Grudziądz is located on the right bank of Vistula river in the northern part of Pomerania Region, amongst main seaports (Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot), Bydgoszcz and Toruń. Such location and well-developed road system are the advantages of the town. The international road E-75 (Gdynia-Cieszyn) runs 5 km from the town, and two national roads, No 55 (Toruń-Grudziądz-Kwidzyn-Elbląg) and No 16-the shortest road connecting western border of Poland with Warmia and Mazury, and further Kaliningrad, run directly through Grudziądz. In addition there are plans of the motorway A-1 which will connect the Scandinavia with the southern Europe and the clearway from Poznań through Bydgoszcz, Grudziądz to Olsztyn. Such situation makes the town attractive and gives possibilities of development.
One of the most important facts is that all Pomernia Region is distinguished by relatively equal rate of the arrangement of the land and the Region is located in such part of Poland where the development of social and technical infrastructure, the urbanization rate are on the highest level in the country. Population of Grudziądz is almost 100.000 people, so it is one of the biggest towns in the Region. There are the offices of district and local authorities. The town is an important economic centre; the dominant sectors are the food, heavy, light and building industry. For a few years, we can see changes, which are results of the general, world tendencies, i.e. the importance of trade and services surpasses the industry’s importance. The development of such sectors changes economical face of the town and strengthens its position as an important trade and service centre for the northern parts of Kujawsko-Pomorskie province and the southern parts of Pomorskie province. Foreign investors have had a great influence on this situation, for example investors from the Netherlands, Germany, the USA, France, Portugal and Sweden. Grudziądz is over 700-year-old town, so there are a lot of monuments, among them fragments of the Town Walls with the Water Gate, the gothic church of St. Nicolas, the complex of granaries, the Jesuits’ college and the St. Francis Xavier’s church, the Benedictines nuns’ cloister, the Abbot Palace, the Citadel, historic tenements, and other monuments from XIX century.
The Citadel – bird’s eye view
A fragment of the city walls
Not only monuments make tourists come to Grudziądz, but also place where they can rest and have fun. There are three lakes in Grudziądz, among them, the biggest one is Great Rudnickie Lake, with beautiful beaches, recreation centres, water equipment rentals, bars, camping sites, sailing cenrtres. Two water routes-Wisła and Osa, four routes for pedestrians and two international bike routes run through the town. Grudziądz is very active in the international field, both by co-operation with partnership towns and by realization of EU projects.