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Quick Facts About Ireland

The “Green Island” located on the western edge of Europe delights visitors with a unique landscape that is sometimes lovely and mystical, sometimes rough and spectacular. From the dreamy Wicklow Mountains to Kerry with its rugged coastline, from the Cliffs of Moher to wild Connemara or to Achill Island in lonely County Mayo. A drive of just a few hours is all it takes to discover completely new landscapes. And then of course there is Dublin! The Irish capital is modern, hip and open-minded.

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The range of historical sights is also impressive: enigmatic graves of long-lost cultures, medieval monasteries, defiant castles and magnificent palaces. There is so much to discover!
But it’s not just the landscapes and the many sights that inspire the visitor. Above all, it is the Irish themselves who keep pulling you back to the island. Your hospitality, which makes it easy for everyone to start a conversation, has something captivating about it. A visit to an Irish pub crowns an eventful day. Music is often made spontaneously, the typical Irish folk is always rousing or sometimes deeply melancholy. The fast and virtuoso playing of the fiddle (violin) together with the flute, the tin wistle, result in the characteristic Irish sound, which has nothing at all of old-fashioned folk music.

Today the traveler is offered an enormous variety of travel options. Be it a city trip to Dublin or Belfast, a car or motorcycle trip on the “Wild Atlantic Way” or a bike tour. Hiking is also very popular. The accommodations are just as diverse: from family bed and breakfasts (B&B) to country houses, traditional cottages and luxurious castles, there is something for every taste and budget.

Welcome to Ireland! Cead mile failte!

Entry requirements
According to Countryaah, the Republic of Ireland is a member of the EU, as is Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom. The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are not part of the Schengen area. German citizens need a valid identity card or passport to enter the country.

The euro is used to pay.
ATMs are particularly common in cities and tourist centers. To be able to withdraw money, you need a credit card or an EC card with the “Maestro” symbol. International credit cards are common. But you cannot necessarily pay with it in all hotels or in smaller shops, this is especially difficult in rural areas. It is therefore advisable to always have enough cash with you.

Time zone
CET – 1 hour

Ireland has a temperate climate which is, thanks to the Gulf Stream, much milder in many places than in comparable latitudes.

Language The
official languages ​​are Irish and English.

Telephone / Internet
The international code is +353 according to AllCityCodes.
Cell phone reception is usually good, and dead zones can occasionally occur in remote areas. In many hotels, restaurants, public buildings etc. there is often free WiFi.

Electricity & mains voltage
The voltage is 220 to 240 volts, 50 Hz, so that all devices can be used without problems. An adapter (for UK and Ireland) is required.

Emergency numbers
Republic of Ireland
Ambulance, fire brigade, police: 112 or 999
Victim assistance for tourists:
Mon-Fri: 1890 365 700 (from Ireland), +353 1 661 0562 (from abroad)
Sa, so: 1 890 365 700 (from Ireland) , +353 1 661 0562 (from abroad)

Northern Ireland Ambulance
, Fire, Police: 999
Tourist victim assistance: +44 (0) 28 90 244039

The largest airports on Green Island are in Dublin (Republic of Ireland) and Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK). Dublin is served by the Irish airline Aer Lingus, but also for example by Lufthansa, Belfast by British Airways and KLM. Other international airports are in Shannon, Cork and Knock.

ARRIVAL by ferry
There is no direct ferry connection from Germany. If you want to travel by ferry, you can travel via Wales or England. The shipping company Stena Line operates the route from Holyhead (north Wales) to Dublin and from Fishguard (south Wales) to Rosslare in the south-east of Ireland.
If you want to travel to Northern Ireland, you can take the Stena Line from Cairnryan or Liverpool (both England) to Belfast.

The following applies to traveling by car …
Petrol prices in Ireland are usually a little higher by our standards. The fuel names are not necessarily identical to “ours”. It is important to choose the correct octane number, 95 stands for super, 98 for super plus. “Unleaded” means “lead-free”, it is sometimes indicated by the addition of an “E”.
Maximum speed in urban areas: 50 km / h
Maximum speed outside cities: 80 km / h
speed highways / national roads: 100 km / h Maximum speed motorway: 120 km / h
alcohol limit : 0.5 (0.2 for novice drivers)
There is left-hand traffic!
(Information without guarantee, please inform yourself about the relevant provisions before departure)

Best travel time
The best travel time for Ireland is between May and September, with May and June being the most beautiful months. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, the weather is usually mild, and the summers are not too hot either. Since there can be bottlenecks in accommodation in the high season, we recommend booking early, especially for this time.
If you want to visit Dublin, you can basically drive at any time, even in the winter months a city trip is a good idea.

The European health insurance card should be carried with you as proof of EU-wide insurance coverage. A private international travel health insurance is also recommended. Medical care in Ireland from the medical side as well as with regard to pharmacies corresponds to the European standard. Vacationers who are dependent on medication should stock up on essentials beforehand. In addition, good sun protection and, if necessary, mosquito repellent should be in the first aid kit.

Holidays and memorial
days In addition to Christmas, New Year, May 1st and Christian holidays with changing dates such as Easter, Pentecost or Ascension Day, the following holidays apply:
March 17th St. Patrick’s Day
1st Monday in May May Day
1st Monday in June Spring holiday
1st Monday in August summer holiday
Last Monday in October October holiday

Embassies & Consulates General
German Representation
31 Trimleston Avenue
Booterstown / Dublin
Tel: +353 12693011

Austrian Representation
6 Ailesbury Rd
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 12694577

Swiss Representation
6, Ailesbury Road
Ballsbridge / Dublin
Tel: +353 12186382 / -83

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