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Have yu ever walked until your were feet sore in Berlin, London r Paris? If s, youll love Dublin nd nt just because th sights r lined up next t each other in th city center. Th highlights around th city r also li along th route f recommended bus tour. Dublin hs everything, but is still navigable.

The citys attractions cover ll f th aspects f its long history. Trinity College, with its ld library nd th 1,200 year ld Book f Kells, tw medieval cathedrals (its th only European city with two) nd elegant 18th century squares trace th citys development from early Christian times t modern times. Irelands great literary talents r honored with monuments t James Joyce, Oscar Wilde nd other poets. Th Guinness brewery nd whiskey distillery attest t th Irish enthusiasm fr drink. And their struggle fr independence cn b seen in places like Dublin Castle nd Kilmainham Gaol.

A small country, big history: th green island hs 9,000 years f cultural traditions t look back n th rich source fr th museums f th capital city. But th first class collections dont just shed light n th wealth f th past; they also show modern Ireland. Special insight into Irish passions cn b gathered in th sport museum in th Croke Park stadium, yu cn gt n introduction t Irish literature in th Dublin Writers museum, nd theres information about th citys history t City Hall nd Dublinia. If yu only visit n museum in Dublin, it should definitely b th National Museum f Ireland Archeology, with its gold treasures found in Irish moors nd ditches. Th second institution f world renown is th Chester Beatty Library, with its collection f precious books. Entry t these tw museums, s t ll national museums, is free.

Art treasures from other European nd world cultures have also found their wy into Dublins museums. Th National Gallery nd parts f th national Museum originate from th nd f British rule in th 19th nd 20th century. Since independence, th Irish state hs extended its inventory nd founded nw museums in glorious buildings. A barracks from th 18th century hs become th home f th National Museums Decorative Arts nd History department, while th Museum f Modern Art fills th large, bright rooms f neo-classical veterans home in th Kilmainham area.

Three companies run busses along th same route, covering ll th important sights. If yu speak English well, yu should choose th tours with th Dublin Bus. There youll gt live commentary (rather than recording), in th lively language f th Dublin bus driver. They r funny, disrespectful nd always well informed (www.dublinbus.ie | 24-hour ticket 15 Euro). Fr explanation in other languages, try th rd busses (www.irishcitytours.com | 24-hour ticket 15.50 Euro). Dublins visitors cn also gt around easily n foot. Th Literary Pub Crawl is particularly popular. Tw actors lead yu through various pubs nd give entertaining insight into th lives f Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde nd C. | (April-October daily, November-March Thu-Sat 7:30pm, staring in Th Duke pub | Duke St. | www.dublinpubcrawl.com | Tel. 6705602). With th Rock 'n' Stroll Trail brochure (from th Tourist Office), music fans cn explore th roots f U2 nd other stars. Yu cn also s Dublin from th River Liffey: there r boat trips starting from Bachelors Walk, near Halfpenny Bridge (March t November, 4 t 6 times dy | about 45 minutes fr 13 Euros | Tel. 4734082 | www.liffeyvoyage.ie).

The most important museums r either in th city center r cn b easily reached with public transport. If yu gt 24-hour ticket fr n f th bus tours, yu cn interrupt th tour by hopping ut directly in front f th following museums (in th order f th tour): National Gallery, Natural History Museum, National Museum - Archaeology, Chester Beatty Library, City Hall, Dublinia, Museum f Modern Art, National Museum - Decorative Arts, Dublin Writers Museum, nd Th Hugh Lane Gallery. Theres hardly n easier wy t s Dublins art, culture nd history!

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