Visiting the Acropolis in Athens Greece is a must if you are in Athens. The Acropolis looms over the city and is hard to miss as you wander around Athens. The Acropolis is stunning day or night. The history that sits on the hill is truly awe inspiring.
Getting the Acropolis takes a bit of a hike of the hill but is so worth it! You can easily reach the Acropolis via the train system or one of the on off buses. We visited via the train station and suggest accessing the Acropolis from this entrance. You have the chance to look at library and Theater on your way up the hill. These are great stops to catch your breath if needed and see even more history up close and personal.
When you access the Acropolis via the on off bus and cruise excursion entrance you only have the chance to look at these sites from above and can miss some great photo opportunities.
If possible give yourself ample time to visit the Acropolis. We visited 6 years ago on a cruise excursion and it was a bit of a crazy rush. We missed the opportunity to see a lot of the sites and details of the Acropolis. It was a great intro to the area but I am so glad we had the chance to go back and spend more time exploring the area.
Here are a couple of videos highlighting the views from the Acropolis over Athens
Sitting at the top of the Acropolis you can’t help but wonder what it was like when the buildings were complete and a city of people surrounded the area. How much pageantry and artistry went into creating the Acropolis.
During our next visit I really want to visit the Acropolis Museum to learn more about the structure and the art that has been preserved from the site. I would love to learn what life was like thousands of years ago when the Acropolis was built. How did they manage to move such giant pieces of marble and measure out each piece so precisely? How did they create the ornate details that are seen in each column and piece of the Parthenon?
A visit to the Acropolis would not be complete without a few cat photos. These cats are used to visitors and totally ham it up for a treat. They are so cute and also help cut down on the mice population for archaeologists.