If the smell of world-famous Torun gingerbread is not enough for you to think you should come where it originates from, imagine taking a stroll along a fairy-tale medieval city where more fascinating stories took their turn. Think of exploring the Old Town of Torun, with its soaring Town Hall, immense Gothic Basilica or noble patrician houses. Taking a chance to peep into the dwelling of Copernicus himself or please yourself with the elegant decor of Artus Court. If you think view of the Leaning Tower of Torun will not give you any vertigo, move to the New Town of Torun or the Torun Castle for the remaining memorable sights of this gem of a city.
- a charming city in the central part of Northern Poland - has its roots in the settlements of Palaeolithic Age
, while its official establishment took place in the Middle Ages
. It is possible to reach Torun in less than 2 hours of a ride from Gdansk
and 2,5 hours with regard to Warsaw
. The tour of its historical centre covers the areas of the medieval Old Town
, its eastern side-district of New Town
and the remnants of Torun Teutonic Castle
, all of these sitting at the bank of Vistula behind solid defensive walls. The overall sightseeing tour of the Old Town of Torun will consume about 3,5 hours of your time.
The 13th-century layout of the Old Town of Torun has its heart beating at the Old Market Square
. Its Old Town Hall
, with its impressive symmetry, vast courtyard and high-vaulted interiors, has been adapted to serve as a museum, where the masterpieces of stained glass
are put on display, among others. The Artus Court
(restructured in 1891), where prestigious merchant brotherhoods would once operate, the Jesuit Church of Holy Spirit
or the uniquely-designed 14th-century Franciscan Church
are all the landmarks of the area. You will pass by the Bronze monument to the most famous son of Torun
- Nicolaus Copernicus
- holding an astrolabe, placed just to the side of the Town Hall in 1853. There will also be the residential house of this revolutionary astronomer
available for sightseeing, the overwhelming Torun Cathedral
with third-largest bell of Poland (Tuba Dei
) inviting you to enter, aroma-filled museums devoted to Torun gingerbread
and the massive fortifications of Torun to wander along, defining its riverfront silhouette. Among the medieval gates and towers of Torun, there will be the Polish counterpart of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
waiting for you to take a picture of. The Leaning Tower of Torun
is attributed a name-forming legend of the city. According to it, the Vistula was said to shout "To ruń!" ("Fall down then!") to the tower after the building had asked the river not to flow so close to its foundations.
The New Town of Torun
has its name a bit misleading from our current perspective. Due to the dynamic development of Torun as a commercial hub
of Kuyavia-Pomerania, there was an expansion of it planned in 1264. This medieval district provides a mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque residential architecture, with its New Town Square
, New Town Hall of 1303
, capacious granaries and the 14-15th-century Church of St. Jacob
exemplifying it. Just behind Gdanisko
(the former sewage tower), you will come across the picturesque ruins of Torun Teutonic Castle
. This 13th-14th-century stronghold was subject to a rebellion of Torun residents, with the event marking the beginning of the Thirteen Years War (1454-66)
. The remnants of the castle still give a testimony to the excellence of medieval constructors, with Malbork Castle
showing what the Torun Castle would look like had it not been for the destruction of its heavy structure due to the said conflict.
Ready to discover the influential past of Torun behind the oldest defensive walls of Poland? Contact us to have a sightseeing tour of the Old Town of Torun arranged!