￼￼￼￼(Introduction to Travel Review from project members on citytravelreview programme, Summer 2015, Edinburgh)
In Lothian on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, around a majestic castle, we find the capital of Scotland. A city that uniquely embodies the history and culture of its country.
From high up Arthur‘s Seat down to Portobello beach, through the Old and New Town there is much to find, whether for people preferring urban life or admirers of nature. If you are willing to get in touch with Edinburgh‘s facets and know where to look, you will be able to find new things and perspectives. It is perfect to enrich your life regarding the own preferences as well as unfamiliar, yet exciting experiences and encounters.
Auld Reekie (“Old Smokey”) is the nickname which was given to Edinburgh because of the constantly smouldering chimneys of the factories of former times. Like Rome it was built on seven hills.
With an overwhelming number of ways to be explored, Edinburgh‘s visitors should have a notion on what to do and what to expect when entering the area. Also, they have to prepare for some of the rather ‚dreich days‘ (Scottish saying for cold and damp weather).
This guide will lead you through the contorted streets where you can discover something new behind every corner.
Not only does Edinburgh offer traditional Scottish tourist experiences like haggis, pubs and kilts. It has become a venue of different generations and cultures that benefit
from each other.
After trying all the possibilities this city has to offer in every sector, you will realize that Edinburgh Castle is surrounded by as much greatness as it has on its own.
The sheer amount of places filled with history and myths still plays an important part in today‘s vibrant youth culture. The addition of influences and flavours from all around the world are a part of the special charm of the city. This should break the last bits of any misconceptions left about a raw, completely conservative Edinburgh.
Artur Sommer, Veronique Maaß
An article by Alison Bouchard, a project member on a CityTravelReview programme, Berlin, Sept 2014
This majestic monument is Germany’s most important landmark as well as the city’s biggest tourist attraction. Built by Carl Gotthard Langhans from 1788 to 1791, this former gate to the city was once a sign of peace. Since then, the
Brandenburg Tor (Brandenburg Gate) has survived the biggest conflicts in the history of Germany including WWII, when it suffered considerable damage. Following the war, the 85-foot tall gate was closed off when the city was split into East and West-Berlin in 1961. During that time it became a symbol not only for the division of the city but for the division of all of Germany. It would not be open to the public again until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Since then, the gate has come to symbolize the new reunified Germany.
The neoclassical masterpiece comprises 12 massive Doric columns and five passageways, the biggest of which, located in the centre, was once reserved for royals only. The gate’s most striking element, however, is the magnificent Quadriga, a statue of Eirene the Greek goddess of peace, on a chariot drawn by four horses. The ornate, green statue made of bronze is now a symbol of victory.
Stop by at night time for a breathtaking view of the glowing gate.
An article by Jasmin Seidl, a member on a CityTravelReview project, Edinburgh, Sept 2014
Unlike Hogwarts, which is only reachable by taking the Hogwarts Express from London’s King’s Cross station from platform 9 3/4, George Heriot’s School isn’t hard to find. Though it is not confirmed, it is believed that this school was used by J.K. Rowling as a model for Hogwarts. The school is an imposing stone building with turreted towers on each corner and unique carvings above every window. When looking at it the books and their story seem to come alive. Although entering is forbidden for visitors, the school is worth looking at from the street or from the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. The school is also just two minutes away from the Elephant House Cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote part of the books.
Heriot‘s was founded in 1628 as a school for orphans and in compliance with the will of George Heriot, a goldsmith and jeweller at the court of King James VI and 1. In 1886 it became a day school for boys and in 1979 it was opened to girls.