Bydgoszcz travel guide

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You're Going to Love Bydgoszcz

Bydgoszcz, the eighth-largest city in Poland, sits on the northern rivers of Brda and Vistula.

As a co-capital administrator with Toruń, Bydgoszcz governs the Kuyavian-Pomeranian province, part of the agglomerated metropolitan area of the Bydgoszcz-Toruń region.

Bydgoszcz's dynamic industries, cultures, education, and architecture have earned the city the nickname of Little Berlin.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Bydgoszcz

1. Leon Wyczółkowski District Museum

Walk through interactive exhibits detailing the medieval as well as the modern life of Bydgoszcz.

2. Muzeum Wojsk Lądowych

This military museum takes you back in time as you enter artilleries, equipment, and tank exhibits ranging from the Middle Ages to WWII.

3. Botanic Garden

Take a stroll through the flora and fauna, water streams, lakes, and rocks that inhabit this park.

4. Muzeum Mydla i Historii Brudu

The Museum of Soap and History of Dirt celebrates Bydgoszcz's salubrious past and present by showcasing its traditional soaps made from mutton fat, olive oil, Persil, and Cypisek.

5. Opera Nova

This six-level opera house has stunning architecture, an observation deck, and a summer amphitheater overlooking the Brda river.

What to do in Bydgoszcz

1. Christianity Has Never Been So Colorful

The jewel in the Old Town's crown, Bydgoszcz Cathedral has been administering spiritual sustenance to locals since the 15th century. However, although it seems grand enough, it's really only been a "cathedral" since it received a papal blessing in 2004. That won't matter a bit as you gaze at the elegant brickwork architecture, the richly hued polychromatic vault, the solid oak doors, and the generally colorful interior, which might surprise even seasoned European church visitors with its creativity.

2. A Red-Brick Island Of Industrial Attractions

Probably the most picturesque part of the Old Town, Mill Island stands stoutly in the flow of the Brda and is filled with enchanting historical attractions. As the name suggests, this was where medieval millers set up shop, allowing them to harness the river flow, and you can still visit the White Granary to see how flour was processed in the 18th century. Other highlights include the timber-framed Mill Tavern (which has been serving up beer and sausages since 1835), the Red Granary, which has now become the home of the city's modern art gallery, and the Museum of Energy, which is housed in a century-old hydroelectric plant.

3. Witness Some Magical Murals

On a par with the Cathedral, Poor Clares' Church can be found on Gdanska Street, and beguiles everyone who visits. The building dates back to the 15th century, but took its present form in the 1600s when nuns from the Poor Clares arrived in town and took control. After that, the building expanded, adding bits here and there to create an eccentric but beautiful red brick composition. But while the exterior is fascinating, it's the interior that has real wow factor, thanks to its stunning multi-colored ceiling murals featuring gorgeous floral motifs.

4. Make A Concert-Ed Effort To Get To A Show

Bydgoszcz is very much a student city, as you'll soon find out when you wander its squares and islands, and music takes center stage in its education scene. That's mainly thanks to the town's stellar Music Academy. Founded in 1974, the academy turns out an annual roster of Chopin magicians, but for tourists it's the current crop that matters, as they regularly put on exceptional shows for the public. If you feel like hearing some heavenly airs, head to Gdanska Street, where performances are held throughout the year and ticket prices are always very reasonable.

5. A Shrine To A Local Artistic Hero

This excellent art gallery can be found in a number of buildings around town, including a couple of the granary buildings on Mill Island, and centers around a rich collection of works by Leon Wyczółkowski. The artist was one of Poland's great early 20th century Realists, and his works are at the forefront here - although don't miss the archaeological exhibits from local digs as well. It's a museum with surprising depths.

1. Christianity Has Never Been So Colorful

The jewel in the Old Town's crown, Bydgoszcz Cathedral has been administering spiritual sustenance to locals since the 15th century. However, although it seems grand enough, it's really only been a "cathedral" since it received a papal blessing in 2004. That won't matter a bit as you gaze at the elegant brickwork architecture, the richly hued polychromatic vault, the solid oak doors, and the generally colorful interior, which might surprise even seasoned European church visitors with its creativity.

2. A Red-Brick Island Of Industrial Attractions

Probably the most picturesque part of the Old Town, Mill Island stands stoutly in the flow of the Brda and is filled with enchanting historical attractions. As the name suggests, this was where medieval millers set up shop, allowing them to harness the river flow, and you can still visit the White Granary to see how flour was processed in the 18th century. Other highlights include the timber-framed Mill Tavern (which has been serving up beer and sausages since 1835), the Red Granary, which has now become the home of the city's modern art gallery, and the Museum of Energy, which is housed in a century-old hydroelectric plant.

3. Witness Some Magical Murals

On a par with the Cathedral, Poor Clares' Church can be found on Gdanska Street, and beguiles everyone who visits. The building dates back to the 15th century, but took its present form in the 1600s when nuns from the Poor Clares arrived in town and took control. After that, the building expanded, adding bits here and there to create an eccentric but beautiful red brick composition. But while the exterior is fascinating, it's the interior that has real wow factor, thanks to its stunning multi-colored ceiling murals featuring gorgeous floral motifs.

4. Make A Concert-Ed Effort To Get To A Show

Bydgoszcz is very much a student city, as you'll soon find out when you wander its squares and islands, and music takes center stage in its education scene. That's mainly thanks to the town's stellar Music Academy. Founded in 1974, the academy turns out an annual roster of Chopin magicians, but for tourists it's the current crop that matters, as they regularly put on exceptional shows for the public. If you feel like hearing some heavenly airs, head to Gdanska Street, where performances are held throughout the year and ticket prices are always very reasonable.

5. A Shrine To A Local Artistic Hero

This excellent art gallery can be found in a number of buildings around town, including a couple of the granary buildings on Mill Island, and centers around a rich collection of works by Leon Wyczółkowski. The artist was one of Poland's great early 20th century Realists, and his works are at the forefront here - although don't miss the archaeological exhibits from local digs as well. It's a museum with surprising depths.

Where to Eat in Bydgoszcz

Restauracja i Kawiarnia Weranda is known for its Art Nouveau atmosphere and excellent Polish steaks and dessert. For a taste of Gamberetti al Forno, Dolce Vita (near the Old Town), serves the best Italian pizza in Bydgoszcz for zł33.

When to visit Bydgoszcz

Bydgoszcz in December
Estimated hotel price
£22
1 night at 3-star hotel
Bydgoszcz in December
Estimated hotel price
£22
1 night at 3-star hotel

Visit Bydgoszcz between May and September. In between cold periods, Poland's temperatures are pleasant and stay around 59 - 68 degrees.

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How to Get to Bydgoszcz

Plane

Most people arrive at the Bydgoszcz Ignacy Jan Paderewski Airport (BZG). Direct flights to and from Bydgoszcz connect to Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Birmingham, London, Girona, and Dublin.

Train

Bydgoszcz Główna is Bydgoszcz's main train station and serves as a hub for trains and buses that connect to both Polish cities and Berlin, Germany.

Car

From Poznań and Gdańsk take the DK 5 main road into Poland. The DK 10 and DK 80 connect Toruń, Warsaw, and Łódź to Bydgoszcz. Take the DK 25 from Koszalin and Kalisz.

Bus

PKS and Polski Bus have direct transportation to all the large cities in Poland, Germany, UK, Czech Republic, and other countries.

Airports near Bydgoszcz

Airlines serving Bydgoszcz

Lufthansa
Good (1,385 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (2,464 reviews)
KLM
Good (292 reviews)
Air France
Good (299 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (1,076 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,657 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (360 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (642 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (197 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (373 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (1,167 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (307 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (203 reviews)
Finnair
Good (450 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Good (155 reviews)
LOT
Good (257 reviews)
Eurowings
Good (54 reviews)
Norwegian
Good (45 reviews)
Wizz Air
Good (240 reviews)
Icelandair
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Where to stay in Bydgoszcz

Hotel Chopin Bydgoszcz is approximately six miles from Old Town Bydgoszcz. Accommodation includes free WiFi, private bath (per request), free toiletries, and a hair dryer. The Mercure Bydgoszcz Sepia is a 4-star hotel adjacent to the Opera Nova Conference Center and a few blocks from the Old Market. Its amenities include a fitness room, sauna, banquet, and a terrace overlooking the city.

Popular neighbourhoods in Bydgoszcz

Wyspa Młyńska (Mill Island) - Mill Island stands between Brda and the Old Market in the Old Town historic district. Its picturesque waterfront full of locks and dams, a canal waterfall, greenery, and buildings has become a cultural symbol for Bydgoszcz.

Dzielnica Muzyczna (Music District) - located near Gdańska Street, the Music District is great for a stroll to discover the Polish Theatre, Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra House, and music schools that make up Bydgoszcz's culture.

Stare Miasto (Old Town) - Old Town makes up Bydgoszcz's cultural and educational core. The city is enclosed by Medieval Gothic churches, architecture, and sculptures.

Where to stay in popular areas of Bydgoszcz

Most booked hotels in Bydgoszcz

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Gran Canaria, Mogan
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
£97+
Holiday Inn Bydgoszcz
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
£40+
Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
£87+
Mercure Bydgoszcz Sepia
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
£37+
Hotel The Puerto de Mogan
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
£68+
Campanile Bydgoszcz
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
£27+
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How to Get Around Bydgoszcz

Public Transportation

A bus and tram system runs through Bydgoszcz. One-way tickets are zł3 and monthly passes can be purchased at newsstands or kiosks for zł88.

Taxi

Express Taxi Bydgoszcz is the highest rated cab company in Bydgoszcz. Taxi tariffs start at zł7 with an additional zł3.54 per subsequent mile.

Car

Enterprise has a branch at the Bydgoszcz airport with rentals starting at zł1,340.39.

The Cost of Living in Bydgoszcz

Shopping Streets

For a variety of local products, visit the Bydgoszcz Information Center. On Gdańska, Bydgoszcz's largest shopping street, you'll find clothes, food, sports equipment, books, and more.

Groceries and Other

For a taste of Bydgoszcz's homegrown fruits and vegetables, browse the local farmer's markets. Bydgoszcz is surrounded by copious supermarkets. Kaufland, Carrefour, and Sano sell food, toiletries, and home products. One gallon of milk is zł8.64 and a dozen eggs is zł6.80.

Cheap meal
£3.94
A pair of jeans
£58.29
Single public transport ticket
£0.66
Cappuccino
£1.64