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Bydgoszcz

Modern Bydgoszcz is not only one of Poland’s most dynamic, business-oriented cities with its large inland port, but also has a long history dating back to the Middle Ages. Among the most impressive traces of its past, there is "Bydgoszcz Venice", a picturesque neighbourhood resembling Italy, enthusiastically visited by tourists. There are also some attractive sites in the neighbourhood, including Torun, Biskupin and Bory Tucholskie National Park, to name just a few. Yet most of the city’s guests arrive in Bygdoszcz on business, especially during trade fairs.

Bydgoszcz TOURISM

Bydgoszcz's past and present has been influenced by its particularly favourable location, within close proximity to several rivers and the construction of Bydgoski Canal, thanks to which the city became one of the country's major inland ports. From the 19th century on, it has also played a role as an important railway junction.

Bydgoszcz is first of all an industrial city specialising in wood products, textiles, metal goods and chemicals, but the service and trade sectors are also intensely developing. Having lured several serious foreign investors like Coca-Cola, AT&T, Samsung and Unilever, it grew into a major economic centre of north-central Poland.

The city itself has around 357,000 inhabitants, but is sometimes regarded as a metroplex together with Torun, which is only 45 km from Bydgoszcz (the total number of inhabitants is over 600,000). Both cities are the capitals of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian province, sharing between themselves the main institutions.

Bydgoszcz takes pride in the local Philharmonic, an institution recognised all over the world for its long traditions and a spacious concert hall providing excellent acoustics. Another famous musical site is Mozg (lit. Brain), the club known as the cradle of Polish yass – contemporary trend in jazz music.

Although Bydgoszcz is not a tourist destination, there are several interesting monuments, like Bydgoszcz Venice with its picturesque granaries and bridges. Bydgoszcz’s surroundings can be a great place to visit, and especially worth attention are Bory Tucholskie National Park, Lake Koronowski and the historical sights of Ostromecko, Lubostron, Biskupin and Torun.

GEOGRAPHY

The most characteristic feature of Bydgoszcz’s landscape is several rivers which cross or border the city. To be precise, it is situated on the Brda river, close to its confluence with the Vistula, and on the Bydgoszcz Canal, which links the Brda and nearby Notec. This system of rivers is part of the Vistula-Odra waterway.

The area of Bydgoszcz and its surroundings is diverse, since the city is located on the border of several geographical areas, like Torun Dale, Notec Valley, Brda Valley, Swiecko Upland and Chelminskie Lakeland. The neighbourhood of Bydgoszcz is woody, dominated by pine forests.

HISTORY
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According to legend, the city was founded by two brothers, Byd and Gost, who wandered from southern Poland towards the north looking for the best possible location for their town. Eventually, they found an ideal place, with a river, a ford, some hills nearby and roads running to all four sides of the world.

Originally, the town was a stronghold defending the borderline of Masovian Duchy, first from pagan Prussians and later from Teutonic Knights. In the 13th century, Bydgoszcz was c... ( more >>)

GENERAL INFORMATION
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Population: 363926 #8
Province: Kuyavian-Pomeranian
Telephone: +48 52
Museums: 17
Districts: 14
Theatres: 10
Mayor: Rafał Burski
Higher Education: 18