Toruń

Toruń (Kashubian: Torń, German: Thorn) is a beautiful, medieval city in North-Western Poland, situated on the Vistula River. Its architecture was not hit by bombs during World War II, and as such represents one of the few examples of true Gothic architecture in Poland. It is still reasonably off the radars of most European travelers, so one can expect to have an amazing Polish experience here without the nightmares of a million and one Interrail travelers.

One of the capitals of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship (since 1999), previously the capital of the Toruń Voivodeship (1975-1998) and the Pomeranian Voivodeship (1921-1939), the city is located near the Geographic Center of Europe.

Toruń's medieval Old Town or Starówka is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Toruń is the birthplace of the world famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. The house where Copernicus was born and the chapel where he was christened are still standing in the city. From Middle Ages the town is known for its gingerbreads.

As of the last census in 2004, Toruń has 208,386 inhabitants.

Get in

Tram in Toruń
Bus in Toruń

By plane

The nearest airports that offer commercial flights are in Bydgoszcz (60 km) (low cost airlines across Europe), Poznań - Ławica airport (140 km, low cost airlines across Europe), Gdańsk - Lech Wałęsa airport (~180 km, low cost airlines across Europe, connected by motorway) and Warsaw - Okęcie airport - long haul airlines (230 km).

By train

Polish State Railways operates train connections to Toruń from Warsaw, Poznań, Gdańsk, Łódź, Katowice and Olsztyn.

Toruń's main railway station, Toruń Główny is situated across the river Vistula from the city. To walk into town takes 35 minutes. Alternatively, buses #22 and #27 run directly to the old town. These depart from both sides of the railway station; however, the kiosk for buying tickets is on the south side of the station. Take the bus two stops to Plac Rapackiego (You'll also notice the old town as you cross the bridge - it's the stop that immediately follows the bridge). As for 2012, you don't need an additional ticket for the bag, as long as you don't put it on the seats.

Toruń Miasto is another railway station which is smaller but situated much closer to the old town. Not all trains stop there, but if your train does then getting off at Toruń Miasto is the simplest solution.

By car

Highway A1 runs between Toruń and Gdańsk - quick way (170km). You can reach Łódź by A1 highway (175km) since May 2014. Connection with Warsaw via route 10 (220km) or via A1 + A2 motorways (260km).

By bus

There are many bus connections to Toruń, and the bus station is just a short walk from the Old Town. (see Poland::By bus).

Get around

Main street in Toruń (ul. Szeroka)

Toruń's old town is quite small, and has no public transportation system. Walking around the old town is your best option.

Outside of the old town, there are plentiful buses and trams. However there are no bus ticket machines, ticket offices in the city. You can only buy tickets aboard the bus on its first stop, or Instead, in purchase a bus or tram ticket, you will need to contend with angry little old ladies in the 20 cm x 20 cm windows of kiosks scattered around the city. If these are open, these women seem to only accept exact coin change. If you attempt to pay with say a 20zl or 50 zl note, prepare to be screamed at in Polish!

The operators have an English version of the timetable available , but good luck, the network map makes the Tokyo metro look like a piece of cake.

Best bet is to walk, or if you can speak Polish or have your destination written down the Taxis are quite cheap. To get further afield, cars can be hired for around 100 zł a day.

See

Old Town Hall in Toruń
Statue of Raftsman playing the violin
Panoramic view of the Old Town

Do

A list of events, entertainment, culture in Toruń - updated daily (also in English) can be found online:

Check availability in advance on +48 566636617. During peak season you should book your visit beforehand unless you plan to show up on Sat - Sun. Open from 9AM to 6PM Off-peak season (from January to the end of March) open from 10AM to 6PM There must be at least 5 persons to start show, this condition does not apply at 4PM Need more information? Do not hesitate to phone this museum or e-mail them at muzeumpiernika@muzeumpiernika.pl

Buy

There are many shops, boutiques in old town selling clothes, souvenirs, jewellery, music, food, drinks, vegetables and fruits (on New Town market), etc.

Eat

At warm times of year Toruń's old town is full of street cafes, restaurants where you can eat or drink outdoors and enjoy the medieval atmosphere. Some cafés are located on the bank of river Vistula, and at least two are on boats on the river. Various dishes - traditional and fast food, drinks - beer, soft drinks and ice cream are offered there. If you are a football lover there are many street cafes where you can watch a game on TV while drinking good Polish beer.

Toruń is known for its gingerbread (Toruńskie Pierniki). You must try it.

Drink

Bars

Cafés

Sleep

Private Rooms

In Toruń if you would like to stay in one of the historic buildings in the old town, it is possible to rent a furnished apartment for the night from a local family. Go to the tourist information centre and ask them for a phone number, or have them call on your behalf if you don't speak Polish. It was less that 80 zloty per night during the summer in 2010.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge


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