“When I die Dublin will be written on my heart.” -James Joyce

Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Berlin has the Brandenburg Gate, Rome the Colosseum, and London has Big Ben… but Dublin? You just can’t think of a comparable sight in Dublin? Don’t worry, I couldn’t think of one either and this aroused my interest in the city. After a five-days stay, I can assure you that it was absolutely worth it!


A Bit of Everything

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Dublin is small, colorful, cordial, alive. Even the streets with their houses with painted doors are worth being seen. But everything bustles in An Lár – that’s Irish for city center. Dublin’s inner city is manageable but still there is something new at every turn. Between international fashion stores, there are rustic pubs maintaining the typically Irish flair. Furthermore, a lot of the sights are located around An Lár, for example Trinity College, the library of which is home of the legendary Book of Kells, or the Bank of Ireland. Whoever searches for a quiet place to rest and relax should just walk for 5 to 10 minutes to reach St. Stephen’s Green, a nice park with numerous spots to enjoy silence and nature.

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It’s sad to see that historic Dublin Castle has lost its charme due to modern development. However, you should definitely stop by at St. Patrick’s Cathedral as well as Christ Church Chathedral. Their impressive architecture and a touch of dark romance will surely cast a spell over you. By the way, I can only recommend you to discover Dublin by foot so that you get to see the less commercial districts and their appeal.

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Vivid Temple Bar

You may already think of Dublin as a lively and buoyant city but wait until night falls! The small alleys of Temple Bar turn into a vibrant hotspot for those who look for party and fun with their friends. With the famous Temple Bar leading the way, the pubs are always crowded and it feels like the cheerful atmosphere inside of the pubs floods ot of the doors and fills the streets. It’s a must to watch the Dubliners celebrating. And before you know it you’re already a part of the event. If the weather is mild, a walk along the Liffey, which is only about 5 minutes away from Temple Bar, brings the evening to a nice end.

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A Break in Howth

Of course, some people wish to get away from all the hustle and bustle in the city. I have good news for you: In Dublin, this is absolutely no problem. Within less than one hour, the DART brings you to the idyllic coastal village Howth, which is the ideal destination for a day trip. You can stroll around the traquil village or go for the cliffwalk. As a matter of course, the landscape can’t keep pace with Ireland’s Atlantic coast but however, you will get some panoramic views.

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All in all, Dublin is a city which can’t hold its ground in competition with the other European capitals. However, Dublin deserves much more attention than the city currently gets. It is a lot at once but especially genuine! The city is not flooded by tourists, it’s simply real and captivates due to rich cultural heritage and numerous surprises at every turn. I recommend you to avoid the overcrowded Guinness Store House and instead visit the National Leprechaun Museum, where fairy tales and legends are made alive. Although it has specialized on children, adults will have at least the same amount of fun.

You can choose from a lot of airlines Aer Lingus is particularly advisable. Tickets for a round trip start at app. 140€. A good way to save money is the option of booking flight and hotel simultaneously. I stayed in the Mespil Hotel and felt very comfortable there. It takes you about 10 minutes to reach the heart of Dublin.

Cheers!

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