Top Attractions in Toruń

by jason riedy

One of Poland’s best known touristic destinations, the city of Toruń is located on the Vistula River, in the northern half of the country, and just a few hours drive from Warsaw.  Toruń is well-known for its historic centre, whose beautifully preserved fortification structures, merchant houses, squares and churches offer tourists a very accurate image of a medieval trading centre. Toruń is also the birth place of 16th astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, who was the first to advance the idea that the earth revolves around the sun.  His memorial house is one of the top attractions in Toruń, among other popular sights like the ones below:

Toruń Planetarium

With a brilliant location right in the heart of Toruń’s historic centre, the Planetarium enjoys thousands of tourists every year. A high tech projector will take you into an amazing tour through the depts. And mysteries of outer space, in one hour shows like ‘A Time Machine, ‘Macrocosmos’ or ‘The Saturn Mission’. Shows are in Polish but you might get an English translation (just ask for a pair of headphones).

House under the Star

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One of the most visited attractions in Toruń, the House under the Star will definitely catch your attention with its white, richly ornamented façade and the golden star on top. Inside the house you can admire the exhibits of the Far East Art Museum, as well some exceptional wooden stairs. The house is also emblematic for the Gothic architecture of the old city, dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries.

St. John’s Basilica

But far the most impressive construction in Toruń, this church can be dated back to the 13th century. The cathedral is a massive brick construction, built in an early gothic style. The huge clock tower probably its most striking feature,  and the church bell it holds inside is among the largest in the country. Inside you’ll be able to admire some unique sculptures and paintings, of inestimable value.

Copernicus House

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The house of Nicolaus Copernicus is certainly among the Toruń attractions that cannot be missed. The house is quite easy to spot in the labyrinth of narrow medieval streets in Old City Toruń: just follow the street with the same name: Kopernika. The 15th century merchant house where the famous scholar was born is home to several exhibitions, containing memorial objects and also a multi-media presentation of Toruń. Don’t miss the gingerbread exhibition: the city has a long gingerbread tradition!

 

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