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  • Writer's pictureDamian Brzeski

City break - a way to spend an attractive weekend!

When the monotony of everyday life begins to bother you, it is worth actively using the weekend. One way to do this is with a city break! That is, a several-day trip to a larger city for tourist and recreational purposes. Such a short trip helps you de-stress and recharge your batteries. Besides, as they say: travel educates!


Even short trips bring new experiences and impressions. You can organize the so-called city break entirely on your own or use ready-made offers from travel agencies. It is a quick and inexpensive way to escape the monotony of everyday life.


You can go to a larger city in the country or even abroad for a weekend trip. By car, train or low-cost airline. What directions are most often chosen and recommended?


A gondola on one of the canals in Venice with a gondolier resting in it

City break: 5 recommended destinations for an attractive weekend!


Below is a list of the best destinations for a quick weekend or a few-day trip outside the season. Since these will be short trips to recharge the batteries, the most important thing is that the trip is not tiring and does not take up too much of our time.


For this purpose, it is best to choose a flight from the nearest local airport; I deliberately do not write here about choosing cheap airlines. Low-cost airlines may fly cheaply, but most often they fly away from the city center, sometimes even 1-2 hours away from our destination.


This may not be a problem when we plan a 7-14 day vacation, but when we organize a weekend trip, spending an extra few hours in a taxi or bus just to get to the hotel is a waste of our time.


Vienna


We can quickly get to the capital of Austria by plane. Unfortunately, not from the airport in Gdańsk Rębiechów. I would suggest you another option here. There is an Intercity train on the Gdynia - Vienna route, the journey takes about 12 hours and the price of such a journey starts from PLN 240.


Yes, I know, half a day on the train. But if you look at it as a trip in which the train journey is one of the components, and not just an unpleasant obligation to sit there for 12 hours, it becomes more pleasant. The undoubted advantage of the train is that you do not have to pay extra for luggage, and even more so you will not have any restrictions on the weight of your suitcases, which you will certainly appreciate when traveling in winter.


It is also a nice option for another reason - traveling with a larger team, the trip itself is a great way to spend time talking to each other while admiring the changing landscape outside the window. You can also just sleep for a few hours and arrive at your destination rested.


And that's the biggest advantage of this way of traveling - when you take the train, you start and end your journey in the very center, without checking in or taking a taxi to the airport. You get off the train and start sightseeing, literally taking into account how charming the Wien Hbf (Vienna) train station is.


There are plenty of attractions in Vienna itself. The city presents diverse and stunning architecture. In addition, it is the cradle of culture! When in Vienna, it is definitely worth visiting the galleries, museums and famous opera houses available there.


Prague


A trip to Prague is a great idea, even for a weekend trip. Ryanair flies on this route on Saturdays and Mondays. All you need to do is take one day off from work and you will be able to get to know the Czech capitals almost from the inside.


Prague is full of atmosphere and colors, it is the perfect destination for one weekend. Its stunning old town, numerous historical remains and historic bridges create a beautiful urban landscape. The city is bustling with life 24 hours a day, so it's impossible to get bored there.


Venice


The city is the dream of many lovers, a must-have place that you must see at least once in your life, and to be completely honest with you, seeing Venice once is enough and I even doubt that you would want to go back there. Nevertheless, it is an iconic city that appears in countless films, songs and paintings. Venice is simply a must-see.


It would certainly make it easier for you to travel to Venice by taking a direct flight with a low-cost airline, but unfortunately none of the carriers currently offers flights from Gdańsk. But nothing is lost, if you look carefully, you will easily find a flight with one stopover at an attractive price. As of the date of writing this article, Lufthanza offers a flight with one transfer for PLN 600/640 per person.


Departure from Gdańsk is possible twice a day! So you can plan your trip to Venice freely, just by choosing the departure time. Transfers take place in Frankfurt or Munich and the entire journey to the main airport in Venice takes about 6 hours.


Venice itself is a popular Italian town, considered one of the most romantic in Europe. A unique city on the water, offers unusual attractions and presents beautiful architecture. When in Venice, you must take a gondola ride along the city's canals.


London


It is the largest capital in Europe, so it may seem that spending a weekend there is not enough. However, this is enough to see the most important points of the city and admire, or not, the British atmosphere. Its showcase is definitely Big Ben, the clock tower, and Buckingham Palace, the drawbridge over the Thames and the city center itself. It is also worth visiting the London Eye, a Ferris wheel with a view of almost the entire London metropolitan area from its gondola.


I don't need to add that due to the fact that London is also one of the largest business centers on the old continent, it is home to one of the largest Polini concentrations and there are plenty of flights to all London airports.


Paris


Who wouldn't want to see the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe or the Louvre with their own eyes at least once in their life? In fact, Paris has much to offer, but it is really much more. It is a wonderful city where you will find something interesting at every turn. In my opinion, to experience Paris you need to spend at least 4/5 days there.


Due to the fact that there are currently no direct flights from Gdańsk to the capital of France, but only flights to Beauvais-Tillé Airport, which is over 80 km away from Paris, this slightly longer stay is even more economically rational.


However, it is worth following the website of the Gdańsk airport, there was already an offer of low-cost flights to the airport near Paris, and for years there has been talk about the possibility of AirFrance entering the airport in Rębiechów with direct flights to the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport.


And there is something to wait for, this is a city considered to be the capital of fashion with a romantic embodiment and a lot of charm. It is a French but also European gem, whose symbol is the monumental Eiffel Tower. The city is bustling with life almost 24 hours a day and offers a lot of attractions. A long weekend in Paris was definitely going to be a success. What's more, it is a city you want to come back to, and not every large city is like that.


Is it worth going on a city break?


As you can see, not each of the above-mentioned cities is an obvious destination for the average Tri-City resident. It's always easier to plan a City-break when you have cheap flights with Wizzair and Rianair. In this way, Barcelona, Oslo, Stockholm or even Rome are simply trite.


And when you look at the summer flight network from Gdańsk Rębiechów, you will see how many nice places there are for a weekend trip, especially in the summer flight timetable.


Just look, I will quote here the list available on the official website of the city of Gdańsk presenting the network of regular connections for the 2023 season:

  • Ryanair: Aarhus, Alicante, Barcelona-El Prat, Belfast, Billund, Bristol, Burgas, Chania/Crete, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Corfu, Krakow, Leeds -Bradford, London-Stansted, Lublin, Malaga, Malta, Manchester, Milan-Bergamo, Naples, Newcastle, Oslo-Torp, Paphos, Paris-Beauvais, Pisa, Podgorica, Prague, Riga, Rome, Santorini, Stockholm-Arlanda, Vaxjo , Venice, Wrocław, Zadar

  • Wizz Air: Aberdeen, Alesund, Barcelona El-Prat, Bergen, Burgas, Dortmund, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Goteborg, Hamburg, Haugesund, Heraklion/Crete, Cologne-Bonn, Kutaisi, Larnaca, Leeds-Bradford, Liverpool, London-Luton, Malaga, Malmo, Oslo-Gardermoen, Oslo-Torp, Paris-Beauvais, Reykiavik-Keflavik, Split, Stavanger, Stockholm-Skavsta, Tirana, Tromso, Trondheim, Turku

  • LOT: Warsaw, Rzeszów

  • KLM: Amsterdam

  • SAS: Copenhagen

  • Lufthansa: Frankfurt, Munich;

  • Norwegian: Bergen, Oslo-Gardermoen

  • SWISS: Zurich

Almost each of these cities, from the far north to the south of our continent, has something interesting to offer. The purpose of this article was not to discuss every interesting place, due to their number, it is almost impossible.


My goal is to encourage you to go on a journey and explore and experience the world. And there is probably no cheaper and faster way to do it than city break style trips .

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