Achillion Palace

OVERVIEW

Located in the village of Gastouri, around 10km south of Corfu Town, Achillion Palace was built in the 1890s as a summer residence for Empress Elizabeth of Austria (better known as Princess Sissi). Constructed to a light, airy neo-classical design by the Italian architect Raffaele Caritto, Achillion was Sissi's escape from oppressive court life of Austria and personal tragedy after the death of her son. Captivated by the Greek mythology, Sissi named the palace after the hero of the Trojan War, Achilles and filled it with artworks celebrating her favourite mythical hero but also numerous other characters from Greek mythology and history.


The impressive gardens surrounding the palace offer stunning views both of the Corfu countryside and the Ionian Sea. The two largest and most important statues here are “Achilles dying", pulling the arrow from his heel, and “Achilles triumphant”, standing at over 11 meters from its base to the tip of his sword. The garden also features statues of other significant Greek philosophers and poets as well as the Peristyle of the Muses, a courtyard surrounded by columns featuring the Nine Greek Muses: Urania, for example, the Muse of astronomy, holding a globe or Terpsichore, the Muse of dance, playing her lyre.


Inside the palace, the rooms are richly decorated and there are many paintings. A fresco representing the four seasons adorns the ceiling of the reception hall, while at the top of the staircase there is an enormous painting of Achilles, this time in battle. Other highlights include the ornate chapel, the elegant period furniture on display throughout the building and a collection of Sissi’s personal belongings, including her jewellery.


After the assassination of Empress Elisabeth in 1898, the palace was bought by German Kaiser Wilhelm II who used it as his summer residence. During World War I, the Achillion was used as a military hospital and during World War II, the Axis powers used it as their military headquarters. Nowadays, Achillion Palace is a public institution that acts as a museum and it is unarguably one of the most significant landmarks of Corfu. Its popularity has also increased due to the fact that some scenes of the popular James Bond film ''For your eyes only'' were shot here.

All Tours & Activities in Achillion Palace

Private Tour: Achillion and Corfu Villages

Take this Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour, get the chance to visit the splendid Achillion Palace, home of the Empress Elizabeth of Austria and discover three beautiful, unspoilt Corfu villages!

8 hour

Corfu, Greece

Pickup Service

FROM 295.00 € / GROUP

Private Shore Excursion: Achillion, Kanoni & Corfu Town

When your cruise ship docks in Corfu Port, get the chance to discover the highlights of Corfu on this Private Half-Day Shore Excursion, taking you from the impressive Achillion Palace, to the spectacu...

4.5 hour

Corfu, Greece

Pickup Service

FROM 179.00 € / GROUP

Private Tour: Achillion & Paleokastritsa

Get to discover the best of Corfu on this Private Half-Day tour featuring two of the island’s most important sights: the splendid Achillion Palace with its numerous statues, artworks and delightful ...

4.5 hour

Corfu, Greece

Pickup Service

FROM 195 € / GROUP

Private Shore Excursion: Achillion & Paleokastritsa

Make the most of your time in Corfu Port, by exploring two of Corfu's most important sights on this Private Half-Day Shore Excursion! Visit the impressive Achillion Palace, summer retreat of Princess ...

4.5 hour

Corfu, Greece

Pickup Service

FROM 195.00 € / GROUP

Private Tour: Island Tour

This Full-day Private Tour is a unique opportunity to discover Corfu's history, culture and breathtaking nature in only one day! Explore the imposing Achillion Palace with its beautiful gardens and im...

8 hour

Corfu, Greece

Pickup Service

FROM 272.00 € / GROUP

Private Tour: Grand Island Tour

Get the chance to explore the best of Corfu in one day! Take in the wonders of the Achillion Palace, discover the breathtaking nature of Paleokastritsa and travel to the north part of the island to di...

8 hour

Corfu, Greece

Pickup Service

FROM 272.00 € / GROUP

Private Tour: Achillion, Kanoni & Corfu Town

Experience the highlights of Corfu on this Private Half-Day Tour, taking you from the fantasy of Princess Sissi’s Achillion Palace, to the breathtaking views across Mouse Island and finally to the U...

4.5 hour

Corfu, Greece

Pickup Service

FROM 200 € / GROUP

Full-Day Sightseeing Tour: Grand Island Tour

Get the chance to discover Corfu's top attractions and sights in only one day! Enjoy the spectacular views of the world-famous Mouse Island, explore the imposing Achillion Palace with its impressive m...

8 hour

Corfu, Greece

Pickup Service

FROM 35.00 € / PERSON

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