Thiseio: Counting stars on Athens’ Western Hills

Athens, Greece

Paschalia Mitskidou










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The tour is an exploration of the Western Hills of Athens and the scenic neighbourhood of Theseio. It will take you on a journey from ancient Greek myth to the birth of astronomical observation in modern Greece. You will be inspired to look up at the sky, re-enchanted by the wonders of the shimmering, expansive cosmos of which we are a part.


  • The Hill of the Muses

    1. The Hill of the Muses

    The moment you encounter the Heroon of Musaeus and the funerary monument of Philopappos, you instantly notice the way they are nested in the landscape. The sky seems closer and the view is simply breathtaking.
  • The Doridis’ Telescope

    2. The Doridis’ Telescope

    In close proximity to Meton’s observatory stands the Doridis’ telescope. Here, modern astronomy meets the ancient Greek stargazers. Let’s find out about their connection with the stars and other celestial objects.
  • National Observatory of Athens

    3. National Observatory of Athens

    The building crowning the hill is the Athens Observatory. Time to take yet another leap into the more recent past and discover the exciting history of the first scientific research institute in modern Greece.

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Paschalia Mitskidou

I am a historian from Athens with an MA in Creative Writing currently working as a freelance writer and editor. My PhD research concentrates on the representation of the past in immersive media.

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AddressIt is a 10 min walk from Theseio metro station to get to the entrance and then another 10-15 min walk up the Hill of the Muses to get to the first stop.
Starting pointThe sign indicating the entrance of the archaeological site of the Hill of the Muses (Philopappou), Pnyx Hill and the Hill of the Nymphs.
Finishing pointThe entrance of the Ancient Agora of Athens archaeological site (Adrianou Street)
  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English 
  • Offline content with an offline interactive map to avoid roaming charges
  • Secure promo code to access the tour after downloading the app
  • Entrance fee to the National Observatory of Athens, Temple of Hephaestus, Herakleidon Museum
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
    App not compatible with Windows phones
  • Internet access might be unavailable & mobile signal may be weak in the (name of venue name)
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation 
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Know before you book
  • Please consider that admission fees for the National Observatory of Athens, Temple of Hephaestus & Herakleidon Museum are not included. 
  • This is a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone. No live guide will accompany you. No VR / AR is included
  • Book per device to be used, not per participant
  • After booking, you will receive an email from us with further instructions on how to access and download your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • An Android or iOS smartphone is required. (Windows phones are not compatible with the app)
  • Please ensure you have enough storage space (100-150 MB)
Know before you go
  • Keep in mind that internet access might be unavailable & mobile signal may be weak in (venue name). So please download the mobile app and your audio tour on your smartphone prior to your visit in order to enjoy it offline
  • The audio tour can be used repeatedly both online and offline. Use your headphones to best enjoy 
  • Also, prior to your visit, make sure that your smartphone is fully charged & that you bring on a pair of earphones/headphones
AreasTheseio and Monastiraki
Opening hoursThree Western Hills: Open 24 h. Athens Observatory: Mon.-Fri. 09.00-14.00. Evening guided tours also available upon appointment. Herakleidon Museum: Mon.-Tue. 10.00-15.00, Wed.-Sun. 10.00-18.00. Ancient Agora of Athens: Open daily 08.00-16.00
Recommended visiting hours10.00-15.00, weekdays preferably
Additional admissionThree Western Hills: No entrance fee National Observatory of Athens: 5 Euros Temple of Hephaestus: 8 Euros (for the Ancient Agora of Athens and the museum) Herakleidon Museum: 7 Euros (for both buildings)
Mandatory ItemsCharged Smartphone, Headphones, Comfortable shoes
Directions to Starting PointFrom Theseio metro station you walk along Apostolou Pavlou Street until you get to the point where it meets Dionysiou Areopagitou. Right there is the entrance of the archaeological site of the three hills which is indicated by a sign.

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.

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