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Dreaming of Poland? From astronomy to gingerbread, Torun is full-on fun

The Torun Planetarium is a great attraction

Celebrations are plentiful in Poland and historical milestones are a great way to remember history, culture and heritage. February is no exception as the country commemorates the 550th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus. One of Poland’s most famous historical figures, Copernicus was born in Torun on February 19 1473. 

Visitors to Torun can celebrate the 550th anniversary of Nicolaus Copernicus’ birth and learn all about the great Polish-born astronomer. Torun is Copernicus’ birthplace and visitors can discover the importance of his place among the most outstanding scientists in history.

Undoubtedly Torun’s most famous citizen, the street where Nicolaus Copernicus was born now houses a fascinating museum dedicated to him. The Nicolaus Copernicus House is a proud reminder of his life and legacy which should be top of the list of things to see in Torun. Today, visitors can enjoy a multimedia, interactive exhibition which includes an audio guide, films about astronomy, the universe and scientific discoveries. The exhibition also offers an insight into the medieval city of Torun itself.

In addition to celebrating all things Copernicus, Torun is sure to appeal to many curious visitors. Must-see attractions are The Planetarium Hall, The Centre of Modern Times, The House of Legends, The Gingerbread Walk of Fame and The ZooBotanical Garden. Plus, in keeping with the astronomy theme, the Cosmopolis Fountain is not to be missed. In the summer months, visitors can enjoy spectacular programmed performances combining water, light and sound.

Torun is also famous for its delicious gingerbread. The oldest known recipe originates from a medical book and visitors can find out all there is about Torun gingerbread at the city’s two dedicated museums.

The Museum of Torun Gingerbread and The Living Museum of Gingerbread offer visitors the chance to bake their own!  This simple yet sublime treat is another important ingredient in the city’s colourful heritage.

Furthermore, this historical city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now one of the most cultural destinations in Poland – ideal for visitors who have exhausted the other great Polish cities. For anyone looking for a fresh, new experience in the country, it’s time to put Torun on the wishlist for 2023!

How to get there?

The nearest airport to Torun is Bydgoszcz. 

Flights to Poland from the UK are regularly available from airports across the UK with easyJet,  Ryanair and Wizz Air.

For more information on Poland, visit Poland.travel

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