We don't often think of Dublin as one of the capitals of Europe when we think about it. Although it is small in terms of area and population (about half-million people live in Dublin), its personality makes up for it in size.
Like any European city, Dublin is rich in history. You can also look for Dublin day trips online. People in Ireland seem to have a deep understanding of their past and how it relates with their current culture, which is something that is rare among Americans.
You will find that a lot of their lyrics are related to their struggle for independence from Britain if you visit one of their pubs with Irish folk music.
There are many ways to experience Irish culture in Dublin today.
1. Book of Kells. This cultural treasure is widely considered Ireland's most important national treasure. It was created around 800 by Celtic monks.
It's an illustrated Latin Gospel book that contains the Gospels of New Testament. It is located at Trinity College Library and is a must-see.
2. Guinness Brewery. Guinness is a key part of Irish culture. More than 4 million people visit Guinness every year. They accidentally burned the hops during one of their first brews and it turned out that the beer was not brown but black.
3. Kilmainham Gaol. This former prison, now a museum plays an important role in the struggle for Irish independence.