Baile Átha Cliath

Dublin or Baile Átha Cliath in the Irish language is the capital city of Ireland. It is located on the river Liffey and not far away from the Irish sea. The name goes back to the Irish word Dubhlinn meaning ‘black pool’ referring to such a tidal pool near the Liffey. The city was first mentioned in the year 140 and in 842 the Vikings created an own settlement in the area. Its history is strongly connected to the history of the country and you can find traces of the Great Famine, the Easter Rising and the Irish independence war.

Dublin is currently en vogue in Germany and I met a lot of Germans in the city. Prices are quite high, especially concerning hotel rooms (as high as in London) and groceries. The diversity of the public means of transport is a bit confusing, but you can get everywhere you want. You can reach the capital city easily via its airport and shuttle buses. Dublin is very touristic and it will never be my most favourite capital city, but it has so many interesting places to discover. Especially the high number of interesting museums is absolutely amazing! And it is a good starting point for tours to other parts of the island like Galway (which you can also reach by train), the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.

When I was there I learned a lot about Irish history at Kilmainham Goal, visited the fantastic Cheaster Beatty Library and explored Dublin castle. I took a look at the National Museum, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Trinity College. Of course, I also enjoyed a stout at the Guinness storehouse. Other points I visited were the great St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the St. Michan’s Church and the very nice Glasnevin cemetery. In fact, I never saw cemetery that was better prepared for visitors.

I walked through the amazing Victorian greenhouses of the botanic garden during a rainy day. During better weather, I enjoyed life at Phoenix park including the Dublin zoo and the vast Wellington monument. I took a look at the hustle and bustle of the Temple bar area, had fish’n’chips at Leo Burdocks, sat at the roof garden and found a second home at Mulligan’s pub. And to relax a little bit I took the DART train to Howth / Binn Éadair and visited the Irish sea.

Dublin / Baile Átha Cliath
Ireland / Éire