Edinburgh is easily one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It beguiles visitors with an intoxicating blend of the old and new world and follows through with myriad commercial and cultural attractions. Standing at the threshold of it all is Edinburgh Airport
, ushering visitors in from around the world.
Crowning the Old Town is Edinburgh Castle
, an emblematic fortress with 1,000 years of history behind it. The entire historic quarter splays under it in a maze of cathedrals, stony architecture, and parliament buildings. Visitors can walk the Royal Mile from the castle to Holyrood Palace
for the quintessential Edinburgh experience.
Across the valley from the Old Town is the New Town - a misleading title as the area has a few hundred years of history and its own UNESCO recognition. Characterized by late Georgian architecture, tidy streets, and leafy parks, the New Town has more commercial offerings.
Edinburgh receives a varied lot of tourists, and it excels at catering to mixed budgets and tastes. There are hotels near Edinburgh to suit everyone, spanning hostels and backpacker haunts to full-service luxury hotels.
Be sure to check out the interactive map of Edinburgh for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.