NileGuide Expert tip:
Use the underground metro passage as a safe way to access the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Just stay up top and follow the signs to Parliament.
Syntagma Square (Constitution Square) is quite literally the heart of the city. It's the most commonly used meeting place for locals as it's central and well connected via metro, tram, trolley and bus. The frame of the square is created by Parliament
, a row of five star hotels consisting of the Grande Bretagne
, Classical King George
, and Athens Plaza Hotel
, a commercial district with Ermou and Mitropolios Streets leading down to Monastiraki Square, and several banks and cafes. The interior of the square is popular for exhibitions and demonstrations of every kind. When demonstrators fill the square and the city shuts it down, you understand how vital the access is for vehicles. You simply can't get from one side of the city to the other without crossing Syntagma.
It's a lively place at night, usually crowded by skateboarders and people rushing to meet their buses or catch a taxi, though we never recommend catching a stationary taxi at Syntagma. They have suspiciously high odds of asking a higher price than one you might catch as it's en route.
A novel 21st century improvement to the square is that it provides benches and free wifi to laptop users. Access to the Syntagma Station
is just under the stairs leading up to Amelias Blvd.