The Mill Island in Bydgoszcz

The Mill Island is among the most spectacular and atmospheric places in Bydgoszcz. What makes it unique is the location in the very heart of the city centre, just a few steps from the old Market Square. It was the ‘industrial’ centre of Bydgoszcz in the Middle Ages and for several hundred years thereafter, and it was here that the famous royal mint operated in the 17th century. Most of the buildings which can still be seen on the island date from the 19th century, but the so-called the White Granary recalls the end of the 18th century. 

However, it is the water, footbridges, historic red-brick tenement houses reflected in the rivers, and the greenery, including old chestnut trees, that create the unique atmosphere of the island. Mill Island is now a thriving spot that the city is turning into its own museum district, with popular destinations like the Modern Art Gallery and Archeology Museum drawing regular visitors. Now that the island’s museums are open and running, the city is focusing its improvements on the outdoor space. Visitors wandering around Mill Island will experience several exciting new additions, the first of which is a bustling playground. Stroller parking is abundant, and locals are taking advantage of this scenic play space regularly. Also worth mentioning are the spruced-up quayside and well-landscaped gardens, and the city of Bydgoszcz should take the number of leisurely nappers on the island’s many new benches as a high compliment.

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