The next, thirty-fifth, week of our trip began with a trip from Lower Silesia to Greater Poland and later to the Kuyavian land. On our way to the Polish sea we caught up with Poznań, Bydgoszcz and Grudziądz. In the meantime, we have hit 23 thousand km since we set off on the tour, October 3, 2017.
In large cities, we usually park somewhere on the outskirts and we reach the center by metro, tram or bus. In Poznań, it is so good that there is a PST here, meaning Poznań Fast Tram, commonly known as „Pestka”. Thanks to it, in just a quarter of an hour, you can easily get from peripheral districts to the city center without standing in traffic jams. We arrived at the Poznań central railway station.
We are going towards the Old Town along Saint Marcin street. On the left, the Imperial Castle, on the right the building of polish post office.
We turn left and we are in the Castle Garden. Greenery shows the northern wing of the Imperial Castle from time to time.
Going further, bathed in the greenery of Niepodległości Alley, we finally reach its culmination, which is the Citadel Park, which is both a place of rest for the inhabitants of Poznań and the burial place of thousands of soldiers of various nationalities who died during the city fights during the last several uprisings and wars.
In the park you will also find a beautiful rosarium and several exhibitions of contemporary art, such as „Unrecognized” by Magdalena Abakanowicz.
Old Brewery. A shopping center located between the Old Town and the railway station, which is actually located in the place where beer was once made. The elements of the former factory architecture were also preserved here and skillfully composed with modernity.
And this is the Old Town and the Poznań parish seen from Świętosławska Street.
We turn and go to the Market Square. We can see old building houses and the impressive Town Hall.
Zoom. In a moment, twelve o’clock so on the sliding podium over the clock there will be goats and the bugle player will play from the trumpet tower.
From the Old Town through the small district of Chwaliszewo, we reach Ostrów Tumski, which for hundreds of years has been developed by the Archdiocese of Poznań. Even before entering the island we see the impressive facade of the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul.
The island with the other side of the city combines, among others Bridge of Bishop Jordan. From it, we can see the basilica from the back.
We are returning through the Warta to the center to visit the Gothic Royal Castle in Poznań located on Przemysł II hill. The building has recently undergone a thorough modernization, which is clearly visible.
From here it’s a step to Freedom Square, the most magnificent public space in the city, built mainly in the 19th and 20th century architecture. The fountain, which in these hot days is a source of refreshment for children and adults, is definitely newer 🙂
And we are back in the area of a modern communication center near the railway station. We’re leaving in a moment!
After two days in Poznan, we went to Bydgoszcz. It was forenoon on The Feast of Corpus Christi day, so we were not surprise by the emptiness on Długa street leading to the city center.
The Museum of Soap and History of Dirt was closed. It’s a pity, because after such a long journey and apartment in the car, we could tell them a lot about it.
‚Bydgoszcz Venice’ it is a view of the back of the tenement houses on Poznańska street, which overlook the straight river Brda. We are already on the Mill Island. Hence probably the comparison to the famous Italian city. Only gondoliers are missing.
A very nice piece of the city. On the left, Bydgoszcz Harbor, on the right the Rothera Mills and directly on Opera Nova. The first two are on the island, the opera is on the mainland.
Through the Niedźwiedzia Street we go to the Old Market Square.
In front of the Town Hall stands the Monument to Struggle and Martyrdom of the Bydgoszcz Land.
Mostowa Street on the Brda and the most beautiful views of the city center from it. On the right, the District Museum located in the former granaries.
On the other side of the river, there was urban development along the Old Port and in the foreground ‚Crossing the river’, one of the symbols of Bydgoszcz.
Focha / Gdańska / Jagiellońska / Mostowa streets cross. And on the corner the church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
We reach the Casimir the Great Park. The fountain is called ‚Deluge’, but it has nothing to do with Sienkiewicz ‚Potop’.
We return to the very center and from the Jezuicka Streetwe look towards the Cathedral of St. Marcin and Mikołaj.
Last, postcard glance at Bydgoszcz. We are on Brda, through which someone has been trying unsuccessfully to cross the line for years.
At the end of today’s relationship we will show you Grudziadz, which we visited literally for two hours on June 1st. The city is worth much attention, but even in such a short time you can quickly see even a medieval center.
We are in Nadwiślańskie Commons and look towards the Old Town.
The excellent location on the Vistula route between Krakow and Gdańsk has served the city’s significant development in the past. It is not surprising then, that magnificent granaries were built here, in which they were stored, among others cereal, which was later transported to Gdańsk and the Baltic Sea for export to other countries.
A gate on the Spichrzowa Street closing the north-western corner of the city.
The market in Grudziądz. In addition, trams still run on it! Thanks to this, we feel like in Lviv right away and it is probably a good comparison.
One of the side streets of the Market Square is managed in an exotic style. And we are not surprised at all, because the temperatures of the last days brought to mind a definitely different climate region of the world.
We leave the Water Gate from the medieval center of Grudziądz. We look at the Vistula. It was from this very side that ships filled with goods came from the depths of the country, they were sent away from here later.
Gardening works in full. A little more and floral Grudziądz will be ready in its entirety!
Interesting fact in a small park in front of the Water Gate. Plaques with the entry „Grudziądzka Street” from other cities, not only Polish ones.
Stately city fortifications on the south-eastern corner of the Old Town. You can imagine what a fortified city once looked like.
We are already heading towards the Golf, which we parked nearby. We pass the bustling and crowded Toruńska Street, which leads to the more modern, commercial part of Grudziądz.
And in a few days we will see each other from the Tri-City!