Always a killer Scrabble hand, the Polish city of Bydgoszcz has recently been discovered by the travel cognoscenti.
As Prague and the Baltic capitals get crowded, this fascinating city in the north of Poland offers atmospheric streets, striking architecture and hospitable bars and restaurants, without the danger of stumbling into a massive stag party.
Today’s Big Deal offers a great introduction to Bydgoszcz, with direct flights and comfortable modern hotel accommodation. Now let’s work on that pronunciation: berda gosht. Close enough.
The Big Deal, exclusive to 5pm customers, flies you direct to Bydgoszcz with Ryanair from Glasgow International and includes hand luggage and three nights room only accommodation, based on two sharing a standard double or twin room at the 4* Holiday Inn Bydgoszcz.
Departure dates are as follows:
5th, 12th, 19th, 26th May
Flights are direct. Outbound flights depart 10:25, arriving 13:45. Inbound flights depart 14:10, arriving 15:40.
Other airports and dates may be available subject to extra surcharge. Please enquire by calling directly.
The 4 star Holiday Inn Bydgoszcz is located in a leafy part of the city, very close to the Brda river. The old town is about five minutes from the hotel on foot, with the main shopping and restaurant areas around ten minutes away.
Modern, air-conditioned, ensuite guest rooms have free Wifi internet and satellite TV. Amenities include a laptop safe, minibar, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities.
Dining options include the Restaurant Bolero and an outdoor terrace. The Open Lobby allows guests to enjoy a drink and a snack, or make use of desks with an iMac computer, a printer, USB charging ports and EU/UK plugs.
The Holiday Inn Bydgoszcz also offers guests use of a small gym and a sauna.
Bydgoszcz is one of three destinations recognised in the ‘Tourism for Tomorrow’ competition organised by World Travel & Tourism Council. Its appeal lies in an elegant combination of the historic and modern.
The obvious highlight for visitors is Mill Island, a short stroll from the hotel and close to the Old Market Square. It’s an idyllic place to explore, with its 19th-century red-brick buildings, pretty footbridges and old mills made into galleries and museums.
The imposing cathedral is a striking, 15th-century Gothic edifice with a richly colourful interior, and the city’s artistic masterpiece, the Madonna with the Rose.
For a spot of culture, head for the Music District, centred on Jan Kochanowski Park, with an avenue of statues of composers. Here you will find the Polish Theatre and the Pomeranian Philharmonic’s concert hall.
The riverbanks dominate the city’s social life, with plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants to wile away the evenings.
The 4* Holiday Inn Bydgoszcz has numerous very positive endorsements on TripAdvisor, including these recent reviews, edited for length:
Almost impossible to find fault with it. The room is big, bright and very modern. I found it very appealing. Bathroom is to die for.’
‘It’s situated right next to the river and there’s a nice walking path along the river to Mill Island that seems very popular with the local residents. There is also an automated bicycle rental rack nearby. The food here was amazing.’
‘Service is very good, the rooms are clean and comfortable.’
This Big Deal offer to Bydgoszcz is a chance to discover this attractive Polish city.
With direct flights from Glasgow and comfortable accommodation, you can find out why Bydgoszcz is being added to the travel experts’ list of must-see destinations.