About this Tour
A route that unwraps the story of the National Garden through the life of Amalia, the first queen of Greece! Discover the queen that adored palm trees, and explore the role of camellias, chattering parakeets, a city without chocolate, and much more.
This is a self-guided mobile tour provided by our tour-guide app. The tour is based on an award-winning storytelling concept and the fascinating narratives prepared by handpicked destination experts. Enjoy this multilingual tour by using your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet at your own pace, even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step by step to explore all the points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of signature stories, allowing you to tailor this experience to your personal interests and schedule.
A queen’s garden is a tour that unwraps the story of the National Garden through the life of Amalia, the first queen of Greece! Discover the queen that adored palm trees, and explore the role of camellias, lettuces, a refrigerator, chattering parakeets, a city without chocolate, and an unusual throne. Suitable for children 6-15 years old.
The National Garden seems like a jungle and comes fully equipped with everything that a child would want for an unforgettable afternoon in the countryside. A countryside conveniently located in downtown Athens, within walking distance of every important point of interest and all major hotels. After a day touring the classical monuments and the Acropolis, the Garden offers you the opportunity to sit back and relax in the cool shade of trees that are almost 200 years old. It should be noted, too, that the average temperature here is 3-5 degrees cooler than the surrounding urban area, so it is perfect in the summertime.
Τhis tour will introduce the children to the amazing story of the Garden’s creation from bare rocks and arid soil to the botanical masterpiece it is today. As you casually follow the winding paths, you will come across tall cypresses and smelly trees of heaven, monk parakeets, feral goats, and elegant peacocks. You will read stories about King Otto and Queen Amalia, who walked the garden hand in hand in the afternoon, as soon as they woke up from their nap. Their favorite pastime was to count one by one all 7000 trees but night always arrived too soon and put an end to their game. And you will discover ancient ruins, preserved in amazing condition and discovered during the garden’s creation. Amalia fell in love with them and used them to host dinner parties and festivities.
To take this self-guided tour you will need the app on your iOS or Android device.
- Rest in the arbour used by Otto and Amalia as a resting spot during their walks in the garden, where they could enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.
- Marvel at the palace refrigerator that was as big as a house.
- See the two round cages personally selected by Amalia as part of her efforts to create a zoological collection.