All major indoor events like concerts, conventions etc. take place at Nicolaus Copernicus Aula. It's a quite large hall with over 500 seats (the largest in Torun) and good acoustics. I was listening a choir there during my professional convention.
How to get there? - click here
Pols love to eat meat. Pork is a national meat of Poland and smoked pork should be a symbol of Poland. I am a POL so don't bother to differ with me ;-) hehehe
Here are few pictures we snaped while wondering around Torun....
City has lots of new modern flat houses. They are colourful and look very nice. Some of old blocks were rebuilt, renovated, now they are as modern houses. Just delight to look and to see. Positive colours are used. Some house is green, some yellow with orange or blue.
Adresses and numbers of the houses are wrote with a large symbols on the wall, so blind as a bat can see that.
Torun is a city of culture. Active cultural life in Torun is a part of city life.
Different music festivals and concerts, international film festival - Filmowe Lato (The Film Summer), performances, art exhibitions are going there.
There are going concerts of differend Polish as foreign stars and known bands. Different music styles you can listen there - jazz, pop, rock, hip hop, r'n'b, punk etc. Also are popular free concerts of church, organ music in local churches.
There are many young people in Torun, becouse of that city looks young and fresh, although it has 1000 years long history. They are beautiful and friendly people - a part of Toruns beauty. They are local inhabitans and students from other cities (and countries) who study in Torun. Torun is the city of students, you know.
Somebody can ask, there are many cafes and bars in Torun and many tourists in summer time who drink beer there, but who drinks beer, who visits these bars in winter?
Ofcourse they are students.
Maybe there is no so many tourists in winter as it is in summer in Torun. And these bars, cafes, pubs can exist thanks students studing in Torun, at least in winter time:)
As I said Torun is famous for its gingerbread. You can buy all differnet kinds of it. Some kinds look like work of art and I dont really know if one can eat them ;-) They are so cute that people buy them for presents. I remember my friend bought a box of gingerbread for her friend from India. He told me later he had thrown them away since they were too hard!!! how could he??? ;-)
Yes, the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (the Latin derivation of his name, Mikolaj Kopernik) was born right here in Torun in 1473. He attended the University of Krakow and was said to be a master of mathematics and other sciences in addition to astronomy. He is most famous for his heliocentric theories (sun-centered). To get a small glimpse into his insights, here are seven axioms published in his book "Little Commentary" are as follows:
1) there is no one center in the universe.
2) the Earth's center is not the center of the universe.
3) the center of the universe is near the sun.
4) the distance from the Earth to the sun is imperceptible compared with the distance to the stars.
5) the rotation of the Earth accounts for the apparent daily rotation of the stars.
6) the apparent annual cycle of movements of the sun is caused by the Earth revolving round it.
7) the apparent retrograde motion of the planets is caused by the motion of the Earth from which one observes.
But . . . enough of all that science stuff! The best thing about Copernicus is the Copernicus themed gingerbread you can buy all over town. You gotta try a sample of this stuff.
You've all heard of the Pied Piper, right? Well, Torun's version of this story is immortalized by the bronze fountain in the Old Town Square, which depicts a boy with a fiddle surrounded by little frogs. The legend says that a witch tried to live in Torun and when she was turned away, she cast a curse on the town causing the Torun to be invaded by frogs. Then, the fiddle playing boy came along and enchanted the frogs with his beautiful playing. They followed him out of the Torun and the town was saved.
Gingerbread is no doubt the most famous product of Torun. These cookies made of flour, honey (no eggs!) and oriental spices such as ginger, cloves, cinnamon or nutmeg have been baked in Torun since Middle Ages. In those times there was the saying that the best vodka comes from Gdansk, the most beautiful maids from Cracow and the best gingerbread from Torun. I'm not sure about the first two, but Torun gingerbread still holds the victor's palm.
How did it all begin? The legend says that the first gingerbread was made by accident. A baker making bread added honey instead of water to the flour and the result was ... gingerbread.
Today it is the most popular souvenir from Torun. It comes in different shapes: hearts, carriages, townsmen. These big ones are for decoration rather than eating. But you can buy ones packed in boxes designed as houses (f.e. the house of Copernicus), and then you'll have both a souvenir and cookies.
Torun is famous in all Poland for its gingerbreads.
In some markets you can buy them packed in the paper boxes formed as they were famous Torun buildings. Two of these markets are located at the Zeglarska Street, another one - if I remember well - at the Old Town Market Square.
WARNING: gingerbreads in "special" boxes are much more expensive then another cakes.
What to do when you see TV cameras in Torun?
- don't panic, stay calm,
- wear VT T-shirt ASAP, if you have any. I have one brought from my Oceanside, California VT meeting - click here,
- keep smiling and publicize VT.
Any other ideas?
It seems that we have a lot of beaurocracy in Poland, more: I am sure about it.
Just one small example. Look: there is a 6-story, big administrative building of Nicolaus Copernicus University = NCU (over 34,000 students). How many people work there? 1000? More? Don't they waste our taxes?
Students (citizens of Poland) don't pay for their studies in Poland if they pass entry exams for day, regular studies. Each university earns some money but the rest is paid by central Polish budget = tax-payers. Surely students must pay for food, accommodation, books etc. - usually not so simple for most of them.
A lot of great cultural events and scientific conventions take place in Torun each year. Watch for cars marked TVP and TVN. Whenever you find them be sure that something important is going on.
TVP means Polish Television (public television = ...we must pay for it :-((( each month: 3 programmes + TV Polonia transmitted abroad (on cable) for people with Polish roots living in many countries around the globe, approx. 10 millions in the USA for example.
TVN is main Polish private television - a few programmes including TVN24 = news non-stop (Polish CNN hehe) including news in English every hour.
A pub for the locals .and me. Situated in Fosa Staromiejska near Aleja Jana Pawla str. The price of 0.5l beer 5 zlote [ £1 ] April 2013. Tasty Tyskie beer. This pub is not far from Mercure hotel .