Established in the early 13th century, Torun has often been considered the most modern city in its region throughout time. It has always had a melting pot of a society where various cultures, religions, and ethnicities have come together and lived in harmony. It has been part of Prussian, Poland, and Germany over the past few generations.
Torun was one of the few Polish cities to escape damage during the second world war. The Old Town is completely intact and is definitely worth the investment of a day’s exploration.
There are nearly a dozen major museums that document the history and culture of the region that worth exploring as well. If you can only see a couple of them, the Traveler’s Museum is dedicated to the countries that writer Tony Halik visited over his lifetime. The House of Kopernik celebrates the life and work of Nicolaus Copernicus while exploring the academic past of the region.
An astronomical observatory and a planetarium are available to visit during a visit to Torun as well. The observatory, which is just a short trip away in Piwnice, has the largest radio telescope in that port of Europe.
And then one cannot visit Torun without trying the gingerbread there at least once. It’s a type of pierniki that is often shaped into an elaborate work of culinary art. The Piernika Museum is the only one dedicated to gingerbread that you’ll find anywhere in Europe.
Torun is a beautiful city, steeped in history, that offers a unique chance to get out and explore. With so much to do, you may find that multiple holidays are required to fully enjoy all that this community can offer.