Torun - inspiring city

Attractions of Toruń

When visiting Torun, the hometown of Nicolaus Copernicus, who famously “stopped the Sun and moved the Earth”, you too should expect to be moved – intellectually, culturally and culinarily.

Founded in 1233, Torun is a town with great medieval traditions. Its impressive gothic Old Town, miraculously spared from destructions of World War II, has granted it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Toruń’s gothic elegance is beautifully exemplified by the Nickoloaus Copernicus House. Considered the place of the astronomer’s birth, the tenement house is one of the most beautiful gothic structures in Poland and a museum of Copernicus' epoch. While the upper floors celebrate the life and work of the great astronomer and the history of Toruń over the ages, the underground is occupied by the tastiest aspect of Toruń’s heritage – the gingerbread.

With its 700-year-old tradition of gingerbread-making, Toruń has every right to call itself “the world’s gingerbread capital” and it has a museum to prove it. The visitors to the museum get to make gingerbread dough, add the honey, the cardamom and the customary pinch of pepper, press it into ornate moulds, as it was done in the times of old, and listen to gingerbread legends while their own batch is baking in the ancient furnace. 

Having satisfied your hunger for sweets, you can set out to get your fill of culture in the Torun Old Town. The town is replete with architectural gems bearing witness to the Polish and German heritage of the town: the Artus Court, the vast gothic cathedrals, the magnificent gothic Old City Town Hall, the ruins of the very first Teutonic Castle in Poland, the medieval gates and fortifications, not to mention the old-time tourist favourite - the Leaning Tower.

But Toruń is not all about history - its modern side is as attractive. In homage to Toruń’s greatest inhabitant, the town has its own Planetarium where you can indulge in a little star gazing and learn about the universe thanks to their array of interactive facilities and models. If that is still not enough science for you, head to the Mill of Knowledge, Toruń’s super-modern science museum, which – apart from many fascinating exhibitions – features Poland’s longest Foucault pendulum plunging down all its eight floors.

Thus, like its favourite pastry, which is both sweet and spicy, Toruń is a pleasant combination of the new and the old, the Polish and the German, the legendary and the scientific.

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