Cheap seats: Airfare bargains for Denmark, Austria and Belgium
Here is a sampling of airfare offerings gleaned from the Web site Skyscanner.net. Be sure to check with the airline for the latest update on security and delays.
Next weekend — Sept. 29–Oct. 1Esbjerg, Denmark: 28.82 pounds round trip
Fly Ryanair from London Stansted to Esbjerg.
Denmark’s fifth-largest city offers a captivating harbor area with plenty of tourist activities. The Fisheries and Maritime Museum, with a large outdoor harbor exhibit, illustrates the history of fishing and shipping. The museum also contains a salt water aquarium, sealarium and live mink complex. Horns Rev, a former lightship, is now a floating museum in the harbor.
The Clausen’s Water Tower is built on a Bronze Age burial mound above the harbor and presents a great view of the city. Art appreciators will enjoy visits to the Esbjerg Art Museum, said to house the country’s finest collection of local art. Visit the Heerups Have garden on Market Square where a score of small sculptures by Henry Heerup are on display.
Looking for a deal or a meal? Stroll Konensgade, a large pedestrian street, lined with shopping malls, specialized boutiques, markets, cafes and restaurants.
Next month — Oct. 27-29Graz, Austria: 70.88 pounds round trip
Fly Ryanair from London Stansted to Graz.
Start at Schlossberg, the tree clad mountain in the middle of the city. Take the funicular up the mountain to enjoy beautiful autumn colors and explore what remains of a fortress once located on the rock ledge. Visit the bell tower with the heaviest bell in Graz, the open air stage in the former cellars of the destroyed fortress, and the Turkish well. Bring your sweetheart along for a visit to the clock tower, where the works have accurately struck the hours since 1712. It is also a traditional location for a local’s first kiss. When you are ready to leave the mountain, try the Kriegssteig, a winding staircase down the cliff.
The Hauptplatz (market square) is the hub of public life with all major shopping streets leading into it. Among the square are numerous sausage stands where people stand together eating and chatting.
Six months from now — March 30-April 1Antwerp, Belgium: 98.95 pounds round trip
Fly VLM from London City to Antwerp Deurne.
It’s all about the carat, color, clarity and cut in the diamond capital of the world. According to the Antwerp City Web site, Antwerp’s diamond district covers one square mile and houses 1,500 diamond companies and four diamond exchanges. Visit Diamondland, Antwerp’s largest diamond shop, to see diamond polishers, setters and goldsmiths at work. During a guided tour, visitors are instructed about cleaving, sawing, bruting, polishing and the international rules for grading diamonds or the four C’s.
For alternatives to diamond shopping, visit the home, workshop and grave of Antwerp’s famous artist, Peter Paul Rubens. More than 50 of his paintings and oil sketches are permanently on display where he created them. Admire the monuments and various statues that adorn the streets for a glimpse of Antwerp’s rich artistic history.
— Heather Klinglesmith
Airfare prices are courtesy of the Web site www.skyscanner.net and are subject to change depending on availability. Prices include estimated taxes.