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Holiday on the Emerald Isle

04.07.2019
Kerry Ireland

If you're looking for cooler regions this summer, then you should visit Ireland. It is not only pleasantly refreshing here but also gorgeously green. Ireland's capital Dublin and County Kerry are only a flight away from Berlin. Dublin is ideal for a city break or as a starting point for a tour around the Emerald Isle. County Kerry entices with scenic beauty galore. 

Dublin – A city of pub culture

Dublin Pubs

Welcome to Baile Átha Cliath! Pardon? That is the Irish name for Ireland's capital - in Dublin, everything is signposted in both English and Irish. Most locals do not speak Irish but English with a strong Irish accent. Your best bet would be to seat yourself in one of the 800 pubs and simply listen in – even if you don't understand everything, you'll definitely get talking after a few Guinnesses – the Irish are incredibly gregarious and welcoming. For them, the pub is like a second living room. You will be spoiled for choice in the trendy Temple Bar neighbourhood – here, it's one pub after another. From the afternoon onwards, the atmosphere here is buzzing, with traditional Irish music often being played live. If you want to know how Guinness beer is brewed and properly tapped, then you should join a guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. 

Dublin – UNESCO City of Literature

Dublin Literature Trinity

There's only a few other cities in which literature is so present like it is in Dublin. To this day, the spirits of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw can be felt in the UNESCO City of Literature, with museums, parks, memorial plaques and regular literature events evoking the famous poets. A good overview of their work can be found in the Dublin Writers Museum, and you can follow in the footsteps of James Joyce by heading to the Joyce Museum in Sandycove, just a few kilometres away. The legendary Trinity College, where Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker studied, is also worth a visit. You should also keep an eye out for the so-called Talking Statues, which are talking monuments of ten famous Dublin writers. They speak up and tell their story, via smartphone. 

If you've got the bug and would like to let Dublin inspire you more, then we recommend the "The Travel Hack" blog:

Ireland - Green Island

A city break to lively Dublin can be wonderfully combined with a multi-day drip to County Kerry in south-west Ireland. Only then can you discover the real Ireland – in short, really get to know the Emerald Isle. It only takes a few hours' drive on the M7 to Kerry, which can be brightened up with a stopover in Limerick. It's worth it, as Limerick offers a wealth of attractions, from the historic King John's Castle to the famous Rugby Stadium and the lively Milk Market. 

Ireland – the Emerald Isle

Kerry Ireland 3

It can even be seen from the skies: Ireland is incredibly green and is known as The Emerald Isle for good reason. Like a moss-green stone, the island lies in the Atlantic off the north-west European coast. Rough coasts, sparse plateaus and rich vegetation shape a truly beautiful natural landscape. One of these lovely green spots is County Kerry in south-western Ireland, which includes the stunningly beautiful Iveragh Peninsula where the famous Ring of Kerry belongs. The legendary panoramic road, which is 172 kilometres long, winds through the peninsula famous for its natural diversity.
The Ring of Kerry highlights are shown on the earthtrekkers blog.

County Kerry – Killarney National Park

Killarney Ireland

One of the top highlights of County Kerry is the Killarney National Park on the Iveragh Peninsula. With its blue lakes, deep woods and rugged mountains, the national park offers a spectacular experience. The gorgeous landscape invites you to go on small or larger hiking trips. You can also explore areas by bike, such as the Gap of Dunloe mountain pass, with its fascinating mountain ridges and gorges.
Tips for the most beautiful hikes can be found here:

Berlin – Ireland flight connections

The Republic of Ireland is ideally connected to Berlin with two destinations. Head to the capital city of Dublin up to twice a day with Aer Lingus from Tegel and with Ryanair from Schönefeld. Ryanair also flies to Kerry Airport in south-west Ireland every Wednesday and Sunday from Schönefeld. 

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