Bydgoszcz is the capital of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian voivodeship and the eighth largest city in Poland, with 360,000 inhabitants. It is also the seat of the Voivode of Kujavia-Pomerania. It is beautifully situated on the River Vistula, River Brda and Bydgoszcz Canal. Surrounded by numerous nature reserve parks and forests, it is called the “green city” and ranks second among Polish cities in terms of the amount of areas for walking and recreation.
The city is located at the intersection of important road, rail, water and air routes. These and many other factors are making Bydgoszcz increasingly interesting to tourists and investors. The potential of the city is evidenced by numerous initiatives in the fields of economy, science, culture and sport.
Due to its strategic geographical location, the city is home to the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC), which is a training unit for NATO soldiers.
For years Bydgoszcz years has been called a city of music. The pride of the citizens is the Opera Nova and the Pomeranian Philharmonic, which are venues for cultural events such as concerts, music festivals, piano competitions and opera performances. The musical profile is completed by the F. Nowowiejski Academy of Music and the A. Rubinstein Music School. The city’s status also rose a lot thanks to the Ignacy Jan Paderewski international piano competition which has been organized here for 50 years. Bydgoszcz also boasts the Polish Theatre and the Leon Wyczółkowski District Museum.
For several years, the flagship event of Bydgoszcz has been Camerimage – The International Festival of the Art of Cinematography. The largest and most prestigious festival of its kind in the world, it is dedicated to the art of cameramen. During this event, Bydgoszcz is visited by many stars of the big screen, with Keanu Reeves at the head.
Bydgoszcz is more beautiful from year to year. Mill Island is the green heart of the city, where you are invited to linger by the babbling Międzywodzie canal. In the central part of the island there is a playground for children. Mill Island hosts numerous concerts, artistic and sporting events. Here is found the Leon Wyczółkowski District Museum, consisting of old, restored buildings, among which are a White Barn and Red Barn, where there is an appropriate archaeological exhibition and a gallery of modern art. The European Centre for Money is also found here.
Other attractions in Bydgoszcz include: a cruise on a river tram, a ride on a century-old tram and a “cucumber” bus. Relax in the Myślęcinek Forest Park of Culture and Recreation where there are an amusement park, wake park, zoo, dinosaur and large insect park, ropes course and skate park. It is the largest city park in Poland with an area of 830 hectares, and houses a botanical garden with a waterfall. A winter attraction is a ski slope with a ski lift.
Bydgoszcz is also a city of sport. National and international athletic events, both open-air and indoor, are held here. Every year there is at least one world class speedway event. Bydgoszcz is the hometown of the best player in the history of speedway – Tomasz Gollob.
Also very attractive are various towns and cities around Bydgoszcz: Toruń, Ostromecko, Chełmno, Żnin, Biskupin and Ciechocinek are among the most interesting.
We encourage everyone to visit Bydgoszcz and enjoy its beauty. More detailed information about the city and its attractions can be found on the website http://www.visitbydgoszcz.pl/en/.