The National Garden, a green refuge in the centre of Athens, along with Zappeion Mansion constitute a cool green walk through history.
The National Garden is a green area of 15.5 hectares and along with the Zappeion garden at 13 hectares, it covers 28.5 hectares in total. In the park you'll have the opportunity to wander among the plants, the endless native trees and plants from other continents, a beautiful lake, a small zoo, a playground and a children’s library. On its grounds you'll also see ancient ruins, columns, mosaics and much more. In the southern wing of the garden, you'll find the busts of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the great Philhellene Jean-Gabriel Eynard, Dionysios Solomos and Aristotelis Valaoritis. Here you'll also find Zappeion Mansion - the world's first ever building which was built specifically for the Olympic Games. It's one of Athens' most significant buildings and beholds a profound connection to the history of modern Greece. Established by Danish architect Theophilus Hansen in 1888 using the funds of national benefactor Evangelos Zappa, Zappeion Mansion is now used for exhibitions, conferences and ceremonies.