The northern Polish city of Bydgoszcz has been nominated in the European Best Destination 2020 competition, organised each year by “European Best Destinations”, an institution involved in the promotion of culture and tourism in Europe.
The Deputy Mayor of Bydgoszcz, Michał Sztybel, said that the competition will help promote the city throughout Europe and that its nomination, as this year’s only Polish destination in the competition, is a chance to present the city's potential. He cited the river Brda, around which the city is built, as one of the features that “draws tourists like a magnet.”
Justifying Bydgoszcz's nomination, the Director of European Best Destinations Maximilien Lejeune said that the city is a perfect place for tourists willing to explore real places and experience something unique.
Alongside Bydgoszcz, other nominees are Athens, Berlin, Cascais, Colmar, Cork, Heviz, Madrid, Minorca, Namur, Paris, Prague, Reykjavik, Rijeka, Rochefort, Rotterdam, Rome, Sibiu, Tbilisi and Vienna.
The results of the competition will be announced after online voting ends on February 5. The contest has been organised since 2009. Last year, the title of European Best Destination was given to Budapest. In 2018, Wrocław, south-western Poland, came first, while in 2017, the Polish coastal city of Gdańsk was placed third.
With a population of 350,000 inhabitants, Bydgoszcz is Poland’s eighth largest city. Together with neighbouring Toruń, it is also the co-capital of the Kujawy-Pomerania Province. Since 1999, the city’s population has been declining.
The city is rich in a variety of architectural styles, including neo-gothicism, neo-baroque, neoclassicism, modernism and Art Nouveau.