The capital city of the Polish region of Kujawsko-Pomorskie in the northwest of the country, Bydgoszcz is known for being a major seat of education in Poland. Aside from its universities, the city has some amazing examples of central European architecture, as can be seen in its much-loved Old Town as well as some of the outlying suburbs.
Despite being one of Poland’s more picturesque cities, it doesn’t attract the same number of visitors as, say, Krakow or Gdansk. Nevertheless, efforts are being made to make Bydgoszcz a destination of choice for people who want to learn about the country’s rich and complicated history, see live music performances and see what the real Poland is like.
A hatchback is the best car to drive for getting around the city centre, while it would prove to be just as adept going through the suburbs and into the surrounding Pomeranian countryside.
Muzeum Okręgowe im. Leona Wyczółkowskiego is a collection of museums in the city centre covering a range of topics from ethnography and art to general history. Its setting inside a park makes for a pleasant day out.
Held in Bydgoszcz on the last week of November, Camerimage is an international photography and cinematography festival which attracts thousands of visitors to the city. It showcases images from some of the most talented photographers in the world, including a few from Poland.
The city has its own Music District, which has a number of venues where classical music, opera and pop are played. Among the venues there include the Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra House and the Polish Theatre, both of which are very popular among locals.
Wyspa Młyńska (known as Mill Island), is a rare tranquil part of the city centre where you can see some of the most famous sights in Bydgoszcz. It’s particularly beautiful at night, especially if you like the idea of a gentle moonlit walk.
The three main roads leading to the centre of Bydgoszcz are the DK 10, DK 25 and DK 80, none of which are toll roads.
If coming in from the north, then the best route to taker is the DK5, which leads up to the A1 motorway going to Gdansk.
Some of the roads in the city centre are fully-pedestrianized. They can be easy to spot though, especially in daylight.
Bydgoszcz Ignacy Jan Paderewski Airport (Port lotniczy im. Ignacego Jana Paderewskiego Bydgoszcz-Szwederowo) is just two miles south of the city centre. It offers a range of seasonal flights to destinations all over Europe as well as the Middle East.
The airport can be reached via the DK5, which goes northwards into the city through the 25 highway, where there is a roundabout leading to the centre.