Achilleion is a palace built in Gastouri on the Island of Corfu for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, also known as Sisi. Elisabeth was deeply saddened by the tragic loss of her only son, Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria following the Mayerling incident in 1889, and a year later she had this summer palace built as a refuge.

Achilleion is located about ten kilometres south of the city of Corfu and provides a panoramic view of the city to the north, and across the whole southern part of the island to the Ionian Sea.

The architectural style was designed to suggest an ancient palace of mythical Phaeacia. The motif centers on the hero Achilles of Greek mythology, from which the name is derived. Corfu was Elisabeth's favourite vacation destination and she wanted a palace to gratify her admiration for Greece, its language and its culture.

The property currently operates as a museum under the management of Hellenic Tourism Development Company, within the Greek National Tourism Organization.

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Luna Batota (5 months ago)
When we visited in May 2021, not much could be visited inside. Only the ground floor was accessible due to renovation works. Outside was definitely an added value (nice view) but we were a bit dissapointed... (FYI: entree fee was 10 euros)
Arthit Yodyunyong (8 months ago)
Easily the most visited place on Corfu. You can see a kilometer rows of cars parking on the road before the palace. The palace's not as grand as the one in Vienna so it was even more crowded. And don't expect to use a toilet here. the line was incredibly long. P.S. This was in 2018.
Станислав Ким (14 months ago)
It was hot and full of people, but nevertheless I like it very much
Olga Fedorchuk (14 months ago)
Something interesting, and very lite ... I would be a princess Sisi...
Pericles Papamichalis (15 months ago)
An elegant and beautiful little palace dedicated to Greek mythology and ancient culture. The centerpiece statue of Dying Achilles is a masterpiece depicting Achilles agonizing moment of trying to remove the poisoned arrow from his heel. The Gardens, decorated with the 9 Muses, 3 Graces, Apollo and Achilles two statues are stunning. Being at the top of the hill offers breathtaking views of the city of Corfu and the Ionian Sea.
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