Overflowing with medieval architecture and cobblestone streets, the walled Gothic city of Toruń looks like something straight out of a fairytale. As if that wasn’t enough to instil the storybook ambience, it's also famed for its millennia-old gingerbread industry and for being the birthplace of pioneering astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.
Situated beside the Vistula River, Toruń’s ancient Old Town is where you’ll discover many of the city’s most significant buildings. A Brick-Gothic boom in the 15th century led to the construction of some wonderful examples of the architectural style, such as the Old Town Hall, St. Johns' Cathedral and St. James' Church. While you’re exploring this historic part of the city, don’t miss the famous Leaning Tower – a 13th-century defensive structure that has partially sunk on one side.
For a true taste of Toruń’s culture, pay a visit to the Gingerbread Museum, located in a 19th-century factory that once produced the sweet treats and exported them across the globe. Interactive exhibits and workshops bring the history to life, and you’ll even have the chance to observe the original ovens used for baking and learn all about the different ingredients. You can then learn about one of Poland's most famous figures at the House of Nicolaus Copernicus. Believed to be the birthplace and childhood home of the beloved Toruń native, it’s yet another wonderful example of the city’s red-brick Gothic architecture. Inside, a 4D cinema and interactive displays highlight Copernicus’ astronomical achievements.