The extensive and impressive centre reflects Bydgoszcz’s rich history. Old Town, historically located on three islands, is the oldest part of the district. Granaries, numerous canals and water flows have survived to this day and are a proof of the important role that the Brda River once played. North of the Old Town is Gdanska street, the city’s representative part with its eclectic burgher houses. To the right of Gdanska, villa-style architecture dominates following the garden-city convention. Going left of Gdanska you reach Bydgoszcz Glowna railway station. The north-east part of the centre is the base of higher education institutions, including Kazimierz Wielki University. Diversification of housing in the centre of Bydgoszcz means that monuments, culture institutions, numerous companies and hotels are situated within walking distance. Everyone can find a suitable hotel for themselves in Bydgoszcz.
The eastern part of the city is mainly an extensive area of housing estates and production plants. An exceptional attraction is the Exploseum DAG Fabrik Bromberg, which is located on the premises of the ‘Zachem’ chemical plant. Exploseum is a specimen of the 3rd Reich industrial architecture with a vast underground tourist route. Wide arteries: Fordonska, Torunska and Wojska Polskiego lead to the city centre. The industrial character of the eastern districts of Bydgoszcz make hotels in this area particularly appealing to business travellers. It is not difficult to find a hotel in Bydgoszcz that is a good value for money.
The northern part of the city consists mainly of green areas. The Zawisza housing estate is a well-developed area with large sports and recreation complex, including its own stadium. Osiedle Lesne is a dispersed housing estate which consists of blocks of flats, villas and detached houses. PKP Bydgoszcz Lesna railway station is situated right next to this housing estate. Further north are the green lungs of Bydgoszcz. A vast wooded area, including Myslecinek with its Lesny Park Kultury i Wypoczynku (Wooded Park of Culture and Leisure) as well as the neighbouring allotments make the area ideal for various recreational and sporting activities.The hotels in this part of Bydgoszcz offer diversified standards and usually many leisure options. Due to the attractive location a hotel in this part of Bydgoszcz is a good choice for active tourists regardless of their age.
South of Bydgoszcz’s centre is the Ignacy Paderewski Airport, conveniently located around 3 km from the downtown area. Closer to the centre lie three housing estates: Szwederowo, Gorzyskowo, and Biedaszkowo. These housing estates are connected by the Ludwika Solskiego, Podgorna, ks. Ignacego Skorupki and Piekna streets as well as a ring road from the south. Henryk Dabrowski Park, which is a part of the green belt placed along Zbocze Bydgoskie (Bydgoszcz Hillside), separates the southern districts from the Old Town. A walking alley along the green belt makes it possible to admire a panorama of Bydgoszcz. Hotels located in the southern part of Bydgoszcz are attractive to everyone who wants to get to the centre and the airport quickly.
The western part of the city consists of former settlements and estates incorporated into the limits of Bydgoszcz in the 1960s. The largest of them, Osowa Gora, consists of low detached houses. These are mainly marshy grounds marked out by peat bogs, small ponds and the old Kanal Bydgoski/Bydgoszcz Canal, a part of which between Wroclawska and Rondo Grunwaldzkie has been revitalised. Grunwaldzka, Nakielska and Nad Torem streets all lead to the centre. Alternatively you may use a convenient railway route.
The district received its name from the town Fordon, which was incorporated into the limits of Bydgoszcz in 1973. It is the easternmost and the biggest housing estate in Bydgoszcz. Fordonska street leads to the centre as far as Rondo Jagiellonow (Jagiellonow Roundabout). Fordon is also connected with the centre through rail. A tram service will also operate between the district and the centre in the near future. Wzgorze Fordonskie (Fordon Hill) is an exceptional physical and geographical microregion with stunning panoramic views. Gora Szybownikow (Glider Pilots Mountain) was named in honour of the Glider School which used to be there. There is an Oncological Centre and a hotel right next to it in the Fordon district. Oncological treatments at the centre are provided to patients from the whole Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship. Hotels in this area should be an interesting alternative to the ones located closer to the centre thanks to the natural beauty of the surroundings as well as easy access to the centre.
Bydgoszcz attracts mainly business travellers. Nevertheless, the stream of tourists visiting the city is growing year after year. The hotel base is diversified. Accommodation is provided both by high standard and economy hotels. In comparison to cities such as Gdansk or Poznan, the hostel and apartment market is relatively underdeveloped. Hotels are accumulated mainly in the centre with easy access to any part of the city. The number of hotels thoroughly meets customer demand. However, if you wish to stay during sporting events, festivals and fairs it is recommended to book accommodation well in advance. Accommodation prices increase during important events. The high season lasts from May to September.
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