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While there are many more acropoleis (the plural of "acropolis," in case you're wondering) in Greece, it's this one in central Athens that garners the most attention. In fact, it's routinely referred to simply as "The Acropolis." The site is an elevated, flat-topped rock with an assortment of monuments and ruins built between 510 and 400 B.C., including the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion.

Travelers say the hike to the Acropolis is just as memorable as the sites it holds. If you're going to try it, many suggest beginning your trek in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid peak temperatures and crowds. For the best photos and views, arrive shortly before sunset. Visitors with mobility issues will have access to an elevator; however, some travelers noticed others struggling to move wheelchairs around the property, which lacks ramps and has gravel pathways, so allow extra time when using a wheelchair.

The Acropolis is open every day (excluding Greek public holidays like Independence Day, May Day and Christmas) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Standard tickets cost 20 euros ($22) per person and provide one-day access to all of the site's attractions. Unified tickets – which include five consecutive days of expedited access (one entry per site) to the Acropolis, the Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos and Ancient Agora – cost 30 euros ($32.50) each. Waived admissions are offered on March 6; April 18; May 18; the last weekend of September; October 28; and the first Sunday of November, December, January, February and March. On-site facilities are minimal, but there are a few refreshment stalls and bathrooms, as well as a gift shop by the entrance closest to the Acropolis Museum. You can park in the Acropolis' lot for a fee, but spaces are limited. Several bus stops and metro stations – Acropoli, Monastiraki, Thissio and Sygrou - Fix – sit within walking distance. For more information about the Acropolis, visit the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports' ODYSSEUS website.

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#2 Plaka The beautiful, historical neighborhood of Plaka, located under the Acropolis, is largely residential. Still, its assortment of restaurants and cafes keep it swarming with tourists each summer. You can also ... Read more » Poike / Getty Images

#3 Parthenon An impressive example of ancient Greek architecture, the Parthenon is a cultural landmark like no other. It once served as a treasury and at another point housed a Christian church ... Read more » L. Toshio Kishiyama / Getty Images

#4 Acropolis While there are many more acropoleis (the plural of "acropolis," in case you're wondering) in Greece, it's this one in central Athens that garners the most attention. In ... Read more » Scott E Barbour / Getty Images

#5 Erechtheion Located just north of the Parthenon within the Acropolis complex, the Erechtheion was constructed between 421 and 406 B.C. as a place for Athenians to worship Erechtheus, the mythical ... Read more » Diego Mariottini / EyeEm / Getty Images

#6 Ancient Agora The agoras of the ancient Greek city-states were open areas for people to assemble for anything from military purposes to political or commercial ones. Ancient Agora is the most popular ... Read more » joci03 / Getty Images

#7 Temple of Hephaestus One of central Athens' best preserved ruins is the Temple of Hephaestus. Nestled within Ancient Agora, this site was built between 460 and 420 B.C. and once served as ... Read more » turtix / Getty Images

#8 Benaki Museum The Benaki Museum focuses on Greek art, from prehistory to the modern age. Its campus features several contemporary and historic buildings that house everything from Islamic art to art studios ... Read more » John Winder / Flickr

#9 Herod Atticus Odeon Situated on the south slope of the Acropolis, the Herod Atticus Odeon was named after Tiberius Claudius Herod Atticus, a wealthy Athenian who sponsored the building of this ancient outdoor ... Read more » George Papapostolou photographer / Getty Images

#10 Museum of Cycladic Art Founded in 1986 as a place to display Aegean and Cypriot artifacts owned by Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris, two Athenians interested in preserving Greek culture, the Museum of Cycladic Art ... Read more » Dimitris Kamaras / Flickr

#11 National Archaeological Museum The National Archaeological Museum contains some of the most revered artifacts of Greece, dating back to 6000 B.C., and is considered one of the world's best museums for ... Read more » Chris Brooks / Flickr

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Erechtheion – a detail-oriented structure situated next to the Parthenon – is famous for its caryatids sculptures that adorn its south side. Diego Mariottini / EyeEm / Getty Images

Although most visitors conjure up images of the Acropolis when thinking about Athens' famous ruins, some of the city's most historically significant sites can be found at Ancient Agora. joci03 / Getty Images

One of Ancient Agora's most impressive ruins is the Temple of Hephaestus, which features towering pillars and sculptures made of marble. turtix / Getty Images

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If you love history and cultural events like concerts and theatrical performances, odds are you'll enjoy attending a show at the Herod Atticus Odeon. George Papapostolou photographer / Getty Images

Though the Museum of Cycladic Art's architecture is impressive, it's a hit with visitors for its collection of Aegean and Cypriot artifacts. Dimitris Kamaras / Flickr

To see one of the world's most impressive collections of ancient Greek artifacts, visit the National Archaeological Museum. Chris Brooks / Flickr

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