Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus

When visiting Toruń, it is essential to go to places connected with the great astronomer Nicholas Copernicus who was born here and spent several years of his life here. Below, we present places connected to this great Pole which are worth a visit: his family house, the Cathedral he was baptised in, the Town Hall  - which has been a central point of the city for centuries, the Copernicus’ statue erected to honour his name more than 150 years ago and also Toruń Planetarium which gives the opportunity to admire the same sky which fascinated Copernicus.

Piwnice, not far way from Toruń, is home to the astronomical observatory, belonging to Toruń University, which is, until this day, very active in doing research of the universe. With the use of a a huge radiotelescope the research work looks completely different compared to centuries ago, though.

Nicholas Copernicus is an extremely important person for our city. Toruń University has taken his name, the oldest secondary school in Toruń has been given his name, Toruń gingerbread factory has its official name of F.C ‘Kopernik’ – for centuries and for ever Toruń will be associated with Nicholas Copernicus.

If you want to learn more about the life and ideas of Nicholas Copernicus, visit the website devoted to this subject here >>.   

The House of Copernicus

This magnificent gothic house is considered to be the birthplace of Nicholas Copernicus.

The House of Copernicus
Kopernika 15
87-100 Toruń
Tel.: 56 660 56 13
Fax.: 56 622 40 29
muzeum [at]

The statue made of bronze was unveiled in 1853.

Copernicus monument
Rynek Staromiejski
87-100 Toruń
Planetarium Orbitarium and Geodium

Planetarium, Orbitarium and Geodium are situated in the nineteenth century buildings of the old gas plant.

Planetarium and Geodium
Franciszkańska 15
87-100 Toruń
Tel.: 56 622 60 66
Fax.: 56 622 50 66
office [at]
Astronomical Observatory in Piwnice

The beginnings of the observatory in Piwnice near Toruń go back to 1947.

Astronomical Observatory in Piwnice 87-148 Piwnice
Tel.: 603 750 220
zwiedzanie [at]
The Old Market

For centuries this almost square marketplace has been the main tourist attraction of Toruń.

The Old Market
Rynek Staromiejski 1
87-100 Toruń