Bydgoszcz is the 8tBydgoszcz - Birds Eye View of the Mill Island - photo by Robert Sawickih largest city in Poland and the capital of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Region. It has nearly 360 thousand inhabitants, about 10% of whom are students. The city has a lot to offer to both residents and visitors. Legend has it that the name of the city of Bydgoszcz derives from the phrase “be our guest”. Thus, the open gates in the city’s coat of arms symbolise hospitality and a warm welcome of its inhabitants.

There are over a dozen universities and colleges in Bydgoszcz, which makes students a substantial percentage of the city’s population. Pubs and clubs, cafés and restaurants, galleries and museums, parks, stadiums, cinemas and theatres, an opera and a philharmonic – there are so many alternatives that you will never have to wonder how to spend your leisure time. Groups of students roaming the streets of the picturesque Old Market Square or the numerous modern shopping centres are a common sight in Bydgoszcz.

Bydgoszcz - On the Brda River (photo Marcin Machoń)If you’re hooked on sports, there are over 150 sports facilities you can visit. These include: Łuczniczka – one of the most modern sports and entertainment halls in Europe, Zawisza Sports Complex – with an athletics and football stadium, or Polonia Stadium – now mainly a speedway track hosting rounds of the Speedway Grand Prix series.

Bydgoszcz is also called the capital of Polish athletics and rowing. Audiences from all over the world come here also to admire basketball and volleyball players as well as speedway riders. The IAAF Junior Championships, IAAF World Cross Country Championships, the Great Rowing Regatta for the Brda Cup, the CEV Orlen European Championships, EuroBasket, Pedro’s Cup – these are just some the sports events that are organized in the city on the Brda River. 

Bydgoszcz boasts its green spaces. Myślęcinek – the Forest Park of Culture and Recreation – is one of the largest recreation areas in Poland and includes such attractions as a horse riding centre, a high ropes park, a zoo, botanical gardens, a narrow-gauge railway, a skatepark, a ski and snowboarding slope, and suchlike. Myślęcinek, also called the ‘green lungs of Bydgoszcz’, is a place that hosts picnics, festivals, concerts and various competitions.

Wyspa Młyńska – also called the Little Venice – is one of the most enchanting and picturesque places in Bydgoszcz. Located on the bank of the Brda River and ringed by renovated historical buildings and granaries, it hosts numerous festivals, concerts and fairs, which makes it a centre of leisure activity.

Bydgoszcz - Opera Nova - photo by Marcin MachońBydgoszcz has been the home of the Camerimage International Film Festival – the biggest and most recognised event dedicated to the art of cinematography. Every year, it brings together professional and amateur filmmakers, as well as many world-famous stars, such as Keanu Reeves, John Malkovich, Charlize Theron, or Bill Murray.

Bydgoszcz is famous for hosting numerous musical festivals and events. Classical music lovers can enjoy the events organized by the Pomeranian Philharmonic or Opera Nova - the State Opera Establishment in Bydgoszcz, such as Musica Antiqua Europae Orientalis, Bydgoszcz Opera Festival, Bydgoszcz Musical Impressions, Paderewski International Piano Competition, and many others.

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