The Medieval Town of Toruń is in the beautiful country of Poland. The cities origins go back to when the Teutonic Order built a castle in Toruń. The city was home to the famous Nicolaus Copernicus and was an important cultural and trade center in Europe.
Filled with splendid architecture, Toruń has many great buildings to take in and explore, including a castle of the Teutonic Knights, many ancient churches, nicely-decorated houses, and the medieval city walls, gates, and towers.
Today, the Nicolaus Copernicus University is located here and many cultural and artistic events are held throughout the year.
Toruń was famous for its gingerbread. The Toruń Gingerbread Museum is located within a 600-year-old gingerbread factory and gives visitors an overview of the hundreds of years of history that gingerbread has had in this town.
The Gingerbread Museum is a separate museum across town where visitors can learn more about the history of gingerbread and can even make their own gingerbread under the guidance of a fake medieval master. This museum is also located in an old gingerbread factory, this one from the 16th century.
Cathedral, bell and clock
The Cathedral of SS John the Baptist & John the Evangelist is a huge Gothic-style cathedral that took a few hundred years to build, starting in 1260 and not finishing until the end of the 1400’s.
Inside the tower, the historic second-largest bell in the country resides. Also, in the tower, there is an ancient clock from the 15th century, which still has the original face and its single hand works. Copernicus was baptized inside of this church.
Old Town Hall
The Old Town Hall is a building that has remained largely the same since the 14th century when it was first built. Today, it is home to the Toruń Regional Museum, which has displays of art, crafts from the 17th to 18th centuries, and Polish paintings dating back to the 1800’s. Visitors can climb up to the top of the tower to get a great view of Toruń.