You may have heard the debate for whether ‘Athens is the… new Berlin’. There is also a mural stating that… Berlin is the new Athens! We don’t know about each of these statements, as every city has its own heritage and culture. But for sure you will notice many German places, references and vibes here.
Goethe-Institut Athen is a non-profit institute that promotes the study of German in Athens and encourages international cultural exchange. It also organizes in Athens a multitude of cultural events (conferences, lectures, cinema screenings, concerts, literary evenings, art events and more)!
You will probably notice street names like Schliemman and Ziller. German archeologists and architects played their part in morphing the early years of Greece.
Food and the city
Beer Garden Ritterburg. Located in Kaisariani, this is the first German restaurant that ever opened in Greece and is still considered to be one of the top choices. It is an absolute paradise for schnitzel, spätzle and an amazing haxle.
Petra’s Gourmet. A very small eatery in the heart of Athens, with a German… heart. Schnitzel, wuerste and a good selection of beers. But keep in mind that it closes early in the evening (approximately at 19:00).
Berlin (by 5 drunk men). This place may have a funny name but it has a tradition in beer and good food. It’s the only place in Athens where you can pour your own beer straight from the tap.
Is this Beethoven I’m hearing?
In 2020 many concert halls in the city will celebrate ‘Beethoven year’ since 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of his birth. Check all the Beethoven concerts in Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, in B&M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music, and other places. (Please check the new schedule and regulations about concerts, regarding the safety measures against coronavirus spread.)