National Garden . The National Garden (Ethnikos Kipos) is at the back of the Zappeion and can be reached from here. The other entrances are on the road Amalias, Herod Aticcus street and the main entrance is situated at the Vassil Sofias street. The "park" is a green oasis of about 40 hectares of land in the middle of a concrete city. This "Garden" was laid out for the first time in 1838 and it had to be the garden of the Royal Palace. On the property there are a small zoo, a cafeteria, playgrounds, a botanical museum, a lake and a children's library.