The National Garden (formerly the Royal Garden or Kings Garden) is presently a public park of 15.5 hectares in the center of Athens and is an excellent place to escape from the noise, bustle, and heat of the city. It makes for a beautiful cool resting spot perhaps after you have visited Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus which are on the next block area.
It is like a tropical paradise right in the middle of the concrete jungle of Athens. You can spend hours wandering around the shaded pathways past the five hundred plus species of plants and a variety of animals including peacocks, ducks, and turtles that were imported for habitation.
The Royal Garden was commissioned by Queen Amalia in 1838 and completed by 1840. It was designed by the German agronomist, Frederic Schmidt.