Philopappos Hill
Philopappos Hill
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This hill is a favorite for weekending Athenians who come here to picnic and admire the breathaking views.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
Neighbourhood: Thissio / Makriyanni
Named after the well-preserved Thission (ancient temple of Hephaestus), Thissio is blessed with a small wooded park and some less frenetic streets that offer numerous quieter places to stay and eat. Largely pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou Street runs between the Acropolis and forested Filopappou Hill, well worth climbing for more great panoramas, until it merges with Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. This leads to the up-and-coming area of Makriyanni, whose centrepiece is the magnificent new Acropolis Museum. Opposite the museum is the entrance to the southern slopes of the Acropolis, while the eponymous metro station nearby is at the top of Makriyanni Street, another strip of touristic cafés and restaurants.
How to get there
  • Neos Kosmos • 5 min walk
  • Syngrou Fix • 7 min walk
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  • Dave M
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views of the city and the acropolis
    A short hike up the hill, past the prison of Socrates, and you are rewarded with stunning 360 degree views of the city. From the sea to the acropolis, you can see it all. This was so much a favorite of our family we went twice.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Lisa C
    Maumee, Ohio133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome views!
    What a great view and a welcome free option to spend a few hours. The view of Athens ad the Acropolis is aww inspiring from here! It’s a pretty easy walk. Would recommend tennis shoes be sandals due to uneven trails. Well worth the couple hours and plenty of places to take a rest along the way!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 August 2023
  • StacyMacDonald
    Calgary, Canada236 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spend some time at this Hill and all it has to offer
    Philopappos Hill is a nice green space across from the bottom of the main entrance to Areopagus and the Acropolis. It's an easy walk to the Philopappos Monument and there's other attractions in the park, including Socrates' jail and the Holy Church of Saint Demetrios Loumbardiaris (which has some interesting brick work). You'll also get great views of the city and the Acropolis from the top and during parts of the walk up. We could have spent more time in the area, had we not had a plane to catch, so be sure not to leave this spot to the last moment.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • davetheguide
    Tel Aviv, Israel5,674 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If the weather's nice and sunny - just go
    The hike up to the top of the hill is easy. Takes just a few minutes through a park-like setting. We did this on a nice sunny winter day. The views of the city, of the Acropolis and of the sea were all spectacular. It's a must viewpoint for first-time visitors to Athens.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 December 2023
  • 2016Annette13
    Baden, Switzerland218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very worth the little hike
    The view of the acropolis from up the hill is iconic! And what's more, you see how big Athens is, with the acropolis nestled in the middle. Also, check out the prison of Socrates and the monument of the muses on top. You might get inspired ;-) And if you're lucky, you will meet a turtle. They are wise too.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 April 2024
  • HOLIDAYTRAVELLER94
    Ripley, United Kingdom140 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a look
    A walk up the hill is worth a look. It’s not a big climb and it is up marked paths (start at the kiosk at the main car park for the acropolis) The views of the city and the coast are stunning and there are some interesting bits up here. Plenty of places to sit on way up.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 May 2024
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HOLIDAYTRAVELLER94
Ripley, UK140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A walk up the hill is worth a look. It’s not a big climb and it is up marked paths (start at the kiosk at the main car park for the acropolis)
The views of the city and the coast are stunning and there are some interesting bits up here.
Plenty of places to sit on way up.
Written 6 May 2024
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2016Annette13
Baden, Switzerland218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The view of the acropolis from up the hill is iconic!
And what's more, you see how big Athens is, with the acropolis nestled in the middle. Also, check out the prison of Socrates and the monument of the muses on top. You might get inspired ;-)
And if you're lucky, you will meet a turtle. They are wise too.
Written 13 April 2024
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r t
Bromsgrove, UK710 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The track up here was really good and although it seemed a long jaunt the views from the top were incredible.
The signposts are none existant but it's fairly self explanatory
Written 14 February 2024
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davetheguide
Tel Aviv, Israel5,674 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The hike up to the top of the hill is easy. Takes just a few minutes through a park-like setting. We did this on a nice sunny winter day. The views of the city, of the Acropolis and of the sea were all spectacular. It's a must viewpoint for first-time visitors to Athens.
Written 25 December 2023
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Tania F
Darwin, Australia1,156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Easy climb to the top. Amazing 360 degree view of Athens. Quite a few monuments and landmarks to see either on the way up or down. Nice place to stroll or sit and take in the view. Look out fur tortoises. 🙂
Written 24 November 2023
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Richard
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Good place to watch the sunset over Athens and the illumination of the Acropolis. Not a bad walk, but start down before dark.
Written 5 November 2023
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beth ann k
Halstead, KS1,805 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Truly an amazing site at night, and was a fairly easy walk up. Definitely not something to miss when in Athens!
Written 31 October 2023
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,459 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Worth the effort to walk up here. Far fewer people. The reason for doing it is not for the hill itself but the views you then get of the Acropolis and Athens without the crowds. Well maintained path so easy to find you way.
Written 26 October 2023
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StacyMacDonald
Calgary, Canada236 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Philopappos Hill is a nice green space across from the bottom of the main entrance to Areopagus and the Acropolis. It's an easy walk to the Philopappos Monument and there's other attractions in the park, including Socrates' jail and the Holy Church of Saint Demetrios Loumbardiaris (which has some interesting brick work). You'll also get great views of the city and the Acropolis from the top and during parts of the walk up. We could have spent more time in the area, had we not had a plane to catch, so be sure not to leave this spot to the last moment.
Written 15 October 2023
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VanillaAce
Saint Simons Island, GA1,009 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The climb up the hill is challenging in spots with slippery rocks and gravel. The view of the Acropolis from the top of the hill is worth every step. Very peaceful and gear photo opportunities.
Written 24 September 2023
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