The Brda River is the greatest treasure of Bydgoszcz. Every day  it is within reach of residents and numerous guests visiting us. Our city has been promoting ecology for years. The result is that  today the river is clean, full of life, ideal for leisure and relaxation on its banks.


Man crossing the river | Bydgoszcz | Brda riverThe most important entertainment events in our city are organised on the Brda River. Each year in June Bydgoszcz Water Festival “Ster na Bydgoszcz” attracts thousands of guests and great stars of music, while  the “River of Music” reveals classical music in a completely new setting.

The charms of our clean river are also appreciated by sports enthusiasts. Every year in the centre of the city, swimming competitions “Water Bydgoska” (Bydgoszcz Water), impressive triathlonists’ struggles during Bydgoszcz Triathlon and countless canoeing rallies are organised.

Bydgoszcz looks the most beautiful from the river side. The revitalised Mill Island, renovated boulevards, treasures of Bydgoszcz architecture are best seen during a cruise by water tram. Vessels with beautiful names "Sunflower" are modern and environmentally friendly units, powered by solar energy. Thanks to them, every day hundreds of residents and tourists get to know the charms of Bydgoszcz from a completely new, magical perspective.


Events on the Brda River

Bydgoszcz | attractions by the river | Bydgoszcz Water Festival | ©visitbydgoszcz


Bydgoszcz Water Festival

At the weekend of June Mill Island will be taken over by sailors, their friends and supporters. We will have fun, sing, dance and sail…The Festival will, no doubt, be an unforgettable experience for all participants. Great entertainment guaranteed.

-->> Bydgoszcz Water Festival "Ster na Bydgoszcz"

Bydgoszcz | attractions by the river | River of Music

River of music

The concerts, organized by the City of Bydgoszcz, are held every Sunday in July and August on the stage amphitheater on the River Brda.

-->> River of Music


 Bydgoszcz Water | Swimming competition Bydgoszcz Water - Swimming Competition

A swimming competition in the centre of the city. The competition is always held on 15th of August at three distances (650m, 1600m and 2800m).

 Bydgoszcz Triathlon

The competition takes place in the city centre of Bydgoszcz at 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8 distances. when: July


The Great Rowing Regatta for the Brda Cup | Bydgoszcz

The Great Rowing Regatta for the Brda Cup

During this regatta, the sweep oar eights race on the River Brda, at the distance of 8,5 km. This sport meeting was created to follow Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race's example.

when: September



Tourist attractions by the Brda River

 Bydgoszcz water tram | ©Tymon Markowski Bydgoszcz Water Tram

The Water Tram is a major tourist attraction in Bydgoszcz with thousands of satisfied tourists cruising every year. The trip on a water tram starts at Rybi Rynek (Fish Market). Bydgoszcz looks the most beautiful from the river. The revitalized Mill Island, renovation of the boulevards on the Brda that is underway, historical hydrotechnical facilities on the Bydgoszcz Canal, can be best seen while taking a cruise by Water Tram. These water trams, called Słonecznik I and II, are modern and environmentally friendly vessels, powered by solar energy, which can carry 28 people on board. -->> Take a cruise by water tram

Bydgoszcz | Mill Island | ©Joanna ZasadaTake a deep breath on the Mill Island

Mill Island - the spatial heart of Bydgoszcz. A green enclave in the heart of a vibrant city. The island has not yet been seized by our greedy modern civilization. How surprising! A park and alleys flanked by old trees: chestnuts and lindens. Vast lawns, alleys with benches and the sound of water falling rapidly through the weir. Mill Island is a green oasis in the city centre (just few steps from the Old Market Square). Most of the buildings located on the Island Mill are from the nineteenth century. However, so-called cellar of the White Granary still remember the fifteenth century. Water, footbridges, old mills (now museums), red-brick buildings reflected in the depths of Młynówka (called Bydgoszcz Venice), groomed green-all this create an atmosphere of Bydgoszcz river island.

Bydgoszcz | attractions by the river | municipal lock | ©visitbydgoszcz

Through the municipal water lock

This lock was constructed within the redevelopment of the Bydgoszcz Canal in the years 1908-1915, replacing the old structure causing many problems. This is a single chamber lock of dock structure, with lifting height of 3,33 m. Lockage here takes about 10 minutes. In the years 2015-2016, the lock was completely renovated.


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Kayaking on the Brda River

It is also worth taking advantage of the offer of water tourism equipment rental, for example in Przystań Bydgoszcz and take a canoe, SUP or pedalo ride along the Brda River in the center of Bydgoszcz. From this perspective, the city looks completely different.


Interesting buildings by the Brda River

Bydgoszcz | attractions by the river | Old Granaries | © Filip Kowalkowski


Old Granaries

The Bydgoszcz granaries on the Brda River are the symbol of the city. They have always been a natural city logo. Why so much sympathy, respect and pride for, you might say, mere granaries - buildings far more modest than extravagant mansions, stylish churches or imposing monuments? -->> Old Granaries



Bydgoszcz | attractions by the river | Lemara Barge

Lemara Barge

It was a Gross Finow-Masskahn-type steel cargo barge without a motor, constructed in 1937 in Bydgoszcz Lloyd Shipyard and Machine Works. The cargo holds and the open section of the barge are now used for concerts, lectures and skipper family meetings.



Bydgoszcz by the river | Main post office | ©Tymon Markowski

Main Post Office

Main Post Office is one of the most spectacular buildings located on the Brda river bank. It was built at the end of the 19th century in the so-called Prussian national style. Until today the building is occupied by the pos office, open 24-hours.

Bydgoszcz by the river | Marina | ©Robert Sawicki

Bydgoszcz Marina

It is a modern building, excellently blending with its surroundings, designed by the office APA Rokiccy. The marina, completed in 2012, has won not only the hearts of Bydgoszcz residents but also many prestigious awards owing to its unique architecture.



Bydgoszcz by the river | Opera Nova | ©visitbydgoszcz


Opera Nova

The building was designed in 1961, by Józef Chmiel and Andrzej Prusiewicz, and it took over 30 years to construct it (1973 - 2006). It is both a music stage and an important conference centre.



Bydgoszcz by the river | ©Robert Sawicki 

Boulevards by the Brda River

The Brda River boulevards, renovated in recent years, are an attractive place for unhurried walks along the river or bicycle rides.