The pedestrianised Dionysiou Areopagitou Street is the longest walkway in Athens and will seamlessly integrate you into a living open-air museum.
The original idea to turn Dionysiou Areopagitou into a pedestrian street connected to the archaeological sites around it was the brainchild of Melina Merkouri, the Minister of Culture in the 1980s. Though the idea took a long time to come to fruition, it radically changed the city.
Your walk here will begin at the Temple of the Olympian Zeus. Don't let the beginning of the route disappoint you - 20 metres into your walk, you'll come across an open-air museum spread out in front of you on Vyronos Street. At the junction of these two streets you'll see the statue of General Makrygiannis. Just opposite is the Weiler building, one of the first public buildings of the newly founded Greek State.
On Makrigianni Street you'll find the Acropolis metro station and numerous cafes and traditional tourist taverns. During your walk down Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, you'll experience an incomparable feeling of passing through an ancient world in a modern context with the Acropolis and Parthenon proudly standing on your right and the beautiful buildings of the 19th and the 20th centuries constantly capturing your gaze.
It's worth taking a detour to the right and seeing the Odeon of Herodes Atticus from up close. Further along you'll find the Hill of the Nymphs that was recently excavated. At this point Dionysiou Areopagitou Street ends and is renamed as Apostolou Pavlou Street.