Bydgoszcz is a city with nearly 400 thousand inhabitants, for over 7 centuries harmoniously growing alongside the banks of Brda and Vistula rivers draws its wisdom and strength from the resources of spiritual and material heritage of three geographic and historic regions: Wielkopolska, Pomorze and Kujawy. Bydgoszcz is the capital city of the Kujawsko-PomorskieVoivodship and at the same time it is largest city in Kujawy. The city developed into one of the most important economic centers in Poland. 46 000 companies operating in very different fields, but in particular in telecommunication, chemical industry and food industry prove its importance.

 

Mill Island

It is an island on the Brda River, west of the old town. There is a well preserved historical spatial arrangement with a granary and mill building complex from the 19th century accompanied by a cobbled Mennica street (from the side of the former MennicaKrólewska). The so-called “White Granary” is worth mentioning. This half-timbered building was erected about 1780. It has a Gothic cellar with cross vaults from the 15th century. At present, the building houses the Regional Museum exhibiting craft work as well as documents on the history and tradition of the Bydgoszcz and Kujawy craft work.

 

The Granaries (Grodzka Street)

The Granaries includes three half-timbered corn granaries from 1793-1800 (9 and 11 Grodzka Street) and so-called Dutch Granary (7 Grodzka Street) built in 1793.

The agricultural and food products which were transported to Gdańska by waterway were stored there. At present, the Granaries house the Regional Museum of Leon Wyczółkowski. The three granaries, introduced into the city landscape, are one of the symbols of the city. At 13 Stary Port street, there is a half-timbered three-storey granary built in 1830-1840 and covered with a ridge roof with protruding windows.

 

Crossing the river

Unveiled on May 1, 2004, the day Poland joined the European Union. Jerzy Kędziora’s intriguing monument perched precariously on a wire over the Brda weighs just over 50 kg and is now considered to be the main symbol of the city. At first glance the statue, which is supposed to represent EU membership, looks a little wobbly, but is actually saying to the world that there is no turning back. Built to resemble the designer’s son, the balancing boy is accompanied by single swallow.

 

Forest Park of Culture

Covering some 800 hectares of glorious forest and meadow land north of the city centre, the spectacular Forest Park of Culture offers visitors a wealth of things to see and do. Originally a series of individual park lands, the park became one large entity in 1970, and is a hugely popular place during summer. As well as enjoying peaceful walks through woodland and picnics on the grass, the park also contains a zoo, marvelous botanical gardens, a horse riding centre, a three kilometer narrow gauge railway track and even a small ski slope.

 

Pan Twardowski

Pan Twardowski was a Polish sorcerer along the lines of Faust who entered into a pact with the Devil in exchange  for magic powers. There are a number of different interpretations of the story about him, but the basic idea is that he was a 16th century nobleman form Kraków, who entering into a deal with satan tried to outwit him by wording their contract in such a way that his soul could only be taken to hell from Rome, a city Pan Twardowski had no intention of visiting whatsoever. Our hero soon rose to fame an acquired immerse wealth through his influence by the Devil who abducted him in an inn called Rzym, the Polish name for Rome. Pan Twardowski is alive today, living on the Monn with his sidekick, whom he once turned into a spider. Before his sudden trip to the Moon, Pan Twardowski was rumoured to have spent some time in Bydgoszcz, living at StaryRynek 15. At 13:13 and 21:13 daily, a series of cogs and wheels shuffle him outside to the sounds of strange music.One superstition is that if two lovers kiss during this time they will be in love for eternity.

There is also Polish Theatre, many museums, Opera Nova, The Pomeranian Philharmonic and Academy of Music. Everyone can find something interesting especially among numerous restaurants and discos.

 

ENTERTAIMENT

 

LEISURE

There are a lot of clubs in Bydgoszcz. Everyone will find music and atmosphere which they like. Students can participate in circles of interest, or join the University choir. Student’s government organizes a lot of school events during academic year, for example Initiation Party, Halloween Party, concerts and so on. In May students have a rejoicings. They dress up in fancy costumes, have parties, concerts, barbecue and a lot of interesting games and activities.

 

SHOPPING

There are a few small stationery and grocery shops close to the dormitories, on Fordon campus there is a small shop inside the dorm. You can also find huge malls in Bydgoszcz e.g. http://www.focusmall-bydgoszcz.pl/, http://www.galeriapomorska.pl/. Malls are open all week, smaller shops can be closed on Sundays. On public holidays all shops are closed.

 

PUBS and CLUBS in BYDGOSZCZ:

Mózg – was established in 1994 with a main aim, to promote contemporary arts as well as create a supportive environment for interested artists. Indeed, the people who run the place are artists themselves. Artists are chosen according to their artistic merit. Mózg is open to non-commercial art, art which does not necessarily follow the latest fashion. Address: Bydgoszcz, Gdańska 10 Street

 

TRIP – established in 1998. Student’s club. A lot of interesting parties, it cooperates with Student’s government. You can play darts there. Music for everyone. Address: Bydgoszcz, św. Floriana 22 Street

KUBRYK – it is a typical marine club. It was established in 2004. You can listen to the szanty, it is a kind of marine music although different kinds of music are available as well. Address: Bydgoszcz, Podwale 3 Street

STARA BABCIA – small club in the city center, English climate, you can taste a Guiness or strongbow here. Address: Bydgoszcz, WełnianyRynek 2 Street

… and many, many others.

 

SEE THE GALLERY