Bydgoszcz (former German name Bromberg) is a city in the Polish Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship at the confluence of the Brda and the Vistula. The university town is characterized by a rich architectural heritage, especially from the period around 1900, numerous green spaces and a diverse cultural offering with a philharmonic hall, opera house and museums.

Bydgoszcz is located on the Brda (Brahe) river, which flows into the Vistula a good eight kilometers east of the city center. The city is located in the Polish lowlands, so the surrounding landscape is mostly flat.

Bydgoszcz was initially a fishing village, which developed into a trading center for goods due to its favorable location on trade routes. 1346 Bydgoszcz got from the Polish King Casimir III. granted city rights to the Great. He is therefore particularly revered in the city: a monument and the name of the university are dedicated to him. From the 15th and 16th centuries Bydgoszscz was above all an important trading center for wheat, numerous historical granaries bear witness to this to this day. During the Polish-Swedish wars of the 17th century, the city was captured and destroyed by the Swedes several times.

In the course of the First Partition of Poland in 1772, the city was annexed by Prussia. It was given the German name Bromberg and remained - with the exception of the Napoleonic period 1807-15 - Prussian until the end of the First World War in 1918. The Bydgoszcz Canal was built during the reign of Frederick the Great in 1772-75. It connects the Brda with the Netze and thus the river system of the Vistula with that of the Oder. From 1815 Bromberg was the administrative center of one of the two administrative districts in the Prussian province of Posen. However, it remained a small town until the mid-19th century.

The Prussian Eastern Railway opened in 1851 and its main administration and repair shop were based in Bromberg. In the decades that followed, the population multiplied. Several parts of the city therefore date from the late 19th or early 20th century, which is reflected in entire streets in historicist or art nouveau style. In the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, large quantities of pine wood were transported from the Polish forests to the major cities of the German Empire via the Bydgoszcz Canal.

Although over 80% of Bromberg's population was German, the city was assigned to re-established Poland in the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. The repair shop of the Polish State Railways (PKP) emerged from the former repair shop of the Prussian Eastern Railway and from this in 2001 today's wagon construction company Pesa emerged, which is still one of the largest and best-known employers in Bydgoszcz. In 1969 the Pedagogical University of Bydgoszcz was founded, which was raised to a university in 2005.

Bydgoszcz shares the role of capital in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship with its slightly smaller sister city Toruń. While the organs of regional self-government (Sejmik and Voivodeship Marshal) are based in Toruń, the voivode resides in Bydgoszcz, who implements the laws on behalf of the central government and heads the police and security authorities.


Worth seeing

The Old Town - is the oldest part of Bydgoszcz, whose spatial arrangement was already planned by King Casimir the Great in 1346. The Old Town is primarily the Old Market Square with 19th-century picturesque tenement houses and the surrounding streets, all in the immediate vicinity of the Brda River. The most important and at the same time the most original monuments of the Old Town are the Cathedral (1502), the former Jesuit college, and today the town hall (1653), the classicist building of the Provincial and Municipal Public Library (1778), the neo-gothic market hall (1904 ), the majestic building of the Provincial District Court (1906) and finally the tallest building in Bydgoszcz, i.e. the neo-Gothic St. Andrzej Bobola with a 75-meter tower (1903).

Mill Island - is one of the most unusual and captivating places in Bydgoszcz. What makes Wyspa unique is its location in the heart of the city, just a few steps from the Old Market Square. Starting in the Middle Ages, the Island was an industrial center for the next few centuries. It was on the Mill Island that the royal mint was located, which functioned intermittently from 1594 to 1688. Currently, the Mill Island is the living room of the city, a green oasis in the center of a metropolis with almost half a million inhabitants. Most of the buildings on the island date back to the 19th century. The White Granary is still remembered in the 15th century. Water, footbridges, former mills (today museums), red brick buildings reflecting in the Młynówka river (the so-called Venice of Bydgoszcz), well-kept greenery - all this creates the atmosphere of a river island in Bydgoszcz today.

Plac Wolności - the former 17th-century garden of the Poor Clares, located at Gdańska Street in Bydgoszcz, is a real salon of the city. Although it was laid out in 1854, it gained a unique character at the beginning of the 20th century with the construction of most of the buildings that are still located on the square today. Wolności Square is primarily a tasteful architecture of the turn of the century, we will find here perfect modernism, neo-baroque, neo-gothic and finally modest Art Nouveau. However, the most characteristic objects on the square are the Church of St. st. of the Apostles Peter and Paul, erected in 1876 by the Berlin architect Friedrich Adler, and the monument-fountain "Deluge" from 1904, sculpted by Ferdynand Lepcke, the author of the famous Bydgoszcz "Łuczniczka".

Bydgoszcz Cathedral - and more precisely, the Church of St. st. Martin and Mikołaj is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and, above all, the oldest building in the city. Fara, as the people of Bydgoszcz still call their cathedral, is a late-gothic three-nave church erected between 1466 and 1502. One of the most valuable monuments of the church is a late-gothic painting in the main altar called the painting of Our Lady of Beautiful Love or Madonna with a Rose. Inside the church, the eye is drawn to the beautiful, modernist polychrome, whose extremely bright colors cover the entire interior of the temple. The cathedral, picturesquely situated in the corner of the Old Market Square and in the immediate vicinity of the Brda River, is one of the most magnificent and most frequently photographed objects in Bydgoszcz.

The Music District - is one of the most interesting urban developments in the city, and at the same time one of the most charming and peaceful corners of Bydgoszcz. The central point of the district is the vast Park im. Jan Kochanowski, full of sculptures depicting outstanding composers. It is surrounded by all those serving culture, which resounds from the neoclassical building of the Pomeranian Philharmonic and the neo-baroque building of the Academy of Music. The Music District is also home to the Polish Theater with one of the city's symbols, the sculpture "The Archer" by F. Lepcke (1910). In the vicinity of the park there are several outstanding examples of Art Nouveau in the form of excellent villas and tenement houses designed by outstanding architects of the time.

Minor Basilica of St. Wincenty à Paulo - erected between 1925 and 1939, it is the largest temple in Bydgoszcz, and also one of the largest in Poland. The basilica is a monumental building designed on the model of the Roman Pantheon by the Polish architect Adam Ballenstaedt. The most characteristic element of the neoclassical temple building is the reinforced concrete dome with a diameter of 40 meters. The basilica is located in the immediate vicinity of Sielanka, Bydgoszcz's garden city, i.e. a pre-war villa district full of greenery designed in 1910 by the famous German architect Joseph Stübben.

Mostowa Street - in Bydgoszcz, it is a busy route connecting Śródmieście with the Old Town. The central point of the street is the Bridge. J. Sulima-Kamińskiego, which offers a beautiful view of the Brda River and numerous monuments of the city concentrated around the river. The panorama on the eastern side of the bridge is dominated by the buildings of three famous Bydgoszcz granaries (18th/19th century), the official symbol of the city, currently the Museum of Leon Wyczółkowski. In the foreground, in turn, the attention of passers-by is drawn to a new symbol, the figure of a tightrope walker deftly balancing on a rope - the sculpture of "Crossing the River". The background of the sculpture are new granaries designed by well-known Warsaw architects, the headquarters of BRE Bank, and at the same time a perfect example of contemporary Polish architecture. The eastern side of the bridge also includes 19th-century red brick buildings: Lloyd's Palace (1886), the seminary building (1858) and the majestic building of the Polish Post Office (1899) - one of the largest historic buildings of this type in Poland.

The Church of the Poor Clares - actually the Church of St. Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, commonly known as the Church of the Poor Clares, is one of the most characteristic buildings in Bydgoszcz. The single-nave Gothic-Renaissance temple was erected between 1582 and 1618. Few elements have survived from the original equipment of the church, because after the dissolution of the Order of Saint Clare, which took care of the temple, the Prussians used the church building, among others, for as a warehouse. Nevertheless, it is worth looking inside the temple to see the 17th-century wooden coffered ceiling, on which 112 flower rosettes were painted. From the slender tower of the church, topped with a baroque cupola, the Bydgoszcz bugle call by Konrad Pałubicki sounds three times a day.

"Hotel pod Orłem" - an icon of Bydgoszcz architecture at the turn of the century, was designed by the outstanding Bydgoszcz builder Józef Święcicki, the author of over 60 excellent architectural projects in the city. The construction of the hotel was completed in 1896. From the very beginning, the building functioned as a hotel, originally run by Emil Bernhardt. Among the guests of the hotel we will find such personalities as Artur Rubinstein. The extremely rich façade of the building was dressed in neo-baroque architectural dress.

Bydgoszcz Canal - built in 1773-1774, it is part of the international E 70 waterway. It connects the Vistula and the Oder through their tributaries: the Brda, the Noteć and the Warta. The creation of the Canal contributed to the dynamic development of the city, which thanks to modern hydrotechnical devices, characteristic industrial, residential and recreational buildings by the waterside, gained its elegance, riverside identity and the rank of one of the main centers of inland transport. In the years 1908–1915, the so-called New Canal with unique Czyżkówko and Okole locks, equipped with equalization tanks, allowing to save most of the water. The old section of the Canal, with five locks and a beautiful park, now serves mainly a recreational function. The Bydgoszcz Canal can be compared to Flemish Venice - Dazzling places in Poland that look like foreign ones.



Bydgoszcz is a city with a historical record, the specificity of which is expressed primarily in the symbiosis of the Old Town with the river and the prevalence of 19th-century buildings from the "belle epoque" period. The heritage of Old Polish architecture consists of three Gothic churches, a former Jesuit college, several half-timbered granaries from the 18th century and a dozen or so buildings and tenement houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. The architectural development from the period 1850–1914 is rich. However, the basic and original asset of Bydgoszcz is water: rivers, canals, hydrotechnical structures, boulevards, quays, cascades and the elevation of the city's buildings from the river side.

Noteworthy is the Old Town located in the meanders of the Brda River (the other Old Town area is Stary Fordon on the Vistula River), Mill Island, Bydgoszcz Venice and Śródmieście with urban Art Nouveau buildings. A unique monument is the oldest active artificial waterway in Poland - the Bydgoszcz Canal (1774) with a system of sluices.

The tourist product is the Old Town and Śródmieście with its historical layout and architectural monuments: churches, granaries, public buildings, streets lined with decorated tenement houses. The provincial register of monuments includes 245 objects from Bydgoszcz, including the spatial complex of the Old Town, the remains of the city walls, the Mill Island (in its entirety), the Old Bydgoszcz Canal (completely with locks and weirs), the City Lock, 16 churches, a synagogue, 7 cemeteries, 10 old granaries, a former water tower, about 35 public buildings, over 100 tenement houses and villas. The municipal register of monuments includes about 2,800 objects, of which over 2,000 (75%) is located in the area of compact development of Śródmieście along with Bocianów, Bielawy, Okole and Wilczak.

In the city, it is worth seeing historic churches, especially the cathedral - the Marian sanctuary of Our Lady of Beautiful Love, the Basilica of St. Vincent de Paul and the other three city sanctuaries. There are several museums and cultural facilities in the city that attract the public for their repertoire, as well as for their events and festivals. The TeH2O cultural Water, Industry and Crafts Trail is also being created in the city, with 16 stops, and the Bydgoszcz Culinary Trail.

Another great advantage of Bydgoszcz is its nature. The city is divided by the valleys of three great watercourses. Therefore, there are many places in Bydgoszcz from where you can see the panorama of the city. Further districts, from west to east, can be admired by walking along the footpath along the Bydgoszcz Slope - the edge of the upper terrace of Bydgoszcz with a relative height of 20-40 m.

There is no shortage of parks in the city, including many established in the 19th century. Worth recommending are above all: Leśny Park Kultury i Wypoczynku, Planty on the Bydgoszcz Canal and a number of parks within the Śródmieście district.


Waterfront of Bydgoszcz

A characteristic feature of Bydgoszcz is the exposure of buildings from the side of rivers and canals. Over the centuries, churches, granaries, tenement houses and bridges were built near the river. All major city events take place on the Brda River and the Bydgoszcz Canal. Around it, a specific living room of the city is created - with the Mill Island as its center. The attractiveness of Bydgoszcz related to water is emphasized by the illumination of monuments, places and greenery, and enriched by small architectural forms, e.g. the sculpture "Crossing the River". Weirs and cascades of Międzywodzie add additional charm. In newspapers describing the city, there are statements that Bydgoszcz is Polish Amsterdam.

The following images are reflected in the old town area of Brda:
Bydgoszcz monuments (e.g. cathedral, granaries, Lloyd's Palace and others),
municipal buildings (e.g. the Main Post Office, former Eastern Railway Directorate),
post-industrial buildings (e.g. Rother mills, Buchholz tannery, current PZU building), Kentzer mills,
modern buildings (Opera Nova, "new granaries" and others),
tenement houses on the Brda, Młynówka and the Bydgoszcz Canal (Bydgoszcz Venice, Przyrzecze Street, Stary Port Street, tenement houses on the Canal Island).

A unique monument of Bydgoszcz is the oldest Bydgoszcz Canal in Poland (1774) - an inland connector between Western and Eastern Europe. There are ten locks and three weirs in the city. Four sluices are closed, restored and open to the public in the park on the Canal (3) and in Brdyujście (1). The center of the Bydgoszcz Water Junction in the Old Town is the Mill Island together with the Bydgoszcz Venice. As a number of exhibition facilities of the District Museum are located within it, it is of great cultural importance.

One of the basic walking and tourist trails in Bydgoszcz are the boulevards along the Brda River (5 km) and the Bydgoszcz Canal (3 km). Along the Canal you can admire the restored, historic sluices, while along the Brda River, apart from hydrotechnical structures, there are historic buildings of architecture. Some of the riverside buildings are treated as a symbol of the city: the complex of granaries on the Brda River, the "new granaries" or, for example, Opera Nova. Since 2015, the construction of a boulevard on the Vistula River in Stary Fordon has also been planned. So far, the walking route along the Vistula is the crest of the flood embankment with a length of approx. 4.5 km.

There are three water trams (including 2 solar ships) running on the Brda River, the course of which (8 stops) also includes locking at the city lock and others.


Location town

Bydgoszcz's Old Town, located on the Brda bend, has preserved its medieval layout. Relics of architecture from before 1800 have been preserved here:
gothic temples: St. st. Martin and Mikołaj, the post-Bernardine church and the church of the Poor Clares,
building of the former Jesuit college from the 17th century,
fragments of defensive walls,
several tenement houses and granaries from the 18th century

Most of the buildings in the Old Town, however, come from the first and second half of the 19th century. The central point of the city is the Old Market. In one of the tenement houses on the eastern frontage of the Market Square, the figure of Mr. Twardowski appears twice a day, presenting a short show and music show.

In the area of the chartered town, along with the Mill Island, there are historic streets and town squares. There are over 50 objects entered in the provincial register of monuments and several hundred monuments from the municipal register. The newer buildings include the monumental monument of Casimir the Great - the donor of city rights for Bydgoszcz and the builder of the castle.



The city center of Bydgoszcz was almost entirely built in the years 1850–1914 on the wave of favorable economic conditions from the Prussian period. Economic and mental ties with Berlin at that time made the capital of the German Empire a model and a point of reference for Bydgoszcz. At that time, Bydgoszcz was called "Little Berlin", due to the urban similarity: putting green areas in the foreground: parks, squares, gardens, relations to rivers and canals, and the authorship of new buildings according to designs by Berlin or local architects, educated at Berlin universities. The greatest contribution to the development in the Prussian period was made by, among others, architects: Józef Święcicki, Fritz Weidner, Karl Bergner, Paul Böhm, Rudolf Kern, Erich Lindenburger, Carl Rose, Alfred Schleusener, Paul Sellner, Heinrich Seeling and city building advisors: Heinrich Grüder (1871–1877), Wilhelm Lincke (1878–1886 ), Carl Meyer (1886–1912), Heinrich Metzger (1912–1920), and in the interwar period, among others: Jan Kossowski, Bogdan Raczkowski, Kazimierz Ulatowski and others.

The vast Śródmieście district is famous primarily for its 19th and 20th-century buildings in historicizing styles (eclecticism, neo-renaissance, neo-baroque, neo-gothic, picturesque historicism, Art Nouveau and modernism). The eastern part of Śródmieście was built on the assumptions of a garden city, so the buildings here are intertwined with the greenery of parks. It is in this area that the music district is located, where a number of cultural and educational facilities have been built.

In Śródmieście, there are most historic public buildings: administrative, educational, cultural, neo-gothic and neo-baroque churches and frontages of large-city tenement houses along the most important city routes: ul. Gdańska, Dworcowa, Cieszkowski, Aleja Mickiewicza and others. Tenement houses and villas, rich in details, stucco and ornaments, are a great asset of the city's historic and contemporary architecture. Several objects in Śródmieście are treated as symbols of the city, e.g. the Archer's Monument from 1910, the monumental Deluge Fountain from 1904 (rebuilt), or the neo-baroque hotel "Pod Orłem". There are also fountains and new monuments, including "The bench" with the Enigma killer, Marian Rejewski from Bydgoszcz.


Historic churches

Bydgoszcz has several historic sacral buildings, including four sanctuaries, late-Gothic churches from the turn of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as well as neo-Gothic and neo-Baroque churches from the times of historicism. Worth visiting are above all: the Cathedral of St. st. Martin and Mikołaj from 1466 - the sanctuary of Our Lady of Beautiful Love, the post-Bernardine church built in the years 1552-1557, the church of the Poor Clares, from the tower of which the bugle call of Bydgoszcz is played every day at noon. Minor Basilica of St. st. Wincentego à Paulo is one of the most interesting examples of references to the Pantheon in Rome in Poland.

Among the churches of historicizing architecture, the most impressive are: the church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, St. Andrzej Bobola, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Holy Trinity, St. Santa.


Museums, festival tourism

In Bydgoszcz, there is a regional Regional Museum located in several buildings scattered around the Old Town (especially on Mill Island), the Museum of Land Forces and the only Pharmacy Museum in Poland operating in an active pharmacy. There is also the Museum of Soap and History of Dirt, the Museum of the Bydgoszcz Canal, the Museum of Polish Diplomacy and Refugees, the Museum of Freedom and Solidarity, the Museum of Photography, the Museum of Education, the Chamber of Traditions of Bydgoszcz Railways, the Mission Museum of spirits and others.

Bydgoszcz is also famous for several festivals that attract spectators from outside the city as well. The well-known music scenes of the Pomeranian Philharmonic, Opera Nova and the stage of the Polish Theater operate here. The Philharmonic organizes the festivals: "Bydgoszcz Music Festival" and "Musica Antiqua Europae Orientalis", the opera "Bydgoszcz Opera Festival", and the theater "Festiwal Prapremier". Concerts and open-air events such as "Ster na Bydgoszcz" are also gaining a large audience.

A separate issue is the large variety of sporting events, including many of international and even world class, which attract fans from all over Poland.


Congress and business tourism

There is a large Congress Center in Bydgoszcz, which occupies one of the circles of Opera Nova (the building is in the form of a three-leaf clover, two circles are occupied by the opera house). In 2023, the construction of the 4th circle of the Opera began. On September 24, 2015, the Bydgoszcz Trade and Exhibition Center was opened, located at ul. Gdańska on the border with Osielsko.

In 2009, according to the Conference Services Catalog published by Meetings Management, the Bydgoszcz center was among the largest facilities of this type in the country. The city as a large economic center is also a place of training and business tourism.


Old Fordon

In the administrative area of Bydgoszcz there is the former town of Fordon, founded in the Middle Ages, which has its own old town square and several monuments. Fordon has a spatial layout from the 15th century, while the current buildings come from the 19th and 20th centuries. Noteworthy is the location of Fordon, whose market is only 200 m away from the Vistula River, and from the bridge over the Vistula River a classic panorama of the former town can be seen. In 2023, a new quay on the Vistula River was opened, and the construction of a recreational area in its surroundings and a promenade along the Vistula are in progress.

Old Fordon is dominated by the towers of three temples that used to be of different denominations: Catholic, Evangelical and Jewish. In the 18th century, Fordon was mostly inhabited by Jews, and on the Vistula River there was a royal customs house established here by King Sigismund III Vasa.


Military monuments

World War II left in Bydgoszcz and the surrounding area attractions for military lovers. In the forests of Zakłady Chemiczne "Zachem" in the south-eastern part of the city, there are mysterious objects of the Nazi explosives and ammunition factory DAG Fabrik Bromberg, which was one of the largest armaments factories built in the areas occupied by Nazi Germany in terms of area. To this day, over a dozen kilometers of concrete roads, railway sidings and several dozen buildings hidden in the forest, as well as several kilometers of tunnels, have remained in this area. In 2011, in 8 facilities of the nitroglycerin production zone (1% of the entire factory area, which covered an area of 23 km²), the Exploseum was opened - an open-air museum of industrial architecture of the Third Reich along with an underground tourist route.

In addition, in the forests near Bydgoszcz there are numerous shelters and post-military facilities. The Polish side left behind the line of defense of the Polish Army (called Przedmość Bydgoskie) in Kruszyn-Osówiec, where the members and supporters of the Bydgoszcz Association of Monuments Lovers "Bunkier" organized an open-air museum.



Bydgoszcz is an important center of culture, especially music, in the country. The traditions of the city theater date back to the 17th century, when a theater hall was built in the Jesuit college. In 1824, a permanent theater building was erected, rebuilt in 1895 to a monumental form by the architect Heinrich Seeling from Berlin. The Bydgoszcz Conservatory of Music was founded in 1904, and in the years 1905-1945 there was the Bruno Sommerfeld Piano Factory, known in Europe and in the world, numerous orchestras and choirs, both German ("Gesangverein", "Liedertafel") and Polish (Św. Adalbert) Halka, Moniuszko). In 1880, the first museum collections were made available, in 1884 the People's Library was established, and in 1903 the Municipal Library, in 1913 a center for artistic education, and in 1909 the first cinema. The center of Polish cultural life was established in 1907, the Polish House, which was destroyed in 1919 by the German Grenzschutz.

The re-Polonization of the city in the interwar period led to the formation of a new Polish cultural elite in the 1930s, the development of Polish theatrical, musical, artistic and literary life, as well as the development of periodicals. After the dramatic episode of World War II, the process of cultural development continued, mainly in institutional terms. In the 1950s, two musical institutions were founded: the Pomeranian Philharmonic and the Opera and Operetta. Since 1974, the Academy of Music. Feliks Nowowiejski in Bydgoszcz.


Current state

In 2011, over 80 organizations, associations and foundations dealing with broadly understood cultural activities were active in Bydgoszcz. Eight cultural institutions benefit from subsidies from the local government at the commune and voivodeship levels. These are: Opera Nova, Pomeranian Philharmonic. Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Teatr Polski im. Hieronim Konieczki, Provincial Center of Culture and Art "Stara Ochronka", Municipal Cultural Centre, City Gallery bwa, District Museum. Leon Wyczółkowski and the Provincial and Municipal Public Library. Witold Bełza.

The offer of cultural institutions in Bydgoszcz is complemented by the activities of the Academy of Music, the Youth Palace, youth culture centres, several art galleries, museums, associations and foundations whose cultural offerings combine various, often unconventional fields of artistic creativity. The most famous are the "Mózg" Artistic Association, Eljazz, Yakiza Culture Foundation and Art House.

In 2013, there were 34 libraries in Bydgoszcz (with branches), whose services were used by nearly 50,000. people. 51 thousand cinema screenings were watched by 762 thousand. people. In 2013, Bydgoszcz museums were visited by 83,000 people. people. In 2012, 96,000 people listened to concerts in the philharmonic, 71 thousand. people watched opera performances, and 24 thousand. watched plays.

In 2010, Bydgoszcz was a candidate for the title of European Capital of Culture 2016[. The experience gained during the development of the application resulted in the anchoring of the city's development process in culture and through culture, which was expressed during the 1st Bydgoszcz Culture Congress held in 2011.


Pomeranian Philharmonic

Pomeranian Philharmonic I. J. Paderewskiego has existed since 1953. The concert hall (920 people) is among the best acoustics in Europe, which is confirmed by the opinions of famous artists and music critics. Due to the phenomenon of acoustics, it is popular with famous artists. Many world-renowned artists have performed on the Bydgoszcz stage, e.g. Artur Rubinstein, Benjamin Britten, Witold Małcużyński, Luciano Pavarotti, Shlomo Mintz, Mischa Maisky, Kevin Kenner, Kurt Masur, Kazimierz Kord, Jerzy Maksymiuk and Antoni Wit. Many great bands have also played here.

Opera Nova
Opera Nova, existing since 1956. In 1974, it started the construction of a building consisting of three circles, located on the Brda River. In 2023, the construction of the 4th circle began. Opera Nova has become a cultural showcase of Bydgoszcz in the world. At the Bydgoszcz Opera, the prima donnas recognized today, such as Barbara Zagórzanka and Bożena Betley, as well as singers: Józef Stępień, Florian Skulski and others, achieved their first successes and began their great careers. The greatest opera artists in Poland, such as Antonina Kawecka, Teresa Żylis-Gara, Wiesław Ochman, as well as foreign ones, have been guests here. Entire ensembles of the Wrocław Opera, Theaters from Leningrad, Moscow, Kiev, Minsk and the Glubenkian Foundation from Lisbon also performed here.



Polish Theater Hieronim Konieczka with 16th-century traditions, was founded in 1949. It continued the activity of the Municipal Theatre, whose impressive building was demolished in 1945. Since 2002, it has been the initiator of the only Festival of Premieres in Poland. In 2022, a new building of the Chamber Theater was opened.

There are also several private theaters in Bydgoszcz: "Nearby", "Yakiza", Rozruch dance theater, plastic theater, words, Salon of Young Artists, and alternative theaters, including Pantomime Theater Dar. In addition, at the Acting School of A. Grzymała-Siedleckiego, there is the Stage of Theater Presentations, which hosts a number of nationwide events: "Theatre Spring", "Peregrination with Melpomena", happenings. In the years 1960–1986 there was also a second theater stage: the Kameralny Theatre, and from 2009 the Buratino Bydgoszcz Puppet Theatre. In 2015, the Rozmaitości Theater was initiated at the fourth lock of the Bydgoszcz Canal with an audience of 650 seats.



There are about 30 choirs in Bydgoszcz: academic, parish, secular and youth. Most of them belong to Bydgoszcz branches of associations: the Polish Association of Choirs and Orchestras and the Caecilianum Federation. The Bydgoszcz Singing Society "Halka", which has been operating continuously since 1883, is one of the oldest choirs in Poland.



Attempts to organize a professional municipal orchestra were made at the beginning of the 20th century (German Orchestra Society, founded in 1898), and also in the years 1921–1922. In the interwar period, there were symphonic ensembles at music schools in Bydgoszcz, a German-Polish theater orchestra (Deutsche Bühne) and several dozen amateur and professional brass bands. The first City Symphony Orchestra was founded in Bydgoszcz in 1936, led by Alfons Rezler. Reactivated in 1945, it was transformed in 1953 into the Pomeranian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. Regardless of this, the artistic showcase of Bydgoszcz in the years 1946–1955 was the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bydgoszcz, which provided live music for Polish Radio broadcasts. Subsequent orchestras: symphonic, chamber and wind orchestras were created from the 1960s and were associated with the development of secondary and music education. In 2011, there are several dozen orchestras in Bydgoszcz, some of which are professional (Filharmonia, Opera, Academy of Music), and others are amateurs associated in the Polish Association of Choirs and Orchestras.


Music clubs

There are nearly 40 music clubs in Bydgoszcz. Klub Mózg founded by Jacek Majewski and Sławomir Janicki was one of the centers of the creation of the so-called yass music, important for contemporary European culture. Artists such as Tomasz Gwinciński, Tymon Tymański, Marcin Świetlicki, Jerzy Mazzoll, Kazik Staszewski and many other Polish and foreign artists are associated with Mózg. Other establishments that represent the local underground and alternative music include: Eljazz, Kuźnia, Węgliszek, Clan, Savoy, Sogo and many others.



Among the museums in Bydgoszcz, the largest is the Regional Museum of Leon Wyczółkowski (since 1923), occupying several buildings in the city, including granaries on the Brda River and on Mill Island. In Bydgoszcz, there is also the Land Forces Museum, specializing in documenting the latest (19th-20th century) Polish military history, in particular the history of the Pomeranian Military District, Exploseum, presenting issues related to explosives and the history of DAG Fabrik Bromberg, and several other museum units.



In 2014, three multiplexes operated in Bydgoszcz: Multikino (10 screens), Cinema City (13 screens) in Focus Mall and Helios in Galeria Pomorska (7 screens). The offer is complemented by studio cinemas, including: Kinoteatr Adria, Kino Orzeł, the cinema of the Youth Palace, the Kinoteatr of the IwSZ Club and two cinemas in Fordon: Jeremi and the Dom Kultury Katolickiej "Wiatrak". During the holiday season, there are open-air cinemas: Perła in front of the Drukarnia Fashion House, LPM in front of Klub Mózg and Blokada Filmowa - night screenings on the most beautiful streets of Bydgoszcz.



The oldest and largest historical collection of books is the Bernardine Library in Bydgoszcz, founded in 1488. In the 19th century, apart from official (post office) and administrative (regency) libraries, scientific libraries developed, mainly belonging to German societies, e.g. Nadnotecki District, or Agricultural Institutes (Central Agricultural Library). At that time, libraries were also established at secondary schools, garrison and professional libraries, in 1898 the People's Library, and in 1903 the Municipal Library. Polish cultural, educational and craft associations had their own collections. In 1867, Tomasz Śniegocki founded the first Polish bookstore in the city. In the interwar period, there was The Medical Library (1921, the largest in Pomerania), the library at the Municipal Museum (1925), other military, school and professional libraries. After 1945, the headquarters in Bydgoszcz had, among others, The Library Department of the Baltic Institute, and in 1959 the library of the Bydgoszcz Scientific Society was founded.

In 2015, the largest library in Bydgoszcz was the Wojewódzka i Miejska Biblioteka Publiczna im. dr Witold Bełza, which had 34 branches in the city and valuable old prints, including "Rule for all monks" by Hieronim Savonarola from 1489 and the manuscript of "Rota" by Maria Konopnicka (1910). Other major libraries include Provincial Pedagogical Library, collections of the State Archives, several university libraries, including: UTP (1952, the largest in the region with a technical profile), UKW (1969), Academy of Music (1974), Medical Academy (1984), University of Economy, KPSW, WSB University, church libraries, e.g. Primate's Institute of Christian Culture, military libraries, e.g. Armed Forces Support Inspectorate, Land Forces Museum and many others.

Since 1952, the Bydgoszcz Scientific Antiquarian has been operating continuously, which has been running the Bydgoszcz Antiquarian Auctions since 1969.



The most important organization conducting regional activity is the Society of Friends of the City of Bydgoszcz established in 1923. It continues the traditions of the Society for Beautifying the City of Bydgoszcz established in 1832. TMMB publishes many publications devoted to the city (including the monumental multilingual album "Because it is Bydgoszcz", the album "Pope John Paul II in Bydgoszcz", "Muzyczna Bydgoszcz" and the periodicals: "Kronika Bydgoska" - since 1967 - and "Kalendarz Bydgoszcz" - since 1968), organizes numerous concerts, competitions for the inhabitants of Bydgoszcz, cares about the protection of memorial sites and monuments. With the help of school clubs, he popularizes knowledge about the traditions of Bydgoszcz among young inhabitants of the city. In Bydgoszcz, there are also other associations that popularize literature, art and culture of other countries and regions of the world, including: Association of Polish Writers, Bydgoszcz Branch, Author's Gallery of Jan Kaja and Jacek Soliński, Polish-French Friendship Society, Polish-Austrian Society, Italian, German, Nigerian, Norwegian, Korean and many more.



Several dozen cyclical national and international cultural festivals and reviews take place in Bydgoszcz. The oldest festivals in Bydgoszcz are organized by the Pomeranian Philharmonic: International Piano Competition. Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1961), the Bydgoszcz Music Festival (1962) and the Musica Antiqua Europae Orientalis congress (1966). The following events, organized by the Youth Palace, also have considerable traditions: the National Competition of Children and Youth Choirs a Cappella and Bydgoszcz Music Impressions (1977).

The brand in Poland and abroad has also been developed by such festivals as: the International Competition of Young Pianists "Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam" organized by the Music School Complex, the Bydgoszcz Opera Festival, the Artpop Festival Złote Przeboje Bydgoszcz, the Festival of Music Competition Laureates, the Festival of Premieres, Camera Obscura and Landscape without you - the Festival of Unforgettable Polish Artists.

The Municipal Cultural Center in Bydgoszcz organizes i.a. festivals: the International Harmonica Festival, which attracts lovers of this instrument from all over Poland, and the largest literary event in the region, the International Book Festival - Bydgoszcz Literary Triangle, and the Provincial Cultural Center - Bydgoszcz Buskers Festival - International Meetings of Street Artists. Bydgoszcz drummers also have their own festival - Bydgoszcz Drums Fuzje.

Film festivals are held in the city: Never seen in Bydgoszcz and AFF-Era Filmowa, as well as a review of the independent cinema OFF-Era Filmowa. In 2010-18, Bydgoszcz hosted the world's largest festival dedicated to the art of cinematographers: Camerimage.


Tourist awards and distinctions

Along with the progress in the revitalization of riverside areas, parks and historic architecture, Bydgoszcz is gaining an increasing tourist brand in the country and in the world. In the rankings organized by the professional media, Bydgoszcz is often among the top Polish cities in terms of tourism. For example, the creators of the Poland Sotheby's International Realty ranking emphasize that.

After 2010, Bydgoszcz received a number of awards and distinctions in the field of tourism, including:
The title of the Museum Event of the Year Sybilla 2011 in the category of technology exhibitions for the Exploseum of the War Technology Center DAG Fabrik Bromberg awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage;
Certificate of the Best Tourist Product 2012 for Mill Island awarded by the Polish Tourist Organization;
Bydgoszcz among the top 10 destinations in Poland in 2013 according to the world's largest travel website, Tripadvisor;
Nomination for the 7 New Wonders of Poland 2013 for the Museum of Soap and History of Dirt in Bydgoszcz - National Geographic Traveler monthly;
Certificate "Tourist-Friendly Municipality" awarded in 2014 to Bydgoszcz by the Local Government Magazine "Wspólnota" together with PTTK;
Bydgoszcz recognized as the 5th most beautiful city in Poland in 2014 according to the Poland Sotheby's International Realty ranking - a platform for luxury real estate agencies around the world.
In 2015, Exploseum in Bydgoszcz was included in the European Route of Industrial Heritage, gaining the rank of the so-called anchor point, one of 6 in Poland and 77 in Europe - industrial places of supra-regional importance for the industrial history of Europe and with great tourist potential
Bydgoszcz 8th best destination in Poland in 2015 according to Tripadvisor (the highest rated place in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region);
Museum of Soap and History of Dirt in Bydgoszcz ranked in 2015 by National Geographic Traveler in first place among the five most interesting museums in Poland
The TeH2O Water, Industry and Crafts Trail in Bydgoszcz wins a prestigious award in the Tourism Trends Awards 2016 competition and a nomination in the World Travel Awards 2016 competition
Bydgoszcz 5th best travel destination in Poland in 2017 according to Tripadvisor (the highest rated place in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region, ahead of Poznań, Toruń, among others);
The Soap and History of Dirt Museum in Bydgoszcz receives the Best Tourist Product Certificate of the Polish Tourist Organization in 2017, earlier this distinction was awarded to Exploseum, Wyspa Młyńska and the Camerimage Film Festival.


Tourist trails and surroundings

The attractiveness of the landscape and nature and the strong afforestation of the vicinity of Bydgoszcz mean that several dozen marked tourist trails have been marked out in the suburban area. The density of trails around Bydgoszcz is the highest in the region and higher than in many other large cities. Among the hiking trails, the following can be distinguished:
Brda trails (9) – they lead north of Bydgoszcz, mainly through forest areas along the Brda River and the Koronowski Lagoon,
Vistula routes (14) – cover four regions: the Lower Vistula Valley, the lower Wda basin, the western part of the Chełmińskie Lake District and the northern ends of the Bydgoszcz Forest,
Noteć trails (12) – run along the Noteć basin, covering part of the ethnic areas of Kujawy and Pałuki, through Bydgoszcz Meadows by the Noteć River and the Bydgoszcz Forest, crossing in the vicinity of Lake Jezuickie.

Through Bydgoszcz runs the longest in Europe International Bicycle Route R-1 and several others: along the Lower Vistula Valley, around the Fordońska Valley, the Bicycle Trail of Friendship Bydgoszcz-Toruń and others. The Eurovelo bicycle route No. 9 is also planned to run through Bydgoszcz.

There are four Slavic strongholds from the 6th-11th centuries in the city and its immediate vicinity: Wyszogród, Zamczysko, Pawłówek and Strzelce Dolne. The city is also famous for water tourism, thanks to kayaking on the Brda River and sailing in tourist barges on the following shipping routes: Great Wielkopolska Loop, Toruń Loop, Kujawska Loop, Vistula and Noteć. In the Opławiec district there is a holiday resort (Janowo) and a sanatorium (built in 1904). Within a radius of 20 km, there are about 10 bathing beaches on the lakes. The nearest are in Piecki and Chmielniki on Lake Jezuickie and in Borówno on Lake Borówno. The purity of the water in Brda (class II) allows bathing in the river in its upper section.

In the immediate vicinity of the city there is a palace and park complex in Ostromecko, called the "Bydgoszcz Wilanów", the Bydgoszcz Forest, which is gaining more and more on the tourist brand of the Lower Vistula Valley, and about 20 km away, the Koronowski Reservoir, attractive for sailors and water sports enthusiasts. The city is a good starting point for Bory Tucholskie, the Chełmno Land (Teutonic monuments) and Kujawy and Pałuki, where the Piast Route has been marked out. In 2008, in Solec Kujawski, 15 km from Bydgoszcz, a Jurassic park was built, and in 2012 a similar facility was built in the Forest Park of Culture and Recreation.



There is one five-star hotel in Bydgoszcz (Bohema) and five four-star hotels: City, Holiday Inn, Pod Orłem, Słoneczny Młyn and Sepia. In addition to them, there are about 20 lower-class facilities. According to the data of the Central Statistical Office, in 2013, there were 25 tourist accommodation facilities in Bydgoszcz (including 18 hotels), with 3,000 beds. seats. 238,000 were granted. overnight stays, including 90% in hotels. There are also 105 places in a youth hostel and several hundred in facilities offering guest rooms.


Festivals, events

Never Seen In Bydgoszcz – March

Never Seen In Bydgoszcz is a film festival whose idea is to bring the so-called "ambitious cinema", and in particular films that are hard to find in the repertoires of local multiplexes. And this is where the strength of this project lies, because the city on the Brda River is full of connoisseurs of world cinematography, whose tastes, unfortunately, are too often relegated to the background, at the expense of ubiquitous commercialism.

Young Talents - April

National Artistic Festival, the idea of which is the slogan "Young for the Young". The aim of the competition is to promote talented youth from secondary schools and to discover the talent hidden in young artists.

KolorOffon Film Festival – April

Review of short films: fiction, documentaries and animations.

Bydgoszcz Opera Festival – April/May

Since 1994, it has been held annually and it is the largest review of the most interesting achievements of musical theaters - domestic and foreign - in Poland. The idea of organizing a great opera festival inspired the authorities, sponsors and the community of the Pomerania and Kujawy region with enthusiasm for this project. The Bydgoszcz Opera Festivals are held in one of the most modernly equipped Polish music theatres. On the beautiful, large stage of Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz, opera theaters from Poland and foreign companies set their annual meeting in spring. Two festival weeks are the time of meetings of artists, people of culture with enthusiasts of various musical genres: opera, operetta, musical, ballet: classical and modern, and an excellent form of promoting these arts. It is a tradition that the first of the performances is the premiere performed by the "host", Opera Nova. We devote the following evenings to the presentations of the invited Theatres. The Bydgoszcz Opera Festivals are financed by the Marshal's Office of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The festival is accompanied by exhibitions, a review of music films on DVD, and (since 2008) performances of chamber operas - artistic proposals by students of Polish music academies.

Bydgoszcz Festival "Travellers" - April

"Travellers" is a festival of inspiration - a 2-day travel holiday on the Brda River for hikers, mountaineers, canoeists - those who want to share their experiences. In 2013, the Tony Halik awards were presented for the second time for interesting travel ideas. In 2012, the special guest was Elżbieta Dzikowska, who presented the awards to the crew of the Solanus yacht with Capt. Bronisław Radliński at the helm, Aleksander Doba for a lonely journey across the Atlantic, and the Jasieński brothers Szymon and Michał for their expeditions to Torella Land.

Rudder to Bydgoszcz - June

It is the largest water sports festival in the region. Ster na Bydgoszcz is 3 days of fun, during which concerts, yacht exhibitions, photo exhibitions, inland water tourism fairs and many other attractions take place.

Bydgoszcz Music Impressions – July

It is the largest and most important international event organized by the Youth Palace in Bydgoszcz since 1977. During all editions of the festival, the Youth Palace in Bydgoszcz hosted over 500 youth teams from several dozen countries, including from Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Poland, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine , USA, Hungary, Italy, Great Britain. It is the only festival in Poland and one of the few in the world with such musical diversity. Within a few days, several concerts take place in concert halls and in the open air, not only in the city, but also in the region. Choirs and chamber orchestras, early music ensembles, instrumental and vocal-instrumental ensembles of jazz and popular music as well as folklore ensembles are eligible to participate in the festival.

Bydgoszcz Buskers Festival - July/August

Two-day meetings of street artists (comedians, magicians, jugglers, clowns, acrobats, circus performers, musicians, improvisers) from around the world.

ArtPop Festival - July

ARTPOP Festival Złote Przeboje Bydgoszcz 2011 is a continuation of the Smooth Festival, whose previous editions took place on the Mill Island in Bydgoszcz. Along with the new name, the place and formula of the festival changes. Since 2011, fans of art-pop music will meet in the beautiful natural surroundings ofMyślcinek - one of the largest City Parks in Poland.

Harmonica Bridge Bydgoszcz – Toruń – August

The International Harmonica Festival BYDGOSZCZ-TORUŃ HARMONICA BRIDGE, organized by the Municipal Cultural Center in Bydgoszcz and the House of Muses in Toruń, has become a permanent fixture in the national schedule of musical events related to the widely used harmonica. Back in 2001, when the 1st Harmonica Meeting was held in Bydgoszcz, no one expected that after a few years the harmonica, an instrument small in size but great in terms of musical possibilities, would connect the two largest cities of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region: Bydgoszcz and Toruń will fit in well with the visible renaissance of the harmonica.

Musica Antiqua Europea Orientalis Festival – September

Meetings of the most eminent personalities in the world of science, organized in Bydgoszcz every three years, a wide range of topics, great concerts (including world premieres of works of various provenance) ensured the IAEO a unique international position. Since then, the Congress has entered the history of not only Polish, but also world music, measuring historical time with its regularity - a time of change, development and enrichment.

Shell Fest - September

The favorite event of fans of hard sounds. The Muszla Fest festival is an opportunity to listen to the latest achievements of groups from the region. The festival is a powerful dose of sounds from very different musical genres. The permanent place of the Festival is Park im. Vitos.

Bydgoszcz Music Festival - September - October

The Bydgoszcz Music Festival is one of the cyclical events in Bydgoszcz with the longest tradition. Dating back to the 1960s, it has successfully resisted all historical storms, trends and today's widespread commercialization over the years. In its current form, the Festival is characterized by a huge variety of forms and styles, however, their significant distinguishing feature is the consistently high level of performance, guaranteed by the invited most outstanding Polish and foreign artists. The main goal of the festival is to promote high culture with a special emphasis on Polish creativity, including music by Polish composers. The program of concerts covers a wide spectrum of musical genres and forms, drawn from almost all eras. Each edition of the festival is dedicated to a different artist, keynote or idea.

Camera Obscura International Reportage Art Festival – October

The festival has been organized since 2004 by the Art-House Art Foundation. It was established as the first pan-European event dedicated to the promotion of reportage as an independent and increasingly popular audiovisual artistic form on the border of journalism and documentary film. The most important points of the festival are competitions in which the authors of the best reportages compete for the GRAND PRIX Award. Ryszard Kapuściński, worth EUR 3,000, and honorable mentions in the following categories: investigative reportage, social reportage, radio reportage. During the meetings at the CAMERA OBSCURA Festival, both creators and viewers have the opportunity to exchange views on the quality and standards of a reporter's work, as well as on the image of the surrounding world emerging from the presented reportages.

Premiere Festival – October

The Premieres Festival is a competition presenting performances whose premieres took place in the theatrical season preceding the next festival edition. During the festival, premiere productions from all over Poland are presented, and an annex of an international nature is also organized.

Bydgoszcz Jazz Festival – October

For four years, the main organizer of the Festival has been the ELJAZZ Jazz Association. The festival is getting more and more varied every year, and the invited artists represent various trends in jazz music. So far, the most outstanding representatives of Polish jazz have performed, such as: Urszula Dudziak, Tomasz Stańko, Włodzimierz Nahorny, Krzysztof Ścierański and many others, and representatives of American jazz, such as: Billy Harper, Al Foster, Vincent Herring. The festival is also supported by other institutions that actively contribute to the development of this event. Festival concerts take place throughout the city, from clubs to the Pomeranian Philharmonic. Interest in the Festival is growing year by year, and the organizers are constantly expanding the formula of the festival. This year, there will be nine concerts over five days.

Festival of Unforgettable Polish Artists "Landscape without You" - October

The festival has become a permanent fixture in the calendar of the biggest cultural events in Bydgoszcz and Poland. Six years ago, admirers of Krzysztof Klenczon's work had the opportunity to listen to "old" songs in new arrangements and performed by the greatest Polish artists. A year later, the stars recalled the hits from years ago by the unforgettable Mieczysław Fogg. The third edition was devoted to the work of Anna Jantar, the next one to Grzegorz Ciechowski. Two years ago we heard songs by Czesław Niemen. Last year's edition reminded us of the work of Jonasz Kofta. During this year's seventh edition of the festival, we will remember the creators of the BREAKOUT group.

Mózg Festival – Music from the Brain – November

A festival covering alternative music from around the world. During the festival, all forms of contemporary music, performance art, audio and video installations, painting, photography and film are presented. When talking about contemporary music, the festival is about musical forms that come from both the so-called "classical" sources as well as those that refer to such musical genres as jazz, ethnic music or rock music.

Plus Camerimage International Festival of the Art of Cinematography – November/December

The International Festival of the Art of Cinematography PLUS CAMERIMAGE is the largest and most famous festival dedicated to the art of cinematography. PLUS CAMERIMAGE significantly contributes to the increase in the prestige of cinematographers among other creators of the 10th muse. In many countries, including Poland, this profession was classified as technical. Thanks to the Festival, people began to notice that the cinematographer is a co-creator of the visual side of the film - he is an artist, just like the director and actors.

The unique formula of the Festival, focusing attention on the qualities of the film image and its adequacy to the message contained in the film's plot, turned out to be an attractive alternative to other festivals. The awards are an expression of recognition for the most outstanding achievements in the field of cinematography and give a sense of achievement to their authors. PLUS CAMERIMAGE is also an excellent forum not only for presentations, but also for discussions on the future of film art. By bringing together the circle of already awarded filmmakers and helping debutants and students, it allows them to discover new artistic areas.

Drums Fusions – December

The Bydgoszcz Drums Fuzje Festival is thematically related to the Chopin Year celebrations. Each of the concerts, in various musical styles, arrangements or innovative forms of communication, refers to the work of the great composer. During the six days of the CHOPIN DRUMS FUZJE festival, we will have a unique opportunity to listen to great music projects performed by drummers from Bydgoszcz, together with invited guests.


Legends and parables related to Bydgoszcz

There are many legends and tales about Bydgoszcz, including:
The legend of the founding of Bydgoszcz "Two brothers Byd and Gost"
"The Legend of the Herb"
"The legend of Łysa Góra in Bydgoszcz"
"Bartodzieje Bartholomew stands"
"The legend of the Bydgoszcz devil Węgliszek"
"How Bocianowo was created from a stork"
"About Angelica, daughter of the knight Carolus"
"The Legend of Hangman's Island"

Legends about Bydgoszcz and Mr. Twardowski (according to the legend, the nobleman Twardowski lived in Bydgoszcz):
"Mr. Twardowski and Mayor Słomka's Rejuvenation"
"In the year of our Lord 1560"
"Sitting on roosters"


Getting here

Bydgoszcz is an important transport hub in northern Poland.

By plane
Bydgoszcz-Szwederowo Airport "Ignacy Jan Paderewski" (IATA: BZG) is located 3 km from the city center. It is of more regional importance, but has seen a significant increase in connections since the 2000s. From Germany you can fly directly with Lufthansa from Frankfurt (daily) or with Ryanair from Weeze (Lower Rhine; only on Fridays). There are also scheduled flights to airports in the British Isles and Ukraine, and charter flights to Mediterranean holiday destinations.

The closest major alternatives are the airports in Poznań (140 km away; 2½ hours by train) and Gdańsk (170 km; 2 hours by car).

By train
The main train station Bydgoszcz Główna is located on the heavily frequented routes Gdansk-Poznan and Warsaw-Bydgoszcz.

Approximately every hour there are Intercity and TLK trains (corresponds to an Interregio) from Gdańsk (journey time approx. 1:40 hrs) and Gdynia (2 hrs); every two hours from Poznań (around 1½ hours), Warsaw (3½ hours) and Wroclaw (4 hours); four times a day from Łódź (3:15 hrs) and Katowice (6½ hrs). Regional trains run once or twice an hour between Toruń and Bydgoszcz, the journey takes 40-45 minutes.

Once a day there is a direct Eurocity connection from Berlin (4:15 hours) and Frankfurt/Oder (3:05 hours).

By bus
Long-distance buses and regional buses stop in the center.

In the street
Arrival from Germany is possible via Berlin and Posen on the A2 motorway. East of Poznan, at the Poznań Wschód triangle, change to the S5, which is designed as a motorway-like expressway.

By boat
Excursion boats operate on the Vistula and Brda.


Around the city

The tram network of MZK Bydgoszcz consists of 10 lines with a total length of 41 km. Mostly high-floor cars from the 1980s are used, but increasingly also modern low-floor cars from the local Pesa factory.

In the summer months, a "water tram" (Bydgoski Tramwaj Wodny) runs on the Brda.



The name of the town is derived from the Slavic name Bydgost, which consists of two parts byd as a variant of bud- (to wake up) derived from Proto-Slavic *bъd- (Old Russian vъzbydati = to stimulate, Proto-Slavic bъděti/bъd'ǫ = not to sleep, to stay awake) and the popular the Slavic member goszcz/gost - meaning "-guest". This name was created using the adjectival suffix "-jь", which was used to create place names from the names of the founders or owners, e.g. Przemyśl from Przemysław, Poznań from Poznan, Radom from Radom or Radomiła, etc.

Names with the ending -goszcz are characteristic of the Slavs and derive directly from the Slavic *gost-jь meaning "hospitality" or "hosting" in Slavic names. They prove the Slavic stronghold settlement and are characteristic of Slavic and Polish possessive and local names with this ending, such as Małogoszcz, Skorogoszcz. Such names also occur in Germany in the area of Germania Slavica, where in the Middle Ages the Polabian Slavs also established their settlements. Examples include: a stronghold that was the main political center of the Redars and the center of the cult of the god Radogost - Radogoszcz, *Trěbigost-jь, German Trebgast in the area inhabited by the Slavs, the so-called Bavarian Slavica derived from the Slavic name Trzebiost, mentioned in 1028 in Latin as Trebegast, *Radogost-jь, German Raabs in Austria, mentioned in 1112 as Ratgoz and derived from the Slavic name Radogost.

One of the first surviving documents with the name of the city in Polish was recorded in 1429 by Marcin from Międzyrzecz, who mentioned in it the part of Bydgoszcz and the starost of Nakło Tomek from Pakość - in the org. "The Thomexakian Participant of the Bidgoschky Nakelsky Starost". "Bidgosczanyn" - a Polish term for an inhabitant of Bydgoszcz, was recorded in 1523 in his Polish-Latin dictionary by Bartłomiej of Bydgoszcz. The name of the village has a very rich historical documentation:
1239, Bedgosciam
1242, castrum quod Budegosta vulgariter nuncupatur ("city, which is commonly called Bydgoszcz")
1279, Bidgoscha
1280, Bidgostia, mentioned in a Latin document issued in Gniezno signed by the Polish prince Przemysł II.
1281, Bydgoszcz, mentioned in a Latin document issued in Lubin in 1281 signed by the Pomeranian prince Mściwoj II.
1558, Bydgoszcz, i.e. until the 16th century, Bydgoszcz "a fishing settlement or a hostel belonging to Bydgoszcz"
1835, Muller's Topographical Dictionary of Prussia lists the city under its current Polish name Bydgoszcz, and also its German name Bromberg.
Some identify the name of the village with Ptolemy's BUDOrgis from the 2nd century, listed next to the village of Calisia, on the amber trail.


Natural environment


Bydgoszcz is located in the northern part of Poland in a characteristic place where the Vistula makes a sharp turn to the north. The administrative area of the city is elongated and stretches along the Bydgoszcz Canal in the western part, the Brda River in the central part, up to the Vistula River, which is the eastern border. From west to east: from the edge of the Osowa Góra housing estate to the Vistula River below Stary Fordon, the city spans 22 km. A similar distance occurs diagonally from the north-west (Smukała estate) to the south-east (Żółwin-Wypaleniska estate). At the narrowest point, from the north (Myślcinek estate) to the south (Lotnisko), the area of the city is 10 km long.

The vicinity of the city is characterized by a young-glacial relief formed during the Baltic glaciation, approx. 15-10 thousand years ago. years ago. The city is located at the junction of great valleys, through which the meltwater of the ice sheet originally flowed, and were later used by rivers. Bydgoszcz is one of the few cities within which there are four physico-geographical macroregions: Toruń-Eberswalde Pravalley, South Pomeranian Lake District, Lower Vistula Valley and Chełmińsko-Dobrzyńskie Lake District, together with numerous mesoregions (6) and microregions (about 20). Therefore, there is a significant geomorphological diversity in the city and its immediate vicinity. Moving from Bydgoszcz to any direction of the world brings with it different landscapes, as well as geobotanical and ethnographic regions.

To the south of the city, there are fields of inland dunes, covered with the Bydgoszcz Forest, in the north, Pomeranian uplands with lakes, in the east, the great bend of the Vistula and the Lower Vistula Valley, in the west, the Bydgoszcz-Nakiel proglacial valley with vast meadows. The territory of the city lies within three large river valleys (the Brda, the Vistula and the Noteć-Warta proglacial valley), which is the reason for the presence of numerous terrace levels, upland areas and particularly exposed in the city landscape - edge zones of uplands (up to 62 m relative height), divided by valleys and denudation steams. The main edge zones in the Bydgoszcz area include the Slopes: Fordońskie, Bydgoskie, Kruszyńskie, Mariańskie and Łęgnowskie.

According to the division of S. Jarosz (1956), Bydgoszcz is located in the area of seven geobotanical and landscape regions[30]. However, according to the physical and geographical division of J. Kondracki (1978), Bydgoszcz lies in the following mesoregions:
Toruń Basin (covers most of the city's territory, 11 dune and floodplain terraces, several micro-regions)
Fordon Valley (the turn of the Lower Vistula Valley)
Brda Valley
Świecka Upland
Krajeńskie Lake District
Chełmno Lake District.

The region encompassing Bydgoszcz and the surrounding area is sometimes called Northern Kuyavia, and is historically associated with Kuyavia and Wielkopolska, which of course does not exclude rich past and present contacts with Pomerania and Gdańsk.

Ethnographically, it is on the border of:
Kuyavia (south and southeast)
Krajny (West and Northwest)
Pałuk (southwest)
Vistula Pomerania – Bory Tucholskie and Kociewie (north)
Chełmno Land (east)
In the years 1945–1998, the city was administratively the capital of the Bydgoszcz Voivodeship.


City levels and viewpoints

On the territory of Bydgoszcz there are several edge zones, which are the borders of proglacial valley terraces and uplands. All these works were created around 10,000 years ago. years ago as a result of lateral and deep erosion of flowing waters. Most of the city area is located within the terraces: high (Upper Terrace (Bydgoszcz)) and medium (Lower Terrace (Bydgoszcz) and Fordon (Bydgoszcz)) created during the formation of the Toruń-Eberswald glacial valley. The northern outskirts of the city lie within the moraine plateau, and the north-western outskirts on the outwash terrace associated with the outflow of waters from the north. On the southern outskirts of the city and further in the Bydgoszcz Forest, there is one of the largest fields of inland dunes in Poland, which creates a mosaic of hills, valleys and valleys.

The lowest situated place in Bydgoszcz is the bank of the Vistula River - 28 m above sea level. The water level in the Brda in the section from the Czersko Polskie weir to the city center is about 32 m above sea level, while the Bydgoszcz Canal on the western outskirts of the city reaches 58 m above sea level. The highest topographical point in the city is GóraMyślcińska 107 m above sea level, where in winter there is a ski slope. Stefan Kulmatycki.

The edges separating the individual levels increase in relative height towards the east. They reach the highest values over the Vistula valley: 68 m in Fordon and 40 m in Łęgnów. The zones along the escarpment (especially the Bydgoszcz Slope) were already in the 19th century designated as the main promenades of the city with viewpoints and facilities with a general city function. In 1900, e.g. a water tower with a viewing gallery, and in 1890 the construction of Górska Avenue began. There are numerous vantage points at the exposed positions. On the Bydgoszcz Slope, these include, among others: Henryk Dąbrowski Hill, Szwederowskie Hill, Bolesław Krzywousty Hill, and on the Fordon Slope, among others Myślicińska Mountain, Glider Mountain, Zamczysko settlement. The settlement of Wyszogród is situated on the Vistula cliff - a former ducal settlement recorded in the chronicle of Gallus Anonymus.



The average annual air temperature in the period 1945–1994 was +8.4 °C. The hottest month is July, with an average temperature of +19.0 °C, the coldest is January -1.9 °C. Absolute temperature records in Bydgoszcz are: -26.9 °C (February 1, 1956) and +38.0 °C (July 31, 1994). The prevailing winds are westerly (18%) and south-westerly (15%). On 24% of days there is silence, which is the result of the city's location in a valley surrounded by forests. The average annual rainfall in the period 1945–1994 was 512 mm, and in 1993–2002 – 533 mm, with a strong annual variation: from 269 mm (1989) to 719 mm (1912). 318 mm, with a maximum in July (83 mm), August (61 mm) and June (58 mm). In the middle and dry years, there is a shortage of rainwater for vegetation, which deepens the generally light nature of the soils in the area. The sunshine duration in the Bydgoszcz area amounts to 1509 hours and is higher than the national average, especially in the spring months (March-May). During the year, there are 35 days with frost, 100 days with ground frost, about 50 days with snow cover and 26–30 hot days with a maximum temperature above 25 °C.


Bydgoszcz Water Junction

The most valuable resource of the Bydgoszcz environment is the Water Junction, which consists of three main watercourses with a total length of 100 km of quays. The Bydgoszcz Water Junction connects two international inland waterways: (E40 Baltic Sea - Black Sea and E70 Atlantic Ocean - Baltic Sea), linking the basins of Western and Eastern Europe.

The Brda River flows through the city, over a distance of 28 km, and flows into the Vistula in Brdyujście. The waters of this river on a part of the urban section have the 2nd class of purity. The eastern border of the city runs along the Vistula river (in the districts of Fordon, Brdyujście and Łęgnowo). The Bydgoszcz Canal flows through the western part of the city for a distance of 6.5 km, which leads to the Noteć River and then via the Warta River to the Oder river.

The presence in the city of numerous hydrotechnical structures related to the Canal and the Vistula-Oder waterway is worth noting: six active sluices and four closed (historic) locks, three weirs, a river port, a water dam, fish passes, sluices and regulatory structures. As a result of the damming of the Brda River, there is the Mill Island in the center of the city, flowing around the Młynówka River and intersected by the Międzywodzie Canal arranged in the form of a water cascade.

There are also smaller watercourses in the area of the city, e.g. Rafts, which siphon crosses the Bydgoszcz Canal, Struga Młyńska or Struga Prądy. On the South Escarpment and the Fordon Slope there are several streams, springs and seepages. As a result of building up the Brda with barrages, sluices and hydropower facilities, two reservoirs were created in Bydgoszcz:

Regatta Course (60 ha, raising the water level compared to the natural state reaches the Kapuściska estate) built in 1879, enlarged in 1906, it hosts national and international rowing and canoeing competitions.
Zalew Smukalski (96 ha) - was created after the construction of a dam on the Brda River in 1906, rebuilt in 1952 after being destroyed during World War II. In 2009, three hydroelectric power plants on the Brda river operated in the city, generating a total of 4.5 MW of electricity.

There are also about 50 water reservoirs in Bydgoszcz. Most of them are small ponds and oxbow lakes. The largest objects are the lake called Balaton, located on the estate Bartodzieje, two extensive ponds in Fordon, in Okole and a park pond in Dobrzecinek.


Nature conservation

Due to the natural conditions, 35% of the territory of Bydgoszcz is in the protected landscape zone, and 9% is occupied by the Lower Vistula Valley Landscape Park (in the north and north-east of the city).

The city is bordered by three nature reserves (Wielka Kępa Ostromecka, Las Mariański, Mała Kępa), and within a radius of 20 km there are another 16 reserves belonging to four different natural and geographical units: (Vistula, Noteć, Bydgoszcz Forest, Świecie Upland).

There are eight protected landscape areas in the vicinity of Bydgoszcz, which include both dune fields (overgrown with forest), as well as edge zones of river valleys, lakes and meadows along the Noteć River. The northern part of Bydgoszcz is covered by the protected landscape zone called the Northern Recreational Belt of Bydgoszcz (2,640 ha) and the Koronowski Lagoon Landscape (890 ha), while the southern part of the city is covered by the Toruń-Bydgoszcz Basin Dunes Landscape zone. About 6% of the city's area is covered by four Natura 2000 areas.

There are 95 nature monuments in the city, and in the Osowa Góra district - an ecological use to protect the peat bog.

Due to Bydgoszcz's location at the junction of physico-geographical and geobotanical lands, three ecological corridors intersect here, including two of international importance (Pradolina Toruńsko-Eberswaldzka, Lower Vistula Valley and Sandr Brdy connecting the above-mentioned nodes with Bory Tucholskie). The Lower Vistula Valley together with the Bydgoszcz bend of this river is included in the Natura 2000 network. The second area in the network is the area bordering the city from the west under the name: Valley of the Middle Noteć and the Bydgoszcz Canal.



Bydgoszcz is one of the cities with the largest number (31 parks with an area of over 2 ha) and the largest area of parks in Poland (879 ha, second only to Warsaw). In the northern part of the city, there is the largest city park in Poland - the Forest Park of Culture and Recreation "Myślęcinek" - with an area of 830 ha. In the city center there is Mill Island, famous for its "green climate", and Śródmieście was partly built on the urban planning of a garden city, so there are numerous parks, squares and flowerbeds.

The main spatial arrangement of green areas are the watercourses of the Bydgoszcz Water Junction: Bydgoszcz Canal, Brda and Wisła. Each of them has a different landscape character, which makes the parks significantly diversified, offering different aesthetic and recreational experiences. The main park in the western part of the city is Planty on the Bydgoszcz Canal, in the central part Planty on Brda and the central park, and in Fordon the district park "Wisła". Other natural creations along which green areas have been arranged are the slopes of terraces and uplands. Slopes: Bydgoskie, Fordońskie and Kruszyńskie stretching in the east-west direction, from the western borders of the city to the Vistula river, are potential walking routes from which you can observe the panorama of the city. The oldest walking route (1890) leads along the edge of the upper terrace of the city, connecting individual parks separated by erosion valleys: the Valley of Five Ponds, Park im. Henryk Dąbrowski, Aleja Górska and the park on Wolności Hill. One of the most attractive landscape routes in Bydgoszcz and the surrounding area is a walk along the Fordon Slope, which connects the Forest Park of Culture and Recreation with Fordon. It offers kilometers of walking routes, located in a very diverse topographical area (valleys, ravines, ravines, valleys, springs, streams, hills with a view of the Lower Vistula Gorge). Its culminations are, among others: GóraMyślcińska with a ski lift, the Zamczysko settlement, the monument in the Valley of Death, the Glider Mountain, from where glider flights were performed in the years 1933-1963.

There are three botanical gardens in the city. The oldest of them (established in 1930) is fully recognized as a natural monument - an arboretum, while the newer one established in 1979-1983 is the second largest in Poland (60 ha), picturesquely situated among the valleys and hills of the Forest Park of Culture and Recreation "Myślęcinek". In addition, to the north of it is the IHAR Botanical Garden, where scientific research is carried out. Since 1978, Bydgoszcz has been home to the Garden of Polish Fauna Zoo with an area of 14 ha. In addition to domestic fauna, you can see animals from all continents, a terrarium and a Vistularium.



Bydgoszcz is one of the few large cities in Poland surrounded by forests on all sides. They occupy 27.6% (2021) of the city's area. Most of them are protective forests. Pine and mixed forests dominate, but in the northern uplands there are mixed forests and enclaves of deciduous forests, e.g. in the vicinity of Miedzyń, Osowa Góra, Opławiec, Rynków, Fordon.

Riparian forests occur in the Vistula and Brda valleys. The largest complex of naturally rich forests of this type in the area of the entire lower Vistula is located in the bend of the Vistula in Bydgoszcz, bordering the city from the east.



Bydgoszcz has 330,038 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2022). The city's population is 46.75% male and 53.25% female. In the last dozen or so years, there has been a constant tendency of depopulation of the city, caused by the aging of the population and moving out of the city to neighboring communes and, less often, outside the region. A significant number of migrations of inhabitants is economic emigration to Great Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands.


An administrative division

Housing estates and districts
Until the beginning of the 19th century, Bydgoszcz included a chartered town within the city walls and three suburbs: Gdańskie, Kujawskie and Poznańskie. From the times of the Duchy of Warsaw (beginning of the 19th century), another suburb was populated: Okole, where the Bydgoszcz Canal was built. The first administrative extension of the city limits took place in 1851 and was related to the urbanization of the areas adjacent to the railway station. Another extension was made in 1867, and a new administrative, educational and cultural center of the city was built on the then incorporated area. By 1907, the area of the city had increased fivefold (compared to the state in 1800), covering mainly the areas north of the Old Town. Today's eclectic Śródmieście developed in this area. Another, eight-fold enlargement of the city's territory took place in 1920, when most of the then suburban communes were incorporated. At that time, the city limits resisted and even crossed the Vistula River (Zawiśle in the years 1920–1954). In the interwar period, Bydgoszcz was one of the seven Polish cities with the largest area and population. After World War II, in 1954, the city included, among others Prądy, Opławiec and the areas of DAG Fabrik Bromberg located in the Bydgoszcz Forest (wartime ammunition factories). Further corrections of borders took place in the years: 1959 (Osowa Góra) and 1961 (Janowo, around Grunwaldzka and Szubińska Streets). In the 1960s, in the face of shrinking housing areas and limitations caused by the forests adjacent to Bydgoszcz, it was decided to expand the city to the east towards the Vistula River. In 1973, over 800 hectares of land were added together with the town of Fordon, and four years later most of the land connecting the mother city core with Fordon. Fordon, from a town of about 8,000 inhabitants, developed over 35 years into a residential district of almost 70,000 inhabitants, characterized by a certain spatial and landscape separateness from the mother city area. In 1977, Łęgnowo and Wypaleniska were also incorporated into the city precincts, with the intention of locating municipal facilities there (sewage treatment plant, garbage dump).

Bydgoszcz can be divided into the following districts:
Lower Terrace (housing estates located on the lower terrace in the northern part of the city, approx. 40 m above sea level)
Górny Tarasy (housing estates located on a high terrace of the proglacial valley in the southern part of the city, approx. 70 m above sea level)
Western residential estates located along the Bydgoszcz Canal (west) and the Brda River (north-west)
The eastern district based on Stary Fordon and the Vistula River
The Northern Leisure Belt of Bydgoszcz, including The Forest Park of Culture and Recreation, the Gdańsk Forest, the Fordon Slope and protected areas in the Lower Vistula Valley Landscape Park and protected landscape zones.


Bydgoszcz agglomeration

Together with its surroundings, Bydgoszcz forms an urban complex - an agglomeration with over 530,000 inhabitants. people. One third of this is the population living in the rural areas surrounding the city, but in a perceptible way related to Bydgoszcz. Two suburban communes: Białe Błota and Osielsko are dormitories for people who work largely in Bydgoszcz and use the educational, cultural and entertainment offer, as evidenced by socio-economic indicators. Parameters of entrepreneurship, income and professional activity of these communes are typical for the urban population. The dynamics of housing construction and demographic growth since 1990 are the highest in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship and outstanding in the country. In the following suburban communes: Nowa Wieś Wielka, Sicienko, Solec Kujawski, the areas of urban enclaves are connected with forests and rural areas. Housing construction rates are at city level or better. Migration is clearly positive. Entrepreneurship higher and unemployment lower than average. The dynamizing influence of the city of Bydgoszcz affecting the results of migration, housing construction, income and the labor market is also felt by other communes of the Bydgoszcz poviat: Dobrcz, Dąbrowa Chełmińska, Koronowo, as well as outside the poviat: the communes: Szubin, Łabiszyn, Nakło, Pruszcz, Unisław, Żnin and Barcin [55]. Most of these communes together with Bydgoszcz form the Bydgoszcz Functional Area.

The proximity of Bydgoszcz is also used by the population located in a much larger area located further from the city. The role of Bydgoszcz is expressed mainly in providing jobs (in 2006, 20,000 people commuting to work from outside), health care, educational, cultural, commercial and entertainment offer. In total, the surroundings of Bydgoszcz, where the dynamizing influence of the city is observed, has approx. 180,000 sq. m. people and is adjacent to the east (line Zławieś Wielka - Przyłubie) with the impact zone of Toruń (110,000 people). Together, both centers generate an area of increased socio-economic development, which is the metropolitan zone of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region (Bydgosko-Toruński Functional Area) with a potential of 850,000. people (of which 63% are in Bydgoszcz and the surrounding communes - BOF, and 37% in Toruń together with the communes - TOF).

Bydgoszcz's regional potential
The narrowly understood Bydgoszcz agglomeration (city and country districts) has the following relative potential in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region:
23% of the province's population
approx. 30% of business entities, working people, fixed assets in enterprises, new flats completed (1995–2013)
about 40% of entities with foreign capital, fixed assets in service enterprises
approx. 50% and more of the potential of higher education (academic teachers, students), press publishing houses, health care (hospitals, specialist treatment, etc.), music culture.

Bydgoszcz Metropolitan Association
On November 23, 2016, the Metropolia Bydgoszcz Association was registered, bringing together 19 communes (619,000 inhabitants, including 10 cities) located in the impact zone of the Bydgoszcz agglomeration, which is a form of cooperation between local governments, an introduction to the construction of the Bydgoszcz metropolitan association. The aim of SMB is to build a common identity, support the socio-economic development of the association area, its promotion and care for the common interests of the associated local governments.


Unions and organizations

Bydgoszcz belongs to national and international associations and organizations, including:
Association of Polish Cities, since 1990
Union of Polish Metropolises, since 1997 - a foundation associating 12 Polish metropolitan cities
Eurocities Association, since 2005 – an association of large European cities, including 12 Polish ones
Kujawsko-Pomorska Organizacja Turystyczna (office; seat in Toruń, pl. Teatralny 2), since 2005
Bydgoszcz Local Tourist Organization, since 2006
Association of Local Democracy Agencies ALDA, since 2007
Association of the Cities of King Casimir the Great, since 2009
Association of Vistula Cities (2002–2009)



Middle Ages

The settlements located within today's Bydgoszcz were permanently inhabited since the Bronze Age. A significant development of settlement took place in the Roman period, when trade contacts between the local population and the empire were found. The convenient location of the settlements and the easy crossing of the Brda River were used by merchants traveling along the amber route. At this point, the Vistula was bypassed, fording the Brda. According to the latest research, based on the dendrochronological method, the Bydgoszcz stronghold, whose relics are still being discovered, was built in 1038. The first mention of the Bydgoszcz castellan, Suzzlaus de Budegac, dates back to 1238. The settlement and the churches of St. Mary Magdalene (before 1198) in Wyszogród (a stronghold on the Vistula River within today's territory of Bydgoszcz, whose conquest by Bolesław Wrymouth in 1113 is described in the Chronicle of Gallus Anonymus) and a Romanesque church. st. Go. In the early Middle Ages, Bydgoszcz was a stronghold in northern Kuyavia. Until the middle of the 13th century, Duke Kazimierz Kujawski built a permanent bridge over the Brda River in Bydgoszcz, where customs duties were collected on goods transported to Gdańsk Pomerania. At the beginning of the fourteenth century, as a result of district divisions in Kujawy, the Duchy of Bydgoszcz and Wyszogród was established.

In the years 1330–1337, the Bydgoszcz stronghold was temporarily occupied by the Teutonic Knights. On April 19, 1346, Casimir III the Great located the city of Bydgoszcz on the Magdeburg Law and granted it to the German founders, Johann Kiesselhuth and Konrad. To the east of the city, separated by a moat (on the site of the former stronghold), the king erected a magnificent castle, which initially became the seat of the royal grandson, Kazimierz, Duke of Słupsk, and then the Bydgoszcz starosts.

Bydgoszcz, due to its location, participated in the Polish-Teutonic wars. In August 1409, the Teutonic Knights captured the Bydgoszcz castle, which was then recaptured by Władysław Jagiełło and concluded a truce here until June 24, 1410. In the years 1411-1454, Bydgoszcz was besieged several times by the Teutonic forces, and Polish offensive operations were also directed from here. In turn, during the Thirteen Years' War, King Kazimierz Jagiellończyk established one of his main war quarters here. Here, in April 1457, he bought from the hands of the Teutonic mercenaries, among others the fortress in Malbork - the capital of the Order, which has never been conquered militarily. In November 1520, during the last Polish-Teutonic war, the Seym was held in Bydgoszcz, attended by the common levy and King Sigismund the Old. At the end of the Middle Ages, Bydgoszcz became the seat of the nobility courts: the land and town courts, which functioned until the partitions.


Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

In 1555, Bydgoszcz obtained the de non tolerandis Judaeis privilege.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, the town became rich on trade in navigable grain, beer and salt. In the 16th century, Bydgoszcz was one of the largest urban grain trade centers in Poland. According to the preserved records from the Vistula Chamber in Biała Góra, in 1579 every sixth ship bound for Gdańsk had its home port in Bydgoszcz. Local skippers (associated in the guild since 1484) transported on average 2,030 lags of grain (according to preserved records from 1564–1573) from Kujawy and Greater Poland a year, and brought back overseas goods bought in Gdańsk. The city was also a center of craftsmanship (21 guilds, 80 professions) and the seat of factories-manufactories.

Particularly noteworthy is the mint, active in the years 1594-1688, where in 1621 the largest gold coins in Europe were minted - 100 ducats of Sigismund III Vasa. In the years 1627–1644, the mint was the only one active in the area of the Crown.

At the beginning of the 17th century, the buildings covered the entire urban charter area and spread over four suburbs. At that time, Bydgoszcz reached the maximum number of inhabitants in the Old Polish period - about 5,000, placing it among the medium-sized cities of the Republic of Poland. The town was surrounded from the south by a defensive wall with four towers and three gates, and from the other sides by watercourses: the city moat, the castle moat, the Brda river and the Młynówka. A magnificent town hall, numerous diocesan, monastic and hospital churches, monastery buildings and tenement houses were built on the territory of the chartered town.

In Bydgoszcz there was a parish school and monastic schools: Carmelites, Poor Clares and the Bernardine Study of Philosophy. The Jesuit college (1647–1780) had the character of a secondary school. The most famous scholar of Bydgoszcz in the Old Polish era was Bartłomiej of Bydgoszcz (1475–1548), who in 1532 compiled the first Latin-Polish dictionary.

In 1620, Bydgoszcz had about 5,000 inhabitants along with its suburbs. The Swedish Deluge (1655–1660) brought great destruction to Bydgoszcz. During fierce fights (the city changed hands several times), the castle was blown up and half of the townspeople died. On November 6, 1657, in the Old Market Square, King John Casimir and the Elector of Ducal Prussia Frederick William Hohenzollern signed and swore the Welawa-Bydgoszcz treaties, which became the basis for the independence of Ducal Prussia from Poland.

The period of attempts to rebuild the city was interrupted by the Third Northern War (1700–1721). In the years 1700–1760, as a result of wars, contributions, plagues and disasters, the city suffered a deep economic and demographic decline. The economic situation improved during the reign of the last Polish king, Stanisław August Poniatowski, although the city was far from the image of a large urban center from years ago. In 1764, Bydgoszcz was designated as the seat (alternating with Poznań) of the judicial Tribunal of Greater Poland, and in 1766 the Polish project of the Bydgoszcz Canal was created.


Prussian period (1772-1920)

In 1772, Bydgoszcz was annexed by the Prussian state as part of the First Partition of Poland. The King of Prussia, Frederick II, appointed Bydgoszcz as the capital of the newly created administrative district - the Noteć District, which included the incorporated areas of Greater Poland and Kuyavia, which had not previously belonged to Royal Prussia. In the years 1773–1774, the construction of the Bydgoszcz Canal was also carried out, which connected the Brda with the Noteć (and consequently the Vistula with the Oder). On October 2, 1794, during the Kościuszko Uprising, the Battle of Bydgoszcz was fought by the Polish army under the command of Gen. Henryk Dąbrowski.

In the years 1807-1815 the city belonged to the Duchy of Warsaw, established as the capital of the Bydgoszcz department. After 1815, it was the capital of the Bydgoszcz poviat and the Bydgoszcz regency within the Grand Duchy of Poznań (from 1848 the Province of Poznań). In 1875, it was separated from the land poviat, creating a separate municipal poviat (Stadtkreis). In the 19th century, the city experienced significant economic development related to the development of the Water Junction, the construction of a railway junction (the Prussian Eastern Railway - 1851, the Warsaw-Bydgoszcz Railway - 1862, the Poznań-Bydgoszcz Railway - 1872 and others), and the development of the metal, machinery, wood and food. At the beginning of the 20th century, Bydgoszcz was considered a German city (due to the artificial administrative separation of Śródmieście from the Polish suburbs), called "little Berlin" due to its architectural face similar to the capital of the German Empire and the ubiquitous greenery. The Prussian authorities demolished many old Polish buildings, including the Gothic-Renaissance old town hall in 1834, and the Bydgoszcz castle in 1895, which had been falling into ruin since the eighteenth century. However, a number of representative municipal buildings, administrative buildings, schools, hospitals, churches, bridges and factories were built in the city. In 1895, a monumental theater building was built, and in 1904 the Agricultural Institutes in Bydgoszcz were established - the first scientific institution.

The location of the railway station in the area of present Bocianów contributed to the urban development of the city. In the years 1850–1914, the New Town (Śródmieście) was built between the Old Town and the railway station, in the eastern part in the form of a garden city. Old buildings were replaced and intensified, and the area of Śródmieście took on a metropolitan appearance. The dynamics of Bydgoszcz development in the years 1850-1914 was very high, which led to the fact that after the city was incorporated into Poland in 1920, it became the seventh largest center in the country (88,000 inhabitants).


Back to Poland

Bydgoszcz returned to the borders of reborn Poland on January 20, 1920, taken over by the Greater Poland army under the Treaty of Versailles. The presence of a strong German garrison in the city prevented the liberation of the city by the Wielkopolska Uprising, which at the height of the fighting reached the village of Brzoza Bydgoska, 7 km south of the city limits. After World War I, Bydgoszcz was re-Polonized very quickly and became one of the most Polish cities (around 1928/1929, Poles accounted for 92% of the city's population, while before re-Polonization, under the partitions, in 1910 there were about 19% of Poles according to the official census and 28% according to corrections by Eugeniusz Romer). In the early 1920s, there were numerous anti-Semitic excesses on the railway in the form of beating and robbing Jewish passengers. The Jews were especially afraid of the Bydgoszcz railway station. In 1920, the area of the city was enlarged eight times, including Polish suburbs, and its eastern borders crossed the Vistula River. Industry continued to develop, especially its modern branches: chemical and electrotechnical. In 1928, Bydgoszcz became a junction and the seat of the management of the newly built Silesia-Gdynia coal railway line. During the period of the Second Polish Republic, Bydgoszcz was a city with poviat rights in the Poznań Voivodeship, which was drawn along the borders of the Prussian Province of Poznań. This fact caused frustration of the local society, because Bydgoszcz was then the 7th city in terms of size in Poland, the largest poviat city, larger, among others, from Lublin and Katowice. In April 1938, it found itself in the Pomeranian Voivodeship, counting on the location of the administrative authorities of "Great Pomerania" here, as sanctioning the actual economic and social role of the city in this region (Toruń (transformed into a city-fortress) was from the second half of the 19th century a city twice as small as from Bydgoszcz, established as the administrative capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship in 1920, when it became clear that Gdańsk would not be incorporated into Poland, and in the former West Prussia district, the only competitor of Toruń was Grudziądz; Bydgoszcz was not considered at that time, as it was located in the Province of Poznań). In interwar Bydgoszcz, she continued her activity, among others in The City Library (est. 1903), the City Museum (1923), the City Symphony Orchestra (1936). The center of water sports in the country was the regatta course in Brdyujście.


The Second World War

On September 3, 1939, there were fights between Polish units and German subversives, supported by local Germans (including members of the Hitlerjugend). Some of the captured Germans were shot. Nazi propaganda emphasized these events (to prove the moral right of the Germans to invade Poland) and gave them the name "Bromberger Blutsonntag" (Bydgoszcz "Bloody Sunday"). After the Wehrmacht entered, the Germans began reprisals against the Polish population for their participation in the "Bloody Sunday" - executions (in the Old Market Square, in Tryszczyn, in the "Valley of Death" near Fordon, etc.) and deportations to concentration camps. Einsatzgruppen SS units took part in the operation, e.g. Einsatzgruppe IV and the German minority paramilitary organization Volksdeutscher Selbstschutz.

During World War II, Bydgoszcz (as Bromberg) was incorporated into the province of Gdańsk-West Prussia as the seat of the regency, although the Ministry of the Interior of the Third Reich was more favorable to the concept of linking Bydgoszcz with Poznań, according to the former division of the province and regency before 1920, during the Prussian partition . In the opinion of Ministerial Director Vollert, due to the importance of communication routes (the Bydgoszcz Canal, the Piła-Bydgoszcz-Toruń railway), it would be more advantageous to join Bydgoszcz to the Gdańsk district, but due to cultural factors, it should become part of the Wartheland. The final affiliation of Bydgoszcz to the Gdańsk-West Prussia Reich District was determined by the unyielding attitude of Albert Forster, who on September 23, 1939, intervened with Hitler himself. He appointed his own mayor of the city, Werner Kampe, and prevented the Ministry of the Interior of the Third Reich from filling offices in the Bydgoszcz region. The new mayor of Bydgoszcz, Werner Kampe, ordered the reconstruction of the city center in the National Socialist fashion. It led to the implementation of the idea of demolishing the western frontage of the Old Market Square, the eastern frontage of ul. Mostowa and the synagogue to make the city center neue deutsche Bromberg. The building near the starosty building at ul. Słowacki monument to Henryk Sienkiewicz and the monument to the Unknown Insurgent of Wielkopolska at ul. Bernardyńska, and in January 1943 the Deluge fountain was melted down for war purposes.

In the years 1939–1945, 10,000 inhabitants of the city died.

On January 22, 1945, the Soviet 9th Guards Tank Corps forced the Noteć, and the next day it entered Bydgoszcz. However, he did not engage in street fighting and handed over the captured positions to the 2nd Cavalry Corps, going west himself. On January 23, the troops of Major General Pierchorowicz's 47th Army and the 2nd Guards Cavalry Corps occupied the southern part of the city. The Nazis defended themselves in the northern part. On January 25, the 8th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division. Romuald Traugutt. The units of the 1st Warsaw Cavalry Brigade, the 1st motorized reconnaissance battalion and the 7th independent armored artillery squadron also fought here. The fighting lasted until January 27, when the city was finally captured. During the battles for the city, the Municipal Theater was hit by shells, demolished in 1946.


People's Poland

On January 24, Roman Borowski (who served as the mayor of the city from January 28 to February 24, 1945), an officer of the Polish People's Army, together with a group of citizens, organized the Provisional Citizens' Committee, which took over power in the city. In March 1945, after initiating the creation of the Polish state administration, the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship was located in Bydgoszcz, and not in Toruń, arguing that the power was given to the working class, which prevailed in Bydgoszcz. Arguments of pre-war origin, i.e. economic potential and transport accessibility, were also taken into account. Pursuant to the decree of the PKWN of August 31, 1944, places of isolation, prisons and forced labor centers for "Nazi criminals and traitors of the Polish nation" were created. Labor camps No. 11, 134 and 203 were established by the Ministry of Public Security in Bydgoszcz. In the 1940s and 1950s, Bydgoszcz became a large military and garrison center (in 1946, the command of the Pomeranian Military District was moved from Koszalin).

After the war, Bydgoszcz became an important cultural center (Bydgoski Antikariat Naukowy begins its activity - 1952, construction of the Polish Theater - 1948, Pomeranian Philharmonic - 1956 and Opera Nova - 1973-2006). In 1974, the headquarters of the Youth Palace - the Youth House of Culture, Technology and Sport is put into use. From 1975, the Gallery of Contemporary Art of the Visual Arts Studio operated at the market square[83]. Particularly noteworthy is the development of music culture in People's Poland: in 1945 there were two symphony orchestras (of the City and of the Polish Radio), from 1953 the Pomeranian Philharmonic, from 1956 the Musical Theater of Opera and Operetta, from 1963 the Representative Band of the Bydgoszcz Region, from 1974 the . Feliks Nowowiejski in Bydgoszcz. Prestigious music festivals were organized: the International Piano Competition. Ignacy Jan Paderewski (from 1961), Bydgoszcz Music Festival (from 1962), Musica Antiqua Europae Orientalis (from 1966), and in the 1970s a music district with a gallery of monuments to composers and virtuosos was established. Since 1978, the Youth Palace has organized Bydgoszcz Music Impressions - international meetings of young people making music.

In People's Poland, Bydgoszcz also became a scientific center (four post-war public universities). In September 1951, the Evening Engineering School was established, which after numerous transformations became the University of Technology and Agriculture in 1974 with the right to conduct doctoral studies. In 1969, the Teachers College was established, which in 1975 was transformed into the Pedagogical College. The Faculty of Medicine of the Medical Academy in Lodz was also established this year. A year earlier, a branch of the State Higher School of Music in Łódź was established in the city. In 1974, the Technician's House (the seat of the Provincial branch of the Chief Technical Organization) was put into use. In 1959, the Bydgoszcz Scientific Society was also established.

In 1946, the city hosted the Pomeranian Exhibition of Crafts, Industry and Trade as part of the celebration of the 600th anniversary of the city. The multi-branch industry inherited from previous periods was expanded by the new authorities, but no new large industrial investment was built from scratch, as was the case in the neighboring cities (Płock, Świecie, Toruń, Janikowo, etc.). : Romet Bicycle Plant", "Zachem" Chemical Plant, Rolling Stock Repair Plant, "Eltra" Radio Plant, "Kobra" Pomeranian Leather Industry Plant, "Stomil" Rubber Industry Plant in Bydgoszcz, "Makrum" Pomeranian Machine Building Plant, "Makrum" Teleelectronic Plant Telfa”, Bydgoszcz Cable Factory.

After the war, the urban infrastructure and housing were developed. In the years 1945–1977, approx. 175,000 sqm were built in the city. new flats, which then accounted for 60% of the city's housing stock. From 1950, new housing estates were built on the Lower and Upper Terraces of the city (Kapuściska, Leśne), and from the 1960s, large-panel housing estates (Błonie, Skrzetusko, Wyżyny, Bartodzieje, Szwederowo Północ and Południe, Wzgórze Wolności), and in the western part of the city – housing estates of single-family houses. In the west (Osowa Góra) and east of the city (Bydgoszcz Wschód, Zimne Woda, Siernieczek, Brdyujście) warehouse and industrial districts were created. In 1961, the Old Town Bridge was put into use. 1971 a part of the Old Bydgoszcz Canal was filled in with two locks and a bridge due to the widening of the communication artery. An east-west route was built in the 1970s, and a north-south route in the 1980s. In 1974, a spatial solution was created for the Fordoński roundabout and Kardynała Wyszyński Avenue (designed by architect S. Klejbor). In 1975, a promenade was created between the Old Market Square and ul. Grodzka. In 1975, the construction of the Forest Park of Culture and Recreation, similar to the Silesian Park, was initiated, and the construction of the city bus station was completed. In 1976, ul. Grudziądzka in the direction of Nowy Rynek, which allowed the elimination of vehicular traffic from ul. Długa and rebuilt ul. Jagiellonian Ramparts. In 1977, the city gained a karting track.

In September 1969, on the 30th anniversary of the first Nazi executions in the city, the Monument to Struggle and Martyrdom of the Bydgoszcz Land was unveiled on the market square. Behind the monument by Franciszek Masiak, there is a 3.5 m high and 30 m long sandstone earthwork on which 146 names of towns in the Bydgoszcz voivodeship where the occupiers were murdered were engraved.

In 1973, the city of Fordon located on the Vistula River was incorporated into Bydgoszcz, where in 1980 the construction of a large district of approx. inhabitants. In 1979, the protection and transformation of Mill Island into a recreation and museum center began.


After 1989

In 1991 and 1993, 35% of the city's area was included in the protected landscape zones, e.g. to the Vistula Landscape Park. In the 1990s, the economic system was transformed, several plants went bankrupt after the communist period, and most of them were transformed into branches of global and domestic corporations and capital groups (Unilever, Telefonika, Atlas, Mlekpol, Enea, Alcatel-Lucent, Asseco, etc.). Pesa Bydgoszcz Rail Vehicles have become a company with great development potential. In the 1990s, regular passenger flights from the airport were reactivated and a branch of Polish Television TVP3 Bydgoszcz was launched.

The number of inhabitants reached 386 thousand. in 1998, after which it began to slowly decline as a result of a decrease in birth rate and suburbanization in favor of suburban communes.

Since January 1, 1999, the city has been the seat of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivode and the provincial government administration. After 2000, several new non-public universities were established, and public ones were transformed into universities, several museums, shopping centers, bridges were built, and the construction of a new W-Z route was initiated. Bydgoszcz remained a large military center: in 2004, the NATO Joint Forces Training Center was located in the city, and in 2007, the Armed Forces Support Inspectorate. Since the 1990s, the Forest Park of Culture and Recreation has been expanded with new facilities for recreation: a Botanical Garden with an rock garden, a golf course, a ski slope, a miniature park, a Jurassic park, a zoo with a terrarium, etc. In the years 2005–2012, the Mill Island was revitalized, cultural and recreational values and moving several branches of the District Museum to its premises. In 2009, Bydgoszcz competed in the competition for the title of the European Capital of Culture. In the years 2004–2016, many investments were made, e.g. the water supply and sewage system, sewage treatment plants were rebuilt and the Brda River was renaturalized (approx. PLN 1 billion), tram lines were built to the Bydgoszcz Główna railway station (PLN 82 million) and to Fordon (PLN 290 million), the University Route was built with horseshoe-shaped pylons ( PLN 212 million), Intelligent transport systems (PLN 58 million), Bydgoszcz Industrial and Technological Park with the Municipal Waste Thermal Treatment Plant (PLN 522 million), the Bydgoszcz-Szwederowo airport was expanded (PLN 130 million), hospitals (approx. PLN 400 million ), the Old Town and part of Śródmieście were revitalized, railway stations, including Bydgoszcz Główna (PLN 197 million), modernized the boulevards along the Brda river, over a length of approx. 3 km. New stops of the Bydgoszcz Water Tram, the Międzywodzie cascade, water bike and tourist motorboat rentals were built on the Brda River. As a result of revitalization, the exhibition of the Bydgoszcz Water Junction, the development of the hotel chain, and cultural events, the city has significantly improved its tourist brand. Since 2010, Bydgoszcz has become one of the national leaders for new locations of shared service centers and Business Process Outsourcing, and in 2015 it took first place among Polish cities in the "Doing Business in Poland 2015" ranking created by the World Bank. Since 1999, many international sports events have been held in Bydgoszcz, including: European (2003) and World (2008) Junior Athletics Championships at the Zawisza Stadium, European Women's Volleyball Championships (2009), Men's World Basketball Championships (2009) in the Łuczniczka Hall (2009) and Volleyball (2014), and the World Cross-Country Championships in Dobrzecinek (2011 and 2013). In 2016, Bydgoszcz hosted the World Youth Championships in Athletics, and in 2017 one of the 6 host cities of the 2017 European U-21 Football Championship.



Administrative traditions

In the Old Polish period, Bydgoszcz was part of the Province of Greater Poland of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland. The first land office in Bydgoszcz was the castellany, established in the 1320s. The fourteenth century saw the development of middle and lower land offices (Bydgoszcz land officials), which were related to the separation of the Duchy of Bydgoszcz and Wyszogród (1314–1325) and the rule of vassal Kazimierz Słupski (1370–1392). The jurisdiction of the Bydgoszcz starosty covered the royal city of Bydgoszcz and the landed Bydgoszcz district. In later years, Bydgoszcz was the capital of the 1st and 2nd degree administrative division units:

1st degree - equivalent to the capital of the voivodship, the region: the Noteć region (1772-1806), the Bydgoszcz department (1806-1815), the Pomeranian voivodeship (1945-1950), the Bydgoszcz voivodeship (1950-1975), the Bydgoszcz voivodship (1975-1998) and together with Toruń Kuyavian-Pomeranian (since 1999)
II degree - capital city of a unit with a status lower than a voivodship and higher than a poviat: Bydgoszcz Regierungs (1815-1920, in the Province of Poznań), Bydgoszcz Regierungs (1939-1945, in the Province of Gdańsk-West Prussia)
III degree - the capital of the land county continuously from 1358 and the township from 1887.


Judiciary and prison system in Bydgoszcz

Traditions of the judiciary
In the Old Polish period, the administration and judiciary in Bydgoszcz was handled by the castellan (from 1230), then the Bydgoszcz-Inowrocław land court, the mayor, the city council and the starost (from 1358). Bydgoszcz starosts lived in the Bydgoszcz castle, where they had a residence, office and chapel. They hosted Polish kings many times, sometimes for months (e.g. Kazimierz Jagiellończyk - 1457-1466, Sigismund the Old - 1520, Stefan Batory - 1577). Initially, the judgments of the Bydgoszcz courts were appealed to the authorities of Inowrocław, from 1505 to Poznań, and from 1570 to the starosty and royal courts. From 1764, Bydgoszcz became the seat of the Crown Tribunal for Greater Poland and Royal Prussia, i.e. the highest court of appeal of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland for land (nobility) law. At that time, the future general, the organizer of the authorities of the Duchy of Warsaw and the creator of the national anthem, Józef Wybicki, was undergoing judicial training in Bydgoszcz. It was then that he met his future wife, Kunegunda Drwęska, and on October 2, 1794, together with General Henryk Dąbrowski, he took part in the victorious battle of Bydgoszcz. Wybicki wrote the future Polish Anthem in 1797 in Italy in the town of Reggio nell'Emilia, with which the authorities of Bydgoszcz maintain partnership relations to this day.

From 1781 in Bydgoszcz, in a new building in the Old Market Square, the West-Prussian Court Court was located, which was the court of appeal for the Noteć District, with branches in Piła and Chojnice. During the period of the Duchy of Warsaw, the judicial body was the Civil Tribunal of the Bydgoszcz Department, which continued to function as an appeals court. From 1815, the Land Court was located in Bydgoszcz, which could be appealed to the higher Court of Appeal in Poznań. In 1870, it was erected at ul. Wały Jagiellońskie 4, the new seat of the Land Court, and in 1906 the new seat of the District Court. In the interwar period, the Municipal Court and the Prosecutor's Office functioned in the building at Wały Jagiellońskie. After World War II, from 1949, the Court of Appeal for the Pomeranian Voivodeship functioned in Bydgoszcz, renamed in 1951 to the Provincial Court, and in 1999 to the District Court.


Current state

In 2015, the following units and organizations related to the judiciary operated in Bydgoszcz:
Provincial Administrative Court (since 2002, Jana Kazimierza 5) - the court of the highest instance in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship;
District Court (Wały Jagiellońskie 2) – one of 45 in Poland and 3 in the province, its jurisdiction covers the western part of the province;
District Court – individual departments are located in several buildings in the city, e.g. Wały Jagiellońskie 2 and 4, Grudziądzka 45, Toruńska 64a, Nowy Rynek 10, Piotrowskiego 7, Grunwaldzka 30;
Permanent Consumer Arbitration Court (Jagiellońska 10), with branches in Toruń and Włocławek;
Self-government appeals board (Jagiellońska 3) – one of the 3 in the voivodship, covering its western half;
District Prosecutor's Office in Bydgoszcz (Okrzei 10) - one of 40 in Poland, covers the western part of the voivodship;
District Prosecutor's Offices: Bydgoszcz Północ (Przyrzecze 2-4) and Bydgoszcz Południe (Nowy Rynek 10);
Institute of National Remembrance - branch office in Bydgoszcz (Grudziądzka 9-15)
Bydgoszcz District Bar Council - one of 24 in Poland, covers the western part of the province;
Bydgoszcz District Chamber of Legal Advisers; – one of 19 in Poland, covers the western part of the voivodship;
National Chamber of Statutory Auditors – one of 27 branches in Poland.

Five-year uniform master's studies in the field of law in Bydgoszcz can be completed at the Kuyavian-Pomeranian University.

Since around 2000, the local legal community, city authorities and parliamentarians have been trying to locate an Appeals Court in Bydgoszcz to serve the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. The traditions of the court of this instance in the city date back to 1764 and the periods 1781-1815, 1949-1975, and since 2005 Bydgoszcz has been the largest Polish city without its own appellate court.



The Regional Inspectorate of the Prison Service (one of 16 in the country) is located in Bydgoszcz, which supervises 10 organizational units, including 3 detention centers (Bydgoszcz, Toruń, Chojnice) and 7 prisons (Bydgoszcz, Grudziądz 2x, Inowrocław, Koronowo, Potulice, Wloclawek). There is a detention center in Bydgoszcz (Wały Jagiellońskie 4) and the Bydgoszcz-Fordon Prison (1853-1984 for women, 1984-2021 for men, from December 2021 as the External Department in Bydgoszcz-Fordon of the Bydgoszcz Remand Centre).



Bydgoszcz is the eighth largest economic center in the country and the largest in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region. It is also the fourth place of hired work in northern Poland, the range of which extends beyond the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. Employment in the enterprise sector amounted to 56,000. people (7th place in the country), of which 90% belonged to the private sector.

Services and industry are of primary importance in the city's economy. Its structure is diversified, but the most important industries are:
chemical, including plastics processing, concentrated within the Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster,
and modern services for business Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) / Share Service Center (SSC), concentrated within the Bydgoszcz IT Cluster,
electromechanical, including the production of railway and tram rolling stock, focused around PESA and its sub-suppliers,

The business card of the city and the largest local enterprise is Pojazdy Szynowe Pesa Bydgoszcz, which produces railway and tram rolling stock. Many capital groups, concerns and international corporations are present in the city. About 25% of Kuyavian-Pomeranian companies exporting their products abroad are located in Bydgoszcz. A developed business environment is of great importance - banks, financial services, insurance institutions, real estate and company services, fairs, industrial clusters, economic organizations, prestige class hotel base, air connections (including freight).

The economic specificity of Bydgoszcz is complemented by its surroundings, the Bydgoszcz poviat, and especially the closest and developed communes: Białe Błota, Osielsko, Nowa Wieś Wielka and Solec Kujawski, whose economic parameters are clearly better than average rural areas. The Bydgoszcz agglomeration groups 30% of business entities in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, including over 50% of large entities employing over 1,000 people. Professional activity in Bydgoszcz is the highest in the region, while the unemployment rate is the lowest. In addition, Bydgoszcz is a workplace for 30,000 people. people commuting from outside (data from 2011). The commuting balance gives Bydgoszcz the 4th place in northern Poland, after Warsaw, Poznań and Gdańsk.


City in economic rankings

The specificity of the Bydgoszcz economy is expressed, among others, in in the modest presence in the rankings of companies with the largest revenues (e.g. Polityka's 500), because it is not commercial enterprises with high turnover that determine the economic image of the city, but, among others, processing industry (revenues - 7th place in the country). It should be emphasized that the largest companies in Bydgoszcz are often subsidiaries or branches of national or global capital groups, and at the same time more than half of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian companies with the largest employment are located in Bydgoszcz. Bydgoszcz companies are widely represented in rankings promoting the quality of products and services (Teraz Polska, Dobre bo Polskie, European Medal, etc.), development indicators (Gazele Biznesu, Złota Hundred, etc.) or business ethics (Fair Play Companies). In 2015, out of 121 companies from the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship awarded as Forbes Diamonds, one third were companies from Bydgoszcz (28) and the district (10). Noteworthy are the local facilities for running and developing a business. In 2015, Bydgoszcz was ranked first among Polish cities in the Doing Business in Poland 2015 ranking prepared by the World Bank.


Historical view

Bydgoszcz has rich commercial and industrial traditions. The tradition of trade dates back to the Middle Ages, while the tradition of industry dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. The development of Bydgoszcz was based on the premises resulting from its location at the junction of watersheds (Bydgoski Węzeł Wodny) and communication routes (the amber route). Starting from the 15th century, Bydgoszcz became the center of grain trade for northern Greater Poland, and in the 16th century the city was one of the largest centers of navigable trade in the Commonwealth. In the Old Polish period, Bydgoszcz was also a large center of craft production, where several guilds functioned. Bydgoszcz beer and pottery products were known in the territory of the Republic of Poland, recorded e.g. in the work Floats, that is, Launching ships on the Vistula and other rivers falling to it (1595).

In the 16th century, Bydgoszcz beer, along with four others, was approved by the Sejm as an export beer of the Republic of Poland. The Brda River, dammed up in the city weir, was a source of energy for driving various manufactures, e.g. water mills, sawmills, tanneries. In the city there were a saltworks (1522) and a saltworks (1579), a royal mint (1594–1688) and a paper mill (1648). Until the end of the 17th century, the citizens of Bydgoszcz had a monopoly on the salt trade in Greater Poland. From the mid-seventeenth century, trade and the city's economy were in crisis due to the Swedish wars, but even then the city stood out in terms of the flow of goods. An important role in the economic life of the town was also played by fairs and fairs six times a year, for which the townspeople received royal privileges.

The construction of the Bydgoszcz Canal in 1774 was of great importance for the development of industry and trade aimed at Western Europe. At the end of the 18th century, about 1,000 boats and rafts passed through it annually, and in the mid-19th century, eight times more. Bydgoszcz was an intermediary in the supply of wood and grain from the Congress Kingdom as well as machinery and industrial products from Germany. In turn, the inclusion of the city into the railway network in 1851 was decisive for the industrial revolution in Bydgoszcz, which completely changed its face in the second half of the 19th century and led to the metropolisation of Bydgoszcz. The rank of the railway in Bydgoszcz was very high. Here was located the Eastern Railway Directorate managing the network from Berlin to Klaipeda and the headquarters of the railway workshops, the largest in the eastern provinces of Germany. In the 19th century, thanks to the development of water, railway and industry, Bydgoszcz developed the fastest among the cities under Prussian partition. Throughout the 19th century, the industry of machinery and equipment for woodworking and agricultural machinery as well as the food industry were of particular importance in Bydgoszcz. Many of the enterprises established at that time exist to this day, e.g. Bydgoszcz Tools Factory "Befana" (1852), Fiebrandt Railway Signals Factory (1864), Wood Machine Tool Factory (1865), Löhnert Machine Factory (1868), Otto Pfefferkorn Furniture Factory (1884) , Municipal Slaughterhouse (1890) and many others.

Particularly noteworthy is the development of the wood industry since the 1870s. Large quantities of timber floated from the Congress Kingdom of Poland along the Vistula River to Gdańsk and the Bydgoszcz Canal to central Germany favored the establishment in Bydgoszcz in the 1890s of a complex of enterprises (sawmills, carpentry, furniture, plywood, wooden packaging factories) located along the banks of the lower Brda River, which initiated eastern industrial district. The development of this field of economy was facilitated by the regulation of the Brda river (1879) and the construction of a timber port in Brdyujście, regulation of the Vistula river (1880–1892), and in 1890 the establishment of the Żegluga Bydgoska company.

The expansion of Gdynia and the construction of the Śląsk-Gdynia coal main, the node and management of which was located in Bydgoszcz, had a significant impact on the development of industry in Bydgoszcz. Bydgoszcz stood out economically in the region of "Great Pomerania". In 1930, the value of purchased industrial certificates was twice as high as in Toruń, Grudziądz and Włocławek taken together. In the interwar period, an important sector of Bydgoszcz's economy was also trade, conducted both by water (Bydgoski Canal, Vistula) and by rail (coal main). In 1925, the only Timber Exchange in the country was opened in Bydgoszcz, and in 1933, the Grain and Commodity Exchange, the turnover of which put it in third place in the country (after Poznań and Lviv, and before the Warsaw Stock Exchange).

During World War II, the Germans built an explosives production and ammunition reloading plant DAG Fabrik Bromberg near the city in the Bydgoszcz Forest, the area of which was 23 km². In 1946, in recognition of the heroic attitude of the inhabitants during World War II, the city was awarded the Order of the Grunwald Cross, 3rd class. In the post-war period in the People's Republic of Poland, the industry was rebuilt and many industrial plants operated in the city. In the 1950s, the infrastructure of the German factory was used to launch Chemical Plants (Zachem and Nitrochem) producing organic and inorganic chemical products and explosives for the army. Since then, it has been the largest plant in the city, distancing the Railway Workshops. In addition, there were other military enterprises in the city: Zakłady Elektromechaniczne "Belma" producing mines and fuses, and Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze No. 2 specializing in the repair and modernization of combat aircraft. A characteristic feature of the industrialization of the city in the post-war years was the reliance on the existing and well-established industries and workplaces: chemical, electrotechnical, electromechanical, clothing, leather, wood, food. The city became the center of bicycle production in Poland. The specificity of the economic policy of the state conducted in Bydgoszcz was the expansion and modernization of existing plants with many years of tradition, and not, as in many centers in the country, the construction of new large industrial plants from scratch, the so-called "building socialism". The process of dislocating the plants from the city center to the storage and industrial districts was also started: Osowa Góra in the west and Bydgoszcz Wschód, Siernieczek and Zimne Woda in the east of the city. One of the most important achievements of the Bydgoszcz industry was the production in 1958 by Zakłady Radioowe Unitra-Eltra of the first miniature radio receiver in Poland, in which traditional tubes were replaced with transistors. In the 1970s, the largest producers for the market and export, the city's showpieces, were, among others: Zakłady Rowerowe Romet, Zachem, Eltra, Telfa, Pollena, Modus, Kobra. In the city there were also Rolling Stock Repair Plants, Pomeranian Machine Building Plants "Zremb-Makrum", Stomil Bydgoszcz and School and Pedagogical Publishing Houses.

After 1989, several large enterprises in Bydgoszcz collapsed (Romet, Kobra, Foton, Zachem). However, as a result of privatization processes, several large companies from Bydgoszcz were absorbed by national and international corporations: Unilever, Nokia, Canpack, Tele-Fonika Kable, Grupa Atlas, Enea, Mlekpol, Colian, IKEA Grene, Tyco, Globalmalt, etc. Examples of local companies that have created their own brand by entering the global market, e.g. Pesa Bydgoszcz Rail Vehicles,, or the Immobile Capital Group.


The economy of Bydgoszcz in statistics

In 2013, 117,000 people were employed in Bydgoszcz. people, which accounted for 27% of employees in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. The unemployment rate was 8.8%, compared to 13.4% in the country and 18.1% in the region. In 2013, every third job offer in the voivodship concerned an employer from Bydgoszcz. There were 43.4 thousand in the city. business entities, of which only 2% in the public sector. Most in the sections of trade and repairs (26%), construction (10%), scientific and technical activities (10%) and industrial processing (9%). According to the PKD 2007 section, 31,000 companies operated in Bydgoszcz. natural persons, 12.4 thous. legal persons, 350 local government units. In terms of legal forms, there were 3 state-owned enterprises, 115 cooperatives, 1085 foundations, associations and social organizations and 4.4 thousand. commercial companies, including 563 with foreign capital. 96% of business entities are micro-enterprises employing less than 10 people. Almost 2,000 companies employed from 10 to 250 people, 53 - in the range of 250-1000 people, and 14 - over 1000 people. In 2013, revenues from the sale of products and services (excluding the trade and repairs section) amounted to PLN 12.4 billion in Bydgoszcz, of which 70% of the value was generated by industry and 10% by construction. Plastic and rubber products (17%), food products (12%), metal products (11%), paper and paper products (7%), machinery and equipment (5%) have the largest share in the structure of sold production of industry. ) and furniture (4%).


Local enterprises

The largest employers in Bydgoszcz in 2014 were, among others: Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz (3,300 people), Atos IT Services (1,500), Poczta Polska (1,500, Central Settlement Center and regional logistics center in Lisim Ogon), iQor Global Services (1,400 ), PKP Cargo (1400), Enea (1400), MZK Bydgoszcz (1300), Stomil Bydgoszcz (1000), IMS Sofa (1000), Alcatel-Lucent (1000), Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze No. 2 (1000), Bank Pocztowy ( 950), Tyco Electronics (930) and others. Social entities, such as hospitals, schools, universities and offices, are also large employers.

The largest CIT payers for 2013 were the following enterprises: Bank Pocztowy, NeuPack Polska (belonging to the Austrian concern Mayr-Melnhof Bydgoskie Zakłady Opakowań DrukNYCH since 1995), Miejskie Wodociągi i Kanalizacja, Miejskie Zakłady Komunikacyjne, Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze No. 2, Frosta, Supravis Group (derived from PPH Gąsior), Polmass, ZETO and PESA.

A number of enterprises with traditions dating back to the 19th century and the interwar period are still active in Bydgoszcz, including:
Hotel Pod Orłem in Bydgoszcz – 1800
Rail Vehicles PESA Bydgoszcz - 1851
Bydgoszcz Tool Factory "Befana" - 1852
Gasworks in Bydgoszcz – 1859
Factory of Woodworking Machines - 1865
BZE Belma – 1868
Makrum - 1868
Prasowe Zakłady Graficzne - 1869
Hotel Ratuszowy in Bydgoszcz – 1881
Bydgoszcz Furniture Factories – 1884
Municipal Transport Company in Bydgoszcz - 1888
Bydgoszcz Meat Factory - 1890
Bydgoszcz shipping - 1891
Bydgoszcz Power Plant - 1896
Urban Greenery (Deputation of Municipal Gardens) – 1898
Municipal Waterworks and Sewerage – 1900
Bydgoszcz Plywood Works - 1914
Bydgoszcz Rubber Industry Plant "Stomil" - 1920
Tele-Fonika Kable (Bydgoska Fabryka Kabli) – 1920
Railway Communications Works - 1920
Polish Post Central Settlement Center - 1920
Dawn - 1922
Eltra - 1923
Pasamon - 1924
Alcatel-Lucent (Telfa) – 1928
Unilever (Bydgoszcz) (Bydgoskie Zakłady Chemii Gospodarczej Pollena) – 1932

Noteworthy is the developing sector of modern services, which include, above all: finance and accounting, IT services, customer service, human resources management, management of supplies, documentation, deliveries, research and development, and legal services. There are a number of international Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Share Service Center (SSC) companies in Bydgoszcz, which are leaders in this industry in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. According to the study by the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Investor Assistance Center, these include: Atos Origin, Alcatel-Lucent, JPMorgan Chase, Teleplan Polska, Jabil Global Services, Mobica Limited, Genesys, Asseco Poland, Sunrise System, Banking Bases and Systems, TELDAT, Character and others.

There are also settlement and financial centers in the city, such as Livingston International, BPH Centrum Korporacyjne, the Operations Center of the Bank Pocztowy Group, and the Central Settlement Center of Poczta Polska. In 2014, over 7,000 people worked in the BPO/SSC sector in Bydgoszcz. people, of which over 70% in the broadly understood IT industry. To this must be added more than 1,000 employees in the field of finance and accounting and less than 0.5 thousand. call center employees.


Economic brands

Recognizable products manufactured in Bydgoszcz enterprises include:
trainsets, rail buses and trams (PESA) present in many Polish and foreign regions and cities (Warsaw, Łódź, Gdańsk, Elbląg, Toruń, Bydgoszcz, Szeged, Sofia, Królewiec, Moscow),
toothpaste (Signal, Amodent), shampoos and hair conditioners (Timotei, Sunsilk, Andrelon), bubble baths (Dove), toilet blocks (Domestos),
Jutrzenka sweets, among others delicacies in chocolate, Alibi and Apetit bars, Jeżyki, Elitki, Petit Beurre biscuits, Familijne wafers, Grześki,
fish fingers and frozen foods (Frosta)

On the other hand, examples of local economic brands, apart from PESA trams and Jutrzenka sweets, are e.g. Sowa confectionery products known in the country and in Europe, trade brand known for selling tires on the Polish and European market, Bydgoskie Meble - a brand present in Poland and Germany since the end of the 19th century, awarded many times, Quiosque clothing brand known throughout the country, Vivid Games - a brand of mobile games known in the world.


Concerns and corporations

There are over 550 companies with foreign capital operating in Bydgoszcz, which constitutes approx. 30% of the region's potential, and nearly 40% including the poviat. Production corporations have their enterprises here, including: Unilever, Tele-Fonika Kable, Atlas Group, Mlekpol, IMS Group, Pilkington Group, Tyco, Lexel A/S, Schieder, MMP Neupack, Prettl, Bierbaum, Frosta, Helvetia Furniture , SPX, OKT, Global Malt, East Pack, Wentworth, as well as services: Grupa Energetyczna Enea, Schenker, Polska Grupa Farmaceutyczna, Nokia, Atos IT Services, Livingston International, Teleplan, Jabil, Mobica, Sunrise System, Metro AG, Grene, Cogifer, Asseco, Dräger Medical and many others.

Examples of local companies showing national and global expansion include: Rail Vehicles PESA Bydgoszcz,, Makrum, Abramczyk, Drozapol-Profil and others.


Industrial parks and business centers

Since 2004, the Bydgoszcz Industrial and Technological Park with an area of 283 ha has been operating in Bydgoszcz. It is an attractive space for running a business due to tax reliefs, security, available media and land, proximity to communication routes: coal main railway, DK5, DK10, an airport with a cargo terminal and flights to transfer ports. In BPPT, a subzone of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone has been created on the area of 46 ha. As part of the investor-friendly policy of the city authorities, Bydgoszcz is exempt from property tax for new investments where new jobs have been created. In 2015, there were 61 enterprises operating in BPPT employing approx. 2,000 people. people.

A separate issue is the development of office and business centers used by companies from the IT industry and settlement and financial companies. New office centers developing after 2010 are: Biznes Park Kraszewskiego 1, Bydgoszcz Business Center, SCANPARK Business Center, Your Office, ML Office, F262.


Business environment

There are a number of institutions in Bydgoszcz. business environment, supporting the development of entrepreneurship and associating entrepreneurs. In 2013, a number of regional financial institutions operated in Bydgoszcz, 230 law firms, 21 leasing companies, 13 brokerage houses, 247 accounting offices, 17 car rental companies, 24 economic chambers and organizations, 10 trade fair institutions with 14 trade fair events.

Regional institutions of state and local government administration are located in Bydgoszcz, e.g. Supreme Audit Office, Agricultural Property Agency, Agricultural Market Agency, Voivodeship Office of Geodesy and Agricultural Areas, Inspectorates subordinated to the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship (Commercial Quality of Agricultural and Food Products, Pharmaceutical, Plant Protection and Seed Production, Veterinary Medicine, Construction Supervision, Environmental Protection Inspection, Road Transport Inspection, Geodetic and Cartographic Inspection, Sanepid). Regional branches of numerous offices are located here, including: the General Directorate for Roads and Motorways, the Central Statistical Office, the Central Office of Measures, Assay Office, Technical Inspection, Competition and Consumer Protection, Electronic Communications, the Armed Forces Support Inspectorate and others. In 2015, it was decided to locate the Vistula River Basin Authority in Bydgoszcz, which administers most of the inland waters in Poland.

Entrepreneurship in the city and the region is supported by numerous economic institutions and associations, including: Bydgoszcz Regional Development Agency, academic and municipal business incubators, several chambers of commerce, including several nationwide (Polish Waterworks Chamber of Commerce, Polish Chamber of Commerce for Electrical Engineering and others ), regional industry chambers of urban planners, architects, engineers, legal advisers, economic unions and associations, loan funds, Business Angels Network, exporter's centers and clubs, Business Center Club, Rotary International. Among the institutions involved in the implementation of scientific achievements in industrial activity, the Regional Innovation Center in Bydgoszcz and the development center of the PESA holding stand out.


Economic clusters

In 2007, the Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster was created, bringing together companies from the tool industry and plastics processing, as well as a number of business-related institutions. In 2013, several companies from the IT sector in Bydgoszcz, the University of Technology and Life Sciences and the city of Bydgoszcz concluded a cooperation agreement within the Bydgoszcz IT Cluster, while in 2014 the Bydgoszcz Aviation Cluster was established, whose leading unit is Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze No. 2. There are also a number of other clusters, gathering, among others agribusiness, chemical, tourist, medical, craft and other industries. Clusters contribute to the development of innovation and the application of science in industry.



About 14 fairs and exhibitions take place in Bydgoszcz every year. The largest are: the International Fair of Machines and Equipment for Water Supply and Sewage Systems "Wod-Kan" (400 exhibitors from Poland and Europe) organized by the Chamber of Commerce "Wodociągi Polskie". In 2012, the Trade and Exhibition Center was established in the Forest Park of Culture and Recreation in Dobrzecinek, for which a new exhibition hall was erected in 2015 in Dobrzecinek.


Financial institutions in Bydgoszcz


The oldest institution in Bydgoszcz related to broadly understood finance was the mint (1594–1688), which from 1627 to 1644 was the only active plant of this type in the Crown of Poland. The water driving force of the Młynówka river was widely used to drive the devices of the Bydgoszcz mint, which, along with the convenient location of Bydgoszcz on the water communication route (Brda, Wisła), contributed to the development of the plant. Until 1601, the mint operated as a private plant of Stanisław Cikowski, the Cracow chamberlain and general administrator of royal duties. From 1613, it was the royal mint of Sigismund III Vasa (one of four, next to the mints in Olkusz, Gdańsk and Warsaw). In 1632, the plant was transformed into the Crown Mint, managed by the Crown Treasurer. After the Swedish Deluge, the first Polish coins called zlotys were minted in the Bydgoszcz mint en masse - the tymphs of Jan Kazimierz (1663-1666), whose difference between the nominal value and the actual value was to finance the royal treasury. At the same time, copper shillings (boratine) were minted in a similar way. In the 17th century, the Bydgoszcz mint was comparable to the best European plants. In 1621, the largest gold coins in Europe until today were minted there - 100 ducats of Sigismund III Vasa.

The first bank-like institution was established in Bydgoszcz in 1787. In the mid-nineteenth century, there was, among others, branch of the Prussian Royal Bank in Berlin with its registered office at ul. Długa 52. In the years 1863–1866, a Neo-Renaissance building was built for this institution in the administrative part of the city at ul. Jagiellońska, designed by architect Hermann Cuno. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Pomerania and Wielkopolska were dominated by German banks, including Ostbank für Handel und Gewerbe with its seat in Bydgoszcz. There were also 5 Polish banks.

In the interwar period, the number of banks in Bydgoszcz ranged from 17 to 26 (including 4-6 German ones). Among the local banks, the following ones stood out: Bank Discount Towarzystwo Akcyjne, Bank Bydgoski (until 1929 - Komunalna Kasa Oszczędności) and the German People's Bank. The seat of the former Royal Bank in Berlin at ul. Jagiellońska was adapted for the Polish Bank in Warsaw. In 1925, the building was extended according to a design by architect Z. Mączyński from Warsaw.

After the war, a branch of the National Bank of Poland was located in the building. In 1954, there were already three branches of the NBP in Bydgoszcz, which occupied, among others, buildings at ul. Jagiellońska 4 and 8. After the banking reform carried out in 1969, the NBP branch in Bydgoszcz was assigned the role of controlling and financing (on a national scale) small trade, industry, municipal and housing economy. In 1974, the NBP founded an IT company in Bydgoszcz, Bazy i Systemy Bankowe, a producer of comprehensive IT solutions for State Treasury institutions and public administration.

After 1989, the NBP remained as the central bank, while the market was opened to commercial banks. In the 1990s, a "banking boom" occurred in Bydgoszcz, which was characterized by the opening of several dozen branches of commercial banks and the establishment of several domestic banks. The newly erected headquarters of mBank in Bydgoszcz in the form of "new granaries" was awarded the title of the most beautiful public building in Poland in the 1990s.


Present day

Regional financial institutions are based in Bydgoszcz, e.g.
Narodowy Bank Polski Regional Branch, Jagiellońska 8 – provincial branch of the Polish central bank
Tax Chamber, Warmińskiego 18 – 23 tax offices in the voivodship are subordinated to it
Tax Control Office, Marcinkowskiego 7
Regional Chamber of Accounts, Holy Trinity 35
Kujawsko-Pomorski Tax Office, Grunwaldzka 50 – serves large business entities from the entire province, there are also 3 municipal branches of the tax office
ZUS, Święty Trójcy 33 – branch in Bydgoszcz, with inspectorates in Bydgoszcz, Inowrocław, Nakło, Sępólna, Świecie, Tuchola, Żnin
KRUS, Wyczółkowskiego 22 – Regional Branch in Bydgoszcz, with field offices throughout the province plus the Chojnice poviat
Databases and Banking Systems – an IT company belonging to the NBP, associated with the Polish Bank Association
KIR Regional Sales Center – offering the sale of qualified electronic signatures
34 banks with 167 outlets, including the only nationwide bank with its head office in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region (Bank Pocztowy), 13 Cooperative Savings and Credit Unions, 59 consulting companies, 156 advertising agencies, 211 insurance companies
nationwide settlement centers: Poczta Polska, Bank Pocztowy, PKP Cargo, Bank BPH
PZU – branch and regional motor insurance center
Totalizator Sportowy – provincial branch


Shopping centers

The oldest department store in Bydgoszcz (1911), which partially serves its function to this day, is Jedynak at Gdańska Street in the city center. The development of hyper- and supermarket chains began in 1996. According to Central Statistical Office data, in 2014 there were 12 hypermarkets in Bydgoszcz (3x Carrefour, 2x Auchan, Tesco, E.Leclerc, Makro, Castorama, OBI, Leroy Merlin (since 2002), IKEA and others ) and 72 supermarkets. There were 15 marketplaces and over 5,000 shops in the estates. small retail stores. In 2014, the city had 4 large (over 50,000 m²) shopping and entertainment centers and 4 smaller ones:

Rondo Shopping Center (1998) – 60,000 m², including a hypermarket hall of approx. 8,000 sq. m. m², a three-level gallery with an underground car park and an Auchan hypermarket and 46 boutiques with a gastronomic section (including McDonald's)
Tesco Shopping Center (2000) – a sales hall of approx. 10,000 sq.m. m², boutiques, the only ones in Bydgoszcz open 24 hours a day
Auchan Shopping Center (2001) – 17.6 thousand. m² (hypermarket 11.5 thousand m² - the largest area in Bydgoszcz, shopping mall 6.1 thousand m² - 46 boutiques), surface parking, near Leroy Merlin, Decathlon and Ikea
Galeria Pomorska (2003, extension 2014) – 76 thousand. m², including 8 thousand. m² is the Carrefour sales hall; a two-level mall with about 150 boutiques, a bowling alley, a Helios multiplex, a restaurant and entertainment section, as well as an above-ground and multi-storey car park
Glinka Shopping Center (2006) - houses a Carrefour sales room and about 20 boutiques
Focus Mall (2006) – a four-level shopping mall (90,000 m²) with 150 boutiques, a Cinema City multiplex and a two-level rooftop car park
Drukarnia Fashion House (2007) – a six-storey shopping mall (including 3 commercial storeys, 3 car parks) with an area of 25,000 sq m. m² in the city center at ul. Gdańska
Galeria Fordon (2008) – a four-storey shopping mall with an area of 7 thousand m² and approx. 18 boutiques
Zielone Arkady Shopping Center (2015) – a four-level shopping mall, the largest in the province (115,000 m²) with 200 boutiques, an entertainment section and a 6-storey car park
The traditional commercial role is also played by the city center with the following shopping streets: Gdańska, Dworcowa, Długa, Śniadeckich, but after 2000, their role is increasingly taken over by shopping malls.



Bydgoszcz as a transport hub - a historical outline

The historical development of Bydgoszcz is closely related to its favorable location at the crossroads of communication routes. In the prehistoric and old Polish period, the most important was the meridional direction. The development of the settlement was possible thanks to its location on the amber route, and later on the Silesian-Pomeranian overland route. An expression of the great communication importance of the Bydgoszcz stronghold was the construction of a permanent bridge over the Brda River before 1250, where customs fees were collected. In the 14th-17th centuries, the key city-forming factor of Bydgoszcz was the development of trade in grain and wood on the water route of the Vistula to Gdańsk. This is connected with the construction of numerous granaries in the city, the establishment of the oldest chypre guild in the Crown and the increase in the number of inhabitants.

After the seizure of the city by Prussia in 1772 and the construction of the Bydgoszcz Canal (1774), the latitudinal direction became more important. The inland waterway Vistula-Odra has become a competition for sea transport via Gdańsk. Throughout the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, river transport reached its apogee in Bydgoszcz. At the beginning of the 20th century, one-third of all timber imports to Germany passed through the Bydgoszcz Canal, and a river port with a shipyard and one of the largest timber ports in Germany was built on the Brda River. From 1851, the railway became a new city-forming factor for Bydgoszcz, due to the location of the junction of the Prussian Eastern Railway. In 1862, the Warsaw-Bydgoszcz Railway was built, which until 1877 (the opening of the Vistula Railway) was the only connection between northern Germany and Russia. For 20 years, until the 1870s, Bydgoszcz was the only such large railway junction between Poznań and Gdańsk, through which all transit from the Congress Kingdom, Russia, Königsberg and Gdańsk to Berlin passed.

In 1849, the first in Europe and in the world state-owned Railway Directorate was located in the city, which became the most prestigious institution that was located in Bydgoszcz in the 19th century. Until 1895, the management managed the Prussian Eastern Railway, covering the following provinces: West Prussia, East Prussia, Poznań and West Pomerania. The positive impact of the railway concerned both the development of industry and trade in Bydgoszcz during the industrial revolution (eg the oldest Railway Repair Workshops in Poland, today the Pesa holding), as well as the development of housing construction (Śródmieście). By 1914, 10 bridges over the Brda River and the Bydgoszcz Canal were built in Bydgoszcz, as well as the longest truss bridge in Germany over the Vistula River, 1.35 km long. After Bydgoszcz returned to Poland in 1920, the meridional direction of communication gained importance again. In 1933, Bydgoszcz became the hub and seat of the management of the Silesia-Gdynia coal main - the largest transport investment of the Second Republic of Poland. In addition, water transport was still of great importance, and air transport was started (civil flights to Warsaw, Lviv and Vilnius).

In the post-war period, the favorable transport location continued to contribute to the city's development. However, in the new layout of Poland's borders, the role of Bydgoszcz as a direct transport base for Gdynia and Gdańsk has been weakened. As a consequence, in the 1970s, the planned A1 motorway was moved from Bydgoszcz to Toruń, even though this required the construction of two crossings over the Vistula just 50 km apart. In the 1960s, the southern road bypass of the city was built, railway lines and the urban communication system were modernized. The coal railway trunk line continued to serve as the main transit freight line used to supply the ports of the Tri-City. Although the economic importance of the Vistula-Odra waterway declined, Bydgoszcz was home to one of Poland's largest shipping companies, "Żegluga Bydgoska". Throughout the post-war period, there were air connections with Gdańsk and Warsaw, and in 2000, international connections were introduced.


Road transport

Bydgoszcz is located on the route of the pan-European transport corridor VIa, along which the European route E261 runs. The Regulation of the Council of Ministers on the network of motorways and expressways provides for two expressways to run through Bydgoszcz. The following routes run through the city:

S5E261 - commissioned in 2020, the section is the western bypass of Bydgoszcz and leads from the "Błonie" junction to the "Bydgoszcz Północ" junction. Thus, it diverts transit traffic from the city center and improves traffic to Poznań and Wrocław as part of the European route E261 (the section from the "Bydgoszcz Błonie" junction to the "Bydgoszcz Zachód" junction has a common route with the S10 expressway)
S10 - since 2008 there has been a section on the southern and western bypass of the city from the "Bydgoszcz Południe" junction to the "Bydgoszcz Zachód" junction (the section from the "Bydgoszcz Błonie" junction to the "Bydgoszcz Zachód" junction has a common route with the S5 expressway)

national roads:
25 - from Bobolice to Sokołowice near Oleśnica, connects Bydgoszcz with Konin and Kalisz, and indirectly with Koszalin (the section from the "Bydgoszcz Opławiec" junction to the "Bydgoszcz Południe" junction has a common route with the S5 and S10 expressways)
80 – from Pawłówek (Bydgoszcz Zachód junction) to Lubicz (Lubicz junction), along the northern bank of the Vistula River it connects Bydgoszcz with Toruń;
provincial roads:
223 - a 7-kilometre section connecting the S5 and S10 expressways in Białe Błota with the national road No. 80 in Bydgoszcz,
232 - a 3-kilometer section connecting the national road No. 80 with Aleja Jana Pawła II, runs entirely through the city,
256 - a 16-kilometre section connecting the national road No. 5 in Trzeciewiec with the national road No. 80 in Bydgoszcz (Fordon),
244 – Kamieniec – Bożenkowo – Strzelce Dolne, part of the local northern bypass of the city (does not reach the city limits),
249 – Czarnowo – Solec Kujawski, currently there is no permanent crossing over the Vistula (it does not reach the city limits),
394 – Przyłubie – Solec Kujawski – Otorowo, a natural extension of Toruńska Street (does not reach the city limits)

The traffic volume at the entrances and exits of the city is 98.6 thousand. vehicles per day (traffic measurement from 2005), including 13.5% heavy vehicles. Transit at the exits is about 30% of the total traffic, which means that most drivers find their destination in Bydgoszcz. Among the 9 main exit roads from Bydgoszcz, the largest daily traffic of vehicles was found on the southern and northern exits (national road No. 5, 20,000, traffic measurement from 2005)

Road reconstruction
In 2006–2007, the 5-km section 5 and 25 Bydgoszcz-Stryszek was reconstructed to the parameters of an expressway. Two collision-free interchanges were created: "Lotnisko" and "Bydgoszcz Południe". In the years 2008–2010, an 11-km dual carriageway section of the S5 and S10 was built on the southern ring road of the city, together with the "Bydgoszcz Błonie" junction. In 2015, a tender was awarded for the construction of S5, connecting Bydgoszcz with Gniezno and Poznań, and in the north with A1 (E75). In December 2019, the northern section of the S5 expressway bypass was commissioned from the "Bydgoszcz Północ" junction to the "Bydgoszcz Opławiec" junction. In 2020, the western bypass of the city was put into use along the S5 and S10 roads, thanks to which a bypass of the city was created and transit traffic was diverted along the national road No. 5 as part of the European route E261.

road administration
There is a branch of the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways in Bydgoszcz, dealing with the construction, renovation and maintenance of motorways, expressways and national roads in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, as well as the Provincial Roads Authority, performing the same tasks in relation to provincial roads. Poviat roads (Bydgoszcz poviat) are managed by the Poviat Starosty in Bydgoszcz, and municipal roads in Bydgoszcz by the Municipal Roads and Public Transport Authority. The Department of Road Engineering and Transport at the Bydgoszcz University of Technology and Life Sciences provides study, research and planning services in the field of road traffic and the transport network in the region. The Provincial Road Transport Inspectorate and the Provincial Road Traffic Center with a branch in Inowrocław are also located in the city.


Railway transport

The Bydgoszcz Railway Junction consists of three railway lines of national importance and three local lines. Among the lines of state significance are:
131 (international transit line C-E 65/1) – Chorzów Batory – Tczew coal railway trunk line, connecting Silesia with ports in Gdańsk and Gdynia. It runs through the city in the south-north direction, enabling connection with the Tri-City and the south of the country;
18 (main line): Piła - Bydgoszcz - Toruń - Włocławek - Kutno (former Warsaw-Bydgoszcz Railway). It enables the connection of Bydgoszcz with Warsaw and indirectly with Szczecin and Berlin;
201 (freight bypass) on the section Nowa Wieś Wielka - Bydgoszcz - Maksymilianowo. Built in 1928–1930, it bypasses the Bydgoszcz Główna station from the east.

Local lines in Bydgoszcz are:
201 on the section Maksymilianowo - Kościerzyna - Gdynia;
209: Bydgoszcz - Chełmża - Kowalewo Pomorskie;
356: Bydgoszcz - Kcynia - Gołańcz - Poznań.

Lines 131 and 201 are located in the VI pan-European transport corridor marked with the number C-E65. They are the only railway lines in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region of international importance, as they are included in the AGTC European agreement on Major International Combined Transit Lines and Accompanying Facilities. They concentrate passenger (no. 131) and freight (no. 201) traffic in the north-south direction. Line No. 18, on the other hand, enables transport in the east-west-south direction. All lines in the city are electrified except lines 209 and 356.

The railway line from Bydgoszcz to Poznań via Inowrocław and from Bydgoszcz to Gdańsk via Tczew has been renovated and currently trains travel along this line at a speed of 120 km/h. Since June 2013, part of the Poznań - Gdańsk route has been adapted to speeds of 140-160 km/h (sections Bydgoszcz-Laskowice Pomorskie - Tczew and Poznań - Gniezno-Bydgoszcz). The target travel time for the fastest trains from Bydgoszcz to Gdańsk will be 1 hour 20 minutes, and to Poznań 1 hour 24 minutes. And from Gdańsk to Poznań in 2 h 45 min.

There are five railway stations within the administrative boundaries of the city: Główna, Leśna, Wschód, Bydgoszcz Emilianowo (closed) and Bydgoszcz Fordon, as well as 9 railway stops. Bydgoszcz Główna station is the busiest with passenger transport, handling about 90% of passengers. This station is the only one in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship that is included in the Premium category, along with 15 other stations in Poland.

Units and institutions related to railways
There are departments of railway companies in Bydgoszcz, including: PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe (Railway Lines Plant and Track Machinery Plant), PKP Cargo (Freight Transport Department, Cash Register, Central Settlement Office - since 1922), PKP Energetyka ( Kujawski Department), Kujawsko-Pomorski Regional Transport Department, Regional Headquarters of the Railway Protection Guard. There are also large economic entities dealing with production and services for the railways, e.g. Pojazdy Szynowe Pesa Bydgoszcz - manufacturer of railway trains, including high-speed rail, Kolejowe Zakłady Łączności in Bydgoszcz (since 2013 in the PKP Informatyka group) - most Polish railway stations are equipped with a system of information boards KZŁ, Kolejowe Zakłady Nawierzowe Cogifer Polska and others . PESA and PKP Cargo are among the largest employers in Bydgoszcz and the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region.

In Bydgoszcz, there are also national organizations related to the railway industry: the National Association of Local Governments for Local Railways and the Polish Chamber of Equipment and Services Producers for Railways, as well as the Chamber of Tradition of Bydgoszcz Railways at the Bydgoszcz Wschód railway station, run by the Bydgoszcz Society of Friends of Railways.

Since 2015, the only Railway Technical School in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region has been operating at the Bydgoszcz University, which refers to the Railway Technical School named after Nicolaus Copernicus existing in the years 1952-2007 in the Copernicanum building in Bydgoszcz.


Air Transport

International airport
International Airport Ignacego Jan Paderewskiego Bydgoszcz-Szwederowo (ICAO code: EPBY), is located 3.5 km south of the center of Bydgoszcz. Its advantage, in addition to its proximity to the city center, is its connection to the network of expressways ("Lotnisko" junction on S5, at the exit from the city). Connection with the city is provided by bus line no. 80.

The airport in Bydgoszcz was built during World War I and entered into civilian use in 1929. It has a paved runway measuring 2,500 x 60 m and is the 9th busiest airport in the country. Since 2004, it has had a modern passenger terminal. In 2015, the port handled 341,000 passengers, in 2019 425 thousand. passengers. Since 2013, the port has been included in the trans-European TEN-T network.

The airport is served by scheduled flights of Ryanair, Lufthansa (connection with Frankfurt), WizzAir and LOT. There are also summer charter flights (Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Turkey), cargo and general aviation flights.

Flying club airport
Bydgoszcz also has a second airport, Bydgoszcz-Biedaszkowo (ICAO code: EPBD), owned by the Bydgoszcz Aeroclub, and a general aviation airport. The airport is located in the same complex as the International Airport, with a separate access road and the main entrance from Biedashkowo. The airport has a closed concrete runway in the direction of 13/31 with dimensions of 1000 × 50 meters. Side grass strips of 650 × 100, 650 × 100 and 590 × 100 m are used. Airport geographic coordinates (center of the inactive concrete runway): 53°06′11″N 17°57′20″E.

landing sites
In 2015, there were three sanitary landing sites in Bydgoszcz:
them. dr. Antoni Jurasz on the roof of the University Hospital No. 1, at ul. Skłodowska-Curie
Bydgoszcz-10 airstrip Military Clinical Hospital at. st. Powstańców Warszawy 5.
The helipad at the University Hospital No. 2 at ul. Biziel
In addition, in the area of the "Bydgoszcz Północ" road junction, in the town of Niwy, there is a base of the Polish Medical Air Rescue Service.

Aviation exhibitions
In May each year (since 2007) on the premises of Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze no. The list of exhibitors in 2015 reaches approx. 120 entities, and one day is dedicated to visiting the exhibitions free of charge.


Water transport

The water corridors of the Eastern and Western European system of inland waterways intersect in Bydgoszcz. These are the roads:
E-40 Lower Vistula (Baltic Sea-Gdańsk-Bydgoszcz-Warsaw-Bug-Dnieper-Black Sea);
E-70 (North Sea-Antwerp-Berlin-Bydgoszcz-Królewiec-Klaipeda). A fragment of this road is the Odra-Vistula section, navigable thanks to the Bydgoszcz Canal.

Three canalized watercourses flow through the territory of the city, which enable water transport - both economic and tourist: Wisła (14.4 km), Brda (14.4 km canalized) and the Bydgoszcz Canal (6.5 km).

Water infrastructure
Bydgoszcz is one of the pioneers among Polish cities in the field of revitalization and restoration of riverside areas to residents. The current economic use of waterways within Bydgoszcz is small (there has been a timber port on the Brda river since 1879, and a river port since 1897, where the apogee of transshipments reached 2 million tons of goods per year), but their tourist importance increases every year. Since 2005, the Bydgoszcz Water Tram has been running on the Brda River as a means of public transport (with timetables and ZDMiKP tickets). In addition, passenger units, yachts and houses on the water (manufactured in Bydgoszcz) are available for rent. There are 5 sailing, 6 rowing and 7 canoeing marinas in the city - many of them have traditions and architecture from the early 20th century and the interwar period. The regatta course in Brdyujście is one of the national centers of water sports. In 2009, the Gwiazda Marina on the Bydgoszcz Canal was opened, and Przystań Bydgoszcz has been offering rental of kayaks, boats, water bikes and motorboats since 2012, which can be used in the city center while admiring its waterfront. In Bydgoszcz-Janów there is a PTTK hostel, where canoeing trips on the Brda River from Bory Tucholskie usually end. Since 2000, successive programs have been implemented: "Restoring the Brda River to the City", "Revitalization and Development of the Bydgoszcz Water Junction", "Revitalization of the Mill Island", "Revitalization of the Brda Boulevards and Quays and the Bydgoszcz Canal", "Revitalization of Old Fordon along with the development of the boulevard on the Vistula ". The funds spent for these purposes amount to hundreds of millions of zlotys, and the effects are visible to residents and tourists in the form of kilometers of rebuilt quays, boulevards, renovated bridges, locks, weirs, construction of new hydrotechnical facilities, e.g. in the city center you can freely take a bath.

water administration
Since January 1, 2018, Bydgoszcz has been the seat of the regional water management board responsible for the Noteć water region (including the Bydgoszcz Canal). The Catchment Boards in Inowrocław and Piła operate under the RZGW in Bydgoszcz. In Bydgoszcz, there is also the Office of Inland Navigation (one of 8 in the country), whose area of ​​operation since 2018 covers the entire Vistula River. Under the new structure, the shipping offices in Warsaw and Krakow are UŻŚ branches in Bydgoszcz. The city is also home to the District Branch of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Land Reclamation and Water Facilities Authority, which covers most of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship (on the left side of the Vistula).


Public transport

Public transport services in Bydgoszcz are provided by several companies at the request of ZDMiKP. The leading carrier is Miejskie Zakłady Komunikacyjne MZK Bydgoszcz. City lines are also served by KDD Trans spółka z o.o. Other carriers run several city lines (microbuses) and several suburban lines. In Bydgoszcz, there are 47 bus lines and 11 tram lines as well as the Bydgoszcz Water Tram.

The city authorities focus on the development of tram connections. In the years 2010–2012, a line to the PKP railway station was built, and since January 2016, a line to Fordon has been in operation. In 2021, a section of the track on ul. Kujawska (connecting the Upper Terrace with the center). The construction of the Kazimierz Wielki tram bridge is underway. In March 2007, Ikarus buses disappeared from the streets of Bydgoszcz, and in 2008 two new low-floor trams from Pesa plants in Bydgoszcz appeared. In the following years, several dozen more PESA Swing trams were purchased.


Bicycle communication

In 2015, 81 km of roads for bicycles were designated and marked in Bydgoszcz. On April 1, 2015, the Bydgoszcz Agglomeration Bike was launched with a network of 36 stops, and ultimately also including some of the communes: Osielsko, Białe Błota and Dąbrowa Chełmińska. The system is very popular among the Bydgoszcz community. In 2015, 585,395 rentals were recorded, which puts Bydgoszcz in third place in the country after Warsaw and Wrocław, and in terms of the frequency of renting a bike (on average 8 times a day) in third place in Europe, behind Dublin and Barcelona.


Long distance communication

Bydgoszcz is an important stop for long-distance collective car transport. To several cities, incl. From Warsaw, Kołobrzeg, Szczecin, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Komfort Bus buses run. In turn, PKS maintains long-distance communication, e.g. to cities: Łódź, Chojnice, Słupsk, Koszalin, Grudziądz, Elbląg, Gniezno, Poznań, Wrocław, Katowice, Płock, Ostrołęka, Białystok, Warsaw, Ustka, Piła, Konin and others, not counting smaller towns in the Bydgoszcz region. Bydgoszcz is included in the network of Polski Bus connections - there are direct connections with Warsaw, Gdańsk, Poznań, Wrocław, Berlin and Prague.


Transport infrastructure

In 2013, there were 748 km of roads in Bydgoszcz, including 38 km on national roads, 9 km on provincial roads, 160 km on poviat roads, and 541 km on municipal roads. Transit in the east-west direction is enabled by the southern ring road of the city: 10, partly rebuilt into S10 and 80, while movement in the north-south direction is taken over by 5, also partly rebuilt into S5. In 2013, 67% of urban roads had an improved surface.


Intelligent Transport System

In April 2015, the ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) system was launched in Bydgoszcz - one of the first intelligent urban systems in the country to improve the conditions of vehicular traffic. The system covers the central part of the city, where the highest traffic volume is recorded, and ul. Fordońska, up to the Warsaw viaducts. The system acquires data from road measuring devices, optimizing the operation of traffic light controllers, giving priority to public transport. It provides users with up-to-date information on variable message boards and passenger information boards. It also shows the use of parking spaces in Śródmieście and guides drivers to alternative routes. The value of the project amounted to PLN 54 million, of which 85% was obtained from European Union funds.

Engineering objects
There are 68 engineering structures on the territory of the city:
26 bridges,
23 viaducts,
15 footbridges,
2 underground passages,
2 pedestrian tunnels.

The largest of the objects is the bridge over the Vistula named after Rudolf Modrzejewski, which is 1 km long. The oldest surviving structure in its original form is the arched brick railway bridges over the Brda from 1851.


Education and science


From the 14th century, there was a parish school in Bydgoszcz, and in the years 1530-1725, a three-year Bernardine Study of Philosophy, one of the lecturers of which was Bartłomiej of Bydgoszcz - the author of the first Latin-Polish dictionary. In addition to religious schools: Carmelites, Bernardines and Poor Clares, there was a gymnasium in Bydgoszcz from the end of the 16th century, replaced in 1637 by a Jesuit college, whose building at the Old Market Square (today's town hall) was funded by the Great Chancellor of the Crown, Bydgoszcz starost Jerzy Ossoliński. After the dissolution of the order in 1780, the college was transformed into a real school, from 1808 a departmental school, and in 1817 it was raised to the rank of the Royal Classical Gymnasium. At that time, there was also an Evangelical teachers' seminary as well as private and elementary schools in the town. In the years 1846–1914, 8 new school buildings were built and 2 were extended. Many of them are used to this day, housing the most reputable school facilities and faculties of Bydgoszcz universities. In 1914, there were, among others, 14 folk schools and a dozen secondary schools. Higher level schools included:
Classical Gymnasium, from 1877 in the building at pl. Wolności 9;
Evangelical Teachers' Seminary, from 1879 in the building at ul. Bernardyńska 6;
Catholic Teachers' Seminary, from 1907 in the building at ul. Seminar 3;
Bydgoszcz Conservatory of Music (est. 1904) in an Art Nouveau tenement house at al. Mickiewicza 9;
Higher School of Music - founded in 1907;
School of Crafts and Artistic Industry (est. 1911) - the only state art school in the Province of Poznań in the building at ul. st. Trinity 37.

Special education for disabled children has a rich tradition in Bydgoszcz. In 1870, the building of the Institution for the Blind was erected at ul. Krasińskiego, and in 1902 another facility at ul. Kołłątaj. In 1895 at ul. Reja, an Institution for the Deaf was opened.

In the interwar period, four Polish state and municipal gymnasiums (secondary schools) were at the top of the hierarchy:
State Classical Gymnasium (Plac Wolności) for men, from 1938 I State Liceum and Gimnazjum im. Józef Piłsudski;
State Humanistic Gymnasium (ul. Grodzka) for men, from 1938 II State Lyceum and Gimnazjum im. Edward Śmigły-Rydz;
Municipal Gymnasium of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (ul. Kopernika) for men, from 1934 Municipal Men's Gymnasium of Nicolaus Copernicus;
Municipal Women's Catholic Humanistic Gymnasium (ul. Staszica), from 1938 Municipal Catholic High School and Women's Gymnasium.

In addition to state schools, there were private gymnasiums, teachers' seminaries and numerous vocational schools of various types and degrees, as well as military, artistic and musical schools. In addition to the Bydgoszcz Music Conservatory, the Bydgoszcz Music School was opened in 1921, and the Municipal Music Conservatory in 1925. After World War II, the educational base was significantly expanded, e.g. by 1980, 41 new school buildings were erected.

A separate issue is Bydgoszcz's efforts to establish a university in the city, which date back to 1873. In the years 1903–1906, Agricultural Institutes were located in Bydgoszcz, the structure of which was organized on the model of a university with four faculties: agricultural chemistry, plant diseases, animal hygiene and melioration. After the incorporation of Bydgoszcz into the Second Polish Republic in 1920, the institute developed intensively, which after 1927 became a branch of the State Research Institute of Agriculture in Puławy. Its activity was continued and even expanded after 1945. The second institution constituting, in principle, the nucleus of the University of Bydgoszcz was the Royal-Prussian School of Crafts and Artistic Industry (1911), raised in 1916 to the rank of an academy. In the years 1920-1923, the activity of the school was continued under the name of the State School of Artistic Industry. From 1920, there was also an Agricultural Academy in Bydgoszcz, which was later moved to Cieszyn. The university idea was implemented only after World War II, and led through the natural development of the local scientific community, concentrated since 1959 in the Bydgoszcz Scientific Society. The total potential of the four public universities established until 1990 could be compared with the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. The rapid increase in the number of students, academic staff and non-public universities in Bydgoszcz began after the political breakthrough in 1989. Despite plans to merge into one university, in the 1990s Bydgoszcz universities decided to develop independently. In 2004, the Medical Academy was transformed into the Collegium Medicum of the Nicolaus Copernicus University, in 2005 the Kazimierz Wielki University was established, and in 2006 the University of Technology and Life Sciences (since 2021 Bydgoszcz University of Technology).


Higher education

In 2011, there were 16 higher education units in Bydgoszcz, including 9 universities (4 public and 5 private), 3 theological universities, including two being sections of the Faculty of Theology of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, and 4 external faculties of public and private universities from Poznań, Toruń and Lodz. In addition, there were two Foreign Language Teacher Training Colleges, which offered diplomas of patron universities (Universities of Poznań, Warsaw and Gdańsk). Bydgoszcz is home to the only public universities in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship - technical, music and medical. In 2014, 36,000 students studied in Bydgoszcz (11th place in the country), which accounted for 52% of students in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region.


Public universities

There are four public universities in Bydgoszcz, the largest of which is the Kazimierz Wielki University, where over 8,000 students study. students. It offers 30 majors and about 60 specializations at five faculties: Humanities, Pedagogy and Psychology, Mathematics, Physics and Technology, Natural Sciences, and Administration and Social Sciences.

The second in terms of the number of students (over 7,000 in 2020), but also the oldest (1951) is the Bydgoszcz University of Technology. Jana i Jędrzej Śniadecki - the largest and most successful technical university in the province. It offers 27 majors and about 100 specializations at 7 faculties: Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Agriculture and Biotechnology, Chemical Technology and Engineering, Telecommunications, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Biology and Animal Breeding, Management and the Institute of Mathematics and Physics.

Academy of Music Feliks Nowowiejski is a state art school. It educates future musicians, composers, instrumentalists, vocalists, and conductors at 4 faculties: Composition, Music Theory and Sound Engineering, Instrumental, Vocal and Acting, and Choral Conducting and Music Education.

In Bydgoszcz there is also the Collegium Medicum of the Nicolaus Copernicus University - a separate part of the University of Toruń, focused on educating students in medical sciences. In terms of the number of scientific staff, it constitutes about a quarter of the potential of the entire NCU. This university was established in 1975 as a Bydgoszcz branch of the Medical Academy in Gdańsk, became independent in 1984 as the Medical Academy of Ludwik Rydygiera in Bydgoszcz, in 2004 incorporated into the structures of the Nicolaus Copernicus University, retaining its own patron and headquarters in Bydgoszcz. 4.77 thousand students are educated there. students at 3 faculties: Medicine, Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences. The base of the university is also based on clinics located in 7 hospitals (including two university ones). There are also branches of other state universities in the city, e.g. Center for Higher Studies of the Poznań University of Economics and Business, Section of Theological Studies of the Adam Mickiewicz University Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań and two theological universities: the Higher Theological Seminary of the Diocese of Bydgoszcz and the Higher Missionary Seminary of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit.


Non-public universities

Since 1998, there has been a dynamic development of non-public universities. The consequence of this process is over 35% share of students of non-public universities in the total number of students studying in Bydgoszcz in 2010. Among the 6 non-public universities, three stand out, which are among the top in northern Poland: Wyższa Szkoła Gospodarki (est. 1999, 3 faculties, 17 fields of study) , 5.1 thousand students in 2010), the Kuyavian-Pomeranian University (established in 2000, 5 faculties, 11 fields of study, 5.6 thousand students in 2010) and the WSB University in Toruń, Faculty of Finance and Management in Bydgoszcz ( est. 2007, 7,000 students in Toruń and Bydgoszcz). Other non-state universities are: University of the Environment (est. 1998), Bydgoszcz University (est. 2004), University of Health Sciences (est. 2005) and off-campus faculties: University of Information Technology and Skills in Łódź (since 2001), Humanities and Economics in Łódź (since 2002), University of Management and Banking in Poznań (since 2007).


Scientific institutes

Bydgoszcz is also the seat of scientific institutes and other units cooperating with universities. The most important scientific units with branches in Bydgoszcz include: Institute of Plant Breeding and Acclimatization, Institute of Land Reclamation and Grasslands, National Veterinary Institute - National Research Institute, Institute of Biotechnology of Agricultural and Food Industry, Institute of Forensic Genetics and others. The progenitor of many of these units are the Agricultural Institutes in Bydgoszcz, founded in 1903.


Scientific societies

Bydgoszcz is a regional center where most Polish scientific associations operate. Many of the Bydgoszcz branches of these societies cover the entire Kuyavian-Pomeranian region, and in some cases exceed it. The genesis of some organizations dates back to the interwar period, and even to the Prussian period (before 1920). Some of the societies conduct regional and historical studies. Among them are the most meritorious for the city: the Bydgoszcz Scientific Society and the Society of Friends of the City of Bydgoszcz. TMMB is one of the oldest regional associations in Poland (est. 1832).


Lower education

In 2013, there were 8 nurseries, 83 kindergartens, 34 pre-school departments at schools and 12 pre-school points in Bydgoszcz. 11.7 thousand people were covered by their care. kids. 17.5 thousand students studied in 56 primary schools. children, and in 66 lower secondary schools 9.2 thous. children and young people. There were 19 upper secondary vocational schools in the city, 29 general secondary schools for youth and 17 for adults, and 53 post-secondary schools for youth and adults. In middle schools and high schools in Bydgoszcz, 52% of young people learned English, and 40% – German. In the years 2008–2012, an average of 2.4 thousand students obtained a secondary school-leaving certificate in Bydgoszcz. high school graduates.

School teams include: sports championship (3), special (2), construction, food, chemical, mechanical (2), automotive, wood, economic and administrative, electronic, gastronomy, commercial, medical and others.


International School of Bydgoszcz

In Bydgoszcz, there is the only international school in the region, authorized to issue certificates recognized all over the world. The International School of Bydgoszcz, founded for children of NATO army officers, educates both foreign and Polish children.

Secondary art schools
State Complex of Music Schools them. Artur Rubinstein - primary and secondary school, existing since 1925
Art School Complex Leon Wyczółkowski - since 1945
Acting School Adam Grzymała-Siedleckiego ul. Dworcowa 81
Post-secondary School of Fine Arts in Bydgoszcz


Special education

Special School and Educational Center for Children and Youth with Poor Vision and the Blind named after L. Braille in Bydgoszcz - existing since 1872
School and Educational Center for Hard of Hearing and Deaf Children and Youth Gen. S. Maczek in Bydgoszcz - existing since 1876
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Revalidation and Educational Center for Children and Youth with Autism

Supervision and professional development of teachers
Bydgoszcz is home to the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Board of Education, the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Teacher Education Center, the Municipal Teacher Education Center in Bydgoszcz, the District Vocational Training Center, the Bydgoszcz Teacher Training and Educational Services Center, the Teacher Training Center of the Universal Knowledge Society and others.


Bydgoszcz dialect

In 2008, on the urban dialect of Bydgoszcz, prof. Andrzej Stanisław Dyszak published (by TMMB) "As the inhabitants of Bydgoszcz used to say. A small dictionary of the Bydgoszcz dialect. The literary testimony of the dialect is Jerzy Sulima-Kamiński's book "Most Królowej Jadwigi". In September 2012, the online initiative "Rescuing the Bydgoszcz Dialect" was launched, in which over 1,200 people took part. The result of their work is the Glossary of the Bydgoszcz Dialect published on the Internet at the beginning of January 2013.



Bydgoszcz is the center where most of the mass media with a reach to the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship are located. There are: a regional branch of Telewizja Polska (TVP3 Bydgoszcz) (1973-1984 and since 1994), a regional public radio station (Polskie Radio Pomorza i Kujaw), the largest regional daily in Poland (Gazeta Pomorska) and numerous local radio stations, newspaper editorial offices and magazines and websites. In 2013, 6 radio stations and 15 press editorial offices were based in Bydgoszcz. Three regional dailies are published in the city: Gazeta Wyborcza Bydgoszcz, Express Bydgoski and Gazeta Pomorska, whose local mutations (e.g. Toruń, Włocławek, Grudziądz, Inowrocław) are also published in Bydgoszcz.

The traditions of printing in Bydgoszcz date back to 1806. In the interwar period, Zakłady Graficzne in Bydgoszcz was one of the largest printing plants in Poland, a publisher of exclusive Polish publications, and after 1945 - the largest printing plant in the country in the field of printing textbooks and pedagogical magazines. In 2008, 97 newspapers and magazines were published in Bydgoszcz with a circulation of 58,000. copies (7th place in the country), while in 2012 79% of the press circulation was published in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. Several magazines are national in scope. Bydgoszcz is also a publishing center where several hundred titles of books and brochures are published every year, e.g. in 2008, 349 titles were published in Bydgoszcz with a circulation of 617,000. copies (9th place in the country). Half of the published items concerned general and popular topics, and one third - scientific publications.

The growing role of the Internet as a source of information is reflected in the local offer. The most important sources of information are, among others: Bydgoszcz Internet Portal, Bydgoszcz Nasz Miasto, The city is the seat of the provincial branch of the Polish Press Agency, and also correspondents of other agencies, including CAI.

Since 2007, Polish Radio of Pomerania and Kujawy has been organizing the International Competition of Artistic Radio Forms, the only one of its kind in Poland, which is part of the search for innovative forms of radio art. The final of each edition of the festival takes place in various historic buildings in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region.



The beginnings of the post office in Bydgoszcz date back to the first half of the 18th century, when regular postal courses to Warsaw were held, and the Royal Post Office was located in the city in a tenement house on the corner of Batorego and Niedźwiedzej Streets. In the years 1778–1815 Bydgoszcz was the seat of the Central Post Office. After 1772, one of the most important routes in the Prussian state from Berlin to Königsberg ran through Bydgoszcz. In 1825, the first full-time postman set out, in 1826 a fast post office was opened, in 1838 a passenger post, and in 1876 a telegraph, and in 1895 a telephone.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the post office was placed in Bydgoszcz, which was related to the simultaneous construction of an important railway junction. In the years 1883–1899, an impressive building was built for this institution at ul. Old Harbor. From 1885, the building housed the super-directorate of the post office, whose jurisdiction covered parts of Greater Poland and West Prussia - an area larger than the Bydgoszcz Regierungs. In the 19th century, more post offices appeared in Bydgoszcz: Branch No. 2 at the railway station (1850), Branch No. 3 in Bocianowe (1878) and others: in Bartodzieje (1888), Wilczak (1896), Jachcice (1900).

An important institution that found its seat in Bydgoszcz was the Accounting Chamber of the Polish Post, established in 1919 and covering the entire country. As a result of the ordered partial evacuation of Warsaw, during the Polish-Bolshevik war, the Chamber was moved to Bydgoszcz in August 1920 and remained there permanently. In 1935, the name was changed to the Post and Telegraph Accounting Control Chamber. In 1957, the building at ul. Bernardyńska 15 and control of customs duties was taken over from Warsaw. In the 1970s, after the computerization of the center, the name was changed to the Central Settlement Center of Poczta i Telecommunications, and in 1991 to the Central Settlement Center of Poczta Polska. In the 1990s, further nationwide postal units were established in Bydgoszcz: Bank Pocztowy and Postdata.


Present day

The postal units in Bydgoszcz include:
Polish Post Central Settlement Center in Bydgoszcz, ul. Bernardyńska 15 - existing in Bydgoszcz continuously since 1920
Poczta Polska Expedition and Distribution Center in Lisi Ogon near Bydgoszcz – one of the 11 logistics centers of the Polish Post in the country
Operational branches and post offices: Regional Branch, Postal Network Center Regional Branch, IT Center Regional Operations Department, Concession Services Center Regional Branch (Jagiellońska 6), Logistics Center Regional Branch (Gajowa 99), Regional Department of the Security Management Center (Bernardyńska 15) and 51 post offices.

In addition, among the 8 entities belonging to the Poczta Polska Group, two are based in Bydgoszcz:
Bank Pocztowy (since 1990) – specializes in servicing individual customers, has the largest distribution network in the country - over 7,500 outlets
Postdata (since 1990) – a company providing IT services to Poczta Polska
There is also a regional office of the Office of Electronic Communications in Bydgoszcz (before 2006, the Office of Telecommunications and Post Regulation)


Public safety

Bydgoszcz and the Bydgoszcz poviat have joint organizational units of the Police and the State Fire Service - they operate in an area of 1,569 km² inhabited by 470,000 people. people.

In 2019, there were 6,270 road accidents and collisions in Bydgoszcz (17.9 events/1,000 inhabitants), most often caused by failure to keep a safe distance between vehicles.



The Provincial Police Headquarters is located in Bydgoszcz. Prevention Department and 19 municipal and district police headquarters in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. The territorial range of the Municipal Police Headquarters in Bydgoszcz covers the city of Bydgoszcz and the Bydgoszcz poviat. In 2015, the territorial units of the NPM were:
Bydgoszcz-Śródmieście Police Station – covers the northern part of the city and the Osielsko commune;
Bydgoszcz-Szwederowo Police Station - covers the central and southern part of the city;
Bydgoszcz-Błonie Police Station - covers the western part of the city;
Bydgoszcz-Wyżyny Police Station - covers south-eastern Bydgoszcz and the municipality of Nowa Wieś Wielka;
Bydgoszcz-Fordon Police Station - covers the Fordon district and the Dąbrowa Chełmińska commune;
Police Station in Koronowo - covers the following communes: Koronowo, Dobrcz and Sicienko;
Police Station in Solec Kujawski - covers the city and commune of Solec Kujawski;
Police station in Białe Błota - covers the municipality of Białe Błota.
The staff of the Municipal Police Headquarters in Bydgoszcz in 2014 was 1,039 policemen


Fire brigade

The genesis of the Volunteer Fire Brigade in Bydgoszcz dates back to 1864, and the professional service to 1872. Until 1911, the main fire station was located in the Poor Clare Church, and then in the building at ul. Pomorska 16. In 2014, the Municipal Headquarters of the State Fire Service in Bydgoszcz employed a total of 221 officers. The operational security of the city and the Bydgoszcz poviat is provided by 5 rescue and firefighting units (JRG), which have their own specializations, e.g. water and diving, chemical, high altitude. Rescue operations are supported by 6 company volunteer fire brigades (Kable, Lucent, BFM, Unilever, Sklejka, Pasamon), the voivodship branch of the Military Fire Protection and rescue and firefighting services at the Bydgoszcz airport. Since 1992, the Non-Commissioned Officers' School of the State Fire Service (one of the 5 PSP schools in the country) has been operating in Bydgoszcz, which educates firefighters-rescuers from all over the country. In 2014, the fire brigade recorded 2,463 events in Bydgoszcz, including 907 fires.


Municipal Police

The ancestor of the Municipal Guard in Bydgoszcz were the observers serving on the town hall tower, the municipal infantry unit (1636), and in the 19th century the so-called night watchmen. Since 1991, the Municipal Police Headquarters of the City of Bydgoszcz has been operating at the municipal office, which is responsible for 4 district departments. In 2014, these units employed 248 people, including 180 guards and 27 people in video surveillance. In 2014, 17.5 thousand were fined. people for the total amount of PLN 2 million and 39.4 thousand ID cards were issued. people revealing 41 thousand offenses.


City monitoring

An important role in ensuring the safety of the inhabitants of Bydgoszcz is played by the video monitoring system located in strategic points of the city, the construction of which began in 2004. In 2014, it consisted of 159 cameras, including 68 stationary and 91 rotating. System studies include: in the buildings of: the Municipal Police Headquarters and the Bydgoszcz-Śródmieście Police Station, and ultimately in the building of the Bydgoszcz Monitoring Centre. They are operated by employees and officers of the City Guard in the number of about 40 people.


Bydgoszcz Security Center

Since 2008, the city of Bydgoszcz and the Bydgoszcz poviat have jointly run the Bydgoszcz Security Center and the Bydgoszcz Crisis Management Centre. Regardless of this, the Crisis Management Center of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivode operates. The Center is staffed by city guards and a crisis management duty service. One of the 17 national Voivodship Emergency Notification Centers is located here (ul. Grudziądzka 9-15, building C), which handles emergency calls to the emergency numbers 112, 997, 998 and 999.

In 2012, an SMS system was launched in Bydgoszcz for the transmission of warnings about crisis situations threatening health, life and property.


Other national security institutions

Provincial branches of the following voivodeships are also located in Bydgoszcz: the State Fisheries Guard, the Railway Protection Guard, the State Hunting Guard, the Border Guard (at the airport), the Internal Security Agency, the delegation of the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau, a branch of the Military Police, the Branch of the Military Counterintelligence Service, the Prison Service, the Road Transport and others.



The city is an important medical center on a national scale, thanks to a developed infrastructure, a medical university educating appropriate staff, and also thanks to the presence of outstanding specialists (Prof. Marek Harat, Prof. Józef Kałużny and others), who are famous for their innovative medical projects (oncology, neurosurgery ophthalmology, laryngology, cardiology). In 2013, 3,536 doctors, 3,937 nurses and 435 midwives worked in Bydgoszcz.



The first doctors, graduates of the Jagiellonian University, settled in Bydgoszcz at the beginning of the 16th century. In the old Polish times, there were hospitals in each of the Bydgoszcz suburbs, which then took the form of shelters for the sick, the elderly and the poor. In 1448, the hospital of the Holy Spirit was founded by the Bydgoszcz patriciate in the Gdańsk suburb, and in 1529, the hospital of St. Stanisław in the Kujawskie suburbs, and in 1550, the hospital of St. Cross in the suburbs of Poznań. These poorhouses together with the chapels were demolished in 1834-1840 by the Prussian authorities.

The first hospital (city lazaret) was established at ul. Grodzka 2 in 1774 after establishing a permanent military garrison in the city. During the times of the Duchy of Warsaw (1806–1815), there were two hospitals in Bydgoszcz: military and municipal. In 1809, the authorities of the Duchy allowed the establishment of a departmental Medical Council in Bydgoszcz, which was to supervise medical treatment. After 1815, it was transformed into a regency Sanitary Commission subordinated to the Medical College in Poznań.

In 1836, a new Municipal Hospital was established in the former Poor Clares convent, which in 1878 was expanded to 70 beds. In 1852, the Garrison Hospital was built at ul. Jagiellońska, and in 1880, in Bielawy (not yet incorporated into the city's administrative precincts), the Poviat Hospital (today's Provincial Children's Hospital) was opened. In turn, in 1885, the Deaconess Hospital of Ludwika Giese-Rafalska, who funded the building (today Kuyavian-Pomeranian Center of Pulmonology). In 1898, the Children's Hospital was opened at ul. st. Floriana (today the Provincial Observation and Infectious Hospital), expanded in 1910 thanks to the help of Dr. Stanisław Warmiński - uncle of the national activist Dr. Emil Warmiński. In 1909, thanks to the foundation of Empress Augusta Victoria, a 25-bed Hospital for Babies was established in Bydgoszcz at pl. Kościelecki (today's Provincial Cultural Centre). In 1901, an impressive shelter for the blind was built at ul. Kołłątaj.

In turn, in the years 1903–1904, thanks to the efforts of the Central German Committee for the Construction of Anti-Tuberculosis Institutions, a sanatorium for pulmonary patients was established in Smukała among pine forests, connected to the town by a narrow-gauge railway.

In the interwar period, a large Municipal Hospital was built (1928-1938, today the University Hospital No. 1 named after Dr. A. Jurasz), where in 1937 the municipal hospital from the Poor Clares convent (today the District Museum) was moved. In 1933, the District Hospital at ul. Chodkiewicz. After 1945, four large hospitals were built in Bydgoszcz: Miejski im. E. Warmiński (1959), Wojewódzki im. J. Biziela (1980), Military (1985) and Oncological (1994) and a number of other health care units. In 1985, the State Clinical Hospital of the Medical Academy of Dr. Antoni Jurasz on the basis of the provincial hospital. After 2000, a number of non-public hospitals were established.



In 2013, there were 15 hospitals, 156 clinics and 124 pharmacies in Bydgoszcz. List of hospitals in Bydgoszcz:
hospitals of local government units:
Oncology Center prof. Franciszek Łukaszczyk in Bydgoszcz
Kuyavian-Pomeranian Pulmonology Center in Bydgoszcz
Multidisciplinary Municipal Hospital named after Emil Warmiński in Bydgoszcz
Wojewódzki Szpital Dziecięcy im. Józef Brudziński in Bydgoszcz
Provincial Observation and Infectious Hospital named after Tadeusz Browicz in Bydgoszcz

University hospitals run by the Collegium Medicum of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Bydgoszcz:
University Hospital No. 1 Antoni Jurasz in Bydgoszcz
University Hospital No. 2 Jan Biziel in Bydgoszcz

Departmental hospitals:
Hospital of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Bydgoszcz
10 Military Clinical Hospital with Polyclinic in Bydgoszcz
6 private hospitals, incl. St. Luke's Hospital, Alfa Med, Bieńkowski Medical Center, Gizińscy Medical Center, Stadmedica, Eskulap Hospital - Center for the Treatment of Heart and Vascular Diseases

There are also 3 palliative care facilities in Bydgoszcz:
hospice Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko in Bydgoszcz at the City Hospital
Sue Ryder House in Bydgoszcz at the Oncology Center
Palliative Medicine Department at University Hospital No. 1.

Public hospitals in Bydgoszcz have a total of 3,295 beds. They are of supra-local importance - residents of the region and the rest of the country are also hospitalized here. In 2003, 114,000 people were treated here. people, and the average length of stay was 6.9 days.

Three hospitals in Bydgoszcz: Military Hospital, University Hospital No. 1 and University Hospital No. 2 have Hospital Emergency Departments (ERs). In addition, at the University Hospital No. 1 im. Dr. Jurasz, one of the 14 Trauma Centers in the country was established.

Particularly noteworthy is the Oncology Center of prof. Franciszek Łukaszczyk, located in the Fordon district. It is famous not only for its multiple wins in the rankings for the best hospital in Poland, but also for highly specialized research using, among others, the first in Poland PET-CT (positron emission tomography).

In the district of Opławiec, located in the western part of the city, on a escarpment over the Brda river, there is a sanatorium of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Pulmonology Center for chronically ill people.


Medical education

Medical education in Bydgoszcz has existed since the early 1950s - in 1951, the first Doctors' Training Center in Poland was established, where postgraduate training for doctors from all over the country was held. In 1971, it was transformed into the Clinical Teaching Team in Bydgoszcz, and then into the Branch of the Medical Academy in Gdańsk. In 1984, an independent Medical Academy was established, which 20 years later, in 2004, was incorporated into the Nicolaus Copernicus University as Collegium Medicum. In 2023, work began on establishing a medical faculty at the Bydgoszcz University of Technology.


Medical organizational units

The Kuyavian-Pomeranian Provincial Branch of the National Health Fund, the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Provincial Public Health Center, the Provincial Pharmaceutical Inspectorate, the Provincial Veterinary Inspectorate, the Provincial Sanitary and Epidemiological Station, the Regional Blood Donation and Blood Therapy Center and professional self-government units are located in Bydgoszcz, including:
Bydgoszcz Medical Chamber – one of the 24 regional chambers of the Supreme Medical Chamber covering the western half of the voivodeship, publishes its own magazine "Primum non nocere";
Regional Chamber of Nurses and Midwives in Bydgoszcz – one of the 45 regional chambers, covering the western half of the voivodeship;
Pomeranian-Kuyavian Regional Pharmaceutical Chamber - one of the 20 regional chambers of the Supreme Pharmaceutical Chamber, covers the entire province;
Kuyavian-Pomeranian Medical and Veterinary Chamber - one of the 16 provincial chambers of the National Veterinary Chamber;
Federation of Healthcare Employers' Associations Zielonogórskie Agreement

In addition, there are regional branches of many medical organizations and associations in Bydgoszcz, e.g. Dental Society (since 1953), Polish Pediatric Society (since 1954), Polish Medical Radiological Society, Polish Anatomical Society, Polish Society of Pediatric Surgeons, Polish Society of Gerontology, Polish Society of Cardiology, Polish Society of Neurology, Polish Society of Endocrinology, Polish Society of Medical Physics, Polish Society of Hypertension, Polish Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Polish Society for Drug Prevention, Society of Polish Internal Medicine, Polish Society of Laboratory Diagnostics, Polish Society of Nursing, Polish Society of Midwives (since 2004), International Association of Medical Students IFMSA-Poland and others.

emergency medical Services
The first ambulance car used to transport patients and provide first aid was launched in Bydgoszcz in 1902 and was handed over to the Municipal Fire Service. In 1926, a switch to mechanical traction took place, and in 1927, the Rescue Service was launched with a permanent medical duty at the fire station at ul. Pomorska 16. In the 1930s, approx. 1.7 thousand were transported annually. sick. In 1955, the Medical Aviation Team was launched. In 1967, a new seat of the Ambulance Service was opened at ul. Markwarta, which became the provincial station. In 2015, the Provincial Ambulance Service in Bydgoszcz had 5 specialist teams, 11 departure bases and 16 ambulances.

In Bydgoszcz at ul. Toruńska 157 (at the Czersko Polskie weir) there is the Volunteer Water Rescue Service of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodship (est. 1968), which includes 12 regional facilities throughout the region.

At the Bydgoszcz-Biedaszkowo Airport, there is also the Bydgoszcz Air Rescue Service (HEMS base). There are 3 professional LPR helicopter landing pads in the city, including 2 24/7 (next to the Military and University Hospitals No. 1 and 2).


Bydgoszcz as a military garrison

Bydgoszcz is one of the most important centers of military administration on the map of the country, in 2014 the second largest garrison in Poland. Most of the NATO institutions present in Poland are also located here.

Institutions and units of the Polish Army
In 2014, the following military institutions were located in Bydgoszcz:
Inspectorate for the Support of the Armed Forces - a unit subordinated to the Minister of National Defence, directly subordinated to the General Commander of the Branches of the Armed Forces;
Command Battalion of the Inspectorate of Armed Forces Support;
1st Pomeranian Logistic Brigade named after Casimir the Great - present in most conflicts in which the Polish army took part, including in Iraq, Chad, Afghanistan;
Doctrine and Training Center of the Armed Forces – deals with the adaptation of NATO doctrines to the activities of the Polish army;
Provincial Military Staff;
Military Replenishment Headquarters;
11th Military Economic Detachment;
22 Command and Guidance Center - serves the Air Force;
ICT Support Region in Bydgoszcz – includes the following voivodeships: Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Pomorskie, Zachodniopomorskie;
2nd Air Force ICT Support Area;
ICT Support Management Team in Bydgoszcz;
1 Military Field Hospital - one of two in the country, as a Peacekeeping Operations Hospital, it provided medical support to soldiers in Iraq;
Central Group of Psychological Activities - is present, among others, in on foreign missions in which Polish soldiers participate;
2 Military Metrology Centre;
Bydgoszcz garrison headquarters - ul. Warszawska 10;
Military Police Department;
Regional Board of Infrastructure - covers the Kujawsko-Pomorskie and Łódzkie voivodeships;
Regional Technical Workshops;
Military Housing Agency, regional branch in Bydgoszcz (www) – covers the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship and part of Łódź;
10 Military Clinical Hospital with Polyclinic in Bydgoszcz;
Military Preventive Medicine Center - one of the 5th in the country, covers the following voivodeships: Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Łódzkie and Wielkopolskie;
Military Fire Protection – one of the 10 regional offices in the country, covering the Kujawsko-Pomorskie and Łódzkie Voivodships;
Branch of the Military Counterintelligence Service;
Military Aviation Works No. 2;
Military Band in Bydgoszcz;
Land Forces Museum;
Civil-Military Sports Association Zawisza Bydgoszcz;
two military parishes: the catholic pw. of the Blessed Virgin Mary Queen of Peace and Evangelical-Augsburg.

NATO institutions and units
Important NATO institutions are also located in Bydgoszcz, most of which are in Poland:
Joint Force Training Center - thanks to it, several thousand officers from all NATO and Eastern Partnership countries come to Bydgoszcz every year
3rd NATO Signals Battalion
NATO Military Police Center of Excellence
NATO Spitz Unit (2015 - in organization).
NATO Communications and Information Agency CIS Support Unit Bydgoszcz - NCI Agency CSU Bydgoszcz).


Historical view

The first permanent military garrison in the territory of present-day Bydgoszcz, recorded in the Chronicle of Gallus Anonymus, is associated with Wyszogród on the Vistula River, which was conquered by Bolesław Krzywousty in 1113. During the times of the First Polish Republic, a permanent military crew stayed at the Bydgoszcz castle. After 1657, the security of the city was ensured by the municipal militia and members of the Bydgoszcz Fowler Brotherhood, existing since the 15th century.

After Bydgoszcz came under the tutelage of the Kingdom of Prussia in 1772, as part of the First Partition of Poland, a permanent military garrison was established in the city. In 1774, hussar barracks, a powder magazine and a complex of military warehouses were built. During the Kościuszko Uprising, the corps commanded by Jan Henryk Dąbrowski defeated the overwhelming Prussian troops in the Battle of Bydgoszcz and on October 2, 1794 captured the city. From 1815, the Bydgoszcz garrison was under the command of the V Army Corps in Poznań, and in 1846 it changed subordination to the II Army Corps in Szczecin. From 1818 until 1919, units of the 4th Infantry Division were stationed in the city, which in the years 1866-1870 was commanded by General Otto Hahn von Weyhern - Honorary Citizen of Bydgoszcz. In the second half of the 19th century, Bydgoszcz became a garrison town. In the years 1850–1890, the number of the army tripled, and on average the Bydgoszcz garrison constituted about 10% of the total number of the city's inhabitants.

In the second half of the 19th century, the northern part of Śródmieście gradually became a barracks district. A garrison hospital, headquarters of staff commands, garrison headquarters and a casino at ul. Foch, extensive barracks covering several hundred hectares, as well as exercise yards and shooting ranges: in Jachcice, Błonie (for cavalry) and at ul. Artillery. In 1913 at ul. Gdańska Street, an impressive building of the War School was erected, which later became the seat of many top-rank military institutions. In the years 1916–1919, a military airport in Biedaszkowo was also built in Bydgoszcz. On January 20, 1920, soldiers of the Polish Army entered Bydgoszcz with the commander-in-chief of the Greater Poland Uprising, General Józef Dowbor-Muśnicki, taking the city under the rule of the Second Polish Republic.

In the interwar period, the Polish Army units stationed in the Pomeranian Voivodeship were part of the VIII Corps District Headquarters in Toruń. Their main operational task was to counteract possible German aggression in the Pomeranian Corridor and the so-called Gdansk intervention. Bydgoszcz was a large military garrison, it also had supra-local military institutions. The following units were stationed here: the 15th Wielkopolska Infantry Division, the Pomeranian Cavalry Brigade Command, the 61st and 62nd Wielkopolska Infantry Regiments, the 16th Wielkopolska Lancers Regiment, the 15th Wielkopolska Light Artillery Regiment, the 11th Horse Artillery Squadron, the 8th Armored Battalion. Bydgoszcz was also an important center of military education, where, among others, The Bydgoszcz Cadet School, the Naval Cadet School, the Military Parachute Center in Bydgoszcz, the Fordon Gliding School and the Aviation NCO Training Center. The graduates of the Bydgoszcz school of pilots were excellent Polish pilots and aircraft mechanics famous in the world, including: Stanisław Skarżyński, Bolesław Orliński, Karol Pniak, Stanisław Płonczyński, Stanisław Rogalski, Zygmunt Puławski and others.

An important supra-local institution was the Branch No. 3 of the 2nd Department of the General Staff. She dealt with military intelligence and fought against German spy agencies in the Free City of Danzig, East Prussia, Western Pomerania and Brandenburg. Its head was Major Jan Żychoń, later the head of the intelligence department of the Staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Armed Forces, General Władysław Sikorski, a participant in the Battle of Monte Cassino, where he fell. The Pomeranian Banner of the Hallerczyków Association (one of 12 in the country) was also based in Bydgoszcz. In 1924 and in May 1939, nationwide General Meetings of the Haller Association were held here, with the participation of General Józef Haller.

On September 15, 1937, a great military parade was held in the city in front of the Commander-in-Chief, Edward Rydz-Śmigły, attended by 50,000. soldiers. The shows were watched by 200,000 people. people from all over the region. In 1939, in the face of the threat of war on the part of Nazi Germany, two units of mobilization were formed: the horse formation "Krakusy" and the Bydgoszcz Battalion of National Defense, which became famous for defending the city to the end, even after the Polish Army left Bydgoszcz, and participated in the Battle of the Bzura , and 50 of his captured soldiers were shot by the Germans on September 22, 1939.

During the occupation, structures of the Home Army functioned in Bydgoszcz, with subordinate Home Army units in Bory Tucholskie and Miecza i Pługa. The names of the inhabitants of Bydgoszcz went down in the history of World War II: Marian Rejewski for breaking German Enigma military ciphers and Augustyn and Roman Träger and Bernard Kaczmarek for reconnaissance of the testing ground of German V-1 and V-2 rocket weapons in Peenemünde, which enabled its destruction by the Allies . These achievements were very significant, contributing to the shortening of World War II. The city was liberated by units of the Red Army and the Polish Army, which fought for Bydgoszcz on January 22-27, 1945. 1st Armored Brigade and 8th Bydgoszcz Infantry Regiment. As a result of the fighting, the Soviet army lost about 2,000. killed and 30-40 tanks, and German - about 1 thousand. killed.

On October 28, 1945, the swearing-in ceremony of the 14th Infantry Division, formed in Bydgoszcz, was held, attended by Marshal Michał Rola-Żymierski[368]. In 1945, the Command of the Military District No. II - Pomerania was located in Bydgoszcz, renamed in 1953 to the Pomeranian Military District, in the years 1953-1992 one of the three military districts in the country (Warsaw, Silesian, Pomeranian). Until 1989, the district consisted of units with a total of about 100,000. soldiers. In 1957, the command of the 2nd Air Defense Corps was also located in Bydgoszcz, whose aviation and air defense units (including the 2nd Radio Engineering Brigade) were responsible for defending the airspace in the northern part of the country. Thanks to Bydgoszcz's important military function, two housing estates were built in the 1950s: Leśne, among others for the staff of POW and Kapuściska. The Zawisza Bydgoszcz sports complex, the Garrison Hotel and, in 1974, the Land Forces Museum were also built.

With the disappearance of the structures of the Warsaw Pact and Poland's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty, there were great changes in the Bydgoszcz garrison. Since 2001, the Pomeranian Military District has covered the entire northern half of the country, and after its dismantling in 2011, its duties and traditions were taken over by the Inspectorate for Armed Forces Support located in Bydgoszcz. In 2004, the 1st Pomeranian Logistics Brigade was established, which also carried out its tasks in UN peacekeeping missions and NATO allied operations outside Poland. In 2004, the first NATO military structure in Poland was located in Bydgoszcz: the Joint Forces Training Center (JFTC), in 2015 also the operational unit of the so-called NATO spikes.


Religious communities


Bydgoszcz is an important religious center of the Catholic Church in Poland. In 2004, John Paul II created the Diocese of Bydgoszcz within the metropolis of Gniezno. The traditions of religious worship date back to the mid-thirteenth century, when the church of St. st. Go. On the present territory of the city there was also the church of St. Mary Magdalene in Wyszogród, mentioned in 1198, one of the oldest parish temples in the region. The Bydgoszcz Wyszogród is also associated with a legend about the stay of St. Adalbert in 997, which is reflected in church documents from the 16th century.

There are four sanctuaries in Bydgoszcz:
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Beautiful Love - the Bydgoszcz Cathedral, where the object of worship is the gothic image of the Mother of God, known as the Bydgoszcz Madonna, famous for its graces. It was founded in 1466 by the starost of Bydgoszcz, Jan Kościelecki, and King Kazimierz Jagiellończyk as a votive offering for the end of the Thirteen Years' War. The image was crowned twice: in 1966 by Primate Stefan Wyszyński (in the presence of Archbishop Karol Wojtyła) and in 1999 by Pope John Paul II.
The Sanctuary of the New Martyrs - a church built on the personal initiative of Primate Stefan Wyszyński (also called the church), where his last Holy Mass was held. before being murdered by SB officers (October 19, 1984), Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko. The sanctuary was established on June 7, 2000 in response to the Pope's appeal, articulated a year earlier during the papal mass. in Bydgoszcz. The sanctuary commemorates the martyrdom of Poland, related to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mementoes of the presence of John Paul II in Bydgoszcz were also deposited in the papal chapel.
The Sanctuary of Our Lady Thrice-Amazing - the Schoenstatt Sanctuary of Entrustment, built as a gift of the Jubilee Year 2000, consecrated on June 16, 2001. It is located in the Piaski district of Bydgoszcz, in accordance with the assumptions of the Schoenstatt Movement - in a non-urbanized environment, picturesque landscape, conducive to silence, prayer and reflection.
Sanctuary of the Queen of Martyrs, Bydgoszcz Calvary - Golgotha of the 20th century - a martyrdom sanctuary, located in the Fordon district at the gate of the Valley of Death - the place of Nazi executions. They were created on October 7, 2008 in response to the Pope's appeal, which he expressed during the Holy Mass. at the airport in Bydgoszcz on June 7, 1999. Apart from the temple, an important element of the sanctuary is the Way of the Cross made in the form of a Calvary in the Death Valley and on the surrounding hills. Since 2001, Mysteries of the Lord's Passion have been staged here.
The most important Roman Catholic churches in Bydgoszcz include the Cathedral and the Minor Basilica.

There are several historic temples in Bydgoszcz:
Gothic churches:
Bydgoszcz Cathedral (Fara) of St. st. Martin and Nicholas (1466–1502)
Garrison Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace (1552–1557),
the church of the Poor Clares of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1582–1645), from the tower of which the bugle call of Bydgoszcz sounds every day at 9, 12, 15 and 18

Neo-Gothic churches:
st. Peter and Paul (1872–1876),
st. John the Evangelist (1877–1879)
st. Andrzej Bobola (1903, former Evangelical parish),
Divine Mercy (1905)
st. Joseph Craftsman (1905),
Our Lady Queen of Poland (1910–1911),

Neo-Baroque churches:
st. Nicholas (1927–1930, presbytery from the 17th century),
Sacred Heart of Jesus (1910–1913),
Holy Trinity (1911–1913),
st. Wojciech (1912–1913).

Other churches with historicizing architecture:
Basilica of St. Wincenty à Paulo, built in 1925–1937, the largest church in Bydgoszcz, one of the largest in Poland, the only one built in a style modeled on the Roman Pantheon,
st. Stanisław Bishop and Martyr (1923–1925),
Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (1926–1928),

There are also many churches built in the post-war years of the 20th century in Bydgoszcz. The solids of some of them are interesting architectural designs.

The oldest patron of Bydgoszcz is St. Mikołaj, both Bydgoszcz and Fordon. The second patron of the city is also from 1502 St. Martin. Both saints are also the patrons of the oldest church in Bydgoszcz, the so-called parish. The patron saint of Bydgoszcz since the beginning of the 16th century is the Mother of God in the image from the parish church, famous for its beauty and graces.

In 2008, there were 40 Roman Catholic parishes in 6 deaneries in Bydgoszcz. There are 15 religious congregations (6 male and 9 female) in 19 houses (8 male and 11 female) in the city, of which since 1921 the priests have been the seat of the Polish province. There are two higher theological seminaries: diocesan (Bydgoszcz diocese) and spiritual.

In addition to Roman Catholic parishes, pastoral activity in the city is also carried out by the Greek Catholic pastoral facility in Bydgoszcz, belonging to the Poznań deanery of the Wrocław-Koszalin eparchy of the Greek Catholic Church, as well as the Polish Catholic parish of Resurrection of the Lord, belonging to the Diocese of Warsaw of the Polish Catholic Church in Poland.



In Bydgoszcz, there is a parish church of St. st. Nicholas belonging to the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church.



Evangelicals, who in the years 1815-1920 constituted the majority of the city's inhabitants, wrote an extensive page in the history of the city. At the beginning of the 20th century, in today's Bydgoszcz there were 12 Evangelical churches, while only 6 Catholic ones. The Evangelical-Union church had the largest number of followers. In the interwar period, Bydgoszcz was the largest outpost of this church in Poland and, next to Poznań, the most dynamic center of activity of German Evangelicals. From 1921, there was a Polish Evangelical-Augsburg parish and a number of churches of other denominations (Baptists, Adventists, Methodists, Old Lutherans, Pentecostals, Irvingians).

After World War II, only three temples were left to the Evangelicals (the Lutherans received two temples and the Baptists one), mainly due to the significant shrinking of the range of these denominations in the city. The Evangelical-Augsburg parish in Bydgoszcz today uses the church of St. Zbawiciela at Plac Zbawiciela, built in 1896–1897. Other Protestant churches operating in the city are: Kanaan Christian Center (local church - "Betezda" mission), "Nowa Fala" Christian Center (ICF Bydgoszcz), Evangelical Christian Community (Polish-speaking and English-speaking Bydgoszcz institutions), Seventh-day Adventist Church in Poland (congregation in Bydgoszcz), Baptist Church "Łaska", Church of God in Christ (Christian Center "Dobra Nowina", Community "Przystań"), Baptist Church in Poland (congregation in Bydgoszcz), Church of Saturday Christians (congregation in Bydgoszcz) , Evangelical-Methodist Church in Poland (parish in Bydgoszcz), Evangelical Church in Poland (Christian Community "Fordon"), Church of Evangelical Christians in Poland (congregation in Bydgoszcz), Pentecostal Church in Poland (congregation "Betel", Everyone"), Messian Zbory Boże (a mission point in Bydgoszcz subordinated to the church in Warsaw).



Jehovah's Witnesses:
14 congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses (Błonie, Fordon, Leśne (including the English language group), Mariampol, Miedzyń, Migowy, Nowy Fordon, Północ, Prądy, Russian, Śródmieście (including the Romani language group), Szwederowo, Ukrainian, Wyżyny). They use 4 Kingdom Halls.
Bible Students Association:
Secular Missionary Movement "Epiphany":
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
Commune of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bydgoszcz



From the Middle Ages, Jews also lived in Bydgoszcz and Fordon, who built their own religious buildings (synagogues). The splendid synagogue in Bydgoszcz (the largest in the Poznań province) was destroyed by the Nazis in 1940. The older synagogue in Fordon survived because the Germans turned it into a cinema. Since 2007, it has been adapted into a cultural center. There is a Jewish cemetery in the town.



Karma Kagyu Lineage Diamond Way Buddhist Association
meditation center



There are several cemeteries in Bydgoszcz, historic, communal, parish and other denominations. The oldest two cemeteries come from the late 18th century (St. John's Cemetery) and 1809 (Starofarny Cemetery), and most of them were established in the interwar period.

There are also cemeteries of martyrdom victims in the city: the post-war cemetery of the Heroes of Bydgoszcz (established in 1946) and the cemetery of the Heroes of World War II hidden in the forest in Smukała (0.2 ha). However, the most important center of Bydgoszcz martyrdom is the Death Valley in Fordon, a place of mass burial of the inhabitants of Bydgoszcz and the surrounding area, murdered by the Germans during World War II. There are soldiers' quarters in five cemeteries, in which approx. 3.5 thousand are buried. soldiers: Polish, Russian and French, who died as a result of military operations in the period 1870-1945. In many places in the city and the surrounding area, you can also find abandoned Evangelical cemeteries used until 1945.


Sport and Recreation

In 2012, there were 100 sports clubs with 158 sections in Bydgoszcz, which were used by over 9 thousand. members. Two-thirds are men and three-quarters are under the age of 18. Classes in the clubs were conducted by 508 trainers and instructors. The city has traditions in water sports (rowing, canoeing), speedway and athletics.

In 2017, the following Bydgoszcz teams played in the top leagues for seniors:
PlusLiga men's volleyball – Łuczniczka Bydgoszcz
Women's Volleyball League - Palace Bydgoszcz
Women's Basket League – Artego Bydgoszcz
Polish Table Tennis Superleague – Zooleszcz Gwiazda Bydgoszcz
National Wrestling League - Lotto Wrestling Bydgoszcz
Baseball Extraleague – Dęby Osielsko

In the lower senior league classes there are, among others:
men's basketball – Astoria Bydgoszcz (1st league), Novum/Astoria Bydgoszcz (3rd league)
men's football – Chemik Bydgoszcz (4th league), Polonia Bydgoszcz (4th league), BKS Bydgoszcz (4th league), SP Zawisza Bydgoszcz (4th league), Wisła Fordon (class B), Piaski Bydgoszcz (class B), KP Amator Bydgoszcz (class B), Golden Goal Bydgoszcz, ADP Bydgoszcz (class B).
women's football – KKP Bydgoszcz (1st league), KKP II Bydgoszcz (3rd league)
speedway sport – Abramczyk Polonia Bydgoszcz (1st league),
men's volleyball – Chemik Bydgoszcz (3rd league)
women's volleyball – Palace II WSG Bydgoszcz (II league)
men's handball – AZS UKW Bydgoszcz (2nd league)
women's handball – BKS Bydgoszcz (II league)
ice hockey – BKS Bydgoszcz (II league)
women's table tennis – MKS Emdek-Eltech Bydgoszcz (1st league)
futsal – ADP Bydgoszcz (2nd league)
chess – BKS Bydgoszcz (II league)
sports bridge – Chemik Bydgoszcz (1st league), BTG Bydgoszcz (2nd league)
rugby union – Alfa Bydgoszcz (II league)
billiards – Maximus BSB Bydgoszcz and Maximus BSB II Bydgoszcz (II league)
American football – Bydgoszcz Archers (1st league)
paintball – High Five Bydgoszcz (3rd league)
ultimate – Astro Disco Bydgoszcz (II league)

In the team championships of Poland and points for the club champion of Poland, high places are occupied by:
rowing – Bydgoszcz Bydgoszcz
athletics league – Zawisza Bydgoszcz


Olympic medalists

In the Summer Olympic Games (1928–2020), Poland was represented by about 170 athletes from Bydgoszcz clubs. Mikołaj Burda (rowing, 2004–2020) participated in the Olympiads five times, Alfons Ślusarski (rowing, 1964–1976), Dariusz Białkowski (canoeing, 1992–2004) and Daniel Trojanowski (rowing, 2004–2016) four times. The first Olympic medal in the history of Polish rowing - bronze in the coxswain four, was won in Amsterdam in 1928 by a team of members of the Bydgoszcz Rowing Society. From 1928 to 2020, players from Bydgoszcz clubs won 32 Olympic medals, including 6 gold, 9 silver and 17 bronze. This is 10% of all medals won by Poles at the Summer Olympics. As many as 22 medals were won by rowers and kayakers.


Sports successes

The Regional Rowing Association Bydgostia Bydgoszcz has been the team champion of Poland for 25 years (1993–2017), which is an unprecedented result in Europe. In 2014, the Zawisza football team won the Polish Cup and Super Cup in football, the basketball team of Artego Bydgoszcz in 2015 and 2016 won the 2nd place in Ekstraliga Women, and in 2018 - the Polish Cup in women's basketball, and Zooleszcz Gwiazda Bydgoszcz - the Polish cup in table tennis. In 2014, Bydgoszcz took fifth place in the general classification of municipalities of the Youth Sport System (behind Warsaw, Poznań, Wrocław and Kraków), and the Zawisza Bydgoszcz club for the third year in a row (2012-2014) took first place in Poland in the category of sports training for children and youth.


International sporting events

One of the first international sports events held in Bydgoszcz was the European Rowing Championships in 1929 on the regatta course in Brdyujście.

Since 1999, many international athletic events have been held in Bydgoszcz, including:
1999 World Junior Championships in Athletics
2003 European Youth Athletics Championships
European Athletics Cup 2004
European Athletics Festival – annually 2004–2013
World Junior Championships in Athletics 2008 - over 1.5 thousand people took part in them players from 167 countries
2010 World Cross Country Championships and 2013 World Cross Country Championships
Pedro’s Cup athletics meetings – annually in 2005–2014
2016 World Junior Championships in Athletics - 3,000 people took part in them players, coaches and VIPs from 160 countries, broadcasts were watched by 100 million viewers around the world
2017 European Youth Athletics Championships – 1093 players from 43 national teams took part

Bydgoszcz was the first city in Poland to organize Speedway World Cup Grand Prix tournaments from 1998 continuously until 2010. This event selected the Individual Speedway World Champion. The Polonia stadium also hosted the Team and Individual Speedway Championships of Poland, and the Criterion of the Aces of the Polish Speedway Leagues named after Mieczysław Połukard, every year since 1982, traditionally opens the speedway season on Polish tracks.

In turn, the Łuczniczka sports and entertainment hall hosted, among others:
international meetings of the Polish national volleyball team, both men's and women's, e.g. World League and World Grand Prix Tournament,
international matches of the Polish national basketball team for men and women,
international matches of the Polish men's handball team - qualifying and friendly matches,
Women's European Volleyball Championship 2009,
European Men's Basketball Championship 2009,
European Championships of Juniors and Seniors in Karate - Oyama IKF 2009,
Women's European Basketball Championship 2011,
2014 Men's Volleyball World Championship and others.
World Junior and Senior Shōtōkan Karate Championships - 2007 and 2016

Artego Arena, on the other hand, hosted the following events:
2014 Men's Volleyball World Championship (warm-up hall)
1st U-23 Wrestling World Championship - November 21-26, 2017; 850 players from 54 countries participated in them, including 24 representatives of Poland

International football events at the Zawisza Bydgoszcz stadium:

10 international matches of the Polish National Football Team (since 1972) – statistics: 5-3-2; 17:9
1 match of the women's team
2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship - 3 group matches; Bydgoszcz was one of the 6 host cities of the European Championships.
Since 1992, the Great Rowing Competition for the Brda Cup has been held on the Brda River in Bydgoszcz. settlements of British universities Cambridge, Oxford, Henley.


Sports facilities

According to the studies of the Municipal Urban Planning Studio, in 2012 there were 111 sports facilities in Bydgoszcz (excluding gyms at educational institutions), of which 97 facilities are publicly available. The largest sports facilities in Bydgoszcz include:
Stadium Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak (1957) with a capacity of 21.5 thousand. spectators, meeting the technical and organizational requirements of PZPN, UEFA and FIFA, Zawisza Bydgoszcz plays matches there, in the years 2005–2011 it was the only one in Poland that met IAAF athletics standards;
Hala Łuczniczka (2002) with a capacity of 8.7 thousand. spectators (including 6,000 permanent seats); performs sports, concert and exhibition functions; has, among others a 53 × 33 m pitch, a bowling alley, a restaurant and a fitness club, where volleyball teams Łuczniczka Bydgoszcz and KS Pałac Bydgoszcz play their matches;
City Stadium Marshal Józef Piłsudski (1924) with a capacity of 20,000. spectators; it has a football field measuring 105 × 66 m, surrounded by a speedway track with a length of 343 m, where Polonia Bydgoszcz teams play their matches;
Sisu Arena (2014) with a capacity of 1,500 spectators, the place of the league games of the basketball players of Polskie Przetwory KS Basket 25 Bydgoszcz and the basketball players of Astoria Bydgoszcz;
Regatta track (1920) 2 km long near the mouth of the Brda to the Vistula; the oldest regatta course in Poland, the national center of water sports in the interwar period; national and international competitions are organized here in the following disciplines: rowing, canoeing, canoe polo, sailing, motorboating and water skiing; on the premises there is a start tower with catering facilities and a press office, competitors have rest rooms at their disposal, and the stands can accommodate about 1,000 spectators.
Torbyd - an ice skating and ice hockey hall opened in January 2018

The city has 7 stadiums, 14 sports halls, 14 tennis court complexes, 12 indoor swimming pools, 23 Orlik 2012 complexes, 10 multifunctional sports fields, 2 beach volleyball courts, 4 shooting ranges, 5 marinas for sailing, 6 rowing and 7 canoeing, 2 golf course (9 holes), 2 skateparks, a karting track (1017 m), a speedbike track, an archery track, a whitewater kayaking track and other facilities for various sports disciplines.


Sports associations

The Polish Federation of Speedrower Clubs has its seat in Bydgoszcz, and moreover, regional and district branches of most sports organizations and associations are located here, including Kuyavian-Pomeranian Football Association, Polish Athletics Association, Polish Volleyball Association, Polish Basketball Association, Polish Association of Rowing Societies (composed of 19 societies, including: Bydgoszcz Rowing Association, Bydgostia Bydgoszcz and Zawisza Bydgoszcz; in the years 1945– 1950 until the transfer of all sports associations to Warsaw, the headquarters of the Polish Association of Rowing Societies was located in Bydgoszcz), Polish Canoe Association, Polish Sailing Association, Polish Tennis Association, Polish Table Tennis Association, Polish Wrestling Association, Polish Weightlifting Association, Polish Archery Association , Polish Gymnastics Association, Polish Hockey Association, Polish Mountaineering Association (Climbing Club in Bydgoszcz), Polish Olympic Taekwondo Association, Polish Karate Federation, Polish Motor Association, Polish Baseball and Softball Association, Polish Sports Bridge Association, Polish Angling Association, Polish Sports Shooting Association, Polish Bodybuilding and Fitness Association and others



Local government
Bydgoszcz (a city with poviat rights) is headed by the Mayor of the City, Rafał Bruski. Together with 4 deputies, it constitutes the executive body. The legislative body is the city council consisting of 31 councilors (headed by the chairman - Monika Matowska). In earlier times, this function was performed by, among others, (during World War II) mayors, mayors or City Commissioner (German: Stadtkommissar, in the interwar period) presidents of the city or shortly after regaining independence, the General Commissioner. Before 1920, when Bydgoszcz was under the Prussian rule, the city was ruled by mayors (German: Oberbürgmeister).

Foreign cooperation
In 2006, Bydgoszcz signed a partnership agreement with 12 cities on 3 continents: 2 Asian (Ningbo and Pawłodar), 2 North American (Hartford and Tempe) and 8 European (Czerkasy, Kragujevac, Krzemieńczuk, Mannheim, Patras, Perth, Reggio Emilia, Wilhelmshaven).

Cooperation with the Italian Reggio Emilia began in the early 1960s (an agreement was signed in 1962), and with the Serbian (then Yugoslavian) Kragujevac in the early 1970s (agreement from 1971). These two cities have been cooperating with Bydgoszcz "for centuries", but in the early 1990s the city began to sign partnership agreements with other cities: 1991 Mannheim, 1992 Tempe, 1996 Hartford, 1997 Pawłodar, 1998 Perth, 2000 Czerkasy, 2004 Krzemieńczuk and Patras, 2005 Ningbo and Wilhelmshaven 2006, which for many years had the status of friendly cities with Bydgoszcz.