Toruń - UNESCO's pearl

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Cosy old paths, grand red brick churches, lots of fun on the market square and the main street... If you'd like to cherish life, Toruń is surely a perfect place!

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There's no surprise that Toruń, a city situated at the main Polish river - Wisła, has played a significant role already in the Middle Ages. It s now on the UNESCO World Heritage List - can there be a better recommendation to explore this area? Wherever you will go in the Old Town, you'll see real pearls of architecture, splendid eateries, culture- and science related spots!


Although Toruń isn't particulary a huge business centre, still thousands of young people come here from the whole country. As much as a fourth part of the city's inhabitants are students. They study at the Nicolaus Copernicus' University which is one of the best and biggest colleges in Poland. It is named after famous Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (Mikołaj Kopernik). He was born just in Toruń!

Therefore you will bump into many spots related to him. His monument at the Old Market Square (Rynek Staromiejski) near the Old City Hall (Ratusz Staromiejski), his birth house where he came to the world in 1473 and the Planetarium at Franciszkańska Street.

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Of course Toruń has gained its popularity not only thanks to Copernicus. It's well known due to amazing gothic architecture from the late Middle Ages which put Toruń on Unesco's World Heritage List in 1997. So do not miss the Old Market Square with the Old City Hall - one of the biggest red brick buildings in Europe and undeniably the most important spot in Toruń. As early as from the 14th century it was the administrative and trade centre of the region. In the end of the 20th century it became a museum where you can admire city hall's interiors and Polish paintings.

In the neighbouring area you will find John the Baptist's and John the Evangelist's cathedral (Katedra św. Janów). It is a gothic church dating its origins back to medieval times. It was then the most important Catholic temple in the whole town. Step in and see many fantastic pieces of art and the second biggest church belll in Poland - Tuba Dei from the 16th century.

At the city defence walls there is a huge surprise wating for you. If you think that Leaning Tower is only in Pisa, Italy, then... you are wrong! We in Poland have got our own and it's called Krzywa Wieża (meaning exactly the same). It is a medieval fortress tower that diverges from its vertical axis with 1,5 meter.

The raftsman's monument (Pomnik Flisaka) is situated in the southern part of the Old Market Square. He is surrounded by eight frogs. As a whole it is a symbolic presentation of relationship between Toruń and Wisła river. Do not forget to make a wish and pat one of the frogs!

Most of these sightseeing spots are easy to see on a film below:

If you'd like to see a splendid view of Toruń's panorama, go to the bridge that combines two banks of the Wisła river or take a walk along the Philadelphia Boulevard.

Another film about this city for you to watch:

These are only the most important sightseeing places. The real discoveries are waiting to be made just by you, behind every street corner!

How do you get to the city of Toruń? It's as easy as pie: take the plane to Gdańsk or Bydgoszcz and rent a car at the airport. You can, of course, take your own car and travel with the ferry to the continent. Book accommodation directly in the heart of Toruń. Don't forget to take care of your travel insurance!

Region: Kujawsko-Pomorskie.

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