The Planetarium of Athens: The first planetarium of Greece was founded in 1966, but a Digital Planetarium was created by the Eugenides Foundation in 2003. It is one of the best planetariums in the world and was established with the testament of Eugene Eugenides, a Greek shipowner, and benefactor, who wanted to create an institution that would educate Greek young people in the sections of technology and science.
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The Athens Digital Planetarium boasts a large-scale cinema projection system, which displays images over an area that is ten times bigger than a regular cinema room. In fact, its central dome has a diameter of 25 meters and a total surface of 900 sq. meters, while the total area of the auditorium is 1450 sq. meters.
It has 280 seats equipped with interactive controls and the screen provides 3D and 360º views. The planetarium shows high-budget IMAX and OMNIMAX film productions.
The high technology, along with the size of the building, allows the creation of celestial scenes that feel very real as if visitors were contemplating a great sky or the magnificence of the imposing space right in front of their eyes.
Apart from offering educational and entertaining shows on astronomy, the Athens Planetarium, in collaboration with other institutions, such as the International Astronomy Union and the National Observatory of Athens, also hosts international astronomy conferences. Furthermore, it has a library with books, mainly focused on technology and science. The library extends over three floors and has more than 45,000 books.
There are many ways to reach the Planetarium from any location in Athens.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: (0030) 18288, (0030) 18222, (0030) 18180. You can also book your taxi online.
Car rental: There is the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Planetarium and many other places of interest in Athens at their own pace.
By bus/trolleybus: The closest bus stop is “Evgenideio”. Check the routes and the official timetables on OASA Telematics.
By tram: The closest tram stop is Aghia Skepi (Route 7, Aghia Triada-Asklepieio Voulas). Get a map of the tram here.