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Bydgoszcz - the water city

Bydgoszcz is a city located on the Vistula and Brda rivers in Northern Poland and it famous for its beautiful waterfront and Art Nouveau style buildings. There is plenty to see and do in this city, which has its own distinctive charm and a slower pace than some of the bigger cities in Poland.

Bydgoszcz is also the location of Poland’s biggest city park. Even the most urban areas of the city have a remarkable amount 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 Mill Island in 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 have 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 interesting stopping point. This gigantic 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.

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 ,,Myslecinek”- 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.
  • he Bydgoszcz Water Tram - seems to make a part 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 that aimed at bringing back the glamour and knowledge of the past industries. TeH2O is an industrial thematic trail that presents history of 15 organically water-centred places in Bydgoszcz.

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