Dublin: a short break​

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    Dublin has a number of things going for it as a short-break destination. Well served by flights from across Europe, the airport is close to the centre, so you can make the most of your time. The city is relatively small, and most places of interest are within easy walking distance of each other.​

    Getting an overview​

    Start with the Hop-on, Hop-off Dublin Bus Tour. Tickets cover 24- or 48-hour periods. There’s a guide on the bus who’ll point out the sights to you, so whenever a landmarkSehenswürdigkeit, Wahrzeichen​landmark sounds interesting, just jump off to explore.​

    Or you could join the Original Dublin Walking Tour, with an actor, a writer, a musician or an artist offering their uniquebesonders, eigen​unique accountBeschreibung, Darstellung​account of the city and sharing some of its forgotten corners. The tour will take you around Temple Bar, a vibrantdynamisch, pulsierendvibrant centre of bars, eatery (ifml.)Restaurant​eateries, clubs and shops. This is a focal pointZentrumfocal point for an evening out in the heart of the city.​

    One of the best ways of getting your get one’s bearingssich orientieren​bearings is by going on the Lazy Bike Tour. At the time of writing, it costs €35 to do the tour on a normal bike. But my tip is to make life easier by paying the extra €5 and doing it on an e-bike.​​

    Dublin Castle​

    Dublin’s rich history has been significantly shaped by Ireland’s complex relationship with England. This relationship has been a key part of Ireland’s story for over 800 years.​

    Settled by the Vikings in the ninth century, the city was under Norse(alt)nordischNorse control until the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. While the Norse influence continued for some time after their military defeat, Dublin gradually evolvesich entwickeln​evolved into a centre of English authority, especially after the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169. The city’s historic architecture, including landmarks like Dublin Castle, reflects various periods of this English rule.​

    Dublin Castle and the adjacentbenachbart​adjacent city hallRathaus​City Hall make a good starting point for the visitor. Originally developed in medievalmittelalterlich​medieval times as a fortressFestung​fortress, the castle was turned into the official residence of the Viceroy, the English monarch’s representative in Ireland. The castle was built near a dark pool (in Irish, dubh linn) in the River Poddle, which still runs beneath the castle grounds today.​

    In the grounds of the castle, you’ll find one of the true nuggethier: Juwel, Schatzkästchen​nuggets of any visit to Dublin. The Chester Beatty is an extraordinary collection of artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Indeed, Lonely Planet describes it as “not just the best museum in Ireland but one of the best in Europe”.

    The attached gift shop has some unusual and interesting items, and the Silk Road Cafe in the museum serves delicious Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food.​

    Museum treasures​

    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland’s oldest university, is well worth a visit. Its Old Library is home to a very famous, highly ornatekunstvoll, verziertornate copyhier: Exemplar​copy of the four gospelEvangelium​gospels of the New Testament. It’s more than 1,000 years old and called the Book of Kells. It’s worth booking a ticket for an immersive experienceMultimedia-Kultur-Erlebnis​immersive experience in the Pavilion building, if you’re not oversensitiveüberempfindlichoversensitive to light and motion.​

    Another interesting museum to visit is the National Gallery of Ireland on Merrion Square, where paintings by well-known Irish artists hang alongside excellent examples by internationally known artists, including Picasso, Rembrandt, Velázquez, Turner and Caravaggio.​

    Ireland is rightly proud of its literary tradition. The Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) is to be found at UCD Newman House, at 86 St Stephens Green. This is the historic home of the Catholic University of Ireland, the precursorVorläufer​precursor to University College Dublin. James Joyce studied here, to graduateeinen (Hochschul)Abschluss machen​graduating in 1902.​

    The museum’s Commons Cafe and gift shop, overlooking the landscape sth.etw. landschaftlich gestalten​landscaped Courtyard and Readers Gardens, provide a welcome resting point. If literature is “your thing”, remember that Dublin’s annual International Literature Festival is held in Merrion Square Park in May.​

    One of the blackest episodes in Ireland’s history concerns the potato famineHungersnot​famines of the mid-1800s and the consequentdaraus folgend​consequent emigration of millions of Irish to the US, Canada and Australia.​

    At the Irish Emigration Museum, located in a restored 200-year-old Georgian warehouseLagerhaus​warehouse, you’ll learn why people were driven from this island, where they went and what they took with them. The replicaNachbau​replica Jeanie Johnston “famine” ship, to moorvertäuen, verankern​moored close by on Custom House Quay, to reveal sth.etw. verdeutlichen​reveals the appallingfürchterlich​appalling, crampedbeengt​cramped conditions to endure sth. etw. aushalten​endured by 250 passengers as they to set offaufbrechen​set off in the hope of finding a better life in North America.​

    Where to eat​

    When you’ve had enough culture and history, you’ll need to find good places to eat, drink and be entertained. The Urban breweryBrauerei​Brewery and ELY wine bar, in the same building as the Emigration Museum, are both excellent places to eat and drink.​

    soleSeezunge​SOLE Seafood & Grill on South William Street is an award-winning restaurant specializing, as the name suggests, in fresh seafood. For vegetarians, cornucopiaFüllhorn​Cornucopia Restaurant on Wicklow Street, just off the main retail centreEinkaufszentrum​retail centre Grafton Street, provides good-quality self-service food and is ideal for lunch. And the Happy Pear offers a fabulousfantastisch​fabulous selection of plant-based dishes made with organic products.​

    To try a classic Irish stewEintopf​stew (lamb or beef, vegetables and herb(Küchen)Kraut​herbs), to head to sich aufmachen zu/nach​head to the Boxty House, in Temple Bar, a riverside neighbourhoodStadtviertel direkt am Fluss​riverside neighbourhood.​

    On the north side of the river, there’s the Old Music Shop Restaurant in the dining room of the Castle Hotel, and the Church, a cafe, bar and restaurant that’s housed in a lovingly to convert sth.etw. umbauen​converted church. The menu in the Church is a mix of Irish and international classics and includes an excellent Guinness beef stew (slow cooked in a sauce made with Guinness, carrots and onions).​

    Another Irish speciality that you should try if you can is boxty pancakes. These are traditional Irish potato pancakes, and they do delicious ones at Boxty House.​

    For something sweet, go for soda bread with jam and butter at the Bretzel Bakery – a Jewish bakery that’s just down the road from the Irish Jewish Museum.​

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