Bydgoszcz - the capital of the kujawsko-pomorskie voivodeship, a city with three state universities and sixteen other universities and colleges. Since the time the city was granted municipal rights by king Casmir the Great in 1346, it has grown to the rank of a dynamically developing economic centre. The city with its centuries-old traditions is a popular tourist destination thanks to its attractive location on the river and canals running through its centre. Bydgoszcz places growing emphasis on water, since the daily life, cultural, sports and business activities of the city take place in the immediate proximity of the River Brda.
It is worth knowing that the Old Market Square is crossed by the 18 meridian East. Water, footbridges, old mills, red-brick buildings reflected in the depths of Młynówka groomed green-all this create an atmosphere of Bydgoszcz river island. A number of museums, the proximity of the Opera and the numerous festivals and concerts that take place in the amphitheatre make this place the cultural centre of the city.
Bydgoszcz is also called the capital of Polish athletics and rowing. Audiences from all over the world come here to admire basketball and volleyball players as well as speedway riders. The IAAF Junior Championships, IAAF World Cross Country Championships , the Great Rowing Regatta for the Brda Cup, Poland’s Speedway Grand Prix, the CEV Orlen European Championships, EuroBasket – these are just some of a whole selection of sport events that are organized in the city on the Brda River.
Due to the fact that an airport with a modern passenger terminal is located just 3.5 km from the city centre, Bydgoszcz has excellent connections with other parts of Europe. Additionally, the city is a junction of railway, water and road routes. Owing to its picturesque location on the Brda River and the historic Bydgoszcz Canal, as well as the Vistula, the city has earned the name of the biggest Polish centre of inland navigation! It is through here that the water route E-70 from Berlin to Kaliningrad runs. If it comes about a transport The Bydgoszcz Water Tram is perceived as an element of the city public transport, and at the same time is a major tourist attraction.
Top tourist attractions in Bydgoszcz
- Mill Island and Bydgoszcz Venice - One of the most unusual and enchanting places in Bydgoszcz. Mill Island is a green oasis in the city center. Most of the buildings located on the Island are from the nineteenth century.
- Bydgoszcz Canal was built in the years 1773-1774 as a part of the international waterway E 70. It connects the Vistula River and the Odra River through their tributaries: the Brda River, the Notec River and the Warta River. The establishment of Bydgoszcz Canal has contributed to the dynamic development of the city.
- Forest Park of Culture and Recreation ,,Myślęcinek”- One of the largest recreational complexes in Poland it covers an area of 830 ha, of which nearly 500 ha are forest areas include hundred year old specimens of deciduous trees.
- Bydgoszcz Cathedral - was constructed in the years 1466- 1502. The high altar painting is the thing that rivets the most attention of faithful and tourists.
- The Bydgoszcz granaries on the Brda River - They have always been a natural city logo. In the past, these were among many grain storehouses in the city, and nowadays they belong to the Leon Wyczółkowski District Museum.
- Museum of Soap and History of Dirt - Museum offers interactive time travel through the history of cleanliness, dirt and soap making, which has deep-rooted ties with Bydgoszcz.
- The Bydgoszcz Water Tram - is perceived as an element of the city public transport, and at the same time is a major tourist attraction.
- TeH2O: Bydgoszcz Water, Industry and Craft Trail - was created in 2014 within a European Union project called SHIFT-X www.shiftx.eu that aimed at bringing back the glamour and knowledge of the past industries. TeH2O is an industrial thematic trail that unites the history of 15 organically water-centred places in Bydgoszcz.