People say: "Beautiful Toruń..."
... and are perhaps right. Because here they can witness the layout of streets of Toruń Old Town, which has not been changed for centuries, the most beautiful Polish panorama - of the illuminated medieval part of the city seen from the Vistula River side, Nicolaus Copernicus birth house - the famous son of Toruń, silent arches of St. Johns Cathedral - where the great astronomer was baptised, the tomb of princess Anna Wazówna in Saint Mary church, The Town Hall of unique beauty, whose courtyard remembers the "Toruń Mutiny" drowned in blood in 1724.
Pearl of the North -
that is the name sometimes given to Toruń, one of the most beautiful historic towns in Poland. Cosy, green and full of historical works of art - the city is famous for being the place of birth of the eminent astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, and since the Middle Ages, a well-known Hanseatic centre of trade and craftsmanship.
Toruń attracts tourists with authenticity of Gothic and Renaissance Old Town, that had not been destroyed for more than 780 years, and in 1997 was entered onto UNESCO's List of World's Natural and Cultural Heritage. The city is an ideal location to stop and stay for a while along the tourist routes to the Masurian Lake District, Brodnica Lake District, Kashubia and Pomerania. Every year it is visited by more than 1.5 million tourists. Well-developed hotel base encourages guests to visit Toruń, offering many enchanting small hotels and boarding houses located in the tenement houses on the Old Town. Stylish cafes and restaurants, surrounded everywhere by green areas and monuments, are filled with guests until small hours. All tourists leave the city with packages filled with the most famous Polish cookies - gingerbread cookies from Toruń - whose baking tradition dates back to the Middle Ages.
The Old Town City Hall, situated in the centre and based on a square plan with inner courtyard, is one of the most beautiful buildings of this type in Europe, a city’s pride. It houses a museum with rich collection of the Gothic art. The atmosphere of old times is created by three monumental Medieval churches: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, St. James's Church and Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Old Town is surrounded with a ring of brick walls, in which three Gothic gates stand out: Monastery Gate, Seamen's Gate and Bridge Gate. All tourists need to examine the distance at which the Leaning Tower is out of the perpendicular (1.4 m).
Walking around the Old Town, at every turn we may encounter tenement houses and palaces with interesting ornaments - some of them date back to the times of Nicolaus Copernicus. Numerous preserved grain storehouses make us remember the times of commercial magnificence of the City of Toruń, that built its strong position of the royal city as an Hanseatic river port.
Toruń - as every city with a rich history - has its magical places. Tourists as well as the citizens of Toruń point out to cosy little streets along the city walls, arches between tenements at Ciasna Street, the surrounding of Old Town Market Square or the Valley of Dreams situated by the Old Town. Also the traditional meetings under the most famous monument of Nicolaus Copernicus in Poland and the Raftsman’s fountain are intrinsic elements of city’s atmosphere. After long hours of walking around the Old Town streets the visitors rest and relax on the patios on the river boulevard: facing the queen of the Polish rivers and having at their back the most beautiful panorama of a historic town from the river bank in Poland, with an outstanding night illumination, worth admiring from the observation point on the left bank of the Vistula River.
The Planetarium is located in the very heart of the Old Town, in the former building of municipal gas plant. Equipped with advanced devices and offering extensive programme of popular science shows and a visit to Orbitarium - interactive room for cosmic plays for children, attracts more than 150 thousand spectators every year. In Piwnice, small village in the vicinity of Toruń, a university’s astronomical observatory is located with the largestcentre of observation astronomy in Poland, with a huge telescope.
The Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń is one of the best higher education facilities in Poland. Nearly 40 thousand people study here. Academic campus in Bielany district is situated in green areas and the modern didactic base ensures optimal conditions for academic work.
Prestigious events are held in this city, such as: "Kontakt" Theatre Festival, Music and Art Festival of the Baltic Countries "Probaltica", "Toruń-Music and Architecture" Festival, Midsummer Organs Festival, "Sztuka Faktu" Festival, International Film Festival TOFIFEST, Movie Themes and Ballads Festival, Toruń Science and Art Festival.