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Introduction

Torun

Torun

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Torun is a university city in the central north of Poland with around 200,000 inhabitants. The total metropolitan area has about 300,000 inhabitants. Its medieval part of the city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Other than its medieval architecture Torun is famous for two things: astronomer Nicholaus Copernicus and a local gingerbread speciality known as piernicki. Eagle eyed tourists will be able to find piernicki in the shape of Copernicus' head.

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Sights and Activities

  • Stare Miasto (Old Quarter). A UNESCO World Heritage List site dating back to medieval times. Almost intact medieval street layout. In fact, it consists of two, formerly independent cities - Stare Miasto (Old Town) at the West, founded in 1233, with the most tourist attractions, Nowe Miasto (New Town) at the Northeast, found in 1264, and ruins of Teutonic Knights' Castle (one of the oldest in Poland) between them. edit
  • Nicolaus Copernicus' House (Dom Mikołaja Kopernika), ul. Kopernika 15-17 (Old Town). The Copernicus' House is closed till January 2018 due to renovation works. Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Toruń in 1473. The museum is in a house which belonged to the Copernicus family in the 15th century, and where probably Nicolaus Copernicus was born. The architecture of the building dates back to the 15th century, and its interior is a fine example of a Gothic house refurbished throughout the centuries. The museum's "collection" mostly comprises copies and facsimiles with very few explanations.
  • Old Town Hall (Ratusz Staromiejski), Rynek Staromiejski 1 (at the centre of Old Town Market Square (Rynek Staromiejski)). Open daily except Mondays, Oct-Apr 10-16, May-Sep 10-18.. One of the most beautiful Gothic town halls in Europe. Despite its many treasures it is however not too rewarding for foreign visitors as it is almost entirely explained in Polish. Translations are very sparse or non-existent. The museum consists of Gallery of Gothic Art, including a collection of a 14th-century stained glasses from Toruń and Chełmno churches, Exhibition of Old Toruń 1233-1793, Exhibition of Toruń Coins, Court Hall, Hall of Polish Kings, collection of Polish 19th- and 20th- century painting, etc. Climb the tower for a beautiful view! 13 zł, reduced 9 zł; combined ticket for Old Town Hall and for the tower is 21 / 16; admission to permanent exhibition on Wednesdays is free.
  • Tower of the Old Town Hall (Wieża Ratusza Staromiejskiego) (at the centre of Old Town Market Square (Rynek Staromiejski)). Open daily, Nov-Mar 10-16, Apr and Oct 10-18, May-Sep 10-20. The Old Town Hall tower is the oldest town hall tower in Central and Eastern Europe. It is worth to climb the steep wooden steps to admire beautiful view on the historic center of Toruń. 13 zł, reduced 9 zł.
  • Baj Pomorski Theatre (Teatr Baj Pomorski), Piernikarska 9. Puppet theatre.
  • Cathedral of SS. Johns (Katedra świętych Janów), ul. Żeglarska. Main church of the city in the Medieval times, built during 14th and 15th centuries, since 1996 cathedral of Toruń Diocese. Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was christened here. On its tower hangs Tuba Dei bell from 1500, one of the largest Medieval bells in Europe. Interior is partly renovated, and the work is continued in 2013. The furnishings and decorations are witnesses of history of religion in Toruń - besides Gothic wall paintings you can see some epitaphs from protestant era, but the most prominent are Baroque and Rococo altars founded by Jesuit Order in the 18th century. Entrance is not free, additional fees for taking photos and filming. edit
  • Church of Virgin Mary (Kościół Najświętszej Marii Panny), ul. Panny Marii 2 (Northwest corner of Old Town Market Square (Rynek Staromiejski)). Open during a day, exept prayers. Gothic church, built in 14th century by Franciscan Order, now parish church. Very high interior is filled with precious works of art: Gothic wooden stalls, Renaissance organ, Renaissance and Mannerist epitaphs of Toruń's citizens, monumental Baroque main altar. This is also a burial place of Anna Vasa of Sweden, Polish and Swedish princess, the youngest child of King John III of Sweden and Catherine Jagiellon. In the southern aisle monumental Gothic mural paintings from 14th century, depicting Christ, St. Mary and saints. Entrance is free.
  • House Under the Star (Kamienica Pod Gwiazdą), Rynek Staromiejski 35. Open daily except Mondays. Oct-Apr 10:00-16:00, May-Sep 10:00-18:00. The house, built in 13th century and rebuilt several times up to 19th century. Baroque richly decorated facade and reconstructed interior - one of the best preserved houses from that period in Poland. You must climb the wooden spiral stairs decorated with sculpture of Minerva. The painted wooden Renaissance ceiling at the back is one of the best examples such a decoration in Poland. The interior hosts small exhibition of Far East art - not abundant, but really interesting. 10 zł, reduced 7 zł.
  • Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Granaries. Between 15th and 18th centuries Toruń was a big center of grain trade, hence many granaries are preserved in the Old Town. The oldest and most interesting can be seen on Piekary Str., near Leaning Tower, and Mostowa Street. One of them, so-called Swedish Granary, is adapted for a hotel.
  • Krzywa Wieża (The Leaning Tower), ul. Pod Krzywą Wieżą. Part of old Toruń defense wall system built in the 13th century. Poor foundations led the tower to lean at a sharp angle soon after its construction. It's customary to see if you can stand with your back and heels against the wall and your arms outstretched in front of you (hint: it's pretty much impossible!).
  • Dwór Artusa (Artus Court, Artushof), Rynek Staromiejski 6. Monumental building on the place of medieval Artus Court in the end of 19th century. Now it hosts cultural centre.
  • Vantage point on the left bank of Vistula River (From pl. Rapackiego go through the road bridge across Vistula, then turn left by the campsite). Excellent panorama from left bank of the river Vistula. Vantage point on Kępa Bazarowa island is accessible by foot or by bus from pl. Rapackiego (Rapacki Sq.)
  • Bydgoskie Przedmieście (west of the Old Town). Mostly residential district build in the late 19th and early 20th century. It comprises many monuments of architecture, a city park, and a zoobotanical garden. The most interesting are timber-framed houses at Bydgoska and Konopnickiej Streets.
  • Przedmieście Świętej Katarzyny (Wilhelmstadt). Built in the late 19th and early 20th century east of the Old Town, is a specific combination of residential and military architecture. St. Catherine's church is located at Wilhelmstadt's main square; with its over 80-meter high tower it remains the highest building in Toruń.
  • Ruins of Teutonic Knights Castle (Ruiny zamku krzyżackiego), ul. Przedzamcze. 10AM-6PM. An outdoor museum. One of the first Teutonic Knights castles in Poland, built already in 13th century. It was extended and rebuild through 14th-15th centuries. In 1454, the Toruń citizens demolished the castle, and that was the beginning of a war between Poland and Teutonic Knights. Then the castle served as a bastion and garbage dump. In 1950s the castle was unearthed, as until then the whole ground floor was covered by earth and litter. The best preserved part is so-called gdanisko, used by Teutonic Knights as toilet tower. Admission: 2 zł.
  • Ethnographic Museum. An open-air museum showing the folk architecture of many regions of Poland. Includes a windmill.
  • Dybowski Castle Ruins, opposite the river and small walk from the bridge (From the Old Town, cross the bridge to the other side of Vistula, then turn right and walk a cobblestone road you found under the bridge). A skeleton of what is left of the old Castle, built by Polish king Władysław Jagiełło (Jogaila) in the 15th century. You can explore the ruins at your leisure and walk the walls (which can be dangerous).

Forts of 19th-century Toruń fortress (12) (Some are located close to old town, others like Fort No. 4 are just outside the city).

  • Motoarena Toruń. The biggest and most modern purpose-built speedway stadium in the world, in use since 2009. It has been one of the sites for FIM Speedway Grand Prix since 2010.
  • Piwnice Radio Observatory (Piwnice). A radio observatory with two dishes (diameters: 32 meters and 15 meters).

Old-Town Market Square (Rynek Staromiejski), Rynek Staromiejski.

  • Museum of Toruń Gingerbread (Muzeum Toruńskiego Piernika), Strumykowa 4, ☎ +48 56 656 70 87, e-mail: dhtp@muzeum.torun.pl. May-Sep 10:00-18:00, Oct-Apr 10:00-16:00; closed on Mondays except May-Jun. Description from Museum's website: The Museum of Toruń Gingerbread, a branch of the District Museum in Toruń, in the 19th c. gingerbread factory formerly owned by the Weese family, can be found at 4 Strumykowa St. It has taken three years to convert the building into a museum and prepare an exhibition space of some 1200 sq m. The Museum of Toruń Gingerbread is likely to become a unique tourist attraction. Not only is it Poland’s largest museum dedicated to the history of gingerbread but it is designed to be modern and interactive and solely dedicated to the long-standing European tradition of gingerbread making. Exhibition and gingerbread baking workshop – normal: PLN 13, reduced: PLN 9; gingerbread baking workshop (excluding exhibition) – normal: PLN 8, reduced: PLN 6; exhibition - normal: PLN 10, reduced: PLN 7.

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Weather

Torun's climate is characterized by warm and sunny summers and relatively cold winters, typical for a continental climate. Temperatures from June to August are mostly around or slightly above 20 °C, while winter nights are generally below zero. Snow is common in winter, though variations between years can be huge.

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Getting There

By Plane

Bydgoszcz Ignacy Jan Paderewski Airport (BZG) near Bydgoszcz is the most convenient airport, about 40 kilometres northwest of the city. It has flights with Ryanair to/from Birmingham, Dublin, London and Airport Weeze and with EuroLOT to/from Warsaw.

By Train

Torun is connect by train with many cities in Poland, including Warsaw, Bydgoszcz, Wroclaw and Malbork.

Toruń's main railway station Toruń Główny is across the river Vistula from the city. To walk into town takes 35 minutes. A taxi into the old town will cost less than 20 zł. Alternatively, buses #22 and #27 run directly to the old town. These depart from both sides of the railway station; however, the kiosk for buying tickets is on the south side of the station. Take the bus two stops to Plac Rapackiego (You'll also notice the old town as you cross the bridge - it's the stop that immediately follows the bridge). You don't need an additional ticket for the bag, as long as you don't put it on the seats.

Toruń Miasto railway station is another railway station which is smaller but situated much closer to the old town. Not all trains stop there, but if your train does then getting off at Toruń Miasto is the simplest solution.

By Car

Highway A1 runs between Toruń and Gdańsk - quick way (170km). You can reach Łódź by A1 highway (175km). Warsaw can be reached via route 10 (220km) or via A1 + A2 motorways (260km).

By Bus

There are many bus connections to Toruń, and the bus station is just a short walk from the Old Town.

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Getting Around

Toruń's Old Town is quite small, and has no public transportation system. Walking around is your best option. During summertime it is possible to hire a pedicab.

Outside of the Old Town, there are plentiful buses and trams. There are more and more ticket machines in buses and trams. Still there is a small possibility that you will find one without a ticket machine, and will have to buy a ticket from the driver (they rarely speak English). You can also buy a ticket in one of the many kiosks (newspaper shops), but only for cash, unless you buy something more than a ticket.

Best bet is to walk, or if you can speak Polish or have your destination written down. Taxis are quite cheap. To get further afield, cars can be hired for around 100 zł a day.

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Eat

At warm times of year Toruń's old town is full of street cafes, restaurants where you can eat or drink outdoors and enjoy the medieval atmosphere. Some cafés are located on the bank of river Vistula, and at least two are on boats on the river. Various dishes - traditional and fast food, drinks - beer, soft drinks and ice cream are offered there. If you are a football lover there are many street cafés where you can watch a game on TV while drinking good Polish beer. Toruń is known for its gingerbread (Toruńskie Pierniki). You must try it.

  • Leniwa (Pierogarnia), ul. Ślusarska 5 (close to New Town Market), ☎ +48 564775403. 8-16 zł.
  • Manekin, ul. Wysoka 5, Rynek Staromiejski 16, ☎ +48 566522885. Delicious, huge naleśniki (filled crêpes) with a large choice of fillings for only about 10 zł each. It can get quite busy at peak times, but you will be warned if there will be a long wait. The staff are friendly and helpful and the restaurants have a nice ambiance. The restaurant on the old market square (Rynek Staromiejski) is particularly nice.
  • Metropolis (Restaurant & Bar), ul. Łazienna 26, ul. Podmurna 28.
  • Karotka (Restaurant & Bar), ul. Łazienna 9. Budget vegetarian and vegan food. 6 zł for soups, 12-15 zł for main dish.
  • Ciasna (Restaurant & Bar), ul. Podmurna 17, ☎ +48 690 060 036. Vegetarian and vegan food for reasonable price.
  • Luizjana (Restaurant), ul. Mostowa 10, ☎ +48 790 220 210, e-mail: kontakt@restauracjaluizjana.pl. Mo-Th 12:00-22:00, F-Sa 12:00-23:00, Su 12:00-21:00. Restaurant serving Creole food. 11-16 zł for soups, 24-64 zł for main dishes.
  • Jan Olbracht, Szczytna 15, ☎ +48 797 903 333. 11:00-24:00. Excellent food (mainly Polish cuisine) at a reasonable price. You can sit at level 0 in a big barrel, downstairs in a pub or upstairs in a restaurant room. This place has its own microbrewery making 4-5 types of fresh beer. 11-16 zł for soups, 24-64 zł for main dishes.
  • Piccolo Grande, Wysoka 12, ☎ +48 56 684 42 29, e-mail: biuro@grande.net.pl. Restaurant serving mainly Italian-style food (pizzas and pastas). 8 zł for soup, 12-20 zł for main dish.
  • Szeroka No 9, Szeroka 9.

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Drink

  • Klub NRD, ul. Browarna 6 (Near New Town Market Square (Rynek Nowomiejski)). Pub, but also centre of alternative culture. edit

Dwa Światy, ul. Ducha Świętego 10/12.

  • Lizard King, Kopernika 3, ☎ +48 56 621 02 34. 17:00-04:00. Good club with rock and pop music. Two bars (two levels), dance floor, live concerts
  • Krajina Piva, Rynek Nowomiejski 3, ☎ +48 607 589 607. 16:00 - 1:00. Great place for beer lovers. Over 100 types of beer in the bar, mostly regional Polish beer and many interesting tastes from all over the world.
  • Kadr, Żeglarska 5, ☎ +48 56 621 1433. 14:00-01:00. Good place to have a drink or two. Walls filled with still pictures from movies. edit

Desperado, ul. Kopernika 45.

  • Kona Coast, ul. Chełmińska 18 (near Old Town Market Place). One of the best cafes in Toruń, serving wide range of coffees. You can also eat some soup, pasta or panini. 5-13 zł for coffee, 16-18 for pasta.
  • Pijalnia czekolady E. Wedel, ul. Szeroka 40, ☎ +48 696 437 105, e-mail: torun@wedelpijalnie.pl. Mo-Sa 9:00-22:00, Su 10:00-21:00.
  • Atmosphera (Kawiarnia), ul. Panny Marii 3 (near Old Town Market Square, opposite the St. Mary church), ☎ +48 56 651 78 97.
  • Cukiernia Lenkiewicz, ul. Wielkie Garbary 14 (Old town, near the crossroad of Królowej Jadwigi, Szeroka, and Wielkie Garbary - there is an Empik store and concrete bench with clock on it. ~50 metres from there. They have the best ice-cream in Toruń), ☎ +48 56 62 256 35.

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Sleep

  • Angel Hostel, ul. Rynek Staromiejski 8 (right on the Old Town Square), ☎ +48 694 152 398. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Placed in the Old Town Square, with a view over Town Hall. Contains eight-, four- or two-bed rooms. 35-100 zł.
  • Camping Tramp. Open spring & summer.
  • Fort Yorck, Chrobrego 86 (5 km from downtown). In a 19th century Festung Thorn fort.
  • Orange Hostel, ul. Prosta 19 (in the Old Town, 5 minutes walk from the river), ☎ +48 56 652 00 33. Dorm bed: 30 zł.
  • Freedom Backpackers, ul. Szeroka 31/4 (right on the main street (ulica Szeroka)), ☎ +48 790 704 785. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. A great, friendly hostel, right in the heart of the city centre, giving great access to the whole Old Town, Internet, solid breakfast. All in all, a great base to explore the city! 40 zł.
  • Central Hotel, Hotel Pod Orłem, Mostowa 17. Reasonably priced but sometimes noisy.
  • Ibis Budget (formerly Etap), Popiełuszki 2a (within 0.5km from the Old Town). Offers a standardized budget experience by providing the simplest possible ensuite rooms made to the usual ibis Budget standards.
  • Gotyk, Piekary 20 (Old Town). 3-star hotel.
  • Heban, Małe Garbary 7 (Old Town). 3-star hotel.
  • Hotelik w Centrum, Szumana 2 (Old Town). 2-star hotel. Watch out for bell from a nearby church, ringing every hour, even at the night!
  • Kopernik, Wola Zamkowa 16 (Old Town). 2-star hotel.
  • Petite Fleur, Piekary 25 (Old Town). 3-star hotel.
  • Pod Czarną Różą, Rabiańska 11 (Old Town). 3-star hotel.
  • Polonia, pl. Teatralny 5 (Old Town). 3-star hotel.
  • Retman, Rabiańska 15 (Old Town). 3-star hotel.
  • Solaris (3-star hotel), Panny Marii 9 (Old Town). Located in a historic townhouse with a timber frame and steep stairs, this charming hotel offers creature comforts such as Japanese washlets in its 23 rooms. Located over a nightclub, which may become an issue.
  • Spichrz, Mostowa 1 (Old Town). 3-star hotel.
  • Trzy Korony, Rynek Staromiejski 21 (Old Town). 2-star hotel.
  • 1231 Hotel, Przedzamcze 6 (Old Town). 4-star hotel.
  • Bulwar, Bulwar Filadelfijski 18 (Old Town). 4-star hotel.
  • Mercure Helios, Kraszewskiego 1/3 (within 0.5km from the Old Town). 4-star hotel.
  • Filmar, Grudziądzka 37 (within 1 km from the Old Town). 4-star hotel.

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Keep Connected

Internet

In the cities there are more and more Wifi Hot Spots, so if you have your own mobile device, you can connect. Best chances of finding one are at airports, railway stations, in cafés, shopping malls and universities. Places like McDonald's and Starbucks usually have unlimited free wifi. In some hotels you can find free wifi, though you might have to pay as well or maybe just use it for a limited amount of time. Internet cafes become less popular recently as people prefer to use internet at homes.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

To call to Poland from abroad, dial the Polish country code,48, then the number without the leading 0, as if calling from a domestic mobile phone.
The general emergency number is 112. Police (997), Ambulance (999) and Fire (998) have phone numbers as well, and municipal police has 986 as a number.

Mobile phones work almost across the whole country. There are four mobile phone operators in Poland: Plus, T-Mobile, Orange and Play. About 98% of the country is covered by the standard European GSM 900/1800 MHz network, the remaining 2% are wildlife reserves or high mountains. 3G is available in almost every town.
Domestic call rates are roughly the same across all services. Prepaid starter kits with SIM card (called starter in Polish) are widely available in reasonable prices (PLN5-20, most of which is available for calls), in most of the shops, supermarkets and news agents.

Just about every shopping centre has at least one independent cellphone shop, the guys who run them are usually knowledgeable and have a range of cheap handsets which you can use as a local / travel phone. This may be a good option since juggling SIM cards is always a pain.

Post

Poczta Polska is the Polish public post service. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday. Some offices are open on Saturday until 2:00pm and the main post offices in major cities are open daily, 24 hours. Services are generally ok, but don't expact it to be fast and it is not always reliable, though most letters, postcards and parcels will arrive at its destinations after a week or two. You can find the red post boxes dotted throughout the country. You can check this postal website to see how much sending a letter, postcard or parcels costs, both domestically as well as internationally. For sending packages internationally, you can also check FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS, as they have fast and reliable services and generally competitive prices as well.

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