Better known by its German name, Bromberg, this elegant riverside city is packed with museums, music venues and Gothic churches. A calendar brimming with trade fairs and several world-class conference venues draw business visitors from across the globe, but there’s plenty to do outside of office hours too. Hop on a flight to Bydgoszcz from Glasgow Airport to find out more.
Music and mayhem
Whether your taste runs to classical, jazz or pop, Poland’s most musically minded city will have you toe-tapping in no time. As well as the world-famous Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra House (Andrzeja Szwalbego 6) and the offbeat Mózgu jazz club (Gdańska 10), Bydgoszcz boasts an impressive annual line-up of music festivals. The Bydgoszcz Opera Festival (April-May) and the Bydgoszcz Jazz Festival (October) have both evolved to become leading showcases of talent within their genres.
The old and the new
Bydgoszcz’s harmonious blend of historic and modern architecture gives the city a unique aesthetic. Take a stroll along the waterside streets of the Old Town, past the fragmented remains of the 15th-century walls, and lose yourself in the jumble of stalls that fill the neo-Gothic Market Hall (Magdzińskiego). Then make a beeline for Mill Island – Bydgoszcz’s ‘Little Venice’ – where a series of restored galleries houses some of the city’s leading museums. The Modern Art Gallery (Mennica 8) is the biggest draw.
Just an hour’s drive from Bydgoszcz is the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Toruń – a visual feast of Gothic architecture that has yet to register on the international tourism radar. The astronomer Copernicus was born here in 1473, and his old house is now a fascinating museum (Kopernika 15-17). Another medieval secret guarded jealously by those in the known is the idyllic little town of Chełmno, with a town hall that dates back to the 13th century. The Iron Age fortified settlement of Biskupin, once dubbed the ‘Polish Pompeii’, is also an easy journey from Bydgoszcz.