Top 10 Things to do in Thessaloniki, Greece

October 15, 2017 Joeann Galban

Thessaloniki (Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη, Thessaloníki [θesaloˈnici] ( listen)), also familiarly known as Thessalonica or Salonica, is the second-largest city in Greece, with over 1 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area, and the capital of Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace. Its nickname is η Συμπρωτεύουσα (Symprotévousa), literally "the co-capital", a reference to its historical status as the Συμβασιλεύουσα (Symvasilévousa) or "co-reigning" city of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, alongside Constantinople.
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1. Museum of the Macedonian Struggle

23 Proxenou Koromila Labrou, Thessaloniki 546 22, Greece +30 231 022 9778
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5 based on 189 reviews

Museum of the Macedonian Struggle

The Musesum of the Macedonian Struggle is a historical museum that presents the local history and cultural identity of Macedonia, keeping alive the memory of the struggles of Hellenism and highlighting the role of ordinary people who left indelible traces in a diverse cultural heritage. With the tours one discovers a lesser known but ideologically charged chapter of the Greek and Balkan history of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Museum is open to the public Monday-Friday 9:00-14:00 and Saturday 10:00-14:00.

Reviewed By Paul H - Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

The museum building was once the Greek Consulate in macedonia and was built in 1894 and designed by Ernst Ziller.The museum is set over 3 floors. It is excellently illustrated with period photographs and well described in English.In display cases are uniforms, guns, swords,medals and more. In the basement there are several excellent dioramas which are very realistic. On the top floor is a reconstruction of the Consul General's office and more display cabinets. There are also several film displays with English voice overs. To obtain an understanding of Thessaloniki and the struggle to obtain independence it is essential to visit this museum. The staff are very helpful and friendly and speak excellent English. Excellent.

2. Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos

Irodotou and Apostolou Pavlou | Irodotou and Apostolou Pavlou, 54623, Thessaloniki 546 23, Greece
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5 based on 137 reviews

Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos

Reviewed By Yiorgos B - Thessaloniki, Greece

The Church also served as the catholicon of a Byzantine monastery. It is built in the aisleless timber – roofed type with ambulatory, ending in the east with two chapels. Its exquisite mural decoration is one of most complete painting complexes preserved in Thessaloniki and is representative of Palaeologan art. Of the monastery complex, excluding the catholicon, only ruins of its entrance survive.

3. Church of Agios Dimitrios

Agiou Dimitriou 83, Thessaloniki 546 33, Greece +30 231 027 0008
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Church of Agios Dimitrios

Reviewed By Sasha L - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

A beautiful and atmospheric ancient Church in the middle of the city. Certainly worth a visit. It is a pity there are no leaflets in the Church explaining the history and guiding the visitor around. Also a more prominent donations box would be a great idea.

4. Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

Manoli Andronikou 6 | Manoli Andronikou 6, 54013, Thessaloniki 54013, Greece +30 231 331 0201
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

Reviewed By Rebecca L

I really liked my visit! I am never sure if museums are worth it if they are not for free (for students), but I can recommend this one. I was happy that I decided to go.
The information was really interesting, I read almost everything.
If you are interested in the first settlement in Macedonia and the antiquity, you will have a good time!
I was probably not during a high time and so I felt like there were a lot of people guarding me and watching my steps, but I think if there would have been more people it would have been less uncomfortable :D
Oh! And the price is for everyone the same (they say, that was the reduced one an everyone will receive it). 4 Euros.

5. Crypt of Agios Demetrios

83 Agiou Dimitriou | Agios Demetrios Church, Thessaloniki 546 33, Greece +30 231 027 0008
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4.5 based on 202 reviews

Crypt of Agios Demetrios

Reviewed By Mike P - Phoenix, Arizona

Our group of couples from the Prinsendam are on a self-guided shore excursion of Thessaloniki. The tourist info map and our offline phone gps easily led us to the Crypt of Agios Demetrios or Hagios Demetrios. Our information we collected prior to this cruise tells us this level of the ground gradually rose over the centuries resulting in this area acquiring the form of a crypt. According both to tradition and to archaeological findings, it was an old bathhouse, in which Demetrios was imprisoned. He was eventually martyred in 303 AD. During our visit the crypt appeared busier than the church above. We were grateful for the plaques that explain the inscriptions documenting the history of the church, together with figural sculptures of the Middle Byzantine period in one of the chambers. We also enjoyed the comfortable temperature of the crypt.

6. Noesis - Science Center and Technology Museum

6th Km Thessaloniki Rd. | Thermi, Thessaloniki 570 01, Greece +30 231 048 3000
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Noesis - Science Center and Technology Museum

NOESIS - Thessaloniki Science Center and Technology Museum is a non-profit cultural and educational foundation that promotes the public understanding of Science and Technology, in a way that is both educational and recreational. The main objective of the Center is the popularization of modern scientific and technological knowledge and its dissemination to the public through Exhibitions, movies, educational programs, seminars and lectures. The Center aims to become a leading attraction in the field of Science Culture and Technology not only in Greece, but in South-Eastern Europe as well. In the Center's premises visitors watch digital shows: a. In the 160 seat digital Planetarium. b. In the 300 seat Giant Screen Cinema (2D and 3D). c. In the 18 seat Motion Simulator (2D and 3D). They can also visit the Technology Museum with permanent Exhibitions related to Science and Technology: a. The Ancient Creek Technology exhibition, one of its kind, featuring replicas of technological breakthroughs and machines of Ancient Greece from the prehistoric period till the Hellenistic and Byzantine period. b. The Technopark featuring interactive exhibits. The visitor has the opportunity to discover the scientific knowledge acting and having fun. c. The Car Exhibition featuring car models that mark the history of automobile.

Reviewed By Anastasia100100 - Thessaloniki, Greece

It is worth a visit, no matter how young (or old) you are, no matter how much you know about astronomy or physics. It offers very interesting shows and simulations, architecturally the building reminds of space age, and there is a cafe with a nice Terrace and view. The shop offers interesting ideas for presents for all ages. If you haven't visited another modern Planetarium don't miss it!

7. Ladadika District

Odos Katouni, Thessaloniki 570 01, Greece
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Ladadika District

Reviewed By Frederik M

There seems to be an endless array of clubs, bars and restaurants in this old town. You will not be bored. It gets crowded after midnight. I was jet lagged one night and decided to take a walk from 3-4am and I was astounded by the sheer crowds in the area. Most of the people tend to be college age.

8. Museum of Byzantine Culture

2 Leoforos Stratou, Thessaloniki 546 40, Greece +30 231 086 8570
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4.5 based on 834 reviews

Museum of Byzantine Culture

Reviewed By gtheodor - Italy

Thessaloniki was the second most important city of the byzantine empire. Despite the catastrophe of the 20th century the feeling of the significance of the city is seen everywhere in the city center. The museum provides a trip back in time to visitor.

9. Rotunda

Plateia Ag. Georgiou, Thessaloniki 546 35, Greece +30 231 096 8860
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4.5 based on 619 reviews

Rotunda

Reviewed By David P - Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Architecturally reminiscent of the Pantheon in Rome and the less well known Santa Costanza, this is an early 4th century Roman building later converted into a church. Its original purpose is uncertain, but my guess is mausoleum. Look UP when you're inside to see the beautiful early Byzantine mosaics in blue and gold! Cheap enough at one euro entry and dead easy to find, as it's visible from the arch of Galerius.

10. War Museum of Thessaloniki

4 Grigoriou Labraki, Thessaloniki 546 36, Greece +30 231 024 9803
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4.5 based on 272 reviews

War Museum of Thessaloniki

Being in the heart of the city’s urban environment and hosted in a historic building of the early 20th century, the War Museum of Thessaloniki has had active presence since the first year of its operation in 2000. It hosts nine permanent Exhibitions with over 10,000 historical relics and heirlooms, and is a comprehensive museum of modern Greek history and culture. Visitors have the chance to see a vivid representation of modern Greek history, starting from the pre-Independence War period through to the late 20th century. In this historical frame, the visitor interacts with relics from different nations that took part in all the eras as enemies or allies of the Greek Armed Forces. The museum relics include: original manuscripts, maps, paintings, medals, clothing, flags, weapons and more. Also the Museum staff offer thorough guided tours and help the visitors experience and understand the essence of history and its link to the modern world.

Reviewed By Αχιλλέας Γ

A place that is totally worth a visit if you ever find yourself in Thessaloniki. A great deal of historical artifacts on exhibition, many of them totally unique and from local historic events.
The museum has a great collection of uniforms, weapons and war artifacts, not only from Greece but from many other countries that fought with or against.
On top of the above, the tour guide (who was an army soldier servicing his duty) was greatly well informed, eager to present and explain throught the exhibition.

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