• Church of the Poor Clares

    Church of the Poor Clares, Bydgoszcz, fot. R.Sawicki

    According to the generally applicable rules of the Middle Ages, the Poor Clares, Carmelite and Bernardine monasteries were located outside the city limits, outside the area bounded by the walls of the city, the branches of the Brda, Młynówka and the castle moats.

  • Town Hall

    The Bydgoszcz Town Hall, fot. R.Sawicki

    The Bydgoszcz Town Hall is the heart of the city. Together with the town church (Fara), its walls and gates have always been one of the foundations of the medieval city. The current City Hall building also has a nearly 400-year-long history.

  • Find the 18th Meridian East

    fot. R.Sawicki

    What connects Bydgoszcz with Dubrovnik, Stockholm or Cape Town? The 18th meridian east runs through these cities. Its exceptionality consists in the fact that it helped cartographers draw flat maps.

  • Bydgoszcz Convention Bureau

    Bydgoszcz Convention BureauHow can we support you in organising a meeting in Bydgoszcz:

    * Consulting at planning an event (choosing a perfect venue from the vast array of conference centres, hotels, academic venues and unique venues, as well as right accommodation, at the right price)

    * Contact with local service providers (coordinating your site inspection, putting you in touch with all the right people and places)

    * Tourist information desk in the place of the meeting

    * Providing introduction to Bydgoszcz (promotional materials about the city, information on events and activities for your delegates and partners)

    * Promoting your event in the internet

    Contact us:

    ul. Batorego 2
    +48 52 340 45 50
    convention@visitbydgoszcz.pl
    www.visitbydgoszcz.pl

     

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  • Learn about the “explosive” history of Bydgoszcz

    The secret of the mysterious ruins lay hidden in the Bydgoszcz Forest for fifty years. Only the older residents, remembering the times of the Second World War, knew that several kilometres from the operating chemical plant and newly developed industrial park, there was a place known for inhuman forced labour involving over 40,000 workers of the former DAG Fabrik Bromberg.

     

    Bydgoszcz | Exploseum MOB | fot. Wojciech WoźniakIn 2008, the decision was made to transform part of the area into a museum. Out of several hundred buildings that in 1939-1945 were part of a huge concern providing the Third Reich with nitroglycerin, trinitrotoluene and smokeless powder, a dozen or so were separated and connected by tunnels. They are created by two twin lines NGL – Betrieb, i.e. nitroglycerin production. One of them was designated as a museum – Exploseum, while the second one, as a permanent ruin, shows the mark left by time on the buildings and preserves their original look.

    A visit to the Exploseum provides extensive knowledge on military technology. A tour through its myriad, murky and concrete corridors will certainly be remembered for a long time.

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    When: Exploseum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Due to the unique nature of this place, children under the age of six are not admitted. Visiting is organized as guided tours and takes about two hours. Therefore, visits should be scheduled by phone. Werecommend wearing comfortable shoes. The facility welcomes disabled visitors.

    Where: The Museum is situated on the outskirts of the city, in Bydgoszcz Industrial Park. It can be easily accessed by car. Passing through the gate, you will see signs which will guide you to the destination. Tourist can also use public transport. Bus no. 68 runs twice a day to the Exploseum (before guided tours at 9:30 am and 12:30 pm). There is also  the possibility of self exploring Exploseum (without guide).

    NOTE! Before arriving at the Exploseum, please schedule the time of the visit by phone (tel. +48 883 366 056).

  • Targi Bydgoskie SAWO Sp. z o.o.

    For over 25 years, The company has been involved in organization of trade fairs, exhibitions, conferences, business trips and economic missions, as well as comprehensive preparation of individual and group participation of Polish companies in trade shows hosted abroad. In addition, Company offer consulting in the scope of acquiring financing from European funds within national and regional programs as well as preparation of applications for grants to various projects, in particular the ones regarding participation of companies in domestic and foreign fairs.

  • Bydgoszcz Fair and Exhibition Center

    Bydgoszcz Fair and Exhibition Center, fot. R.Sawicki

    Bydgoszcz Fair and Exhibition Center was founded in 2009 on the beatiful grounds of Leśny Park Kultury i Wypoczynku "Myślęcinek" in response to the needs of the organizers of fairs and exhibitions. Located in the picteresque surroundings of greenery and water, in the vicinity of the Botanical garden is the perfect place to hold not only fairs and exhibitions, as well as various cultural events and concerts.
  • The trial of the historic water engineering facilities

    Lock no. V, Bydgoszcz Old Canal

    The E-70 water route will take you from Berlin to Bydgoszcz. Here, the water tourist will have an outstanding opportunity to appreciate the scenic views of the city located on the River Brda, the River Vistula and the Bydgoszcz Canal making up the Bydgoszcz Water Route Junction.
    In this guide, you will see that Bydgoszcz is an important site on the water map of Poland (more The history of Bydgoszcz)

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  • 2014 – Year of the Bydgoszcz Canal

    Bydgoszcz Canal

    This year it will have been 240 years since the building of our great Bydgoszcz Canal Because of this, we name it the year of the Bydgoszcz Canal to commemorate the day its construction was complete. Soon, we will present a schedule for all the ‘water craziness’ that will take place in 2014. Please, make sure that you don’t miss it!

  • Pedro's Cup 2014

    HSW Łuczniczka, Bydgoszcz, fot. Robert SawickiIn the last week of January, Bydgoszcz will once more be graced with the visit of worldwide known athletes. During the previous nine meetings, there was a lot of action to be seen and even more excitement among the spectators.

  • Zoological Garden

    ZOO, Bydgoszcz, fot. LPKiW

    The zoo at the "Myślęcinek" Park is the only zoological garden in Poland which specializes in the breeding our regional animal species. Visitors to the Zoological Garden in Bydgoszcz can see representatives of the four classes of animals, namely mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

  • Entertainment Park

    Myślęcinek, Bydgoszcz, fot. LPKiW

    Entertainment Park in Myślęcinek offers a wide range of attractions for the whole family. Lost World with the Museum of Paleontology enables you to admire life size dinosaur models. In Macro World you can watch gigantic models of arthropods – from ladybird to mantis. The Amusement Park gives you the possibility of active entertainment on the rope course, playground, rides and relax area with barbeque.

  • The Lost World

    The Lost World, Bydgoszcz, fot. LPKiW

    The educational trail features information boards (where facts about the very origins of life on our planet are presented in an easy- to-understand way) and covers over 5 hectares. The Dinosaur models are arranged in such a way as to illustrate the evolution of species from water to land. The largest of our dinosaurs is the Diplodocus - over 27 meters high!

  • Magic chair

    Magic chair, Bydgoszcz, A. Wróblewski

    Red magic chair is an exhibit fromthe popular children's film (Magic Tree), in which city Bydgoszcz played. This chair, according to the plot of the film is made of magical wood that grants wishes. Exhibit is placed near the playground on the Mill Island.

     

  • Master Twardowski

    Master Twardowski, Bydgoszcz, fot. R. Sawicki

    Every day at 13.13 and 21.13, to the accompaniment of music, Master Twardowski appears in one of the windows of tenement house No. 15 in the Old Market Square. In this building, there was an inn "Gospoda Pod Zgorzelcem". According to the legend, the famous wizard Twardowski had been living there during his visit in Bydgoszcz in 1560.

     

  • Museum of Soap and History of Dirt

    Museum of Soap and History of Dirt in Bydgoszcz, fot. bci

    Museum of Soap and History of Dirt – first in Europe. You can learn more about hygiene and washing history since antiquity, some historic figures: Tomasz Łaziebnik Plugawy or Zabłocki (Polish proverb character). The Museum shows pre-war detergent commercials and informs about how soap is made.

  • The Bydgoszcz Mint

    The Bydgoszcz Mint

    The exhibition is of a historical character, since it covers nearly a century of the mint’s existence. The opening of the exhibition took place on 12 June 2010, and was combined with the celebration of the Bydgoszcz Museum Night. In the first exhibition room we find the spatial arrangement of the Mill Island with the indicated buildings of the mint, the process of coin production illustrated with the illuminated reproductions of stained-glass windows from the mint in Konstanz (stained-glass illusions), selected prints from Georgius Agricola’s work De re metallica and the Encyclopédie by Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d’Alembert.

     

    The Bydgoszcz Mint.The exhibition also presents such items as blacksmith’s tools allowing the visitors to become familiarized with the tools used in the Bydgoszcz mint, as well as other objects, such as: crucibles, mint stamps, scales, and a case – treasure box, and the items representing material culture (pipes, shoes, jugs and stove tiles) found in the course of excavation works conducted in the area of the former mint by the Regional Institution for Protection of Cultural Historic Monuments in Toruń, Department in Bydgoszcz in the years 1993-1994 and 2006-2009. What will undoubtedly arouse interest among the visitors, is the model of a stylised mint screw used for producing thick coins: thalers and semi-thalers.

    In the other room of the basement we find the exhibition of coins grouped according to their type in a chronological order, produced during the reigns of the kings: Sigismund III Vasa, Władysław IV, John Casimir, Micheal Korybut Wiśniowiecki and John III Sobieski, and borrowed from prestigious Polish numismatic collections of the National Museum in Warsaw, the National Bank of Poland, the Ossolineum in Wrocław, the District Museum in Toruń, the District Museum in Konin and the Castle Museum in Malbork.


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    Apart from small denomination coins such as shillings and triplexes, the mint in Bydgoszcz also produced such high value coins as ducats and their multiples, as well as thalers and semi-thalers. From Bydgoszcz comes the famous golden one-hundred-ducat coin from 1621 of 350 g, believed to be one of the most beautiful European coins. The coin is presented at the exhibition with the use of a modern 3D technique. A multimedia presentation was used to show 30 other selected coins of particular importance for the Bydgoszcz mint. Another interesting exhibit is a register of Polish wages and prices from the turn of the 16th and 17th c.

    The coins from the Bydgoszcz mint reached many remote parts of Europe. They were encountered in Hungary, Moldova, and in the other Balkan areas (Turkey), as well as in Scandinavia and the German Reich. They are retrieved as both single finds and as treasures, the example of which is the presentation of the treasure from Osówiec near Mogilno shown at the exhibition.

    Author: Irena Borowczak
    Location of the exhibition: European Money Centre – 4 Mennica Street on the Mill Island
    Permanent exhibition

  • In the Town of Bydgost.

    In the town of Bydgost

    The settling activity in the surroundings of Bydgoszcz is confirmed with the existence of numerous fortified settlements. Besides the one located in the centre of Bydgoszcz, some were also located in Fordon (Wyszogród), Myślęcinek (Zamczysko), as well as in other more or less distant places: e.g. in Pawłówek, Nakło on the Netze River, Więcbork, Strzelce Dolne and Pień. In many of them, in the 1950’s and 1960’s excavation works were conducted by the staff of the District Museum in Bydgoszcz.

    In the town of BydgostHowever, excavations that were particularly significant for these issues were the ones carried out in the 1990’s and in 2007 by the Regional Institute for Protection of Historic and Cultural Monuments, Department in Bydgoszcz, and the Institute of Archeology at the University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Toruń, in the area where the settlement of Bydgoszcz was presumed to have been located. Although the works covered only a small part of its area, still they provided extremely valuable information, thanks to which we can precisely reconstruct the beginnings of the settlement together with its possible appearance, and, also through the prism of the discovered artifacts of material culture, we can find out a lot about the lives of its inhabitants. Based on the historic material obtained through excavation works in the said places, it was possible to arrange an exhibition portraying the mysteries of lives of medieval inhabitants of Bydgoszcz and its surroundings, titled “In the Town of Bydgost” referring to its legendary founder. Chronological frames of the exhibition are determined with date indicators of the presented items, i.e. from the 7th to the mid 14th c. Graphic arrangements and numerous reconstructions managed to achieve the atmosphere of those times, whereas the implementation of modern media, allows visitors for active participation in the exhibition. The prepared multimedia presentations make it easier to become familiarized with the place’s history and early medieval settlements in the surroundings of Bydgoszcz. At the same time, we learn about research stations where excavation works were carried out. Moreover, we may watch a multimedia presentation on medieval military history, combined with an interactive dictionary of medieval armament and a multimedia animation showing invasion of Wyszogród by Bolesław Wrymouth. It was prepared based on the description found in the Chronicle of Gallus Anonymus. It is also possible to watch a film concerned with everyday life in the period of the early Middle Ages. The arrangement was inspired with the actual layout of the town. Its upper part, were the royal clerk and knights were located, we can see the representation of the issues related to the trade and army, as well as those of everyday life, including a reconstruction of an interior of an early medieval hut. Visualization of the lower town, inhabited by menial people and craftsmen, provides a reconstruction of the way of obtaining food and some selected types of craft. Both the parts of the town are divided with a partial reconstruction of the upper floor of the rampart. Under the wall, on the other hand, we can see wooden elements of fortifications recovered from the ground during excavation works that were conserved in the Documentation and Conservation Laboratory of the Institute of Archeology at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. The sphere related to religious beliefs was only slightly accentuated with the reference to the oldest grave in the cemetery by the church of St. Giles. In order to preserve the atmosphere of a medieval town, the authors decided not to use any traditional legends and charts. All the information was placed in digital frames where it is possible to find descriptions of many aspects of the medieval reality, as well as results of researches conducted by scientists of various specialties. In each part of the exhibition, the visitors are accompanied with sound effects related to particular subject matters.

    The history of the town of Bydgoszcz and its significance at the times of the beginnings of the Polish state, was shortly presented on an introduction chart. However, the answer to the question of where the town was located and what it supposedly looked like we will find in the presentation titled Here, where Bydgoszcz was born. On the other hand, we can learn about the lives and occupations of the inhabitants of this town on the Brda River, and other early medieval places in its surroundings, from the recovered material remains after our ancestors. The exhibition presents various tools, decorations, arms, articles of everyday use, etc., that help to become familiarized with different aspects of the life in the town, as well as in the borough.

    The narration of the exhibition begins with issues concerned with obtaining food and selected types of craftsmanship. The then people worked in the field, bred animals, hunted, fished, picked fruit and forest produce. Farming and animal breeding (practically self-supporting) required great deal of work and was related to the constant fight with the omnipresent wilderness, and grabbing piece by piece of the land in order to transform it into farmland. Also the activities connected with the production of clothes, equipment and objects of everyday use were carried out by using one’s own means. Each family was able to satisfy its needs. However, there was also a sufficient number of craftsmen dealing with particular works. It was possible to purchase from them a better quality products. This is clearly visible in the example of pottery. Initially, a part of clay dishes used within a household were made individually, by hand. However, the constant demand for this indispensable and fragile product led to its broader production. In order to differentiate the products from various workshops, potters impressed special marks on the bottoms of their dishes. The most commonly discovered objects related to farming include whetstones used for sharpening knives and other iron tools; whereas, among historic items related to animal breeding we often find ceratoid sidescrapers for combing out animals, though they where also a part of the equipment used by horsemen. The finds of iron hooks confirm that it was common to fish with the use of a fishing rod. It is also possible that fishing nets were also in use, which is indicated by the discovered fishing weighs made from various materials. The objects of common use, both for transportation purposes and for fishing, were dugout boats (from hollowed single tree trunks), like the one presented at the exhibition. It is dated for the end of the 13th c., and was found in Mątwy, near Inowrocław, in the Netze River. Hunting provided meat, leather, fur, as well as raw materials in the form of horns and bones, which were used in the production of ice skates, cobs, awls, needles, needlers, knife handles or helves of other tools, and various kinds of lining. It is worth noticing that among bone products, the ones prevailing in the exhibition are the ice skates discovered mainly in the course of excavation works conducted in the town. At that time, they were made from bovine tibia, ribs, horns, in which holes were drilled, and that were fastened to feet with leather straps. While skating, people would help themselves with long sticks with sharpened endings. A vast majority of skates discovered in the Bydgoszcz settlement proves that already in the Middle Ages, our ancestors were particularly related to the Brda River. The progress in handicraft production was closely related to the development in trade exchange. Fairs were held at specified times, where, apart from handicraft products people would sell agricultural and forest produce, cattle and horses. Sometimes the fairs were visited by foreign merchants offering the local population many attractive goods: ornaments, at times made of gold, dishes made of glass, objects of everyday use made from the raw materials that were non-existent in our lands, e.g. spans made from Volynia slate. Favourable location of the Bydgoszcz settlement by the passage over the Brda and by the route joining Kuyavia and Pomerania, caused it to become an important trade centre; however, no coins were found in the course of excavation works, and only an insignificant number of luxury goods (single ornaments). Still, a high concentration of silver treasures located in the area of the present Bydgoszcz and its immediate proximity, confirms the diversity of trade contacts. Those deposits are usually made up from pieces of silver coins (usually Arabic) and ornaments (like e.g. the one discovered in Strzelce Dolne), that is why we called them “chopped treasures.” The presence of Arabic coins indicates that the lands were penetrated by Jewish and Arabic merchants and constitutes a proof for the functioning of a trade route from Middle Asia to the Polish lands. Lumps of amber and some semi-finished amber products obtained during excavations works in the Bydgoszcz settlement point to contacts with the Baltic coast. The constructions of the settlement comprised of huts of wattle-and-daub or frame wall structures, erected at the external periphery of the square, at the ramparts. The exhibition presents a partial appearance of a hut. Under the corner stone of a hut, a sacrifice was made to ensure durability of the household and prosperity of its inhabitants. Visitors may also see an interior of a household where clothes and valuable objects were stored in wooden chests, sometimes richly ornamented, with metal fittings. Benches or pallets – shallow troughs put upright against the wall during the day constituted places to sleep. In each house – on the floors, benches, stools and chairs there were many leather coverlets. In the living chamber, there was always room for clothes, ornaments and tools. The common clothes were made of linen or wool. Men wore trousers and shirts complimented with a coat thrown at their shoulders. Women, on the other hand, wore long dresses or skirts – aprons and shirts, and also coats. Due to the durability of the material they were made from, the most common remnants of clothes are their metal parts and ornaments made from precious metals, bronze, iron and glass. The most popular Slavic ornaments were temple rings, small metal rings put on headbands or bonnets. Besides that, women often wore earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces and beads made from various raw materials. Undoubtedly, other ornaments of Slavic origin are also the so-called kaptorgas – various kinds of small sacks or boxes worn on the neck, made from different materials depending on the wealth of their owners, from wool to silver. Within households we discover such objects as: animal figures, musical instruments (whistles, pipes), dices and astragals – bones of cattle, sheep, goats or pigs used for entertainment (games) but also believed to have some magical functions. The settlement also had a troop of mounted and infantry warriors. The rich assortment of militaria (swords, spearheads, axes, arrowheadand bolts) found in the surrounding areas of Bydgoszcz confirms the hypothesis that the settlements existing in that place initially protected the area of the borderline of the state created by Mieszko I in Pomerania and Great Poland, and then constituted strategic points for the maintenance of newly conquered settlements. The military forces of the first Piasts also included some foreign warriors (mostly Norman). These assumptions are confirmed with the findings of warrior graves containing some Scandinavian-type armament dated on the 10th/11th c. in which warriors were buried according to the Norman burial rite, e.g. in Pień, Dąbrowa Chełmińska commune. The presence of Norman warriors is also confirmed with some loose finds of militaria of Scandinavian origin. Among them, we should point to a sword with richly ornamented hilt found in Lutowo, Sępólno Krajeńskie commune. It represents a type “S” sword, according to Petersen’s classification, and is dated on the 10th c. Also in the 11th c. this was the area of Polish-Pomeranian borderline, which caused it to be the place of mutual invasions. Only the expedition of Bolesław Wrymouth to Pomerania in the first half of the 12th c., that was noted in the Chronicle by Gallus Anonymus, brought Bydgoszcz and the surrounding settlements back into the orbit of the Polish state. A sword presented at the exhibition, located near the Wyszogród settlement, comes from that period and is today a silent witness of those events. What also draws the attention at the exhibition, is a sword discovered in the course of works conducted in the Bydgoszcz settlement. An X-ray analysis revealed an inscription that at a current research stage is impossible to fully reconstruct. Due to the fact that the work of blacksmiths was associated with the risk of fire, forges were usually located outside the ramparts. That is why we end the visit at the exhibition by admiring metallurgic products (chisels, drills, keys, nails, chains, staples).

    The exhibition In the town of Bydgost opens a thematic cycle devoted to the earliest history of Bydgoszcz and its surroundings. This is a permanent exhibition; however, not a static one. It is constantly complimented with archeological findings and research results, and updated with the use of modern multimedia techniques.

    Author: Józef Łoś, Jolanta Szałkowska-Łoś
    Location of the exhibition: Archaeological Collections – 2 Mennica Street on the Mill Island
    Permanent exhibition
  • Bydgoszcz and its environs since the dawn of time.

    The exhibition “In the borderland between Wielkopolska and Pomerania” is a permanent exhibition, showing the earliest history of our region, from the beginning of settlement until the period of migration of the nations. No city, area or country has a history that runs its course independently. It has always been part of events of a broader range. Due to the fact that Bydgoszcz and its environs are located in the meeting point of two large geographical regions – Wielkopolska and Pomerania – we will strive to show prehistory of this area in detailed chronology.

     

    Archaeological CollectionsPresented artifacts will be coming from the regions of Krajna, Kuyavia and Pałuki, and the majority of them are in the collection of the Leon Wyczółkowski Regional Museum in Bydgoszcz. Due to the fact that the main – and for the oldest epochs, the only – source of information for learning the past is material heritage, we will show changes taking place in human life through presentation of various tools, decorations, weaponry, and everyday articles. It will allow us to trace back technological transitions (raw material and production method) and evolution of human thought, which gradually aimed at taming the environment and improvement of quality of life. We will also present impact of European nations on these areas, which accomplishments had influence on the change of cultural and political image of Europe, such as the Celts and Germanic peoples. Their presence is also recorded in the neighboring areas; thus, we can confirm that the history of this region intertwined with European civilization already in the ancient times. Artifacts and numerous reconstructions will be presented over various epochs and prehistoric periods; in justified cases, we will introduce the strictly archeological term “culture.” Several key exhibits will be presented for every period, around which the remaining parts of the exhibition will be organized, showing the most important aspects of a given epoch. In order to go on this “unique time travel,” the organizers plan to install modern forms of media, allowing the visitor to actively participate in touring the exhibition and broaden knowledge in any field of interest. Through various forms of modern expression, such as multimedia presentations on many topics, film, virtual walk and computer animations, we will be able to provide to visitors comfort in acceptance of messages and create an opportunity for active participation in a visit. Interesting visual arrangement, using the paratheatrical concept, featuring a range of materials, reminding the ones used in ancient times such as wood, stone and a number of reconstructions (e.g. shelter, stone circle, cist grave) will recreate the atmosphere of that times, impacting the senses of visitors. Modern, electronic multimedia will be used for this purpose as well, such as cameras, projectors, multimedia kiosks, and interactive floor. They will be used in a virtual dressing room, magic spring, virtual sandbox – excavation, and time machine. In addition, a direct contact with a real artifact will be possible as well. By making replicas of a weaving workshop, prehistoric drilling machine, quern-stone, there will be an opportunity for interaction with objects, which is most often used by students and families with children, noticed in our activity to date. It will be possible to use and touch the old equipment, which is particularly important for the blind and vision impaired, offered to a certain extent in our exhibition. In order to preserve the atmosphere of the ancient times, we plan to not use the traditional captions and charts. This information will be placed on digital frames, which will not disturb the created atmosphere. In addition, frames can be provided with sound according to presented topics and extended captions related to a given subject, making them irreplaceable, interactive exhibition guides. Our intention is to create an exhibition, in which centuries-old archeological artifacts, provided with narration, will be “revived” by modern multimedia. Through the forms mentioned above, we will try to bring closer the atmosphere of those times and shape, through visual media, a new way of reception of archeological heritage.

    Author: Józef Łoś, Jolanta Szałkowska-Łoś
    Location of the exhibition: Archaeological Collections – 2 Mennica Street on the Mill Island
    Permanent exhibition
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