Bydgoszcz is a pretty neat city. It’s not touristy at all, which makes it a lot more enjoyable to walk around. There aren’t hoards of people that you have to dodge, and the city has been completely overridden with chain shops on every corner. Of course the occasional international brands can be found, like McDonalds, Starbucks, etc. But it isn’t as easy to find.
We spent the afternoon, post-nap, walking around the city centre and square checking things out. The city is split in two by a river, where there appeared to be a large crew competition going on. The music and announcers could be heard from all around, and the energy in the area was great. Past the race was the main square, a large open area surrounded with restaurants. The off-shoot roads were filled with shops, or ‘sklep’s as they’re called in Polish. We carried on down the river a bit, turning around to come back when there appeared to be little life left.

Hanging high over the water, parallel with the main bridge is a statue of what
 looks like a tight rope walker almost. Called Crossing the River and unveiled on the night of Poland’s accession to European Union, it’s one of the must-see sights in Bydgoszcz. We made note of several restaurants as we walked around, with plans to research when we got back to the hotel. (Check out Food in Poland here for what we chose!)

Overall, the town seems like a good pick for a holiday, regardless of the ancestral roots. A much needed break from the buzz and craziness called London.