Modern buildings on the River Liffey in Dublin © tilialucida/
Modern buildings on the River Liffey in Dublin © tilialucida/

Dublin – The Heart of the Emerald Isle

Published: 27 October 2023, 14:00

Dublin is a city full of energy with modern office towers, historic buildings, trendy nightlife districts and more than 800 pubs where you can have a good chat with the locals over a pint of Guinness. Declared a City of Literature by UNESCO, literary heritage radiates from several corners of the Irish capital and famous writers such as James Joyce and Oscar Wilde are commemorated. Centuries of history are encountered at every turn on the streets of Ireland. A visit to Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral or Christ Church Cathedral is like a trip back in time.

Dublin is a bilingual city: have you ever heard of “Baile Atha Cliath”? These almost unpronounceable words are the Irish Gaelic name of Dublin. Bilingual signs and street names run through the city, which is divided into north and south sides by the River Liffey and has both historical and modern sights to offer.

Numbers, data, facts

  • Time difference: - 1 hour
  • Population: 590,000
  • Official language: English and Irish (Gaeilge)
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

Historic Dublin, modern places – Dublin highlights

Dublin – The gateway to the Emerald Isle

Dublin is a popular and exciting city destination. Those spending a few extra days in the Emerald Isle should definitely pay a visit to the Irish capital’s beautiful surrounding countryside. There are plenty of destinations right on the city’s doorstep and some are easy to reach by public transport. This includes wonderful day trips to the Atlantic coast and the islands off it. There are old castles, sophisticated country houses, gardens and pretty fishing villages to discover. Beautiful landscapes and magnificent mountain ranges are a credit to the name the “Emerald Isle” – because Ireland is the land that shines in 40 shades of green.

Getting out of the city: excursions from Dublin

Dublin from BER

Five travel tips for ...

1. For historical insights: visit Christ Church and St. Patrick’s Cathedral

2. For diverse impressions: a walk along the Liffey

3. Have a night out in the trendy Temple Bar district

4. Go for a stroll and shopping on Henry Street and Grafton Street

5. Relax and walk in Phoenix Park

1. Wander through the Temple Bar pub district in the evening

2. Experience live Irish folk music in one of the local pubs

3. Learn more about the famous black beer at the Guinness Storehouse

4. Find out the secrets of whisky at the Jameson Distillery

5. Prove your singing skills at a karaoke bar

1. Learn more about the “Ulysses” author at the James Joyce Centre

2. Take a literary walk and listen to famous poets

3. Visit Trinity College’s impressive library

4. View the exhibition on the poet Yeats at the National Library

5. Take part in a literary pub crawl around Dublin

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