If you’re visiting Poland and in the area then you need to visit Toruń! One of the oldest cities in Poland, Toruń goes as far back as the 8th century and has an interesting story to tell. From the Teutonic Knights to Nicolaus Copernicus to beautiful churches, there’s no short of things to do in Toruń, Poland! Read on to find out about this awesome city that has fortunately retained its beauty throughout history and survived WWII.
Teutonic Castle Ruins
Toruń has strong ties to a Teutonic past. There once stood a fortress where the Teutonic Knights ruled. However, the town eventually rebelled against the Teutonic Order and it was destroyed.
There are some fantastic ruins for you to see today and you can even venture underground where some great exhibits are on display.
And, of course, there’s a small medieval torture room but if you skip that part we don’t blame you!
House of Nicolaus Copernicus
A true Renaissance man, Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Toruń, Poland, and went on to make significant advances in many fields of study. However, his most important discovery was heliocentrism. There’s an absolutely fantastic museum devoted to Copernicus and his family and it’s also quite interactive. You’ll also learn about everyday life during his time there.
The Leaning Tower in Toruń
One of the more unique attractions in Toruń’s Old Town is the Leaning Tower. Not quite as spectacular as the Leaning Tower of Pisa but definitely worth a look and a photo. Strolling along the Vistula and appreciating the city walls is a great way to get there!
St. John’s Cathedral
While it doesn’t appear very old today, St. John’s Cathedral dates back to the 13th century. This church is less about the exterior and more about what’s hanging on the walls inside. You’ll find numerous paintings throughout the church and some that are as old as the 14th century. The bell, Tuba Dei, is the largest medieval bell in this part of Europe.
Pierogarnia Stary Toruń
You can’t visit Poland and not try pierogi or potato pancakes. While not exclusively Polish, pierogi is Slavic dish that many countries in this area specialize in. But trust us, you should try some at Pierogarnia Stary Toruń. It provides a great afternoon break of sightseeing where you can fill your tummy and decide what to do next.
Muzeum Piernika (Gingerbread Museum)
A delightful little museum located near the House of Nicolaus Copernicus, the gingerbread museum in Toruń is a real treat. Literally. Not only do you get to make your own gingerbread like they did in the old times, but you also learn how a bakery (Piernika) would have operated in the early 20th century. Their gift shop is worth browsing as well!
The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
We stumbled upon this church by accident and it’s one of the most beautiful churches we’ve visited in Europe. This church goes back to the early 1500s and the stained glass and ornate interior speaks for itself. You definitely need to stop by for a visit when in Toruń.
Old Town Hall Tower and Museum
For the best view of Toruń, Poland, head to the top of the Old Town Tower and get a 360 degree look at the Vistula River while appreciating over a thousand years of history below you. The museum below is also worth a visit and offers even more history for you to absorb in this historic town.
Piekarnia Bartkowscy Pod arkadami
We can’t pronounce it either. All that matters is that it’s a bakery. A very delicious bakery. Type it in Google Maps and enjoy.
Cheap, friendly and inviting, so many delicious options await you in here. Grab something and then head to Grande Coffee just up the street. Find a seat outside and gaze upon Toruń’s Old Town with a hot coffee as you watch people pass by and enjoy a sweet snack.
A Walk Through Old Town
If you’ve visited any of the things we’ve listed above, then walking through Old Town in Toruń is unavoidable. It’s a good thing because the entire medieval part of Toruń is a UNESCO Heritage Site!
Summary of Things to Do in Toruń, Poland
While we listed several wonderful things to do in Toruń, there’s still much more to do! We visited on a day trip from Poznań and are so happy we did. Toruń is one of the few towns in Poland that was not destroyed by WWII and it’s waiting for you to discover it!