The mediaeval part of Torun

Creme de la creme of medieval Europe – the UNESCO-listed historic districts of Torun, Northern Poland. Defined by an extensive Vistulan panorama of tall city defensive walls, the red-brick-architecture surrounded streets, stunningly decorated  tenement houses Copernicus would once inhabit or the aroma of the world-famous gingerbread. Fall in love with one of the finest examples of a Hanseatic League city. See why Torun is a worthy competitor to the pearl of the Baltic sea Gdansk is!

Tour Overview

Explore the mysteries of Torun fortress. Step behind the solid city walls to appreciate the classic and coherent urban planning of the Middle Ages at its best. Lift your head to admire the monumental Gothic cathedral that overlooks the enchanting and well-maintained Old and New Towns of Torun. Discover what made UNESCO list Torun as one of World Heritage Sites – its City Hall, Teutonic Castle remains, the Leaning Tower, well-preserved tenement houses or garners.

Torun. Located in North-Central Poland at the bank of Vistula and Drweca rivers. A cosy city whose impressive architecture and historical heritage made it to the list of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in 1997. Wondering what else, except for Krakow, Poland may surprise you with? Do not miss a chance to visit the still-not-so-crowded city of Torun that fully deserves even more recognition that the connoisseur-like one.

You may reach Torun in a variety of ways (it is located some 400 kilometers northwards from Krakow and 260 kilometers in the north-western direction from Warsaw), but only approaching it via a river route will make you please your eyes with the incredible panoramic view of its 3-kilometer-long defensive wall structure and the most recognisable hallmarks of Torun. As you explore the city, which you should devote a full day long to, you will discover the other components of the fortifications of medieval Torun, like its Holy Spirit, Sailors or Bridge Gates. Additionally, you will learn of the extensive 19th century Prussian fortifications placed within the borders of Torun.

The UNESCO-appreciated part of Torun is comprised of the Old and New Towns, as well as of the picturesque ruins of the 13th-century Teutonic Castle. Strolling along these beautiful historical districts is like slowly opening a Faberge egg, with plenty of attractions hidden behind every corner. The Old Town incorporates the Old Town Market Place, where the 13th-century Old Town Hall is located, with its well-preserved vaulted halls and interiors open to visitors. This is also where the 15th-century Nicolaus Copernicus house opens it door to those who are willing to see the dwelling of the world's most famous astronomers Torun is so proud of. The legendary Leaning Tower, excellently decorated neo-Renaissance Artus Court, spacious cobbled streets and numerous cafés where it is possible to taste the Torun specialty – its gingerbread – are what you may expect upon visiting Torun. If you enter the Torun Cathedral, you may also see the third largest bell in Poland – Tuba Dei, hanged inside the cathedral's tower. The craftsmen-inhabited New Town district is a more intimate place where a number of tenement houses, ancient inns and churches will certainly provide you with a lot of nice sensations to the eye.

What is interesting, Torun is still well-known for its astronomical traditions – apart from Nicolaus Copernicus, Aleksander Wolszczan (the discoverer of first extra-solar planets in the 20th century)  also comes from there.

Interested in what you may see in the medieval Torun? Contact us to get more details on your future visit you will surely enjoy!

Tour Details

  • Inform us of the place of your stay in Poland to have your transport to Torun arranged prior to your intended visit.
  • It is possible to take a cruise along the Vistula river to admire the historical panorama of Torun.

 

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