The special thing about the historical center of Dublin is that there is nothing that can be called the most beautiful. There is a friendly atmosphere. What is characteristic is that it evokes an image of a city (center) with a history that has known troubles and prosperity, consolidation and expansion. Outside the city center there are many modern neighborhoods, Gregorian houses and office buildings.
Dublin is the capital of Ireland and has a little more than 1.1 million inhabitants. This also makes it Ireland's biggest city. Like the population of Ireland, the population of Dublin is made up of English and Celts.
Dublin lies in the middle of the east coast of Ireland. The river Liffey flows through the heart of the city and flows into Dublin Bay. The people of Dublin have always had a weak spot for this muddy yet splendid river.
Ireland has the fastest growing economy in the European Union. Dublin was and is the engine of this economic growth. The most important sectors in the economy are software, electronics, financial services and tourism. Businesses are concentrated mostly in the suburbs of Dublin, where the offices are located.
The reason the economy of Dublin is growing so fast is that it provides cheap labor and low business taxes. This attracts many international companies, which in turn generate growth and prosperity.
Tourism is also very important to Dublin. Every year, the city attracts millions of tourists. This has to do with, among other things, the pubs, Guinness, Iris music, atmosphere, Gregorian buildings, parks, castles and universities.
Ireland has three international airports, of which Dublin Airport is the most important one. Flights from many places in Europe land here, as well as, of course, domestic flights. In addition, there are also transcontinental flights that land at Dublin Airport, including low costs carriers.
If you do not have a rental car at your disposal, travelling by public transport is easy. Dublin Bus offers its services within the city, and it will take you to many places. Especially for rush hour, Xpresso, a bus service provided by Dublin Bus which offers fast and direct lines to important (business) location in the city, was created. Airlink is a regular service between Dublin Airport and, among other places, the city center. Nitelink is a special nightly bus service to, among other places, the suburbs of Dublin. Raillink offers a bus connection between Dublin's most important train stations. By Eireann bus you can travel from Dublin to various places nearby, as well as to many other cities throughout Ireland. LUAS is the tram that operates in Dublin. It has been operational since 2004. LUAS connects Dublin's suburbs to the city center. It operates two lines: a Green Line and a Red Line. From Dublin, you can also move deeper into Ireland by train.
Traffic and Parking
First of all, it is important to remember that the people drive on the left side of the road in Ireland. The cars in Ireland have the steering wheel on the right side of the car, and the fear shift to the left of the driver. The maximum speed in inhabited areas is 48 kilometers (30 miles), in rural areas it is 96 km/h (60 miles), and on motorways the speed limit is 112 kilometers per hour (70 miles). Driving in Dublin isn't very difficult: it is not too busy, the tricky part is driving on the left. Dublin is surrounded by the M50 Circular Road, with exits to Dublin or to other cities. Cars are parked on the left side of the road. Remember that in Dublin parking is not free.
Dublin has all the hotel classes that an international cities is expected to have. It is always advisable to book in advance. When the tourists have left, the business people arrive, and vice versa.
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