Corner of Aristippou & Ploutarchou Streets
106 76 Athens, Greece
tel: +30 210 722 7065 (Cafe) / +30 210 331 0392 (Tourist Information)
fax: +30 210 331 0640 (Tourist Information)
NileGuide Expert tip:
Be aware that the Ploutarchou and Aristippou entrance to the funicular is already a bit of a climb up the hilly roads of Kolonaki. If you're more than one, it might be worth it to take a taxi instead, but be wary of the ones loitering at the base of the hill. There have been scam reports where they ask much more than what you would pay according to the meter. (5-7 euros)
From first glance, the little white 19th century church of St. George looks like a castle from a fairytale perched atop Lykavittos, the highest point of the city. Lykavittos one of the most treasured green spaces of Athens, woven with paths used by the residents of underlying Kolonaki for jogging and dog-walking. A modern funicular provides access for those who prefer to climb up to the top without huffing and puffing, but all appreciate the dazzling cityscape of Athens spread out below and one of the best views of the Acropolis. Just before the large parking lot of the Lykavittus Theater (still used for rock concerts and a festival) near the cave and shrine of Agii Isidori, there are a couple of benches along the ledge for contemplating. More often they're used by amorous couples on a clear night.
The church is very popular for weddings, so road access could be tough on Saturdays. The funicular operates 365 days a year, 19 hours a day and costs 6 Euros round trip. It goes through the hill and lets out just under restaurant Orizantes
, frequented by many tourists who have read of the extraordinary view of the dining room. There is an adjacent cafe with lighter fare as well as a cantina on the theatre parking lot with sandwiches and soft drinks.