Athens audio tour: A Neoclassical Capital

A Neoclassical Capital

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

This is my favorite walk in the center of Athens. The majority of the buildings were constructed just after the creation of the Greek state in 1830. It was the king's attempt to transform Athens from a small village of a few thousands of people to a European capital.

Tour Producer


Nikolia Apostolou

Nikolia is a journalist currently sharing her time between Lesbos and Athens, Greece. For the past five years, she has been writing and doing video based out of Greece for The Associated Press, AJ+, The New York Times, USAToday, Deutsche Welle, Al-Jazeera Magazine, The Economist, Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor, Global Post, and others.

Nikolia earned her Master’s Degree in Digital Media at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and her Bachelor’s Degree at Panteion University, in Athens, Greece majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Istanbul, Riyadh, and New York, and keeps traveling the globe.

Major Landmarks

  • Hellenic Parliament

  • Syntagma Square

  • National Archeological Museum

Directions to Starting Point

Start from the middle of Syntagma Square in front of the fountain.

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Places to stop along the way

There is a coffee shop at the Numismatic Museum, in the middle of the route. Visit the Archaeological Museum at the end of the tour, and have a rest at either of the two coffee shops nearby.

Best time of day

Any time is good. In summer, try to avoid walking between 12 and 5pm when the sun is at its hottest.


Sunblock and a hat are needed in the summer. Avoid protest days if you don't want to get tear-gassed. Keep informed about current unrest in the city, before starting this tour.


The tour guide was interesting, but the tour was very short and there was a long period (7ish blocks?) with no commentary, only route following affirmation. Tour is also just one long line, no loop. Some of the recording on 'current events' is no longer current. There's so much potential for a tour in Athens, I was disappointed with this one. Worth listening to if you're in the area, but can't really make an activity out of this one.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 3 months ago
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