Visit the Living Museum of Gingerbread in Torun
, operating in a beautifully restored 16th-century factory of gingerbread
(Polish: "pierniki"). Meet the passion-driven masters of gingerbread-making who will show you around the two-level interactive venue, hailed one of the most recommended attractions of Torun. Familiarise yourself with the medieval tricks-of-the-manufacture and use it to bake and decorate your own sweet souvenir
from this fun place full of pleasant aromas.
The Living Museum of Gingerbread is located in the centre of Torun, just a stone's throw from the Copernicus Monument
. Torun itself is conveniently situated between Warsaw
, subsequently at the distance of 260 and 170 kilometres of road connections to each other. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, while the estimated visiting time is approximately 75 minutes.
The 16th-century venue has a nicely renovated, Hogwart-resembling façade
at the street level but the most of its attractions await you as you get inside, following the distinctive scent of gingerbread. The first floor of the museum is where you will meet your guides to this magical place – the Gingerbread Witch and Baker's Guild Masters. These well-informed individuals will introduce you to the well-kept secrets of gingerbread-making
that has its roots in the Middle Ages, adding some local legends to the stories you will hear. This is also the level where the gingerbread workshops are held
: you will knead the dough, follow a 500-year-old recipe
and improve the mixture with aromatic and once-priceless ingredients
that would be exported from remote lands in the past
to make the Torun gingerbread so famous. The forms you filled with the dough will be baked in traditional wooden molds
before you go to level 2 of the museum.
The second floor is occupied by an exhibition related to the manufacture equipment used for gingerbread-making
. You will have a chance to see what made the gingerbread of Torun gain its distinctive shape and discover the variety of gingerbread types
(like "Katarzynki" or "Classic gingerbread"). Last, but not least, you will be let using your imagination in decorating your own pieces of gingerbread with icing – as a holder of just-awarded Certificate of a Gingerbread Baker
, you (or your children) should expect it to go as smoothly as never before. This fun venue is a place visitors to Torun tend to return to
, which speaks volumes about the entertainment provided by its passionate operators.
The gingerbread of Torun has always been an exceptionally famous baking
, appreciated for the richness of natural ingredients gathered from the fertile soil of the area (like honey and flour), mixed with the precious and exported spices of exotic nature. The fame of legendary Torun gingerbread made it a local exporting hit of the 19th century
, with such locations as the Far East or Africa reporting demand for this delicious pastry. Offered as a gift to many notable individuals
visiting the Prussian and Polish territories (including Napoleon Bonaparte
), Torun gingerbread has always been a culinary achievement taken its desired pride of.
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