Wizz Air will operate the new route from Birmingham starting in mid-September this year
Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, has announced direct flights from Birmingham to Warsaw and Budapest. Both routes will be operated from mid-September with two flights per week. Hungarian airline Wizz Air will fly between Birmingham and Warsaw on Mondays and Fridays, and between Birmingham and Budapest on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Seats on these routes are already on sale.
The news is very good for anyone living in central England looking to take a city break in wither of these popular European capital cities. I looked at Budapest in a little detail in a recent blog, so in this blog I’ll take a look at Warsaw and its attractions for city break travellers.
Warsaw is a city of contrasts, from stark communist architecture to the pretty buildings of the old town centre. Warsaw has a rather grey image, mainly due to its large scale destruction in World War Two. However, the OldTown (Stare Miasto) has been carefully restored to resemble its former glory and is well worth a visit. Although completely obliterated during the war, the area has been painstakingly reconstructed with the look and feel of the city prior to its destruction, even using the original bricks where possible. The Market Square ( Rynek Starego Miasta) dates back to the 13th century and has a lively atmosphere and a wide choice of cafes, bars and restaurants.
A visit to the Jewish Cemetery is high on the list for many tourists. It is amongst the largest in the world and has become the final resting place of rabbis and intellectuals as well as local people. For many film fans and historians a trip to Warsaw will include a visit to the Jewish Ghetto where they will be able to retrace the steps of the composer and pianist Wladsylaw Szpilman, whose story was told in Roman Polanski’s film, The Pianist.
Another popular attraction is the park-palace complex of LazienkiPark, the largest park in Warsaw. The park links the RoyalCastle, itself a national monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the beautiful WilanowPalace, nicknamed the Polish Versailles. .. Music lovers may want to remember one of the city’s most famous residents and the FryderykChopinMuseum dedicated to his life is housed at the OstrogskiPalace. A visit to Warsaw’s former Gestapo HQ museum is a stark reminder of man’s capacity for cruelty, and a telling reminder of Poland’s recent history.
A Warsaw break combines very well with a stay in Krakow, and this twin centre break will be possible flying from Bimingham from mid September onwards.