Athens has a lot to display. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, the mother of democracy and has been home to some of the world’s most influential thinkers. However, this is now history, and Athens, as well Greece as a whole, has undergone severe economic crises and can no longer be seen as the capital of the world. Some would maybe say that Athens is yesterday’s news, but while that might be true on some instances, I personally, have a hard time arguing against the crown jewel of Athens, which in my mind always will keep the Greek capital relevant, Acropolis.
Over-looking its ever growing city, Acropolis has survived 2500 years of emperors, wars, the Roman and Ottoman empires, modern exploitation and billions and billions of footsteps. Today, it is a symbol of Athens’, and Greece’s, importance to the modern world.
Personally I am not a fan of too touristy attractions, and that is not generally a goal of traveling for me, but it is difficult to not be stunned by the fact that Aristoteles, Platon, Sokrates, Demokritos has walked around on the same marble stones as me, no matter how touristy it might be on some days. Acropolis has deserved its place as one of the prides of the world, and a visit to Athens, as cliché as it might sound, is not a visit to Athens without a visit to Acropolis.
(Practical information further down)
Entrance is free for children under 18, as well as for students, while adults must pay 10 euros.
The area is not very big, so if it is not too many tourists at the time your visit does not how to take more than one or two hours. However, take time to visit some of the view points, outside the area, for great views of Parthenon.
From the metro station of Acropolis (red line) the walking time to the entrance is about 10-12 minutes.