Belfast has shrugged off its troubled past to emerge as an up-and-coming destination for travelers looking to enjoy a city break, with some four million visitors traveling to the city each year. The capital of Northern Ireland is served by Belfast International Airport as well as the smaller George Best Belfast City Airport, both of which welcome flights from a variety of European destinations. A railway line connects the city to other destinations in Northern Ireland as well as Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. Ferry links connect Belfast to the United Kingdom mainland. A variety of hotels can be found across the city, although the majority can be found in the city center. With hostels, budget hotels, chain hotels and luxury hotels available, there's ordinarily a room available for any traveler's budget. Belfast is an historic city, as evidenced by the impressive buildings on display. Visitors looking to reimagine a time gone by should seek out the likes of Belfast City Hall, the Grand Opera House, St. Anne's Cathedral, and the Albert Memorial Clock. All are visually impressive and can be taken in on an afternoon's stroll. Visitors willing to take a journey a little further afield should make a beeline for Belfast Castle and/or Carrickfergus Castle. First time visitors, particularly those with an interest in history, will want to take the Belfast Mural Tour. The city is home to a wide range of murals created by the Republican and Loyalist groups that have waged war in the city, all of which make for interesting viewing. If possible, join a guided tour for a detailed description of the city's “Troubles”. There's more to Belfast than just history though. In recent years great effort (and money) has been put into rejuvenating the city and adding fresh new amenities. This is perhaps best seen in the Titanic Quarter. Once a shipyard, the quarter today houses luxury apartments, a film studio and the Titanic Belfast, a tourist attraction dedicated to Belfast's maritime heritage and the RMS Titanic. The fateful passenger liner was constructed here. Also situated in the Titanic Quarter is the Odyssey Arena, Belfast's premium entertainment venue. The world's biggest musical performers and comedians regularly grace the arena's stage, while the Belfast Giants ice hockey club also plays here. On an event night you can expect this part of the quarter to be rammed. Other popular destinations in the city include the Botanic Gardens, Ulster Museum, Belfast Zoo and St. George's Market. Visitors to Belfast will find no shortage of places to eat and drink in the city. Restaurants, pubs, bars and cafés are frequent throughout the city's streets, with plenty of choice available. For those in search of good food and drink, the Golden Mile – which runs from Belfast City Hall to Queens University – is as good a place to start as any. The summer months (June-August) are peak time for tourists making their way to Belfast, but anytime between April and November generally proves to be suitable for a visit.