capital. Ancient history awaits you!
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