Why you should visit the Berlin Holocaust Memorial

Visit the holocaust monument in Berlin

There are 2700 impressive cement blocks.

If you are going to travel to Berlin , visiting the Holocaust Memorial is one of the activities that you have to consider as mandatory.

My personal advice is that even when it is a difficult place it is important to go there. If you are traveling only one weekend to Berlin, do not worry because you can visit it in a short time.

To visit the memorial you can do the free tour of Berlin. It is completely free but you have to book online before.

Today I am going to tell you everything you need to know about this awesome site.

There are hard but necessary visits. Being a traveler allows us to see beautiful places, unforgettable places and, also, to deepen the history of the countries we visit. Seeing the Berlin Holocaust Memorial is one of them.The Berlin Holocaust memorial can be visited even if you only go for a weekend.

Knowing the history of a place is essential to understand it, even if it is hard. The Holocaust Memorial to Berlin is one of those places that transports us, teaches us and leaves us a necessary mark when visiting the capital of Germany.

This monument that is in the center of Berlin was created in memory of the Jews killed at the time of Nazism. It receives more than half a million visitors per year, which makes it one of the most visited sites in Berlin .

How was created

The work was raised at the beginning of the 90s, with great debates between the supporters of making and the supporters of not building a monument in memory of the Holocaust.

Finally, as you imagine, the supporters won since they said that future generations of Germany were not going to feel guilty about it, but they should know what happened in those years and the evil that was done.It is very close to the Brandenburg Gate and easy to get there.

The place that was decided to put it was in Berlin, between the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Square, very close to where Hitler committed suicide .

It was built by architect Peter Eisenman and opened on May 10, 2005.

More than 2,700 cement blocks are those that carry this monument in the form of a labyrinth or cemetery, depending on the meaning we want to give it.

Being there transmits the feeling of disorientation and anguish, trying to convey what those Jews should have felt in the concentration camps.

Monument to reflection

It is not an aesthetically pleasing monument or not, it is an impressive monument where visitors can reflect on the horror that wars are and especially what was done to millions of humans who suffered the genocide.

Under the Berlin Holocaust memorial, in an underground way, we can find an underground museum where we can see images, projections or documents that explain to us by these means the horror that the Jews lived .It has been described as “impressive” by travelers who have visited it.

The monument has been described by public opinion as “impressive” and being there you realize why.

We can, on the one hand, relive the maze suffered by the victims of Nazism and on the other hand the sensation of walking among gravestones.

Where is it located?

The memorial to the Holocaust of Berlin is located in a key place , thought exactly the place where it had to be, not being a matter of destiny.

To get to the Berlin Holocaust memorial you have to look for Cora-Berliner-Straße 1 just 5 minutes walk from the Brandenburg Gate .

In this area in the Nazi era was the home of Joseph Goebbels , politician and propagandist of Nazi Germany. At the other end of that monument was where Hitler’s chancellery was located, where the Führer’s bunker could be found nearby.

After the Berlin Wall was lifted , all this was in the dead zone, where no one could pass.

A special proposal

Among other architects chosen for the construction of the Berlin Holocaust memorial, Peter Eisenman was selected , an American who, for his deconstructive architecture, attracts attention, always playing with geometric shapes.

Visit the holocaust monument in Berlin

It is in an easy to reach area.

Eisenman’s proposal was the most voted. The approach of this work of 2,711 blocks placed on 19,000 square meters of land was somewhat new.

There is a very typical characteristic of Eisenman in which the ground is either undulating or straight. He likes to do this in his architectural works: play with shapes and give an aspect of instability to the visitor.

Hard sensations

In addition to this instability, the Berlin Holocaust Memorial produces a feeling of oppression, it can also give disorientation, as can claustrophobia. In short, chaos within an ordered geometry .

The floor is composed of stone tiles and with recessed elongated lights so that visitors can also go for it during the night, since they can go 24 hours a day.

The undulation produced by the tile floor is that the visitor immerses themselves in them as if the waves of the sea will be treated.Tip: do not go at night because you may encounter people who are not very pleasant.

In the underground museum, visitors can learn more about the Holocaust, where they can see images, with names and surnames of people who died in the concentration camps and the atrocities they suffered during Nazism.

Every work has its criticism

Every work, every work done in this life will have its criticism or criticism. And it wasn’t going to be less a work like this.

Some of the people who criticized the work did so for being too brutal , since the blocks that exist give an image of a Jewish cemetery in Jerusalem.

Due to the neo-Nazi groups that could start graffiti on this monument, an anti-paint layer was put on to prevent this from happening.

A company on two fronts

The funny thing is that the same company “Degussa” , the company that was commissioned to put this anti-paint layer to avoid Nazi painting was the same that made the product called Zyklon B, which was used for the execution of so many Jews.

The biggest criticism was that the Berlin Holocaust memorial is dedicated to the millions of Jews, but instead forgets homosexuals, gypsies, and chronically ill people who were also killed and not named.

But there is also a part of residents there, Jews or Germans, who like the Berlin Holocaust memorial because of its originality , for conveying that feeling of oppression and claustrophobia , just as they should feel in those halls of death.

In summary…

You have to see the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin on your trip to this wonderful city and German capital.

It is a place that you can not miss in your stay there.

It is totally free both the monument and the information point they have in the subway, and as I said it is open 24 hours a day.

Traveling by plane for the first time, all you have to know

People on a plane - Travel by plane for the first time

There are many things you should know before flying for the first time.

Those of us who travel a lot think that everyone knows what it is like to get on a plane, go to an airport or take an international trip . And not. Not everyone knows it.

So I have decided to write this to help those who are going to travel by plane for the first time .

But I go a little further and I will also explain what you have to do if you are going to make an international trip for the first time or if you are going to check in a suitcase.

Traveling for the first time by plane can be an entertaining experience or it could be somewhat stressful . It all depends on the information you have to go as well prepared or prepared as possible.

Going to an airport can be a challenge for some people, as well as flying, so I hope this is very helpful.

Buy the flight ticket

The first thing you have to do is buy a ticket for the flight and you will have to do it via the Internet. You can go to an airline office, but it is advisable to do it on a website.

There are several options, but the best thing to buy online is that you can see different prices, combine airlines and do it from the tranquility of your home.

The other question is whether you have to buy it on a website that compares prices or on the airline’s website. My advice is to use both of them and see if one offers you a better price.

It is important to keep in mind that airlines have restrictions on baggage and there are always limits. Think about how many bags or backpacks you will carry because depending on it you will have to pay more or less.

Although I will go into more detail in another article about the best ways to buy airline tickets online, I recommend the following:

  • Look carefully at which airport the plane is going to.
  • Look well if you have stopovers, how many you have and if you think you have the ability to move inside an airport you never saw before.
  • Whenever you go back, buy round trip. Do not leave around to buy it at another time.
  • Check many times that the round trip date is fine.
  • Check that your name is well written and without errors.
  • The errors in the purchase of tickets are not changed and you miss the flight.

All right. Now that I have already paid, do I already have my ticket?

Do not!

How to get your ticket

Even if it sounds weird to you because it is the first time you travel by plane, the ticket you do not get immediately you buy it and the only thing you get is the proof of purchase, nothing more.

Before traveling, a few days before or 24 hours before (depending on the airline) you will have to check.

Basically check-in is to tell the airline: “I am such a person, I bought this ticket, now I want to be assigned a seat on the flight and give me my ticket to travel.”

Ways to check-in

The simplest and most used way to check-in is to go to the airline’s website and look for the “check in” section. There you will have to include your data. Always have your reservation number on hand that will have arrived by email.

Once you do, you will receive an email with an attachment that you will have to print. That is your plane ticket.

Wait at the airport - Travel by plane for the first time

It is preferable to wait near the boarding gate

If you are better off going with your mobile phone everywhere and you are a digital person, I recommend that you download the airline’s mobile application and do the process there. That will allow you to go with the online ticket, that is to say that you will carry with you a QR code with which you can board the plane.

The last and least recommended option is to check-in at the airport, directly at the airline counter.

If you can avoid this way do it because they can charge you prices that are sometimes more expensive than the flight , you have to stand in line and you are the last in the distribution of the seat.

The suitcases

Most airlines allow only hand luggage that can go with you all the time . If you carry more than one “package” or your luggage is larger than allowed, you will have to check it in, that is, pay for it when you buy the ticket or check-in.

You can carry with you all the time (in the cabin) a carry-on luggage (which meets the sizes established by the company). Even when you carry a very small bag next to the suitcase, they will not let you go with the two in the cabin and you will have to put everything in one place or pay a fine that could be around 60 euros approximately.

In these cases I always talk about the luggage that always goes with you. Because you can carry more bags but you must check them out.

The allowed size

When I talk about luggage I am generalizing, but it can be a backpack, a bag, a garbage bag or saddlebags made with the skin of the dragon that your great grandfather hunted. What really matters is the size.

The airlines will let you carry a cabin baggage with you (usually) and check in a large suitcase (or more depending on the company).

Suitcase size chart - Travel by plane for the first time

You must respect the sizes and the maximum weight of the bags allowed

But what is the size of the luggage that can be carried on an airplane?

Each company establishes its size and its allowed weight. Therefore, when buying the ticket I advise you to look at it. You can also enter the website of the airline and see the allowed measures.

In general terms, sizes and weights are similar to the following:

Handbag: it can have a maximum size of 55cm high x 35cm wide and 20cm deep.

Large suitcase (for billing): cannot exceed 65cm high x 42cm wide and 25cm deep.

Keep in mind that suitcases are weighed too. The airlines also detail it on their website, so I advise you to read it before.

What you can’t take

There are things you can’t carry in your carry-on bag , some are very obvious and others might surprise you. So you do not do like some people who carry crazy things and can be stopped, I recommend you follow these instructions.

Liquids : You can only carry bottles that do not exceed 100ml and that all you carry fit in a ziplock bag. In total, your transparent bag cannot exceed a liter of liquids. Keep in mind that things like toothpaste, creams or semi-liquid products are considered liquid.

Weapons : It is clear, neither fire nor sharp.

Cutting elements : Many of them are used for camping or sports. They are not allowed.

Checking the suitcase at the airport

Once you bought your plane ticket and arrived at the airport from which you are going to leave, you will find screens that will tell you which is the counter at which your airline serves.

You should know that this counter is not the boarding gates, but the place where you will leave your luggage that you don’t want (or can’t) take with you in the cabin.

You should only go to the counter in case you are going to check your bag.

I imagine that if it is a big trip you will take two luggage so you should go to the counter.

There a person will kindly ask you to show him your passport and your flight ticket. Then he will look for you in his database and when he checks that everything is in order he will tell you to put your suitcase on a conveyor belt next to him.

This tape is at the same time a scale in which the luggage weighs to confirm that it does not exceed the allowed weight .

Once you confirm that everything is in order this person will be responsible for putting a label on your suitcase, give you a receipt and you can leave there.

Safety control

Once you have delivered your suitcase you will have to go to the security checkpoint.

Make sure before leaving the counter that you have your passport, your ticket and your bag receipt.

Now, look for security control.

You can identify this site because it is usually very well indicated and it is usually where there is more movement of people.

Access to security control - Travel by plane for the first time

The accesses resemble a subway entrance.

People entering security control - Travel by plane for the first time

Have your ticket handy when accessing baggage control.

Entry to the site is usually done with a QR code reader that is on your plane ticket. It looks a lot like the entries of the meters but instead of putting a card you make the code reader identify your passage and you open the way.

If the airport you are in does not have this reader, a person will ask you for the ticket (either the paper or the app) to verify that you can pass.

The scanner and the metal arch

Once you pass you have to go to the line. There is usually more than one so choose the one you want but notice that it is not the one that is exclusive for family or fast track.

You are about to go through an arc that is a metal detector and other prohibited items.

Keep in mind that you will have to go through that detector only with clothes and shoes without carrying any metal, liquids or anything else in your pockets. Before crossing, confirm that you do not have your belt on, that you did not leave anything in your pockets and that you are free of metals.

If you wear boots or high shoes you will have to take them off and put it on a separate tray to pass through another scanner.

Chart on people control - Traveling by plane for the first time

Similar to this is the arc that you must pass to see that you do not carry anything.

Before going through the detector you will have to leave your luggage on a tape and grab a plastic tray where you can put the bag with liquids, the things you carry in your pockets, belt and electronic equipment such as an electronic tablet, a laptop or a mobile phone

Keep in mind that if you carry liquids in your carry-on luggage you have to take it out and put it on the tray.

Common security control issues

One of the most common problems I’ve seen in my travels are the following (and I hope you don’t have them):

  • People who forget liquids in the suitcase and delay them for this reason.
  • People carrying prohibited items such as lighters (lighters), sharp elements, aerosols, etc.
  • Passengers wearing high boots.
  • Belts with metal buckles that forgot to remove them.

Sometimes you may find yourself being delayed to control your luggage. Nothing happens, you just have to go where they call you, open your suitcase and confirm that everything is fine.

People in airport control showing their luggage - Traveling by plane for the first time

Your luggage will pass by one side and you will have to go by another

On other occasions they could ask you to take things out of your pocket if you forgot something, they could manually check you to see that you are not carrying anything or they could make you go through a special scanner.

Looking for the boarding gate

At last you passed all the controls. Now we can say that you are already prepared or prepared to travel.

The first thing I recommend you look for are the monitors that indicate the departure of the flights.

Usually these monitors are located next to the security control and will inform you of:

  • Destination you are going to
  • Airline
  • Flight number
  • Flight schedule
  • If there is a delay or if it is on time
  • Boarding gate

Personally I recommend you go to the boarding gate to identify very well where it is.

Follow the signs so you don’t get lost. 

Keep in mind that between the security checkpoint and the boarding gates you will find many shops and stores in the Duty Free (the tax-free area where you can buy cheaper things) so I recommend that being your first plane trip do not get distracted .

Once you found the door and if you have time you can relax wait until they start knocking.

Screens with information at the airport - Traveling by plane for the first time

Always, you always look at the screens with your flight information

I like to go get a coffee to drink while I wait and try to always be in front of or near a screen to see if everything is going well. If you get bored you can do any of these 7 things to have a better time .

Never stop looking at the monitors because they will inform you if the door has been changed (something possible) or if there is a delay in the flight (something much more possible).

I recommend that you read our article on How to make the wait in the airport more enjoyable so that it doesn’t get too long.

Call and to the plane

A person will stand by the counter at the boarding gate and with a microphone in hand will begin to announce that the boarding of the plane will begin.

The first thing you will do is call passengers who have a Business class or some type of preferred passenger ticket . If you didn’t pay more than normal, it’s not you.

After that you can call in two ways:

  1. Call everyone to embark and get in line with everyone else and you will enter when your turn comes.
  2. Call by seating sections, so you’ll have to wait your turn.

When your turn comes you will have to show the person in charge your passport and your plane ticket to confirm that everything is in order.

Say hello and go for the “finger” which is a tunnel that will take you to the plane. In some airports this does not exist so you will have to follow the instructions of the staff that will guide you, but there is no loss to the plane.

On the plane

You are finally arriving at your plane. Upon entering a flight attendant will greet you and may ask you to see your ticket again to indicate where your seat is.

Find your seat, put your luggage on the top of the seat (where you will find a trunk) as tight as possible so that there are places for other people and sit down.

Airplane seen from outside - Traveling by plane for the first time

The plane is accessed through a tunnel known as “finger.”

At the time of sitting I recommend that you do not stay so long in the hallway and if you have to take off your coats or put other things in the trunk make it quiet but without taking so much time.

Take it easy and try not to stress yourself on the flight .

Tips to get on the plane

  • Look twice at the seat number on your ticket before sitting down to see that you are not in the wrong seat. Seats are indicated with numbers and letters (the number is that of the row and the letter is the seat.
  • Take a backpack or a small bag to leave it under the front seat with the things you need to use on the trip: books, food, mobile phone, etc. I recommend you take your documentation and a pen there (you will need it).
  • Do not fasten your belt until you see that people have stopped entering. If you have to leave quickly for some reason it is easier.

On the other hand it is very (very) important that you turn off the mobile phone or put it into airplane mode from before taking off until after landing.

The takeoff

Once you are sitting on the plane a cabin attendant will pass looking at the following:

  • Have your belt fastened.
  • That you do not have lowered the table that comes to eat.
  • Don’t have the seat reclined.
  • That the windows are not lowered.

The plane will go backwards from the place where it is parked and then start walking. You may see that he walks a lot and very slowly. This is normal because from the site where it was to the takeoff track there may be a long journey.

Once the plane is located to take off the first thing you will feel is that it stops. A few seconds later the engines start to make a louder noise (quiet, it has to accelerate) the movement becomes faster , things inside vibrate , as if you were in a car traveling on a street in poor condition.

As you accelerate, you will feel how slightly your body presses the seat back and suddenly you will see through the window and you will realize that you are in the air.

You may hear some strange noises, but don’t worry, it’s all part of the airplane’s mechanical process.

Do not take off your belt until the light in front of you indicates it. And if you can, I would recommend that you never take it off.

How is the flight on the plane?

Once you are in the air and it is already allowed to take off your belt you can make a more normal life. You can go to some of the bathrooms that are at the ends of the corridors, you can turn on your mobile or your tablet (always in airplane mode) or you can read.

If it is a long trip it is possible for the flight attendants to pass with lunch, dinner or breakfast .

4 terrifying places in Europe for your Halloween trip

Many travelers take advantage of All Saints’ parties to mark one of the last getaways of the year. Traveling on Halloween can be a very cool idea, since it is usually cheaper than during the months of August and September; In addition to the possibility of making a trip with a certain thematic sense: a route of fear.

While Mexico is undoubtedly the country where they know how to celebrate the night of the dead in style, it is a destination that is not always possible for those travelers with fewer available days or a very tight budget.

Luckily, Europe , with its centuries and centuries of history, offers some alternatives where reality surpasses fiction: I tell you about those places where really scary things happened. Only for travelers without fear!

Poland and its concentration camps

I remember when I studied World War II at school and later at the institute. My teachers tried to convey the horror of the Holocaust and although I read books on the subject and learned a lot of things; It wasn’t until I visited the Concentration Camps in Poland that I really had that feeling of panic in my stomach.

What I studied one day and seemed like a series of distant and blurry circumstances materialized before my eyes. The fear of the victims was there, in every barrack and room.

Auschwitz, watch column

To learn more about the most real fear story you’ll ever hear, you can read some of the entries we have written on The Travel Blog .

Ukraine and nuclear disasters

Pripyat is a city in northern Ukraine whose popularity is booming thanks to the renowned Netflix series “Chernobyl” .

This city is world famous for having been the place that witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in the history of mankind when on April 26, 1986 one of the reactors of the plant exploded.

Mask hanging in an abandoned site in Chernobyl.

Today it is a ghost town , which can be visited although it requires certain safety measures since radiation levels are still believed to be quite high. All a traveler risk that honestly, I do not dare to take!

Romania and the figure of Count Dracula (or Vlad Tepes)

As we have already told in other posts about Romania , this country and its history will be forever linked to the figure of vampires – and if an adult man biting your throat and ending your life to suck your blood does not put your hair on end , you are bald.

Obviously there is a lot of legend in the story but the character existed: it is Vlad III, also known by his birth name Vlad Draculea . This Romanian prince is historically recognized for his enormous cruelty during the fight with the Ottoman Empire, whose soldiers impaled and tortured in incredibly bloodthirsty ways.

Count Dracula's Castle

Its castle, known as “Bran Castle” can be visited in Romania and will certainly remind you of some of the descriptions of the book “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.

In The Travel Blog we have some posts about Romania that can help you plan your trip. Our best recommendation is … don’t forget garlic!

Edinburgh, one of the cities in the world with more paranormal phenomena

Forgetting my precious Edinburgh as a potential Halloween destination would have been a big mistake.

This city has accumulated a large number of unexplained events, which have caused the University itself to have created a research group focused on seriously studying the paranormal events that have been recorded.

An excellent idea is to hire one of the fear tours offered in the city, where they will take you to one of the most mysterious and frightening places: the Greyfriars cemetery , a place where in the 17th century there was a concentration camp and where the tormented spirits of their prisoners still wander, causing strange events.

Cemetery in Edinburgh

Curiously, the man responsible for the executions and tortures inflicted on these people rests in the same cemetery: the dreaded George Mackenzie, whose mausoleum is being studied by experts from all over the world given the tremendous paranormal activity that has been recorded in him.

Some of those who have dared to visit him have declared that mysterious cardinals have appeared on his body within a few hours , without any possible explanation.

These are the four options for traveling on Halloween that I have prepared for those readers who are fearless and brave. I, like every year, will say that “there are any” and I will stay at home with my black cat while we empty a pumpkin.

The Whiskey Route in Edinburgh

I really wanted to write this post because Scotland and Whiskey are two words that always go together. I want to tell you all about where to drink the best whiskey in Edinburgh , what types of whiskey it is advisable to try during your tri , and even where to start if it is your first time with this drink that the Gaelic-speaking Scots know as usquebaugh, or water of the life.

I must also recognize that writing this post was one of the funniest things we have done with the “excuse” of The Travel Blog, since for a few weeks we dedicate on Thursdays after working to try different pubs in Edinburgh, thus increasing our local knowledge and also accustoming our palates to new flavors and smells of this Scottish alcoholic beverage … to be consumed in moderation.

The Basics of Scotch Whiskey

The first thing you have to know is that for a whiskey to be Scottish it must meet a series of mandatory conditions, established by various official government laws and regulations.

That means that there may be other whiskeys around the world and if they don’t meet these standards, they can’t be called Scotch Whiskey or as the Americans say, “Scotch.”

Bottle and glass of whiskey - Have a whiskey in Edinburgh

The first rule is that it must be distilled in Scotland. In addition, its ingredients must be water and malted barley; In addition to some yeast for fermentation.

Once distilled, every whiskey that wants to be Scottish must age in Scotland, using oak barrels, for at least three years. After its rest time, Scotch whiskey is bottled with at least 40 degrees of alcohol by volume.

All whiskeys that comply with these indications are Scottish, and in turn will be divided into four different categories based on two factors:

Single or Blended

“Single” refers to the fact that whiskey has been produced in a single distillery, using water and malted barley, without adding anything else. “Blended” means that whiskey is a mixture of whiskeys from various distilleries.

Malt or Grain

“Malt” means that only malted barley (single malt, blended malt) was used, while “Grain” means that other cereals were used.

Combining the different possibilities, you can take for example a whiskey that is single malt, which means that it is only malted barley and produced in a single distillery with stills or a blended malt, which again would only carry malted barley in its cereal composition but it can be a mixture of two or more whiskeys of this type.

Each person has their preference in terms of type of whiskey and as always my recommendation is to try a little of everything to see what you like most.

Our favorite places to have a whiskey in Edinburgh

Bennets Bar

Very close to the Usher Hall and next to the Kings Theater we find Bennets Bar .

This is a traditional Edinburgh pub that has been open since 1839 – almost two hundred years of history, although it did not always have the same name. The decoration is the same as there was in the Victorian era and the truth is that it is a most cozy establishment.

It serves all kinds of drinks and also some food dishes; although it stands out for its extensive list of beers and its more than 150 varieties of single malt whiskeys . With so many names on the menu, we doubted ourselves what to ask for, so we asked the bartender who was behind the bar, who proved to be up to our demands: he not only knew a lot about whiskey but also knew how to listen to our taste personal.

Front of the bar - Having a whiskey in Edinburgh
Bar inside - Have a whiskey in Edinburgh

In Bennets Bar we had a 12-year-old Glenlivet , a single malt that is light and soft but it certainly was a good start in our whiskey journey. It comes from the “Speyside” area , which is in the northeast of Scotland, just above the Highlands Whiskey area.

This area is home to some of the world’s best known distilleries such as Macallan, Glenfiddich, Cardhu or Tamdhu. Our recommendation is to try at least a couple of these brands and then move towards more complex flavors … although as we said at the beginning of the post, you can also follow your intuition.


Just at the beginning of Princes St we find this Whiskey bar that is a bit hidden since its entrance is quite confusing: instead of entering the first bar you see when you cross the door, you have to go down the stairs. We almost missed it but when we arrived at the place it really was, we loved it.

This is a more modern pub than Bennets where there are small reserved tables with tables so you can have dinner with absolute tranquility and privacy. A very special place where, in addition to having a whiskey drama, you can stay for dinner.

Entrance to bar - Have a whiskey in Edinburgh

One thing that I liked a lot is that they offer an experience called “flavors of Scotland” (A Taste of Scotland) which consists of a typical tasting menu (4 dishes and two desserts) that you can accompany if you want a whiskey pairing. The price is very competitive and if it were not because there are not many vegetarian alternatives, I would have done it already.

In Usquabae we take a Kilchoman in its Loch Gorm variety . The distillery that produces it is in Islay, one of the Hebrides and we could feel how the taste changed completely compared to the others we tried. This region produces some of my favorites, such as Ardbeg and Laphroaig , only for those travelers who dare with some intensity. The Scots often say that the whiskeys of the islands are stronger because they carry with them the taste of sea salt … and although it is quite a romantic thought, I can not agree more.

Arol choosing a whiskey - Have a whiskey in Edinburgh

The black cat

Edgar Allan Poe has a horror story entitled “The Black Cat” which is known as one of the most scary stories in the history of literature. In Edinburgh there is a pub that has this name and it is undoubtedly the most gothic and dreary of the establishments we have visited on our whiskey route. However, we were positively surprised, since their menu has about 200 brands of whiskey and although they do not have a tasting menu as such, you can ask the waiters to give you less of those that interest you, to try.

Another point in favor of ” The Black Cat ” is that during the week they have live Scottish music (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30; Sundays from 4.30), which makes it a flat for any traveler interested in the folkloric part of Scotland.

Miriam in front of the bar - Having a whiskey in Edinburgh
Bar Interior - Drink a whiskey in Edinburgh

We take a Laphroaig, which is a single malt from the region of Islay … again, one of my favorites, and that is that the goat throws the mountain (or the region of Islay in this case!)

Scotch, at the Hotel Caledonia

The Hotel Caledonia is very close to the Waverley station, which in addition to being one of the most beautiful buildings in the center of Edinburgh, is also one of the best hotels in the city, with its five stars. Inside the hotel is Scotch, a very luxurious and 100% Scottish small bar that although it is a little more expensive than the average of places to drink whiskey, it is an experience that I would recommend to the most passionate . It has some brands that I had never seen and its barman is an expert.

I would recommend having a blended whiskey (since so far we have only taken single malts in this post). A good option is one of the blended malt as a Ballantine’s or Johnnie Walker, two of the most famous Scottish brands internationally.

Another interesting option is to dare with a single grain, that is, a whiskey that carries other cereals in addition to malted barley, such as Haig Club, which has a sweeter and vanilla flavor. This whiskey is produced in the distillery of Cameronbridge, the oldest in Scotland making single grain.


This pub , with two different venues in the city, is an institution in Edinburgh . In the area of ​​Leith is the largest of the two, which you can take advantage of to visit while you go to see the Britannia or take a walk around the port. If you get better downtown, they have another one very close to St Mary’s Cathedral.

His whiskey menu is so long that you will be looking at it for several minutes and it is possible that so many options leave you even more confused. Luckily, both the bartender and the other staff of both places can make a recommendation.

Punk rock from Tyred Eyes (on tour now with Impo & The Tents)

Here’s an update to a band I wrote about back in 2009. At the time they were a punk three piece called Tyred Eyes but they seem to have grown to a quartet by adding a female presence. Their sound has matured a bit as well. They are currently in the midst of a European tour and are planning to release their debut record this year. Here’s the song “Party Like It’s 1939!”