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Beckoning Bydgoszcz. A stunning city with a long memory, Bydgoszcz is packed with historic sights and a promising future. Despite certain conflict between its neighbour Torun and itself, the benefits of combining to form the metropolitan district, Bydgoszcz-Torun are becoming more obvious with each day.
Medieval Torun attracts a lot of sightseeing interest and this has had a knock on effect for Bydgoszcz. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted from the beauties of Bydgoszcz because of the concentrated road building effort.
The City of Bydgoszcz is situated on the Brda and Vistula Rivers in northern Poland. The city is the capital of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship.
Once upon a time, the big city of Bydgoszcz was once a modest fishing community growing following its point of strength within the Vistula trade routes. From the fifteenth century, Bydgoszcz became a principle corn trading town.
Occupied by Nazi Germany during World War Two, the city’s Jewish community was to experience considerable repression. As the war advanced, these people were at the mercy of the authorities and were moved to concentration camps where they were to be sent to their deaths or exploited for slave labour. Having achieved liberation in 1945 Bydgoszcz was returned to Poland.
Offering some picturesque views, Bydgoszcz is packed with photo opportunities some obvious, others only the keen eyed may discover. The possibilities are all here, adjust those digital cameras for some stunning architecture. Many of the city tours on offer here prefer to begin at the Stary Rynek or Old Market Square. Artists gravitate to the Brda Mlynska River for the Bydgoszcz Venice. Offering endless possibilities for sketches and watercolours, this very picturesque district marks the site of the former castle and is where, today, St Andrew of Bobola Gothic church is situated.
One of the more prominent buildings in town is that of the former Grain Granaries. Highly recognizable as a Bydgoszcz tourist attraction, these curvy shaped buildings have been around since the eighteenth century. Today you will find the Leon Wyczółkowski Regional Museum here.
A short trip by tram (services 1 and 2 from the centre of town) brings you to the Forest Culture and Leisure Park. Here you will find a stunning collection of experiences like the Equestrian Centre, the Botanical Gardens, the Polish Fauna Gardens and more.
One of the first monuments that greet you in the old city centre is more than likely to be that of the ‘Fight and Martyrdom of the Bydgoszcz Land Monument’ statue in the Old Market Square by Franciszek Masiak. Its location is particularly pertinent for it marks the spot where executions took place of innocent Bydgosczc citizens in 1939.
Another important local memorial is the monument by Slawoj Ostrowski, ‘Leon Barciszewski’s Monument’. This stunning three metre high triumph in bronze celebrates the life and remembers the death of the mayor of Bydgoszcz executed in 1939 under Nazi fire.
For renaissance architecture, the Gothic Saint Clare’s Church located in Theatre Square is a particularly fine example. Music lovers will adore the I J Paderewski Pomeranian Concert Hall, a neighbour of Saint Clare’s, and be delighted by the sculptures of composers in its gallery.
For culture choose from the excellent Bydgoszcz Opera House and the city’s main theatre, the Teatr Baj Pomorski.
One of the main scenic waterways in the city is that of the Bydgoszcz Canal. There is so much to see along the water’s path that you can book onto an informative official tour of the canal. The passage of the canal takes you past the Opera House and later reveals the former Bydgoszcz Canal which was filled in to allow for the building of an improved traffic system in the city. Continuing with the tour will take you past the atmospheric Old Parish Cemetery where many of the city’s former townsfolk are buried. This is an area well worth exploring for the views are much more intriguing.
One of Poland’s most attractive cities, it has a medieval Old Town, gave birth to the astronomer, Copernicus, has a rich and enviable heritage and generous helpings of delicious gingerbread.
Over the centuries, the very picturesque Torun came to benefit from its situation on the main ancient trading routes springing from the River Vistula. Torun’s Old Town serves as a testament to greater more affluent times and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Torun history books began, it is reported, when it was a small settlement in 1100BC. Moving sharply on through time to the 7th century, the city grew from its location on the crossing of the river. In the 14th century, Torun joined the prosperous Hanseatic trading League and so the seed for an economically stable future was harvested.
Much of what you see around you in Torun Old Town is the genuine article. Unlike many Polish cities, Torun was largely left alone during bombing campaigns and was exposed to minimal damage. One of the main advantages to sight seeing in Torun is that many of the more significant features in the Old Town are within easy walking distance. Much of what you see around you either originates from the Middle Ages or is war time memorabilia.
A cultural haven, if you have a penchant for the theatre you will feel thoroughly spoiled here in Torun. There are ten museums in and around Torun many documenting in one way or another the city’s history. A popular choice is that of the House of Copernicus celebrating the life of the locally born fifteenth century astronomer. Additionally, while in Torun you must visit the Planetarium. Other popular attractions around town include the Polish Museum of the Far East, one of the prettiest Middle Ages houses in Torun, the stunning St John’s Cathedral, one of the oldest Gothic church buildings and the impressively Gothic St Jacob House.
Home of the famous Torun gingerbread, its exotic spices are a legacy of the city’s involvement in the Hanseatic League. Once upon a time gingerbread was consumed in a variety of shapes and sizes such as coats of arms and knights. The recipe is subject to the strictest of secrecy so don’t be too disappointed if you have to go home without it!
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Take the number 80 bus service for the airport from the centre of Bydgoszcz and on to Torun additionally.
There are taxis situated outside of the airport terminal.