Achillion Palace & Museum

#2 in Best Things To Do in Corfu
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Key Info

Achillion, Gastouri 490 84, Greece

Price & Hours

8 euros (about $10)
Hours vary

Details

Castles/Palaces, Museums, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.6

scorecard

  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The Achillion Palace is just one example of famous figures falling in love with Corfu. Originally built in 1890 for a former Empress of Austria, the palace was also home to the last German Emperor, Wilhelm II, before World War I. The majestic palace sat empty until after World War II.

Now fully restored, the palace and grounds feature statues of famous Greek mythological figures like Zeus, Hera and Achilles – which the palace is named after. Inside, you'll find ceiling frescos and artwork that dates back to the palace's construction. The property and grounds now function as a museum, telling the history of the property and its famous owners.

Recent visitors to Achillion Palace said the property is beautiful and a must-see for those with an interest in history and Greek methodology.

You'll find the palace in the village of Gastouri, about 7 miles south of Corfu Town. Admission costs 8 euros (about $10) with discounts available for seniors and groups. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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