Favorite thing: I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.
The angel is in the Torun coat of arms from the fifteenth century and it is believed that the reason is that the inhabitants of Torun, after many years at war, asked for divine help
The angel with a blue mantle, silver wings and a golden key, is behind the coat fo arms which has three towers and a door with a blade closed as a symbol of protection and the other half opened representing the city aperture to external influences
El ángel está en el escudo de Torun desde el siglo XV y se cree que el motivo es que los habitantes de Torun , después de muchos años en guerra , solicitaron la ayuda divina
El ángel con un manto azul , alas plateadas y una llave dorada , está detrás del escudo en el que hay tres torres y una puerta que tiene una hoja cerrada como símbolo de protección y otra medio abierta que representa la apertura de la ciudad a las influencias del exterior
Copernico was born in Torum and studied at Cracow, Bologna, Florence, Nuremberg , he got the title of Canon Law and became a true renaissance man who served as a canon, mathematician, translator, economist, physician and cartographer ... , but his greatest achievement was in the field of astronomy
He broke with the vision they had at that time of the cosmos, giving a big step in understanding the motion of our solar system without concern for the violent reactions that would produce in the church and society in the coming centuries.
From this moment the man was no longer the center of the universe
In medieval times the universe was seen as something finite, very small, having the Earth in the center and all the planets and stars were revolving around it.
Copernicus proposed a "heliocentric" system in which the sun occupies the center of the universe, while the earth revolves around the sun and also moves on its axis, but still maintains the idea of a closed cosmos limited by the sphere of the stars
Copérnico nació en Torum , estudió en Cracovia , Bolonia , Florencia , Nurenberg y con el título de Derecho Canónico se convirtió en un auténtico hombre del renacimiento que ejerció como canónigo , matemático , traductor , economista , médico y cartógrafo... , pero su mayor logro fue en el campo de la astronomía
Rompió con la visión que tenían en esa época del cosmos , dando un paso muy grande para entender el movimiento de nuestro sistema solar sin preocuparle las violentas reacciones que se iban a producir en la iglesia y en la sociedad en los próximos siglos .
A partir de este momento el hombre ya no sería el centro del universo
En la época medieval el Universo se consideraba como algo finito , muy pequeño , que tenía la tierra como centro y que todos los planetas y las estrellas giraban alrededor de ella.
Copérnico propone un sistema "heliocéntrico" en el que el sol ocupa el centro del Universo , mientras que la tierra gira al rededor del sol y en su propio eje , aunque mantiene todavía la idea de un cosmos cerrado y limitado por la esfera de las estrellas
Zbigniew Lengren , born in Torun, went in daily in the house of the Polish ,during 50 years , through a comic strip that was published in the newspaper Przekrój, where Professor Filutek and his dog Filus were telling their vicissitudes and adventures
Finally, the Doctor has gone, leaving only his umbrella and hat, but the faithful Filus is still waiting
Touching Filus brings good luck, so some parts of the sculpture shine
Durante 50 años Zbigniew Lengren , que nació en Torun , entró diariamente en la casa de los Polacos a través de una tira cómica que se publicaba en el periódico Przekrój , donde el profesor Filus y su perro Filutek contaban sus peripecias y aventuras
Finalmente el Doctor se fué , dejando tan sólo su paraguas y su sombrero , pero el fiel Filus lo sigue aún esperándo
Tocar a Filus da buena suerte , por eso le brillan algunas partes
The Flisakiem fountain
According to an old legend, the city of Torun was overrun by a plague of frogs and they did not know how to get rid of them.
The mayor offered the hand of his daughter to the person that should finish with the frogs
Flisak played violin and got out all the frogs from the city, so as a reward he received the hand of his beloved and they were very happy
La fuente de Flisakiem
Según una vieja leyenda, la ciudad de Torun estaba invadida por una plaga ranas y no sabían como deshacerse de ellas .
El alcalde ofreció la mano de su hija a quien acabara con las ranas
Flisak tocó el violín y consiguió sacar todas las ranas de la ciudad , así que como recomensa recibió la mano de su amada y fueron muy felices
Torun is the town where world famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born. There are lots of monuments remaining about Copernicus in the city. The house where was born, chapel in cathedral where he was christioned, great statue of astronomer near old town hall, house of his uncle, Copernicus university etc.
Torun has also atmospheare of copernicus.
Favorite thing: Walk outside the Old Town walls on the southern end of town and you'll have a great view of the Vistula River running through Torun. This is Poland's mightiest river and it runs all the way through the country from north to south.
This place seemed to never be open when I was in Torun, but if you're looking for some visitor's information the main tourist information center is in the Old Town Square at Rynek Staromiejski 25, which is on the north side of the square. The hours are:
9am- 4pm Monday and Saturday
9am- 6pm Tuesday through Friday, year round
9am- 1pm Sunday, May through August
Click here for the official tourist information website of Torun.
Torun is located on the Vistula river, which for centuries has been used for transport. No wonder then that the rafting tradition is very strong here and that one of the best known town legends is connected with the raftsman.
After a very wet summer thousands of frogs appeared in the city. They were everywhere - in the streets, houses, even in the Town Hall. Something had to be done. There were many attempts to get rid of the disgusting creatures but all ended in failure. At last a clever but poor raftsman managed to lead the frogs out of the town playing his violin. As a reward he married a beautiful daughter of mayor of Torun. Of course they lived long and happily.
Tourist Information Center in Torun is located at the Old Town Market Square no 25.
Phone: +48 (56) 621 09 31,
Fax: +48 (56) 621 09 30
Open: Monday 9 AM - 4 PM
Wen-Fri 9 AM - 6 PM
Sat: 9 AM - 4 PM
Sun (V-VIII): 9 AM - 1 PM
Fondest memory: They have guide-books, souvenirs, maps, postcards and can give you all kind of information about tourism in Torun.
This is a scheme of Torun's central part, probably the most interesting for tourists.
In the Internet you can find much more detailed maps. Well-done interactive city map:
Favorite thing: The frog fountain is in the main square in the old town, it's a good photo opportunity, the water shoots out of the frogs mouth.
Statue of violinist - usually you can hear it in Polish: "Pomnik flisaka". It is a figure of a man playng on violin. Around them is a fountain.
one of the biggest secular gothic buildings in europe...
a jewel of medieval architecture
Fondest memory: nice view from top tower
with an inscription where we can read:
"to the man who moved the earth and stopped the sun"
Fondest memory: a so quiet and medieval city under copernic's protection