Bydgoszcz is a city located on the Vistula and Brda rivers in Northern Poland. This eighth largest city in Poland is an important center of commerce for the entire country. The city is famous for its beautiful waterfront and Art Nouveau style buildings. There is plenty to see and do in this city, which has its distinctive charm and a slower pace than some of the bigger cities in Poland.

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40,6 km²
67 570 (2020)

Bydgoszcz is also the location of Poland’s largest city park. Even the most urban areas of the city have a remarkable number of gardens and greenery, providing an excellent balance between the conveniences of city life and the relaxing effect of being close to nature.

One of the most curious features of the city is the Mill Island on the Brda River, also known as the “Bydgoszcz Venice.” The houses sit so close to the edge of the water that they almost appear to be resting on it. This is a great place to try some tea, coffee, or beer while soaking up the atmosphere.

The city of Bydgoszcz also had several noteworthy churches. At the top of the list is the Bydgoszcz Cathedral, with its 15th-century red brick exteriors and colorful interiors. The Minor Basilica of St. Vincent de Paul is another exciting stopping point. This large church can hold up to 12,000 people, and its interiors were modeled after the Pantheon.

The city’s riverside location provides visitors with the opportunity to view some of Bydgoszcz’s greatest sights by boat. Water tours are a wonderful way to enjoy the scenery both during the day and at night. Everyone who visits this town should admire the view of the city lit up at night from the vantage point of the bridge over Brda near the Old Market Square. There is also a sculpture here suspended on a rope over the river called “Man Crossing the River” that is probably unlike any other sculpture you have seen before. Another great place to pass some time is in the beautiful Botanical Gardens, with their lovely flora and fauna.

The neo-Gothic Post Office and its surrounding towers are an architectural marvel. Also check out the three granaries on Grodzka Street, which are a symbol of the city. The town hall of Bydgoszcz, Ratusz Miejski, also has an interesting architecture.

Music lovers will want to check out the Opera Nova, a stylishly modern structure that hosts some of the world’s best operas. Even if you’re not going to check out a performance, simply walking across the “Bridge of Lovers” that leads to it is a memorable experience. The nearby Pomeranian Philharmonic Hall is renowned throughout the world for its brilliant acoustics. There is also the very popular Polish Theater that performs national and international shows. The city is also home to the prestigious Academy of Music. Bydgoszcz is just as famous for its jazz music as it is for classical music, but music, in general, is so prevalent here that you can find something to enjoy in any genre.

Some of the festivals that visit this multicultural city throughout the year include the Bydgoszcz Opera Festival, the International Festival Musica Antique Europae Orientalis, and the Bydgoszcz Music Festival.

The city has its own airport, the Bydgoszcz Ignacy Jan Paderewski Airport, which has several regular domestic and international flights, but it’s also not too far from the airports in Poznan and Gdansk. It’s a great place for a weekend with family or a longer stay while visiting Poland or Europe. If you want to see a beautiful city on the water with plenty of greenery, arts, and culture, this is one of the best places in Poland to visit.