Edirne City Guide

Edirne City Guide

Edirne is one of the most important trade centers of Turkey. The city; has the fifth border crossing that links Turkey with the European road and rail. Kapıkule border crossing, is Turkey’s largest road and rail border crossings. Turkey’s European border crossing, which opened in Edirne, was once the capital of the Ottoman Empire for nearly a century, is one of our most important provinces have been witness to many historical events. Edirne is surrounded by a cradle of civilization and cultural sense of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey with the date and the location. In addition, this place hosts the Historical Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling, which is shown as the oldest sports organization in the world after the Olympics. According to the legend, Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling started in 1361 with the transition of the Turks to Thrace. It has been traditionally continued for over 650 years.

Check out the most comprehensive Edirne city guide now. You will find the answers of many questions like “Places to see in Edirne” or “How to get to Edirne ?” in this guide.

City Name



Population Density

Population Growth Rate

Surface Area

Number of Districts

Postal Code

Area Code

GDP (Per Capita)




68 / km2

0,58 %

6,119 km2




17,150 $

After Edirne city center, Keşan and Uzunköprü are the biggest districts of the city. You can find a lot of agricultural fields in all districts of Edirne.

The districts of Edirne are Enez, Havsa, İpsala, Keşan, Lalapaşa, Meriç, Süloğlu and Uzunköprü. You will find detailed information for all districts of Edirne in this guide.

Short History of Edirne

Edirne is a historical city and has preserved its importance and value throughout history. It is known that Edirne was founded by the Thracians who migrated from Central Asia and settled here in ancient times. Later, Alexander the Great included these places within the vast borders of the Macedonian Empire. Later, these lands, which were dominated by the Romans, fell into the share of Eastern Byzantium after the Roman Empire was divided into two in 395. The first occupation disaster suffered by Edirne was that the Russians entered the city and stayed for a few months on August 22, 1829. Edirne also witnessed the 13-month occupation of the Russians on January 20, 1887, four months of the Bulgarians on March 26, 1913, and the two-year occupation of the Greeks in the 1920s. The city of Edirne, which today has border gates opening to Europe by the country’s road, was liberated from enemy occupation on November 25, 1922.

Accommodation in Edirne has become easier with the new investments. You can find many different accommodation alternatives in Edirne easily.

If you are looking for real estate for sale in Edirne or real estate for rent in Edirne , you are on the right page. As of the end of July 2020 in Edirne, the prices of houses for sale increased by 15.74% in the last year. Average for sale residential property size is 115 square meters. Considering the annual averages, as of the end of July 2020, the districts that gained the most value in Edirne for housing were Havsa, Enez, Uzunköprü, Keşan in descending order.

Do you want to get detailed information about hospitals in Edirne ? In Edirne, there are 9 state hospitals, 1 training and research hospital  and 3 private hospitals. Almost all districts have hospitals in different regions of the city.

Road Transportation

Edirne is connected to Istanbul by D100 highway and TEM highway. It is easy to reach by road. You can find a bus from Istanbul to Edirne every hour. There are also buses from Tekirdağ, Çanakkale, İzmir and Bursa to Edirne.

Air Transportation

As of 2020, there is no airport in Edirne yet. You have to use Tekirdağ Çorlu Airport as the closest. Tekirdağ Çorlu Atatürk Airport is 150 km from Edirne center. and the road takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Railway Transportation

It is also possible to reach Edirne by train. There are regular train services between Istanbul Halkalı and Edirne Kapıkule every day.

You will find the answers of the “Best places to visit in Edirne” or “Top 10 things to do and see in Edirne” questions in this guide.  Of course, it is not possible to take a trip to Edirne and not to see the magnificent masterwork of the Mimar Sinan. Although Selimiye Mosque is the pinnacle of Ottoman architecture, it is also one of the most special works of Islamic architecture. Be sure to visit this magnificent building, which can be seen from many points of the city with its 6 minarets, for any reason. Turkey’s largest, the Great Synagogue, one of Europe’s largest synagogues. You should visit this important historical destination. Gökçetepe Nature Park is one of the hidden paradises that has managed to stay natural in Edirne’s Keşan district. It is also one of the only pearls of Saros Bay, which forms a bridge between the Marmara and the Aegean seas, can clean itself and impress those who see it with its clarity.

The Lausanne Monument and Museum, located in the garden of the Trakya University Rectorate building, was opened to visitors in 1998. Again, Trakya University Rector Porf. Dr. The purpose of the monument and museum built under the leadership of Osman İnci emphasizes the importance of Lausanne for Edirne. The first time you visit the Lausanne Monument and Museum, we recommend that you first examine the magnificent monument and take a photo.

There are only one state university located in Edirne named as Trakya University.


Enes Sahin

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