Just 25 minutes from Athens International Airport by direct subway, the Hilton Athens hotel represents the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of ancient Greece, from the Agora and the Parthenon, to the nearby Acropolis and some of the world's finest museums.
Athens is a sprawling and vivacious metropolis, with plenty to do and see. Get to know the hottest spots and events in the city, many of which are located within walking distance of the Hilton Athens hotel. And remember, a number of the most important cultural, social and business events take place in the Hilton Athens hotel!
Directions from the Athens International Airport to the Hilton Athens hotel
Take Attiki Odos Avenue and follow the Y1 exit to Katechaki avenue, which leads to Messogion avenue. When you reach the end of Messogion avenue, turn left to Vassilissis Sofias Avenue. Follow the road for roughly 1 kilometre and the Hilton Athens hotel is on the left-hand side.
Distance from airport: 30 km
Take Bus Route X95 and get off at "Ilissia" station, which is right across the hotel.
The cost of the ticket is at 6 EUR per person.
Take the blue line towards Agia Marina and get off at "Evangelismos" station, which is situated at a
3-minute walking distance from the hotel.
The cost of the ticket is at 10 EUR per person.
The Hilton Athens hotel features an on-site 170-space parking lot, with secure, covered and self-parking facilities available.
The Hilton Athens Hotel
46 Vassilissis Sofias Avenue
Top Ten Things To Do During Your Time At The Hilton Athens Hotel
Visit the Acropolis
Witness the iconic majesty of the ancient Acropolis, and explore its magical, historic surroundings. The new Acropolis museum is one of The World's finest cultural landmarks, and is easily reachable by taking the brand new Metro train.
Stroll through narrow streets and experience Athens as it was 2500 years ago. Enjoy traditional Hellenic flavours in a local tavern, or enjoy a cool glass of ouzo (the local anise-flavored spirit) with some mouth-watering mezés (traditional Greek appetizers and finger-food) on the side.
Experience chic Greek coffee-culture at its finest. Enjoy a 'frappe' iced coffee on Kolonaki Square and become a part of Athenian high society (Big, stylish black sunglasses are mandatory!) Shop at world-renowned fashion outlets and work on your stamina while seeing the hilly streets of Kolonaki.
Scale Lycabettus Mountain
Once you're in the center of Kolonaki, why not take the teleferique (an inclined, funicular railway) to the top of the imposing Lycabettus Hill. See Athens in its full, magnificent splendor and witness a spectacular panoramic sunset with a glass of chilled Greek white wine. You'll feel on top of the world.
Check Out Athens Museums
Feel like checking out Athens' rich cultural scene? Choose from many historic and modern museums. The National Archaeological Museum is not to be missed, while the New Benaki Museum showcases the best examples of Modern Greek art; or pay a visit to the incredible Byzantine and Christian Museum, which features over 25,000 artefacts organized into collections dating from the 3rd to the 20th century.
Get Out & About in Gazi
The hip, new neighbourhood of Gazi is emerging as a renowned artistic stronghold in Athens. Full of interesting graffiti, narrow streets and quirky restaurants, this is a part of town where things are really happening!
Bar hopping at St.Irene and Karytsi squares
The Athens-by-night landscape is enriched with small bars, artistic venues and modern bistros at St. Irene and Karytsi squares, the new favourite hangout spot of the Athenians.
Boogie in Bouzoukia
Want to dance to the latest live Greek tunes? Arrange a table at one of the many Bouzouki clubs in Athens. It starts out casual....but after a few hours you'll see what 'dancing on tables' really means...
Escape to Glyfada & Kifissia
Anyone who thinks the suburbs are boring should take a trip to Glyfada & Kifissia, two neighborhoods that really embody the modern Athenian ethos. Hop on the tram to Glyfada for a stroll along the coast, unwind to the cool sea breeze, or do some shopping and taste delicious seafood specialties. Or head to the leafy suburbs of Kifissia for splendid retail therapy or fantastic restaurants. Both suburbs are places to see and to be seen.
Indulge in some Greek Island Hopping
Had enough of the urban experience? Head over to Pireaus, catch a boat to Hydra or Spetses and live The Island Life for a day. Then, totally rejuvenated, explore Pireaus and re-adjust to city life in one of the many welcoming tavernas...
ATHENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Three Sisters – Anton Chekov (19.02 to 05.06.2016)
To the Poreia, my sisters, to the Poreia. Written in 1901, at the turn of the 20th century, the play is about expectation. The playwright characterises it as a “comedy” and brings each character face to face with their hopes, worries and the reality of a merciless time. The exiled heroines live within the confines of a narrow family unit, keeping the hope alive that they will return to Moscow, the ideal city of their childhood, without any effort on their part.
Poreia Theatre, 3-5 Trikorfon St., Victoria Square, www.poreiatheatre.com
Hagia Sophia – 1,500 years of history (19.12.2015 to 31.12.2016)
Tholos, the new virtual reality theatre of the Foundation of the Hellenic World at the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre presents a completely digital representation of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Visitors are invited to embark on a unique journey of discovery. The interior of the church is represented in full detail, as well as its architectural design, sculptural and mosaic decoration. Moreover, the different phases of construction of the monument are also presented, and important historical, social and economic aspects of Byzantine life. The most “amazing” aspect of the new production is that viewers participate, answering questions during the tour. The Hagia Sophia, a spiritual and political symbol of the Byzantine Empire, a marvel of Byzantine architecture, has prevailed to the present day despite adversity, and is a monument of world cultural heritage. Duration: 45 minutes.
Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre, 254 Pireos St., Tavros, www.hellenic-cosmos.gr
Dear Elena – Ludmilla Razumovskaya (10.10.2015 to 22.05.2016)
Russian playwright Ludmilla Razumovskaya delivers an excellent play featuring the period of disintegration of Russia that has a global reach. A conflict the likes of which we are currently facing in our country is introduced in the world of the work: that of the crumbling Soviet Union. A timeless conflict between generations is presented in the fluid framework comprising the stagnant present and unknown future. The generations in the play by Ludmilla Razumovskaya take up offensive positions, with the young seeking fulfilment of their expectations and the older generation feeling perplexed in light of their years of experience. A conflict where the people represent two hostile worlds and will ultimately fail to surmount the severe consequences.
Epi Kolono, 12 Nafpliou & 94 Lenorman Street, www.epikolono.gr
Yorgos Gounaropoulos (09.03 to 13.05.2016
“My aim is the redemption of man through painting rather than issues. I move in three-dimensional light. I enclose my painting in a transparent sphere so the viewer can better experience the cosmogonic origin of the substance of the painting.” The painter, a great exponent of the 30s, through aestheticism, symbolism, internal synthetic structure and rhythmic line of the more than eighty representative life works presented in the exhibition, reveals the personal tone of his artistic career, from Paris to Athens, easily demonstrating his above-mentioned beliefs. (through 13 May).
B. & M. Foundation, 9 Vasilissis Sophias Avenur, www.thf.gr
Always starts with an encounter – Radio Athènes (17.03 to 08.05.2016)
The Radio Athènes contemporary art institute presents the “Always starts with an encounter” exhibition, featuring the images of German photographer Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze (1913-1951, who was known as Wols, and American artist Eileen Quinlan (1972 -). The exhibition comprises an “encounter” of familiar objects – cheese, beans, mud, flesh, cloths, a hand or a face – producing indelible imprints, representations of temporal operations and elemental materiality. The double exhibition of two artists separated by time, historical circumstances and distinct photographic processes, functions as a field where parallels are created (the game of permutations) and open questions (the photograph as a material object).
Museum of Cycladic Art, Vas. Sofias Ave. & 1 Irodotou St. www.cycladic.gr
Metamorphosis: The SNFCC to the World 23.06 to 26.06.2016)
Τhe Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) will open its doors to the public, presenting a multifaceted program of activities. During the 4-day event Metamorphosis: The SNFCC to the World, the SNFCC will be introduced to the world, welcoming visitors to a new meeting point of artistic, educational and athletic happenings. Music concerts, video screenings, performances, athletics and creative activities for the whole family, will compile a rich program of events. The full program of events will be announced soon. Free admission.
(For your convenience, you can use the free shuttle bus service which connects the Visitors Center with Syggrou - Fix metro station).
Visitors Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, www.snfcc.org
Histrionics (Der Theatermacher) – Thomas Bernhard (19.03 το 23.04.2016)
“I speak, therefore I am.” All works of the paradoxical Austrian writer are a perpetual monologue. Heroes who talk incessantly in a relay of thousands of words. The great and sarcastic author of the post-war world grapples with his favourite topic: speaking of the theatre and its people, as well as his tragicomic dimension and emptiness. Themes tend to repeat themselves in his world and alternate like musical motifs: the decay of the body, the defeat of thought and the futility of human efforts. Artistes, actors, opera singers, philosophers and generals compose a single person with three sides: the successful genius, the failed genius and the narrator. The rest is words, not silence; words of a Clown-God.
Porta Theatre, 59 Mesogeion Ave., www.porta-theatre.gr