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Alte Ruinen des wichtigen Philippeion in Olympia, Geburtsort der olympischen Spiele, Bild: Oleg Znamenskiy / shutterstock

Olympia – Time travel to antiquity

Olympia, one of the most important places in Greek history and home of the Olympic Games. Located in the west of the Peloponnese peninsula, the city is famous for its ancient ruins, beautiful landscapes, and rich cultural significance.

Olympia, Greece
Olympia, Image: Mark and Anna Photography / shutterstock

The Olympic Games were first held in Olympia in 776 BC and were held every four years. The place was a religious center, and the games were part of a celebration in honor of the god Zeus. Today, visitors can tour the ancient ruins and feel the spirit of the ancient games. The Temple of Zeus, the Altis area and the ancient stadium are some of the main attractions.

In addition to the ruins, Olympia also offers stunning scenery that is perfect for hiking and exploring. The green hills, covered by cypress and olive trees, provide a picturesque backdrop for hiking and biking.

Another highlight of Olympia is the Archaeological Museum, which houses an extensive collection of artifacts from ancient Greece, including statues and relics from the Olympic Games. The museum is a great addition to visiting the ancient ruins and gives visitors a deeper insight into the history of the Olympic Games.

Away from ancient history, Olympia also offers a variety of activities for visitors. The city has a number of restaurants where you can sample Greek cuisine, as well as bars and cafes where you can relax and soak up the atmosphere. The town is also an ideal base for trips to nearby beaches and other attractions in the region.

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