Torun Travel Guide

  • Torun from bridge.
    Torun from bridge.
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Torun Highlights

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    sihi says…

     Atmospheare, archtecture, cafes, churches, panoramas - magic & romantic town!!!!!!! 

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     Didnt encounter any negative experiences 

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     where is nicolas c. playing? 

Torun Things to Do

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  • Riverside stroll

    Take a stroll by the banks of the river Wisla, Torun side. From the other side is a good panorama of Torun. To walk, the bridge is very long so i walked on bridge till i got the famous view for my camera. In that picture you can see the city wall..

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  • Leaning Tower

    The tower has a vertical deviation of 1.5 m , was part of Torun fortifications, has been a prison , smithy, now a cafe.

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  • Nicholas Copernicus

    Nicholas Copernicus was born in Torun.In the 15th century he was a great astronomer. His birth date was 19th february 1473. He proved that the sun was the centre of the universe.

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  • Town Hall

    Built in the 14 th century the Town Hall is a symbol of Torun past glory and wealth. You can climb to the top of the 40 m tower. Buy your ticket on street level office,dont start to climb without a ticket

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  • The Copernicus Family House

    The two buildings at 15 and 17 ul. Kopernica are widely believed to be the birthplace of astronmer Nicolaus Copernicus. The exhibits inside a hodge-podge of loosely-related reproductions of original objects from Copernicus' time. There was minimal information available in English and frankly, without information the exhibits were boring as heck....

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  • The World of Torun Gingerbread

    Located in the basement of the Nicolaus Copernicus House, this hands-on gingerbread experience celebrates Torun's history as the birthplace of the famous cookie (pierniki in Polish). When I visited the tour was exclusively in Polish, so I had to watch others in my group to figure out what to do. We started out by shaping our dough into a...

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  • New Town Market Square

    The New Town Market Square is a big public square dominated by the Holy Trinity Church which was built in the center of the square in the 1200s. Its history as a market square is memorialized by a bronze statue of vendors wares, and vendors do occasionally set up shop in the square to sell fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads and more.

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  • The Baj Pomorski Theatre

    Shaped like a giant armoire, with drawers you'll just die to pull out and cabinets you'll want to open, the Baj Pomorski Theatre focuses on children's theater and puppetry, as well as more conventional pieces of theatre. Walk by around sunset while as the sun reflects off the theatre's creatively-designed windows, or go one step further and take in...

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  • Waterfront Walkway

    Along the Vistula River there is a picturesque waterfront walkway. Forty-minute river cruises depart hourly during the high season (according to the tourism department, that is!), while locals travel the river in their own boats, patiently wait for fish to bite and enjoy meals and drinks on floating restaurants. In the summer there can be a lot of...

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  • Medieval Gates

    Three of Torun's original medieval gates remain today, all located along the Vistula River. The Bridge Gate, the Monastery Gate and the Sailor's Gate mark important entrance and exit points from the original city center.

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  • Old Town City Hall

    Built by combining a series of separate buildings in the late 14th century, the Old Town City Hall in Torun used to house merchants stalls and the community's municipal offices. It's clock tower was built in 1274 and once held a golden crown at its top (the crown was damaged during a Swedish invasion in the 1700s). Today, visitors can check out the...

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  • Statue of Copernicus

    Torun is the birthplace of Nicholaus Copernicus, and a statue in his honor has been erected in front of the Old Town Hall. The statue was built in 1853 and the inscription translates to "Nicolaus Copernicus of Toruń, moved the Earth, held the Sun and the heavens".

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Torun Hotels

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Torun Restaurants

  • Wonderful Waffles

    As you enter the old town through the main gate, on your right (under the covered sidewalk) there is a hole-in-the-wall bar with a window that serves up delicious fruit-topped waffles. Fruit and whipped cream, that is. Whether you're looking for a sweet breakfast, an afternoon pick-me-up or some dessert after a perogy dinner, waffles from Bar...

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  • Polish Pancakes

    Nalesniki is Polish for "crepes", and this lovely little restaurant does a great job serving up Polish pancakes, both sweet and savoury. The menu features some interesting combinations, like "camembert, ham, leek gratin, corn and gravy" or "Plum liqueur, crisp gingerbread and vanilla cream cheese". Um, wait... how did I miss that last one on the...

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  • Fusion Failure

    Oh, Lonely Planet, you really failed me on this one. The LP Eastern Europe lists this restaurant as a top choice in Torun. I can't imagine anything worse. Claiming to serve a mix of local pub grub and Indian cuisine, this place does a lot of things poorly. The perogies here were the worst I tried in all of Poland, and the "Indian tortilla"...

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Torun Nightlife

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  • Between walls in open air

    Internal courtyard of the town hall is popular place of live music concerts. In summer time it is excellent place for relax and enjoy music. Courtyard is used also for film festivals, for film watchings. If the weather allows at the time of event the town hall courtyard is always full of people, all sitting places are full. Many people stay in...

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  • cellar club

    Papaya is the night club located in the old town in one of the cellars. It consists of 3 rooms - two for sitting and one for dancing. Club is compact, has nice interior with prevalence of orange-red colours. Siting places are comfortable, good for groups.There is mini scene and place for Dj in dancing room.Different kinds of music is played there....

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  • Dancing all night

    Torun is vivid also at night. Threre are plenty of pubs and discoclubs. Some of them are close to student's dormitories and some are just in the city center. Here are some of my favourite places:1. Pod Aniolem (Under the Angel) - Rynek Staromiejski 1( Main Squere), they have some concerts in there once in a while. If there is no concert people...

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Torun Transportation

  • Bus to Town

    On arriving at Torun Glowny rail station, to get to town by bus , buy a ticket from the kiosk for about 2.80 zlote. Bus number 22 or 27 takes you over the bridge over the Wisla river into town. To walk would take over half an hour. To use the bus in town buy a ticket at the shop or kiosk near the bus stop, then validate on board bus.

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  • Trains to Torun

    Torun's train station is small and old-fashioned. While other Polish stations were high-tech and modern, this one had little technology or up-to-date information about arrivals and departures. A taxi from the historic center to the station cost me 20 zloty. The station is also accessible by city bus. From Torun I took a train to Gdansk; my...

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  • Getting into town.

    Coming to Torun by train, you will most probably arrive in Torun Glówny, which is the main station. From there it is easy to get to town, just catch bus nr 22, 25 or 27, they all have end stop here. You buy tickets from a little kiosk outside the station. Just remember that you have to buy it before boarding the bus, because the drivers won't sell...

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Torun Shopping

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  • Try the gingerbreads - "pierniki".

    There is a tradition of baking special gingerbreads in Torun, called "pierniki" in Polish. It is said that piernikis have been produced since the town was founded.Two shops where you can buy these cookies are:Sklep Firmowy Katarzynka in ulica (=street) Zeglarska 25, or Sklep Kopernik at Rynek Staromiejski 6, (= Old Town Square) the Dwor Artusa...

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  • Great and inexpensive colonial furniture

    MANDALLIN company is the direct importer of ornamental and decorative ceramics, lamps, colonial furniture, oil paintings, as well as other decorative elements for the indoor arrangement. Our offer includes products of highly aesthetic values and modern design complying the newest world-wide trends. Colonial furnitureThe materials being used for...

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  • Shoping centre in old town

    Good shoping centre situated in house in the corner of Old Town square and Szeroka streets. It is compact (old town house!!!), has 5 floors, escalators. You can buy there/services:- woman clothes- man clothes- sport goods- shoes- solarium- cafe- solarium service

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Torun Local Customs

  • Local pub

    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 .

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  • Events

    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

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  • Love your PORK!

    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 ;-) heheheHere are few pictures we snaped while wondering around Torun....

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Torun Off The Beaten Path

  • Town of Chelmno

    It is worth to do trip to town of Chelmno from Torun for 1-2 days. Chelmno old nicely preserved town, very interesting tourist destination in region. Chelmno is definitely one of the most valuable destinations in Kujawia region.

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  • Zoological museum

    Lovers of zoology can visit zoological museum in Torun. It really exists there. Different birds, animals, insects, creepy-crawlies etc are exposed there.Museum locates ~40 min walk from old town near the main building of Torun Copernicus University. Very ok to go there by a city bus.

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  • Day trip: Chelmza town

    Staying in Torun for several days it is worth to do day trip to quiet town of Chelmza, that is situated in 20 km from Torun. It is former capital of region, town with well preserved urban building system. Over the old town tower two medieval churches. Especially Chelmza is good in summer, becouse there is lake Chelmzynskie with beach just 10 minuts...

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Torun Sports & Outdoors

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    If you don't visit a speedway match when in Poland, then you haven't been to Poland! You just should try it if you have not yet done. To experience the atmosphere on spot is quite fascinating. Torun has for many years been one of the better teams in the top league, called Ekstraklasa. They also host one of the GP:s every year now since the new arena is so grand with a capacity of 15.000 spectators.
    Pera Jonssona as it says on the last picture is the name of a Swedish rider (Per Jonsson) who rode for Apator Torun from 1991 to 1994 when a serious crash ended his career. He is now wheelchair bound. He was the World Champion of 1990. In April 2010, shortly before the new arena was inaugurated, the street going there was named after him in gratitude of what he had done for the club. Speedway is the national sport in Poland so getting a street named there after oneself being a foreigner, THAT is very, very big...

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  • How to find the objects.

    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.

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  • Escudo de - Torun - Coat of Arms

    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 helpThe 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...

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  • Movió la Tierra - He moved the Earth

    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 astronomyHe broke with the vision they had at that time of...

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