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With our tips Discover the capital of Scotland and book a cheap holiday . Edinburgh is the ideal destination for a city break . The capital of Scotland offers everything you would expect from a holiday in a European metropolis : lots of history, interesting sights , numerous shopping opportunities and an exciting nightlife . The Scottish capital is varied and multifaceted and has something to offer for all tastes. A visit is just as worthwhile for a short weekend trip as it is for an extended city break . Find out more about holidays in Scotland here . Practical travel information for your trip to Edinburgh 
One of the most beautiful cities in Great Britain is the Scottish capital, Edinburgh . Edinburgh is the narrow streets of the old town, pubs and bars, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the capital of festivals in summer. Edinburgh has been the capital of Scotland since the 15th century. has around 493,000 inhabitants The city on the Firth of Forth . Fortress on the hillside means Dun Eideann in Scottish. 
And even if the spirit of independence always blows through the venerable streets of Edinburgh, the Scots are a member of the United Kingdom Great Britain - when it comes to city breaks, Edinburgh is the number 2 top destination on the island after London. The common means of payment is the English pound , English and Gaelic are spoken. A little tip from the start: Practice the R-roll if you really want to score points with your Scottish accent . 
Arrival to Edinburgh 
The easiest and cheapest way to get to Edinburgh is by plane . There are direct flights from Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Stuttgart, among others. The flight time is about two hours . With the airport shuttle Airlink you can get to the center day and night. Would you like to visit Edinburgh as part of a Scotland tour? Then you can also travel to Edinburgh by ferry and car or motorhome . Within the city you can get from one place to another on foot, by rental bike, bus or tram. 
How long should I stay in Edinburgh? 
Edinburgh itself is relatively compact, so you in a weekend can still see a lot . If you want to include the surrounding area in your city trip, five to seven days are ideal . It is therefore best to combine your Edinburgh city trip with a round trip through Scotland . 
The best travel time for a city trip to Edinburgh 
The best time to visit Edinburgh is from May to September . However, June, July and August are when most festivals take place in the city, which means that the population doubles during this period. The accommodations are correspondingly rare. 
Accommodation and hotels in Edinburgh 
You don't have to look far for accommodation in Edinburgh, because the city is very well prepared for tourists. There are hotels in Edinburgh for all tastes and budgets. However, hotels are not usually cheap. Therefore, it can be worth booking a private apartment through Airbnb or staying in a hostel or bed & breakfast , depending on how much travel budget you have. 
Everything in the city center is within walking distance , so a rental car in Edinburgh itself is not necessary. 
Explore Scotland by rental car from Edinburgh 
Explore all of Scotland by car hire from Edinburgh . Edinburgh is also the ideal starting point for a trip to Scotland . Edinburgh is a short distance from Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland . The former industrial stronghold has a lot of culture and numerous museums to offer today. Booking a rental car from Edinburgh is also worthwhile to discover the numerous lakes and castles. A typical trip to Scotland takes you past Loch Lommond, the country's largest lake, to Ben Nevis, the country's highest mountain, and on to Loch Ness . From here it is not far to Inverness and the Highlands. One of the absolute highlights here is the Glen Coe gorge . A detour to the idyllic Isle of Skye is also not too far from here. Dunvegan Castle , the family home of the MacLeods, is one of the island's top attractions. on a trip to Scotland Film buffs shouldn't miss Eilean Donan Castle . The castle was used as a filming location for the popular film Highlander and is a worthwhile detour before heading to the Isle of Skye. Many Castles and palaces are open to tours in Scotland and some are also known for their large landscaped gardens. 
The best things to do in Edinburgh 
Edinburgh city center 
Edinburgh Castle towers over the city center and is the first stop on any city tour. The large castle complex offers a wonderful view over the area around the city and the Scottish Lowlands. At the foot of Castle Hill is Princess Street , which is the city's main shopping street . In addition to numerous expensive fashion boutiques, there are also long-established department stores that need not fear comparison with Harrods in London. 
Already the descent from the castle hill leads past numerous interesting shops that offer not only souvenirs for tourists but also classic handicrafts. Everything associated with Scotland is available here, from kilts to bagpipes. But what would a holiday in Scotland be without single malt whiskey? 
Before you taste the Scottish national drink yourself in one of the numerous cozy pubs , you should visit the Whiskey Museum , where you will not only learn everything about the production of the high-quality spirit, but also get many practical tips for the right enjoyment. Just outside of downtown is Greyfriars Graveyard , the city's most famous cemetery. Tourists from all over the world visit the Black Mausoleum , in which a poltergeist is said to be up to mischief even today. 
Old Town Edinburgh 
Since the 19th century, however, Edinburgh's Old Town in particular has attracted tourists from all over the world who want to wander the narrow, dark streets in the footsteps of famous writers such as Robert Louis Stevenson or Mary Shelley, who wrote masterpieces such as " dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" or "Frankenstein". In the popular café "The Elephant House" Joan K. Rowling wrote her worldwide success " Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ". 
One of the best tips for a trip to Scotland is therefore to book one of the famous Ghost Tours . From nightfall, themed tours depart from pubs such as Scotsman's Lounge and immerse visitors in Edinburgh's dark history. Ghost stories, witch burnings or hotels in Edinburgh where horrible crimes were committed are on the program. Also worth seeing on a holiday in Edinburgh are the Edinburgh Vaults , the tunnels and cellar vaults below the old town. from Mary's Kings Cross , the old plague road There is an entrance into the underworld , not far from the town hall. However, a discovery tour without electric light is only something if you have strong nerves. 
Arthur's Seat und Calton Hill in Edinburgh 
Arthur's Seat is an absolute must on an Edinburgh holiday! This 251 meter high mountain is ideal for getting an overview and probably offers you the most beautiful view of Edinburgh . Up here you feel like you are in the Highlands and the city is at your feet! For those who find Arthur's Seat a little too high, we recommend Calton Hill (but it's worth it if you've already been to Arthur's Seat). You also have a wonderful view from here and some of Edinburgh's most famous postcard motifs were created here. 
Das Edinburgh Castle 
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most popular sights in all of Scotland . You can find it at the end of the Royal Mile and enjoy a wonderful view over the entire city. 
Our pirate tip: If you want to visit the castle, it's worth ordering tickets online to avoid waiting times. 
Princess Street Gardens in Edinburgh 
Scott Princes Street Gardens and the Monument are also among the city's famous sights. view of You can climb the 61 meter high building and enjoy the city the from here. There's even more views from Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park , which, unlike the Scott Monument, is even free. Right next to the Princess Street Gardens you have what is probably the most famous street in Edinburgh: Princess Street , where, as already mentioned, you can go shopping. 
The dark history of Edinburgh 
Do you like scary stories and horror ? As befits a Scottish city, Edinburgh is also the scene of numerous horror stories. One of the spookiest places, Greyfriars Kirkyard Cemetery , can be partially visited on a guided tour. Do a visit to Mary King's Close n't miss . Numerous scary stories are entwined around this mystical place. The catacombs of Edinburgh's former underground city open up during the Ghostly Underground tour . 
Our pirate tip: When you're in Greyfriars Kirkyard, be sure to keep an eye out for the tombs of Tom Riddle and the McGonagall Grave. Do the names sound familiar to you? They are, after all, they served as a template for some of the most famous Harry Potter characters back then for JK Rowling. 
Other highlights in Edinburgh 
" The Scotch Whiskey Experience " is not to be missed when holidaying in Edinburgh. Here you will learn a lot about Scotch whiskey and the differences in whiskey from the different regions of Scotland. Of course, you can also test them yourself and the largest Scotch Whiskey collection in the world . marvel at 
Dynamic Earth was another of our absolute highlights on our Edinburgh vacation! There you will go on a journey through time and learn more about how our earth was formed and how it has changed over time. Definitely highly recommended, but only if you have enough time in Edinburgh. In addition, the entrance fee is not exactly cheap, but totally justified. 
Experience the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on holiday 
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh attracts thousands of visitors and performers from all over the world every August. And with good reason, after all it's the largest cultural festival in the world and has been around since 1947. You can admire mainly the performing arts, especially theater and comedy , and you can also watch live when the Edinburgh Comedy Awards are presented. 
As well as many street performances , most of the shows take place in Edinburgh's theatres . Here is a small overview for you: 
Liste der Theater Locations des Edinburgh Fringe Festivals : 
Assembly Rooms 
new dawn 
C venues 
Gilded Balloon 
Sweet Venues 
Our pirate tip: With more than 50,000 performances, there are also many that you can visit for free and these are also worthwhile! When we visited the Edinburgh Fringe Festival we almost exclusively attended free shows and were never disappointed. We especially liked the comedy performances. This means that even though accommodation and flight prices increase during the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, you can still have a relatively cheap holiday. 
What must I have seen and done in Edinburgh? 
Sightseeing, festivals, shopping, nightlife and dining : Edinburgh has something to offer for all tastes. So plunge into the vibrant life of the Scottish ca
Shopping in Edinburgh 
Edinburgh is a real shopper 's paradise and you can find beautiful things in luxury shops, designer boutiques or at the farmers' markets . You will find many shops and businesses on Princes Street and George Street . Chic designer brands are available on Thistle Street and Multrees Walk . The Royal Mile, Grassmarket, West End Village, Morningside or Stockbridge are also popular destinations if you want to shop. 
Eating and drinking in Edinburgh 
Edinburgh is now known for its good cuisine using local produce . From traditional haggis with tatties 'n' neeps to award-winning starred cuisine, you can have it all in Edinburgh. You should try the said haggis, a kind of grützwurst made from lamb offal . 
Our pirate tip: Pub Kilderkin serves local classics as well as burgers, tortillas and pizza. Cool thing: on Monday evenings, pizza with a drink costs just one pound. 
Nightlife in Edinburgh 
Especially in the old town of Edinburgh you will find enough pubs and bars to end the day comfortably, clubs are located in the new town. During the festival period from mid-June, partying is the order of the day anyway. The most famous are the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August , the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe . 
Our pirate tip: If you want to go through the pubs in a well-groomed way and enjoy literature alongside a pint, then the best thing to do is sign up for an Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour. 
Museums in Edinburgh 
If the weather doesn't play along, we recommend these two museums to you. Admission is free in both museums : 
1. The National Museum of Scotland was opened in 1998 and presents you with exhibits from very different areas. The spectrum ranges from history to art to technology. 
2. The Scottish National Gallery focuses on the work of Scottish artists from the 17th to 19th centuries, as well as showing classical masterpieces. 
3. If you want to discover more, we can also the Surgeons' Hall Museum, the Museum on the Mound and the National Museum of Flight . recommend 
Explore the Royal Mile 
If you are visiting Edinburgh Scotland for the first time, you will fall in love with the Royal Mile . The royal mile is the heart of the medieval old town. Many small shops, pubs, the Scotch Whiskey Experience and many a surprise await you. Also explore the many small side streets - it's worth it! 
Excursions around Edinburgh 
The countryside around Edinburgh is very attractive - start a trip. Tour operators offer day trips in the area , for example to the Scottish Borders, the Highlands or Loch Ness . 
Our pirate tip: There are also tours that combine the beauty of the Highlands with a visit to a distillery, including a whiskey tasting. 
It is also possible to go on excursions by train. are just over half an hour away Linlithgow and North Berwick . Or set your sights on Glasgow and head west on the train. You can take the bus to Portobello Beach or the famous Firth of Forth Bridge . 


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