Philopappos Hill (Filopappou)
Philopappos Hill (Filopappou)

Philopappos Hill (Filopappou)

Free admission
Athens, 117 41

The basics

There are several routes up Philopappos Hill—many rugged and unpaved—though the easiest way is along a marble path laid out by prominent Greek architect Dimitris Pikionis. This path begins near the 16th-century Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris, a Byzantine church known for its magnificent frescoes. From there, it leads up the hillside. Visitors can take a short diversion to see the prison where Socrates was supposedly locked up, and continue up to the ruined the Shrine of the Muses, a pilgrimage site for artists seeking inspiration.

Many walking tours focusing on ancient Athens combine a visit to neighboring Mars Hill and the Acropolis with a trip up Philopappos Hill, where visitors can pause at the summit to soak up views of the Acropolis in its entirety or even enjoy a picnic.

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Things to know before you go

  • Philopappos Hill is a great place to escape the urban bustle of central Athens.
  • While there are some paved paths in the park, the incline is generally steep, making it difficult for travelers using wheelchairs to navigate.
  • Signage is poor at the park, so it’s best to stick to the main paths where you’re less likely to get lost.
  • Look out for butterflies, tortoises, and Athenian owls.
  • Bring water and wear shoes with a good grip.
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How to get there

Philopappos Hill is west of the Acropolis. The marble path begins at the foot of the hill near Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. The nearest metro station is Acropoli, which is a 10-minute walk away.

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When to get there

Philopappos Hill is typically less crowded than Mars Hill, so you won’t have to fight for space while attempting to photograph the Acropolis. Sunset and sunrise on the hill are particularly striking.

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What to See at Athens’ Neighboring Hills

North of Philopappos Hill is the Pnyx, where—beginning in the fifth century BC—the Greek democratic assembly gathered several times a year. The podium, from where ancient leaders would have addressed the crowd, can still be seen. Northwest of Philopappos Hill sits the Hill of Nymphs. In ancient times, a shrine to the nymphs stood at the summit, though nowadays it’s home to a 19th-century observatory.

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