Toruń (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.