Is it Edinburgh or Edinborough

Once in a lifetime - feeling like Harry Potter

Sometime last year I noticed how many times I had been to London - but never anywhere else in the UK. I mentioned that I urgently need to change this. And since my wonderful boyfriend sometimes listens very closely, I got a surprise trip Edinburgh for Christmas! 🙂 It started in May of this year and we explored this mystical city together ...

"Athens of the North"

The beautiful capital of Scotland was an absolute surprise to me. A positive one! With about 1/2 million inhabitants a big city, Edinburgh is very manageable and you can actually everything important within walking distance achieve - what I love! Through the well-known main shopping street, the Princes Street, will the "New Town" with its green parks and the impressive mansions of the "Old Town" delimited with the striking Edinburgh Castle. It is hardly possible to get lost here. Because of the many neoclassical influences in its architecture, Edinburgh is also called that "Athens of the North" designated.



Accommodation

As so often, I found my dream accommodation this time too Airbnb. It was the first time that we had only booked a room in an apartment instead of an entire accommodation to ourselves. Since it was only for a few nights, it was a kind of experiment - and it worked. I really wanted to stay in this wonderfully furnished city apartment by interior designer Jessica! The two golden cocker spaniels who would be waiting for us there were also a great incentive. Jessica and her husband were really nice and the clear advantage of living under one roof with the locals are theirs Insider tips.

The apartment is in "New Town", is only a few minutes walk from the center and we found the nicest cafés just around the corner. Maybe the room would be something for you too? If there are three or four of you, you can also rent the entire apartment. More about accommodationhere.

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Like a fairytail - the Castle & the Royal Mile

Basically you have to say that you don't have to look for the pretty old town in Edinburgh, because almost the whole city is like a lovingly raised one Harry Potter film set. The many beautifully planted pubs and the historical influences create one Atmosphere like in the Middle Ages.

The climax of this fairy tale world is that Edinburgh Castle. If it appears to be enthroned very high on one of the three volcanic hills in the middle of the city, the ascent is faster than expected. Every path seems to lead through narrow streets and over small stairs Main sightseeing spot to run the city. If you are planning a typical tourist visit to the castle, you should set it up around lunchtime. Punctually at 1 p.m. every day (except Sundays) the "One gun" fired. This historical time signal as well as the many other building complexes of the castle are absolutely worth a visit. Above all, the fantastic view over the city is worth the climb.

View from The Castle

Inside The Castle

Typical pub at the Royal Mile

The famous one begins right in front of the castle Royal Mile, Probably Edinburgh's oldest street. On the 1.7 km long tourist mile, you can get everything you don't need from plaid kilts to Scottish whiskey and any other souvenirs. 😉 It is worth taking a look at the Royal Mile Market. A small boutique market with a nice café in the old Tron Kirk church, also on the Royal Mile.

If you walk down the street, you automatically pass many sights until you get to the end of the street Palace of Holyroodhouse got. This is the official residence of the British Queen in Scotland. Right next to it is also that Scottish Parliament. We are allowed to visit this ultra-modern and architecturally interesting building free of charge after a small security check.

If you are still not tired, head straight to the next hotspot: up on the Calton Hill. Not only that you can enjoy another impressive bird's eye view of the city from up here. There is also a lot to see on the prominent hill itself! You can do that with a little walk Nelson Monument, the National Monument as well as that City Observatory explore and take great photos.

The City Center

In the city center there is no path to the main shopping street, thePrinces Street past. Here you will find all the famous fashion chains as well as Scotland's oldest department store, the Jenners. A little stroll through that Princes Street Gardens, adjacent to the street, is also part of every city visit. The beautifully landscaped gardens directly below the castle invite you to take a short break, especially when the weather is nice. Right next to the gardens is the Scottish National Gallery. Lover of Old masters will get their money's worth here. The collection is very impressive. But I also recommend a visit for those who are not so interested in art! The free entry and the building itself with its architecture is worth the tour.

If you climb from there over the hill on which the castle is located, you come to the well-known Grassmarket, with its pretty colorful house facades. I particularly liked the small individual shops there. Here you will definitely find pretty and original souvenirs, away from the classic tourist traps. I bought stationery and fashion accessories myself.

It goes on to Edinburgh University. I noticed this positively on pictures during my preliminary research and so we pay a visit to the impressive campus. Again, the purest Harry Potter feeling!

The old district in a valley is also very quaint and worth seeing "Dean Village". An enchanted romantic place that can also be reached on foot from the city center. It is best to choose the path along the small river. Once again you feel transported back in time and can enjoy a small oasis of calm in the middle of the big city.

Coffee & breakfast lover - watch out!

I was also very fond of Edinburgh in terms of things Coffee and breakfast! Almost too many great options to try them all out on one getaway! I'm not listing the following cafes just because we were there. In fact, they were ALL great!

The Urban Angelwould be overlooked from the outside, but it's worth a visit! Cozy location with a great breakfast. Afterwards you can have a perfect barista coffee to go in the Wellington Coffee take. I actually found the best brownie of my (previous) life in Edinburgh: in the Cairngorm Coffee. There are two places in town and both shops are highly recommended when it comes to coffee! Just like that Fortitude Café where I finally got my loved one warm scones got! Delicious! On the second day there was breakfast in the beautiful café Leo's Beanery. Yummi Porridge and Eggs Benedict made us start the day very satisfied.

I recommend you for lunch The pantry. A bright, stylish café with great snacks and nice service. My poached egg on veggie bread was almost too nice to eat!

For a sweet break in the afternoon, you can either go to Lovecrumbs (best cake) or Mimi's Little Bakehouse (Chocolate shock for those with a sweet tooth).

And for the healthy people among you there is Hula Juice Bar, right on the Grassmarket. Here you get everything a healthy heart desires, from fresh juices, avocado bread and the classic smoothie bowls.

Summary

It was for the fact that I flew to Edinburgh with few ideas and expectations enthusiasm then all the greater! Such a lovely city with a lot of history, interesting sights and great cafes! I definitely felt like exploring more of Scotland and Edinburgh would definitely be great too Round trip through the country integrate!

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Once in a lifetime - feeling like Harry Potter

Somewhere last year, I noticed how many times I've actually been to London - but never in any other place in the UK. And I mentioned that I had to change this urgently. And since my wonderful boyfriend sometimes listens very closely, I got a surprise trip for Christmas and we explored this mystical city together in April this year ...

"Athens of the North"

The beautiful capital of Scotland was an absolute surprise for me. A positive one! With about 1/2 million inhabitants quite a big city, Edinburgh is very clear and you can reach everything on foot - which I love! The famous main shopping street, the Princes Street, separately the so-called "New Town" with its green parks from the "Old Town" with its impressive mansions and the distinctive Edinburgh Castle. Getting lost is hardly possible. Due to the many neoclassical influences in its architecture, Edinburgh is also referred to as the "Athens of the North".

Accommodation

As so often, I found also this time my dream accommodation on Airbnb. It was the first time that we had booked only one room in an apartment, instead of a whole place for ourselves. Since it was only for a few nights, it was a kind of experiment and it was successful. The beautifully furnished city apartment of the interior decorator Jessica and her husband was just as expected! A big incentive were also the two golden cocker spaniels, which would wait for us there. The residents of the apartment were totally nice and the clear advantage of living with locals, are their insider tips.
The neighborhood in which the apartment is located was “New Town”. So it is within walking distance from the center and the nicest cafes were just around the corner. Perhaps the room would be something for you? Find out more about it here.

Like a fairytail - the Castle & the Royal Mile

In Edinburgh you do not have to look for the pretty old town core, because the whole city resembles a lovingly re-arranged Harry Potter scenery. The many beautiful pubs and the historical influences create an atmosphere as in the Middle Ages.
The highlight of this fairytale world is the Castle of Edinburgh. If it appears to be very high on one of the three volcanic hills in the middle of the city, the ascent then went much faster than expected. Through narrow streets and over small stairs, every way seems to lead to the main sightseeing spot of the city. If you are planning a typical tourist visit of the Castle, you should set it up at noon. Punctually at 1 pm, the one-hour gun is fired every day except Sundays. This historic time signal as well as the many other building complexes of the castle are absolutely worth the visit. Especially the fantastic view over the city, is worth the climb.
Just in front of the Castle, the famous Royal Mile, Edinburgh’s probably oldest street, begins. On the 1.7km long tourist mile, everything from the checkered skirts, to Scottish whiskey and all other souvenirs you do not need, you will find here. Worth a visit is the Royal Mile Market. A small market with a nice café in an old church, also on the Royal Mile. Strolling down the street, you will automatically pass many sights, until you reach at the end of the Palace of Holyrood House, the official residence of the British Queen in Scotland. Next to it there is the Scottish Parliament, which we inspected for a free, after a little security check at the entrance.

The City Center

In the city center, there is no way past the main shopping road, the Princes Street. Here you can find all known fashion chains as well as Scotland’s oldest department store, Jenners. A short walk through Princes Street Gardens, just below the road, should also be part of every city visit. Pretty landscaped gardens just below the Castle invite you to take a break, especially in fine weather. Directly adjacent to the gardens you will find the Scottish National Gallery. Lovers of the Old Masters will get their money’s worth. The collection is very impressive. But also for non-art lovers, I recommend the visit! The entrance is free and the building itself is worth the tour because of its architecture.
From here you can climb over the hill on which the castle is situated, to the well-known Grassmarket, with its pretty colorful facades of houses. The small individual stores there, I particularly liked. Here you will definitely find pretty and original souvenirs, away from the classic tourist traps.
Continue to Edinburgh University. I was impressed with the pictures on my preliminary research and so we visited the impressive campus. Here again the purest Harry Potter feeling!
Very old and interesting is also the old valley district "Dean Village". An enchanted romantic place, which can also be reached from the city center by foot. It is best to choose the path along the small river. Once more, you can feel the past centuries and enjoy a small oasis of peace in the middle of the city.

Coffee & breakfast lover - watch out!

I was very also impressed by Edinburgh's good coffee and breakfast spots! Almost too many good options to try them all on one short trip! The following cafes I do not list simply because we were there. Indeed they were all great !!
The Urban Angel would be easily overlooked from the outside, but the visit is worth it! Cozy location with great breakfast. Only a few meters further on, you can get a perfect Barista Coffee To Go at the Wellington Coffee. The best brownie of my (previous) life I actually found in Edinburgh: In the Cairngorm Coffee. There are 2 of them in the city and both stores are also highly recommended in terms of coffee! Just like the Fortitude, where I finally got my warm yummi scones! On the second day we had breakfast in the beautiful café Leo's Beanery. Delicious Porridge and Eggs Benedict let us start the day very satisfied.
For lunch, I recommend The pantry. A bright stylish cafe with great snacks and nice service. My poached egg with veggies on bread was almost too pretty to eat! 🙂
For a "sweet break" in the afternoon, you either go to Lovecrumbs (best cake) or Mimi's Little Bakehouse (for real sweet tooth people).
And for the healthy people among you there is the Hula Juice Bar, right at the Grassmarket. Here you get from fresh juices, smoothies and the classic bowls, everything the healthy heart desires.

Summary

For the fact that I flew with few shows and expectations to Edinburgh, the enthusiasm was then all the greater! Such a pretty city with history, many sights and great cafes! I now definitely want to explore more of Scotland and surely Edinburgh would great to integrat into a round trip through the country!