A walk in Toruń
Recently I had the opportunity to spend a weekend in Toruń. On Sunday morning, after breakfast and coffee with stunning views of the Vistula River, I went to the old town for a walk. Although I had heard before that the city is nice and worth visiting, I was very surprised and charmed by Toruń. It turned out that this is a really beautiful, old, but well restored city.
Toruń captivated me with its vibrant atmosphere. I was there on a sunny summer day and the town was buzzing – summer gardens in restaurants were full, people were walking or jogging along the river, and in the more well-known places you could see groups of tourists taking pictures. Sightseeing here is very pleasant, because a large portion of the popular attractions is located in the city center and they are only a few minutes’ walk away from each other. I just wanted to take a walk and I did not have a plan of sightseeing, but it was impossible not to notice and not stop at the Leaning Tower, the beautiful Town Hall (I did not climb to the top of the tower though), or the Cloister Gate. Medieval city walls protecting the old town of Toruń add a special charm as well.
After returning to Warsaw, I got interested in the history of the city. Toruń is one of the oldest cities in Poland, founded by the Teutonic Knights, and was a unique city throughout history. Due to its location on the Vistula River, for centuries it was an important port of Hansa and in times of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth it was a royal town, one of the largest and richest. Today it is one of the most popular tourist and cultural centers. The old town of Toruń is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Toruń is also being associated with Nicolaus Copernicus, the famous astronomer who came from this city. Besides the monument in the city center and the Planetarium, you can also go on a tour dedicated to the great astronomer among other things visiting the house of Copernicus.
When returning from Toruń you do not have the eternal dilemma – what gift to bring your family and friends? Here the answer is simple – gingerbread. It was made in the city since the Middle Ages and offered even to Polish kings on occasion of their coronation or wedding. Of course, it is also worth to try it for yourself – it is truly delicious and you will find places where you can buy it easily in the city.
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