Described by the famous Scottish poet Hugh MacDiarmid as "a mad god's dream,” Edinburgh is a multifarious mishmash of a metropolis. With a history that stretches back to the Bronze Age, Edinburgh’s past residents — whether Celt, Roman, Anglo or Scot — have left their mark on the city landscape. Today, you’ll find everything from an imposing Roman fort and a stately medieval castle to an incomplete Napoleonic memorial and an ultra-modern parliament building. On top of its fascinating history and tradition, Scotland’s capital also boasts a plethora of contemporary tourist attractions, including top-notch restaurants, nightclubs, shops and museums. It also hosts some of the world’s top festivals, such as the enormous Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Hogmanay New Year’s Eve party, a massive street party just outside the Edinburgh Castle.