Edinburgh the capital of Scotland, is one of Europe's major tourist destinations, attracting around 13 million visitors every year, and is second only to London as the most visited tourist destination in the UK. The city of Edinburgh has been described as the Athens of the North and is also a world heritage city.

For visitors to Edinburgh the main city attractions include Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Scottish Parliament building, Arthur's Seat, and the Royal Yacht Britannia. Edinburgh's cultural attractions of theaters, art galleries and museums are typically only a short walking distance from each other and Edinburgh also features some fabulous shopping outlets with specialist stores and high quality shops including Jenners and Harvey Nichols.

One of the best things that make Edinburgh such a big attraction for tourists is the wealth of historic sights on display and great photo opportunities around almost every corner. Visitors will get a chance to see some unique architecture in the form of houses, flats, office buildings, as well as famous hotels in Edinburgh that have to be seen to be believed. In Edinburgh visitors will find both historical and modern buildings that are sure to capture their interest and leave a long lasting memory.

But what sets Edinburgh apart and makes it even more appealing is the amount of culture on display. Unlike many other cities in the UK that have not invested in the maintenance of their heritage and culture, Edinburgh by contrast thrives on it. Edinburgh has become a year destination for culture vultures who return year on year to Scotland. The many festivals that Edinburgh hosts all year round make it a hotspot for visitors who enjoy music, performing arts, and theater.

About the only downside is that Edinburgh hotels fill up quickly especially during the summer festival season and holiday periods. Visitors to Edinburgh really must plan well in advance and book their accommodation before the city's hotel rooms, guest houses, and B & Bs are all fully occupied. Tourists will find a wide range of excellent accommodation and Edinburgh hotels are among the most stylish in the world.

A more recent trend has seen Edinburgh become a leading destination for celebrating Christmas and more especially New Year. Edinburgh's world famous Hogmanay celebrations include a Winter Festival and street party featuring a range of top class music entertainment. Spending Christmas and New Year in Edinburgh has now become the most popular activities for tourists and visitors from all over the world.

Source by James C Patrick