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.
Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma Square, National Archeological Museum
Start from the middle of Syntagma Square in front of the fountain.
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.