Visit the University of Athens Observatory


The University of Athens Observatory accepts organized visits from schoold and groups in general, in the frame of education and public outreach on various astrophysical topics. The visits can be done during the entire day, except official holidays or when other events are organized. Maximum number of visitors in a single group cannot exceed 30, due to the limited space in the facilities.

Those who are interested to visit the University of Athens Observatory should contact Dr. Kosmas Gazeas, Lecturer of Astrophysics, by calling at the observatory (210 7276858) or via email (

The program lasts for ∼45 minutes (one academic hour) and includes a short introduction about the history and the current research activity of the University of Athens Observatory, detailed description of its facilities, and a visit at the telescope and dome. Weather permiting, there is an option of observing the sky (Sun during the day or stars and planets during the night). The cost is 3 Euros for each visitor.

The University of Athens Observatory is located on the roof of Physics Department at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (green dot on the map below).

University Campus map.

It can be accessed by car, through the 3 gates of the University Campus (red dots on the map below). One gate is at Kaisariani (Ethn. Antistaseos Ave), one at Zografos (Grig. Kousidi. Str.) and one at Ilisia (this is the main gate at Oulof Palme Str). The gates are open every working day (Monday-Friday) during the hours: 07:00-09:30 and 14:30-17:00, while the main gate at Ilisia remains open (need ID to enter) during all the rest hours of the day, weekends and holidays.

Pedestrians can enter the University Campus in several ways, through the small pedestrian gates all around the Campus.

Public Transportation can be also used to reach the University Campus. Buses 608 and 230 reach the north gate at Zografos (Terminal stop at Zografos cemetery), while buses 220, 221 and 235 reach the same area of Zografos, very close to the terminal stop. Bus 250 runs frequently between Evanggelismos Station and University Campus and E90 runs between Pireus and University Campus. They both enter the Campus and they stop infront of the Physics Department.

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The scheduled Public Nights at the University of Athens Observatory can be found under the following link:

  • Public Nights at the University of Athens Observatory
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