ToruĊ„ (Thorn in German) is a small city of 200000 inhabitants with a interesting historic centre, on the banks of the Vistula river in northern Poland, about 1:40 hours by car from Gdansk.
Between the 9th and 13th century a Slavic settlement with a wooden fortress was in the area. In 1231 the Teutonic knights established a fortress and in 1233 signed the city charters and developed the city. Torun joined the Hanseatic league in 1280. Between 1466 and 1793 Torun was under Polish rule, then passed under Prussian rule. After World War I Torun joined the newly formed Polish state.
Torun wasn't damaged during World War II and has therefore a well preserved historic core. This extends from east to west on the northern bank of the river. Torun has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1997.
How to get to Torun
The closest airport is in Bydgoszcz, about 50km from Torun. The city has also a train station and can be reached by car.
There are many hotels in and near Torun, most of them bookable via the international booking portals.
01 Holy trinity evangelical church 02 White house on Rynek square 03 Restaurant tables on Rynek square 04 Szeroka pedestrian area 05 St John church
06 Holy trinity evangelical church 07 Holy trinity evangelical church 08 Szeroka pedestrian area 09 Szeroka pedestrian area 10 Town hall 11 Town hall
12 Town hall tower 13 Nicolaus Copernicus statue 14 Town hall 15 Town hall
16 Rynek square at night 17 Central post office
18 Rynek square at night 19 Rynek square 20 Town hall 21 Town hall tower
22 Town hall tower 23 Town hall 24 Town hall tower 25 Szeroka pedestrian area 26 Szeroka pedestrian area 27 Szeroka pedestrian area
28 Szeroka pedestrian area 29 Red brick house on Szeroka 30 Red brick house on Szeroka 31 Church of the Holy Spirit 32 Town hall 33 Town hall tower
34 Town hall 35 Town hall tower 36 Church of the Holy Spirit 37 Central post office 38 Rynek square with town hall
39 Rynek square with town hall 40 Szeroka pedestrian area 41 Szeroka pedestrian area 42 House of Nicolaus Copernicus 43 House of Nicolaus Copernicus
44 House of Nicolaus Copernicus 45 House of Nicolaus Copernicus 46 House of Nicolaus Copernicus 47 House of Nicolaus Copernicus 48 Town hall
49 St John church 50 Theatre 51 Sailors gate 52 Empik school 53 Empik school 54 St Stepehn church
55 City fire brigade building 56 Torun skyline
57 Bridge over Vistula river
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