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I grew up in Bydgoskie Przedmieście (German: Bromberger Vorstadt), a neighbourhood in my hometown, Toruń. The city of Toruń, including Bydgoskie Przedmieście, was annexed by Prussia in 1793 and reallocated to the Second Republic of Poland in 1919, following the Treaty of Versailles. Because of that, the neighbourhood has both Polish and German heritage, and most maps of the city from the 19th and early 20th centuries are in the German language.
Bydgoskie Przedmieście is particularly known for decorative Secessionist tenement houses; Modernist villas and residential blocks; and half-timber constructions (known in Polish as pruski mur) – if not for its slightly dangerous reputation. The best place to spot half-timber buildings is along Bydgoska street and the corner of Konopnickiej and Krasińnskiego. For Modernist architecture, go to Słowackiego and Mickiewicza streets. For tenement houses… they’re almost everywhere, so you’ll be spoilt.
Bydgoskie-themed Collage Kit