Dublin or Amsterdam?

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1. Posted by ren_mcg (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hello Fellow Travelers!

I am looking for tips/opinions. I will be visiting my sister in Germany from the U.S. for about a week and we would like to take a small trip outside of Germany. We are debating between Amsterdam and Dublin. Suggestions? It will only be a Monday morning to Wednesday afternoon trip, so fairly brief.

A little backstory:
We grew up in Germany and took a lot of little trips as children. We have been to Amsterdam and the surrounding area a few times as children (tulips, windmills, cheese, etc.). We have frequented museums in Europe and the U.S. I enjoy the outdoors (hiking, rock climbing, etc.) and like good food and beer. I am leaning towards Dublin because I've never traveled to Ireland (yay to new things!), however, I feel like they may be more to do in Amsterdam. If we do Dublin, it'll only be the afternoon/evening in the city, overnight in Longford, then Cliffs of Moher, and back to Deutschland the next morning. Amsterdam would just be a day and a half in the city, possibly surrounding areas.
Or, does anyone have a better suggestion for a quick trip????

Thanks in advance for suggestions!

2. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Either Dublin or Amsterdam would be good fun but, bear in mind the amount of time you will actually spend travelling .. getting to & from the airport, waiting for the plane & the plane ride etc. None of it any fun. All that could gobble up a lot of your few days. I would stay close .. Germany has good beer I hear.

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Feb-2017, at 16:17 by hasbeen ]

3. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Respected Member 340 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Where are you staying in Germany?

4. Posted by LauraKirchner (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

From 2008 to 2011 I have lived in Dublin and I currently live in Amsterdam (since 2015).

First of all I want to mention that both cities are fantastic. You wrote that you have to choose between 1.5 days in Dublin or about 2.5 days in Amsterdam. So relating to your specific situation I would go for Amsterdam. It is an extra day compared to Dublin and you will have more choice of things to do. In about 2.5 days you can see, visit and do a lot of fun activities in the citycenter of Amsterdam. It has many bars, museums, shops, sightseeing (from the canals), and other activities in a relatively small area.

These websites will give you some ideas for things to do:

Please, let us know which city you've chosen and how it was.

5. Posted by puppa17 (Budding Member 66 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I have never visited the Netherlands,
but I have been to Ireland 4 times and I loved it every single time. Dublin is an amazing town full of history and things to see and experience. from museums to live music, to open markets or Viking tours!
Try to rent a car and drive around north and south on the coast which is really beautiful!

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1608 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Purely personal opinion, but if I had been to Amsterdam already and not to Dublin, I would go to Dublin just to see what is there. There is a lot to do in both cities although Dublin is smaller and has less to do just because of that. However, Dublin is a really fun and historic city with plenty to do for the amount of time you have. Personally, I'd skip the Cliffs of Moher and save them for another trip, perhaps spending some time exploring the west of Ireland which is spectacular. If you have little time, why not stay in Dublin and enjoy it? You do have to factor in travel time no matter what you choose.

Whatever you choose, have a great time.

7. Posted by Stevemorgan2708 (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Both cities are amazing. Amsterdam is somewhere that everyone must experience. There's a lot to see and there is good day trips from the city centre of Amsterdam which aren't to expensive. Dublin is a good city if you enjoy a night out but if you are going for the sightseeing then I would definitely recommend Amsterdam.

8. Posted by balhannahrise (Respected Member 51 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I would choose Dublin as I enjoyed the city more than Amsterdam, but because of time constraints I wouldn't go there.
Have you thought of other close by countries like Luxembourg or Belgium? Brugges and Ghent are both lovely and worth a visit.

9. Posted by Bill Hall (Respected Member 21 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

You had asked for other possibilities in addition to the two mentioned. If you're in Germany (depending on where), Prague is a great choice. Not far, and a beautiful city. It's also very reasonable cost wise......much more so than Amsterdam. I cannot speak of Dublin as I haven't been there.

10. Posted by balhannahrise (Respected Member 51 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Agree with Prague, plenty to keep you busy there!