Poland is such a fascinating country and steeped in history. Here’s what I found out about Bydgoszcz from photographing the city:
- Marian Adam Rejewski was born here and instrumental in the decryption of Enigma messages.
- The impressive Deluge Fountain stands in the Casimir III Great Park in the shadows of St Peter and St Paul’s Church. It depicts the culmination moment of the biblical flood. Standing here from 1904 to 1943, it was dismantled by occupying forces to melt the metal for war equipment. Zygmunt Mackiewicz, a Bydgoszcz surgeon, initiated the fountain being rebuilt and his statue sits in the park grounds. The new fountain was unveiled in 2014.
- “Man crossing the River” crosses the Brda (river) and was unveiled in 2004 to commemorate Poland entering the EU. A swallow forms part of this statue. Swallow is Schwalbe in German – and it was Szwalbe who was the founder of the Pomeranian Philharmonic in the city.
- Pod Orłem on Gdańska Street translates to ‘Under The Eagle’, hence the rather large, impressive bird that adorns the roof. It dates back to the 19th century and has the most amazing interior and exterior Art Nouveau features. The main square is only a short walk from the hotel and is a must stay when you’re in the city.
- Casimir III the Great reigned as the King of Poland from 1333 to 1370. He was one of the most famous and respected monarchs in the history of Poland.
- In Old Market Square, you will see the Land Fight and Martyrdom Monument by Franciszek Masiak. It reminds us of the difficult and torrid past Poland, and others, endured during WW2.
- “The Archer” stands in Jan Kochanowski Park and is one of the oldest preserved statues in the city. Unveiled in 1910 and made by Ferdinand Lepcke, one of his last works, but it is still a mystery who she was modelled on. She has moved around the city over the years and was shot in the back, hands and feet during the war.
- The park sits in the ‘Music District’ which is home to the Pomeranian Philharmonic, Academy of Music and the Polish Theatre. Some amazing architecture can be seen here, along with statues of renowned composers adorning the park. I saw the tree library here, which I thought was a great idea! A very tranquil place where you can eavesdrop on the beautiful music being played.
- Mill Island is a beautiful place to wander. Historically the industrial centre, it now houses many of the city museums in the 19th-century buildings.
My overview – inexpensive on the pocket with cheap flights, transport, hotels, food & drink. A great city to visit.
There is lots more to see & do here – check out the visit Bydgoszcz website for further details.