If you are looking for a European city to spend a week, Dublin is THE city. It is fun. It sparkles with numerous attractions. And best of all, beer is flowing. Here are some tips to have a great week in Dublin, Ireland:

The must-sees might include the following: Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Street, Dublinia (medieval Dublin), Irish Film Centre, and St. Stephen’s Green. Other top Dublin attractions include the following: the National Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and the Kilmainham Jail.

Also do not miss the world renowned Guinness Brewery, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Phoenix Park. Visit the Abbey Theatre, the Temple Bar Area, and Brazen Head (the oldest pub in the city). Of course, your Dublin itinerary should include Trinity College where you can see the ancient Book of Kells. These sights are near the city center, so it is like hitting many birds with one stone.

One of the rules of thumb in spending a week in Dublin is generally to do what really interests you. For example, if you are not a Guinness person (if you think drinking it is like drinking a melted shoe polish), then why visit the Guinness Brewery? You can skip this tour, although you might be branded as heretic since Guinness is the most popular beer in Ireland. If your interest is history, head to Kilmainham Gaol, where many of people who joined in the Easter Uprising were jailed.

We suggest that you purchase a Dublin walking map. It will be a good investment upon your arrival to the city. It is best to plan well in advance in order to avoid all the hassles and experience a more than satisfactory week in Dublin.