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Toruń - get gothic

Toruń is famous for the biggest number, after Kraków, of authentic works of Gothic art and architecture in Poland. Gothic style is the most distinctive feature of the city. Thus the official promoting motto: Toruń - get gothic.

Vistula Panorama of Toruń

The charm and harmony when viewing Toruń from the Vistula river make this panorama one of Toruń symbols and distinctive features. The panorama can be fully admired from the viewpoint in Majdany street, on the left river bank. Here, in the past, was, non-existent at present, bridge, linked with the Bridge Gate on the Old Town side.

Raftsman of Toruń

Because of its location on the Vistula river, border-city character, and relations with numerous cities of our continent, Toruń from the beginning of its existence in the 13th century has played an important role in European trade. Part of the commercial profile of the city is its rafting tradition.

Teutonic Knights - The Founders of Toruń

The foundation charter for Toruń was signed on 28th December 1233 by the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order Herman von Salza and the National Master for Prussia and the Slavonic Lands Herman Balka. In that way Toruń was founded by the Teutonic Order and managed by the Knights until 1454, when it became incorporated to the areas of Polish Republic under the reign of king Kazimierz Jagiellończyk.

Angel of Toruń

The angel is an element that distinguishes the crest of Toruń from among the heraldic signs of other Polish cities. The profile of the angel appeared in the crest of Toruń after the end of the thirteen-year war in the 15th century and has survived to our times. Thanks to this, the angel is one of the most important symbols of Toruń.

Toruń Gingerbread

The most famous product of Toruń is the Toruń gingerbread. The tradition of the baking of these aromatic cookies in the town of Copernicus is almost as long as the history of Toruń. One says that no visitor to our city can leave Toruń without gingerbread.

Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus, the most famous and the most outstanding citizen of Toruń. He was born here on February 19th, 1473 at St. Anne Street, today 17 Copernicus Street, which now houses a museum dedicated to the astronomer. The fame of Copernicus is connected with his astronomical theory, the heliocentric theory, which assured Copernicus a place among the most outstanding scientists in history. In the town of his birth, Copernicus was baptized in a parish church, today’s St. Johns Cathedral, spent his childhood there and a part of his youth.