Originally a Viking settlement, Dublin is the capital and most populated city in Ireland, and it is considered one of the top 30 cities in the world by the Global and World Cities Research Network (GaWC). Like many European cities, Dublin is home to numerous landmarks that were constructed hundreds of years ago—the most famous of these being Dublin Castle, which was built in the thirteenth century to help defend the city.

A major draw for travelers is Dublin’s rich history in the arts, with numerous literary figures (James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett) and famous musical acts (U2, Van Morrison) hailing from the region. With approximately 50% of the population under the age of 25 and myriad pubs and nightclubs, Dublin offers an extremely active social scene.

Must See: The number-one visitor destination is the Guinness Storehouse, which has been the home of Dublin’s signature stout since 1759. Previously a fermentation plant, one of the seven-story building’s biggest features is the Gravity Bar, in which you can simultaneously enjoy a pint and a 360-degree view of the city.

Lodging: Dublin’s newest hotel, The Marker, is also one of its most luxurious. If relaxation is your thing, you’ll enjoy The Spa, which features an infinity pool, a large whirlpool, a sauna and a steam room to help you unwind.

Cuisine: Irish cuisine is known for its use of ingredients like potatoes, leeks, cabbage, and pork. Colcannon is a traditional dish made with mashed potatoes, kale, scallions and parsley, often served with bacon or ham.

Packing Tips: As with many old European cities, the easiest way to see Dublin’s sights is by walking. Be sure to bring a pair of sturdy, comfortable shoes for long strolls through the city.

Ground Transportation: Not only does the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) system enable you to quickly get from place to place, the rail’s route through the city and its close proximity to the coastline provide scenic accompaniment as you ride.

Recommended Books: Dubliners, by James Joyce, an important work in the Western literary canon, is a collection of short stories that offers an accurate portrayal of life in the city a century ago. Once your private jet touches down, you’ll be able to visit many of the geographic locations referenced throughout the book.

Currency: The euro is the local currency.

Calling Code Ireland: 353

Best Travel Dates: Due to its maritime climate, there isn’t any particular time of year to avoid visiting Dublin; the winters are mild and the summers are relatively cool.

Airports in Dublin