For the weekend

For the weekend

When searching for a good place to spend the weekend, it might be a good idea to bring up a visit to the city of Toruń. Gothic Old Town, countless events and festivals and lively, packed summer café gardens make the local atmosphere hard to recreate anywhere else. Convenient location of the city and decently developed communication to other bigger cities of central and northern Poland make Toruń very accessible for everyone.  In order to allow you to fully experience even the shortest trip we prepared a short highlight of activities perfect for weekends. 

A detailed description of landmarks and their history is available in a flyer form in 13 language versions at our Tourist Information Centre on Rynek Staromiejski 25. Welcome to Toruń!

Nicolaus Copernicus

A figure unmistakeably connected to Toruń. When in need of more knowledge about our most famous resident visitors should step by his family home – the most probable place of his birth on Kopernika 15/17. Another building strongly tied to Copernicus is the st. Johns’ Cathedral where a baptismal bowl used for little Nicolaus’s baptism can be found. An impressive monument of the astronomer, however, can be spotted on the main square and it’s a hot spot for souvenir photos and meetings.  

Taste of gingerbread

Toruń gingerbread has been an appreciated, local specialty for centuries. Their taste impressed many guests spending time in the city. Fryderyk Chopin himself, in one of his letters describing Toruń’s beauty, mentioned “nothing comes above gingerbreads, oh these gingerbreads, one of which I had sent to Warsaw”. Today, pierniki came to be one of the most favoured souvenirs and real symbols connected to the city. Therefore, it’s a worthy idea to visit the Museum of Toruń Gingerbread and learn secrets of this cookie’s production. You can even bake it yourself to take home and keep the sweet scent as a reminder of the visit to the “Gingerbread City”. When hoping to buy some for a snack, head to Żeglarska street, where you can buy them by gram or in various sets. 

Pearl of Gothic

Toruń Old Town area is a jewel of gothic architecture. Monumental sacral buildings: st. Johns’ Cathedral, Church of St. Mary and, deemed the most beautiful of the three, st. James Church make a remarkable impression. One of the most valuable monuments is a gothic Old Town Hall. Centuries-old city gates, towers and defensive walls are also outstanding as an example of the same architectural style. One of them, the extraordinary Leaning Tower has become one of the symbols of the city. The gothic castle was brought down by Toruń’s residents in fifteenth century, although the charming ruins of this fortress remain to this day.

Sport and activities

There is one more unique way of spending free time in Toruń: a weekend in the atmosphere of sportsmanship. Toruń has a long-running, beautiful tradition in several sport categories: speedway, ice and grass hockey and basketball. Outstanding objects like Motoarena or Tor-Tor Ice Rink organize matches, during which every sports enthusiast will find plenty of entertainment. Even skydiving is available in the city area for more thrill-seeking and demanding visitors.   

Toruń after dark

The city has a different feel to it after the evening lights go on and many cafes and pubs open their outdoor beer parlors and guests fill their venues. Meeting with friends in such scenery, among original gothic walls might make one feel like travelling to a time when its founders, the Teutonic Order, ruled the city. Especially charming during the night is also a landscape that can be seen illuminated from the viewpoint on the left bank of the Vistula river. This view never fails to amaze.    

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Park Miejski

The park, founded in 1817, stretches along Bydgoska Street for 1 km. It is one of the oldest garden foundation in Poland.

City Park
Bydgoska
87-100 Toruń

Barbarka is a small forest settlement in the northwest part of Toruń. According to the chronicles, in the thirteenth century St.

Barbarka
Przysiecka 13
87-100 Toruń
Tel.: 56 655 66 98
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] planetarium.torun.pl
The Centre of Modern Times Młyn Wiedzy

The Centre of Modern Times occupies the area of 5 thousand square meters, on 6 floors in the former steam mill from the end of the nineteenth century.

The Centre of Modern Times Młyn Wiedzy
Władysława Łokietka 5
87-100 Toruń
Tel.: 56 690 49 90
centrum [at] centrumnowoczesnosci.org.pl
The Zoobotanical Garden

The Zoobotanical Garden in Toruń is situated several hundred metres west of the Old Town. It was founded over 200 years ago and originally it was a botanical garden.

The Zoobotanical Garden
Bydgoska 7
87-100 Toruń
Tel.: 56 622 42 10
Fax.: 56 622 42 10
zootorun [at] op.pl

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