We like trees! There are more trees per head of population in Edinburgh than in any other city in the United Kingdom.
The city has two nicknames. One is “Auld Reekie,” which came about due to the smog and smells of the old city. Please don’t worry though – the city is not like that nowadays! The other is “The Athens of the North,” which started to be used to describe Edinburgh in the 1800s and was considered to reflect the city’s architecture and cultural achievements.
The number of people in the city can quadruple (increase four times) during the world-famous Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe Festival. In 2014, it is estimated that 2 million people attended the Festival and Fringe!