Official language: Polish
Time zone: UTC+2 (summer), UTC+1 (winter)
Currency: Złoty (PLN)
In summer, it’s worth going for a ride aboard the retro Jelcz bus. The route takes you from the Old Town to Myślęcinek and from the Old Town to Exploseum – the museum located in a former dynamite factory. Look for lines 100 and 102.
From the end of April to mid-September, water trams sail along the Brda. The starting point for all routes is located at Rybi Rynek (Fish Market). The tickets can be purchased on board; the cruises last about 60 minutes.
On the hill of general Henryk Dąbrowski, there’s Museum of Waterworks (Muzeum Wodociągów) with a water tower. After seeing an industrial exhibition, climb up the observation deck to see the breathtaking panorama of Bydgoszcz.
Bydgoszcz has undergone a significant metamorphosis over the past years, becoming a modern city that attracts more and more tourists. Positive changes concern especially the Old Town, which now enraptures with renovated historic tenements. Near the waterfront of the Brda river, you’ll find traditional old granaries, the famous sculpture of Man crossing the river, and the Lemar Barge, which is now a permanent museum of Bydgoszcz skippers. Take a stroll along Rybi Targ (Fish Market) promenade or Stary Port St. on the opposite side of the waterway.
In the vicinity of the Old Town, walking down Niedźwiedzia St., you’ll reach the bridge leading to Wyspa Młyńska (Młyńska Island). It’s one of the most exciting and visited spots in Bydgoszcz. No wonder, in this green enclave in the city center you can relax in the park by the river, step into the Modern Art Gallery and the European Money Center located in the old mint buildings, but also head to the harbor for a delicious lunch. It’s a perfect place to admire the majestic Opera Nova which reflects in the waters of the Brda.
Bydgoszcz is also ideal for coffee lovers. Audun Sørbotten, the winner of the World Coffee Roasting Championship, roasts the seeds here. To try coffee from his plant, visit PO CO at 61 Długa St. or Landschaft at 6 Gimnazjalna St. If you have a sweet tooth, go for “szneka with glanc” – the snail-shaped bun with crumble and glaze. You’ll get the most delicious and traditionally baked ones in Katarzyna Erdmann’s bakery at 2 Długa St. and the Bigońscy bakery at 87 Gdańska St. This is reserved only for early bird – at noon there is not a single crumb left.
If you can't wait to have dinner, stop at Kuchnia at 4 Grodzka St. or Memo at 6 Jatki St. They offer the most delicious slow food meals, and vegetarian dishes too. Do you prefer more traditional flavors? Choose Weranda, Pod Orłem, Bohema or Za Piecem restaurants to enjoy tasty goose, e.g., roasted with fruit, “półgęsek” (goose breasts), goose liver pâté or blood soup.