As a former Viking city, Dublin has been no stranger to turbulent times but that is a long time ago: hardly any other European metropolis is perceived by its visitors to be as friendly as the "City of a thousand welcomes". So it is no wonder that that medieval Dublin, with its quaint narrow streets and its famous castle, is such a popular tourist destination.
Dublin can be reached from most large cities in Europe with a direct flight. If you want to travel by car, you can take the ferry. From the harbour, there is a city tunnel connection to the Dublin motorway ring road. Once you arrive in the city, we recommend that you discover the city on foot.
Along the banks of the river Liffey which crosses Dublin, this is an ideal way of discovering the city on foot. From here the many bridges, such as the O'Connell Bridge or the Ha'penny Bridge, offer you time after time a breathtaking view of the architectural highlights near the shores of the river. This includes the Custom House, an imposing government building constructed in the classical style or the Convention Centre Dublin, which will attract your attention due to its modern façade which is made almost completely out of glass. You should also not overlook Dublin Castle in the heart of the old town.
In Dublin, the city of literature, you will have the opportunity to follow in the steps of famous writers. Listen to a reading in Sweny's Pharmacy, which is mentioned in James Joyce’s "Odysseus”. In the city district Temple Bar, which is the cultural centre of Dublin, you will be presented with a unique opportunity of a literary pub crawl. Or you can simply trace the author of “Dracula”, Bram Stoker, who lived and studied here for a long time.
The Guinness Storehouse is home to the Gravity Bar and it provides you with an incomparable panorama view over the city which can be best enjoyed with a freshly drawn pint. As well as beer, the majority of pubs also offer pub specialties which are highly recommended such as the the typical Dublin oysters, blue mussels or of course Irish Stew. A rising star in the Dublin restaurant scene is the Crackbird with its hip chicken dishes. Between 6pm and 7pm, you should also keep an eye on the reasonably priced "Early-Bird" menus.