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A City in Transition – Discover the UK’s second largest city!

In the shadow of London, the second largest city in the United Kingdom sometimes almost gets lost – but the metropolis of Birmingham with its millions of inhabitants is just as convincing in terms of culture, culinary delights, shopping and activities! The best way to experience the lively city atmosphere of Birmingham is on a city trip. The exciting mix of past and modernity and the many opportunities Birmingham offers are sure to delight you.

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What makes Birmingham so special?

Birmingham is a city that has undergone an amazing transformation that is still ongoing. Once upon a time, the city in England’s West Midlands was a major location for the coal and metal industries. The industrial flair is still present, but today it is complemented by futuristic architecture and high-rise buildings that give the city a very modern charm.

You can also explore the historic warehouses and the bars and cafés hidden away there from the water, as Birmingham has a considerable canal network that creates space for varied activities.

If you come to Birmingham for shopping and culinary highlights, you certainly won’t be disappointed. Try the traditional Balti Curry or dine in one of the city’s renowned Michelin-starred restaurants before discovering the vibrant nightlife for yourself.

Read on to find out what sights and activities you shouldn’t miss in Birmingham!

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Art and architecture sights in Birmingham

The architectural highlight of the city is the Library of Birmingham, which fascinates even from the outside with its futuristic design. The library was created from a once grey concrete building and is thus a symbol of change in Birmingham. Inside, in addition to countless books, there are interesting exhibitions and an amphitheatre. Be sure to take the lift to the very top – from the roof garden you have a fantastic view over the city.

A completely different ambience awaits you at Victoria Square with the City Hall and Birmingham Town Hall. Here you can admire magnificent Victorian architecture. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is also located here, where you can visit various exhibitions.

Birmingham: Known as a shopping metropolis

In stark contrast to the Victorian buildings is the ultra-modern Bullring Shopping Centre. Here you can shop in a futuristic ambience in British designer shops or at well-known fashion labels. Creative and independent fashion labels can be found in the Custard Factory, a hip working complex where old industrial halls, street art, trendy cafés and young creatives come together. In addition, a shopping trip to the Jewellery Quarter is worthwhile. This was the centre of the former jewellery industry and even today you can visit various jewellery workshops and shops there.

Winding down the day

Birmingham is known for its culinary highlights. Fans of upscale cuisine will definitely get their money’s worth in Birmingham, as there are more than ten Michelin restaurants in Birmingham and its surrounding areas.

If you visit the city, don’t miss the legendary “Balti”. This curry was invented by Indian immigrants in Birmingham in the 1970s. The so-called “Balti Triangle” has a high density of authentic restaurants serving delicious Baltis. If you want to explore Birmingham’s nightlife after dinner, Broad Street has the largest selection of bars and clubs.

Arriving in Birmingham at BHX Airport

Birmingham International Airport, with the abbreviation BHX, is located about 13 kilometres east of Birmingham and is the seventh busiest airport in the UK by passenger volume. The former two terminals were merged into one large terminal in 2011.

FAQs: Flights to Birmingham and arriving at the airport.

How many airports are there in Birmingham?

Birmingham has one airport (BHX). The nearest other airports are Manchester and London.

How far is the airport from the city?

BHX airport is approximately 13 kilometres from the city. By car, the journey time is approximately 25 to 30 minutes.

How do I get from the airport to the city?

To get from Birmingham Airport to the city, you have several options as the airport is connected to the transport network via buses and trains. The free Air-Rail Link takes you to Birmingham International Railway Station, from where you can take the train to Birmingham New Street Station in the middle of the city centre in 10-15 minutes. There are also several bus routes that depart directly from the terminal. Of course, you can also book a taxi or hire a car to get into the city.

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