A european capital famous for its multicultural art scene and underground culture. A place where something is happening at all times. A youthful community that’s alive and evolving. A city that doesn’t posses the iconic Parisian style, nor London’s polished manners. Instead, it’s full of graffiti, emerging cult neighborhoods and boho corners.
Need more detail? It’s a city that was oppressed and divided. A city where hard times inspired and fueled the artists, the alternative voices, the hidden culture. Where innovation became a necessity in design, circular economy or recycling. A city where abandoned buildings became art spaces and creation hubs. A city with more museums than you can visit. A city that got tired of the old rules and wrote new ones, to fit this unique sociocultural spot in history.
Need more hints? To the traveler it’s multifaced. You can both find a hipster eatery and a traditional festival on the street. Beer flows in abundance. Under the thin mainstream coating, one can find a myriad unexplored bars, clubs and little joints of like – minded weirdos.
Need more context? It’s a multicultural crossroads. A place of integration of the eastern into the western. A place were natives and immigrants have mixed into a colorful maze along the years. A place with a historic background, that left a permanent mark on its face and its ways.
That’s Athens for you. Many have compared it’s upcoming creative vibe to the iconic scene of Berlin. It’s true that cities can resemble more than you know and it’s great how fast can trends spread these days. However cities outlive trends. Cities move in history like magnificent beasts full of stories. Let’s hear out what else has the greek capital to recount, before we put any labels.
Just LIKE Berlin, your best bet to savor the alternative culture is to pay attention to the DIY posters on the walls. special happenings await there.
Underground culture is literally located underground. Look downward at the entrances of what used to be cellars and storage rooms, as often they REVEAL unusual shops and cozy cafes.
Do not be surprised by the street names of Schliemman and Ziller. German archeologists and architects played an important role in morphing the early years of Greece as a sovereign country.
Artisan workshops and thrift stores can tell you as much about a city’s history as a museum. Berlin and Athens are lucky to have a generous collection of those. Do not miss the opportunity to DISCOVER recent history through everyday items.
Did you know that Athens also had a wall?
An ancient wall, but not exactly like Berlin’s.
Everyone on the inside were citizens. Everyone on the outside – foreigners.
Take a picture at the very gates the Greeks used to enter to the town: Dipylon (Kerameikos arxheological site), and send it at [email protected]