Weekend in Toruń - what is definitely worth seeing?
Toruń - a city located in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship - many people rightly associate it mainly with the famous Toruń gingerbread cookies and the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. However, that's not all there is to know about him. Many tourists love them, and a weekend in Toruń can be a great idea for the summer months. What to see? What is definitely worth seeing? We suggest in the article!
Weekend in Toruń - visit the city in two days!
It is difficult to get to know Toruń well in one weekend, but surely two days are enough to feel its atmosphere and visit its most interesting points. What is worth seeing? We suggest how to spend the weekend in Toruń?
A place for fans of "Friends"
Before we start exploring the city, it is worth refueling by drinking coffee and replenishing the calories with a good cake. Interestingly, in Toruń we will find an ideal cafe for all fans of the cult series "Friends". There is a Central Coffee Perk in the city, referring to the famous Central Perk from the series, where the main characters spent long hours. Although it is not a faithful representation, there are plenty of themes related to the series 'friends' pack. In addition to posters, photos and logos, for example drinks are named after characters. We will also find the famous couch that every fan surely knows well.
A walk through the Old Town
After recharging the battery, it is worth going for a walk - in Toruń, the necessary route should be the Old Town - beautifully preserved. The city did not suffer much during the Second World War, so you can still admire the amazing gothic buildings. Their soaring shape is fascinating. The town hall, which we will mention later, and the tenement houses around the market square cannot be overlooked.
In the Old Town you will also find famous Toruń monuments. The first is, of course, the sculpture of Nicolaus Copernicus holding in his hand an astronomical tool called the armillary sphere. The second, in turn, is a monument depicting ... a dog. Filuś is a friend of professor Filutek - a character who has been drawn for "Przekrój" for many years. They were drawn by Zbigniew Lengren - on his name day, every year attractions on this occasion take place at the monument. It is said that on this day everyone who caresses Filuś will fulfill their dreams.
Old Town hall
So let's go back for a moment to the already mentioned town hall. It cannot be denied that it is definitely one of the most important monuments of this city, and additionally one of the largest European brick buildings.
The Gothic town hall was built at the end of the 14th century. The tower was to be built a century earlier. In the 17th century, it was rebuilt into the mannerist style, although its Gothic character was preserved. At the beginning of the 18th century, when the city was besieged by the Swedes, the town hall was shelled, which started a fire that completely burned the building. It was rebuilt for 16 years, starting in 1722, in the neo-Gothic style.
It is worth stopping at the description of the building, as there is an interesting story related to it. Probably this building was modeled on a calendar. What does it mean? One tower (one year), four entrance gates of the building (four seasons), 12 large chambers (corresponding to the number of months of the year) and 365 windows (representing days) were built.Interestingly, probably every 4 years, one additional window was forged in a leap year, and the next year it was bricked up. The history of this building therefore seems unusual in terms of this layout.
St. The Apostles James and Philip
Another interesting building is the Church of St. The Apostles James and Philip. It was erected for a long time, from the beginning of the 14th century until the 15th century. Initially, a presbytery was built, to which a nave and a tower were added after many years. Currently, it is a parish church, very interesting in terms of architecture, built of brick, with historic interior furnishings. For example, wall paintings or one of the crucifixes date back to the 14th century! It is definitely an amazing place for history lovers.
If we get tired of walking or the weather is bad, it is definitely worth visiting the planetarium - especially in a city inhabited by one of our most famous astronomers, which we have already mentioned several times in the article.
The planetarium is a very interesting place, because it displays astronomical shows that last about 40 minutes, telling about the secrets of the Universe. The way of displaying and interesting topics will surely make us immerse ourselves in science and it will be an extremely nice way to spend time.
As for the prices of tickets to the planetarium, they are not high - a normal ticket costs PLN 14, while the reduced one costs PLN 12.
House of Nicolaus Copernicus
He stopped the Sun, he moved the Earth, the Polish tribe gave him up - probably everyone knows this sentence. Since we are already spending the weekend in Toruń - the city of Copernicus - it is worth devoting a few moments to it. In 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus was born - in one of Toruń's tenement houses. It is assumed, although it is not certain, as the family owned another property, that it was a medieval tenement house, which today is called the House of Nicolaus Copernicus.
Currently, it houses the District Museum in it and in a tenement house next to it. Inside, efforts were made to recreate the appearance of this place from the 15th to 18th centuries. Even the painting decorations, which may come from the times when Copernicus lived in this house, have been preserved. This is an amazing treat not only for lovers of astronomy, but also history!
A weekend in Toruń can be extremely inspiring - interesting not only in terms of architecture and history, but also science. It is worth visiting this city!