Want to really learn about a destination when you visit it? Before just heading to a museum, how about going to the library?
The Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading in Brazil is a great example of Brazilian architecture, and the library also has the world’s biggest collection of Portuguese literature outside of Portugal.
Trinity College Library in Ireland is older than the U.S. It was founded in 1592 and hosts the Book of Kells–the oldest book in the world! It’s a great place to trace the entire history of Ireland.
And in Austria, you can and should visit Melk Abbey’s library. It looks like a Baroque-styled palace and is widely known for its collection of musical manuscripts.
Remember, you’re not going to these libraries to just read or study but to meet the locals who probably know more about the destination than anyone else.