I like it here. In fact, I’ve decided to stay an extra night. It’s not that I’ve got a huge list of things to see and do, although there’s plenty to see in this beautifully preserved medieval city. It’s just that Toruń is such a pleasure to be in. The Old Town is amazing, with its cobbled streets, gothic buildings and attractive squares. The centre is also closed to traffic, so you can wander around without being disturbed by passing cars.
I’m typing this sitting by the peaceful riverside, enjoying some of the town’s famous gingerbread. The riverside location of the city is part of its charm. This was the view from the bridge on the way into town:
Toruń is the birthplace of the great astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, whose theories about the Earth orbiting the Sun and not vice versa would take the Renaissance world by storm, not to mention gravely upsetting the Catholic Church. His theories would later be proven correct by Galileo, who I also met on a previous trip to Florence. Toruń seems quite proud of their scientific heritage, and Copernicus is given pride of place in the main square:
The tower behind him belongs to the town hall, which can be climbed for a fee of 10 złoty. From the top you get a great view of the city old and new.
Thanks Esther for recommending this place!