A lively and young European capital, full of fun but also art and culture. This is Dublin, the heart of the Republic of Ireland, a welcoming, colourful and people-oriented city.
Founded by the Vikings as a centre for their slave trade, Dublin is situated at the mouth of the River Liffey, which divides it into two parts and is crossed by the characteristic Ha'penny Bridge, built in 1816 and which owes its name to the toll of half a penny needed to cross over it. Along the north shore lie the busy shopping streets of Talbot Street and Henry Street. On the southern shore the atmosphere is more sophisticated, especially around Grafton Street with its luxury shops. Here you'll also find the famous Trinity College, known as the oldest and most prestigious university in Ireland, that has had famous students such as Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker and Jonathan Swift.
Do not miss the Christ Church Cathedral andSt Patrick 's Cathedral, the capital city's two medieval cathedrals. Or visit Dublin Castle, a Norman fortress which was for a long time, the symbol of the English oppression.
Nature lovers can enjoy a walk in Phoenix Park, a beautiful park of 800 hectares which is home to the Dublin Zoo. The centre of nightlife is the Temple Bar district. The artistic and cultural heart of the city, with its maze of narrow streets, cafes, bars, theaters, exhibition spaces and pubs. Visit the home of the famous dark beer and the museum dedicated to its history, the Guinness Storehouse. The roof of this museum is home to the Gravity Bar, the highest bar in Ireland, with panoramic views across Dublin.