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Torun

Torun
Photo by www.torun.pl
The Medieval Town of Torun is a well-preserved example of a trading city from the 13th and 14th centuries. The town was an important element in the trading network of the Hanseatic League.

The World Heritage Site consists of three parts: the Old Town, the New Town and the Castle of the Teutonic Order. The authenticity of the medieval town center is highly praised.

Torun also is the birthplace of the astronomer Copernicus (1473).



Year Decision Comments
1997 Inscribed Reasons for inscription
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Reviews

Bojana Bartol (Slovenia):
Old Town is a very nice complex in Torun. It is possible to spend a lot of time walking on the streets and passages. Especially Nicolaus Copernicus House Museum and City Hall are places you need to see here. And of course, Monument of Copernicus. Nicolaus Copernicus House Museum is a possible place of his birth. Torun is worth a visit by anyone interested in the medieval art and architecture in general.
Date posted: February 2014
John Booth (New Zealand):
The core area of the town, the Rynek Staromiejski is full of interesting buildings with quirky little details. I spent some time looking for them on the different fascades. I found the most interesting to be the Dwor Artusa and the House under the Star, as well as Copernicus' house around the corner.
Date posted: January 2014
Christina (USA):
Sir Nicholas Torun was the original Torun knight for the Teutonic order of Saint Mary's Hospital in Jerusalem. I am a direct decendant. He went to Scotland and got married and changed his last name to thorn. along the way it got changed to thorne. I am a Thorne.
Date posted: June 2008
Jose Gomes (Portugal):
For those who like astronomy and related sciences it is a place to visit since it is a beautiful town and also the place where Copernicus was born.

I liked a lot the square of the Rynek, the medieval walls and the ruins of the castle of the Teutons.

The prices are cheaper than those found in similar places (bars, restaurants) in Warsaw.

Don't forget to buy some Gingerbread. I learned there that this was the most famous thing in "Poland" during the middle ages after the Wodka from Gdansk.
Date posted: September 2006
Sue Douglas (Scotland):
A bustling friendly city. The town centre (Rynek) is very beautiful and more and more buildings are being renovated.

Make your first stop a bookshop for a town guide before you begin walking, this will ensure you do not miss any of the main sights and also point out the more unusual ones which usually have a local tale attached to them. The bookshops also have some beautiful large colour books on Torun or Poland in general. Buying one is a must but make sure you get it at the end of the day because of the weight.
Large enough to have many facilities for tourists but small enough to make it possible to explore away from the centre.

Make time for a stroll along the Wisla and follow the medieval walls.

Hotels and guest houses are now more abundant but always ask to check the rooms first as some may still have a tendency to have a stunning reception but very basic rooms.
We have never been disappointed in any of the restaurants so can't recommend any in particular. The tables were always well presented and the food fresh and superbly cooked.
We have enjoyed many a beer or coffee with the locals, sitting outside the Ratusz or in the Dwor Atusa across the street.

Children will enjoy the story of the legendary 'Flisak' who's statue is beside the Ratusz, 'Leaning Tower', Planetarium or a boat trip on the Wisla to the salt towers at Ciechocinek.

War historians can visit the various forts around the city or Barbarka a site of martydom of many Poles from Torun. Going further back it is worth a visit to the ruins of the Teutonic Knights Castle.

Adults, children, artists, architects, historians or tourists everyone can find something of interest in Torun.

Don't forget to round off your visit with some famous Torun gingerbread, 'Pierniki'.
 


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