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Torun: Family-Friendly Historical Walking Tour

1. Torun: Family-Friendly Historical Walking Tour

​Visit Torun, a medieval city with one of the most beautiful town squares in all of Europe. As a historic site Torun ranks as high as Krakow or Gdansk. See why it was included in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List, as the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus – an astronomer renowned for his astronomical observations and heliocentric theory of the universe. On your tour, prepare to discover the Amber Court Museum and People-Ships-Ports. Give your little explorers the opportunity to become professional climbers or astronomers. Conquer approximately 200 stairs and see Toruń from the height of 40 meters. At the end of the tour, enter the completely unknown world of Toruń gingerbread with a visit to the Living Museum Of Gingerbread, a great place to spend time for both children and adults. Prepare yourself for many exciting experiences and tasks. Alongside these incredible adventures, your guide will describe historic architecture, tell you about Middle Ages events and contemporary history.

Torun: Private Guided Old Town Highlights Walking Tour

2. Torun: Private Guided Old Town Highlights Walking Tour

Visit Torun, a medieval city with one of the most beautiful town squares in all of Europe. As a historic site, Torun ranks as high as Cracow or Gdansk. It was even included in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. See the remains of the Old Town that weren't destroyed during the wars. Start your 2-hour tour from Theatre of Wilam Horzycy and admire the architecture of this building. Then, continue the path to the Planetarium and learn interesting facts about the universe. Discover the numerous statues in town including the statues of John Paul II, Nicolaus Copernicus, the Donkey of Torun, and more. Next, look inside the sublime baroque-style Church of Holy Spirit. Visit the medieval part of the Old Town and listen to tales and legends. Then. try to stand upright under the Leaning Tower. Head over to Arthur's Court, the former meeting place of the city’s merchants, and observe its vibrant atmosphere. Stop at a scenic spot overlooking the beautiful Vistula River. Next, make your way to the impressive Cathedral of St. John, the Baptist and St. John, the Evangelist. If you choose the 3-hour tour option, continue the tour to the Ruins of the Church and Dominican Monastery. Pass by the Teutonic Knights Castle and Medieval Defensive Walls. Marvel at the unique architecture and exterior of the Baj Theatre. The 4-hour tour option grants you access to the fantastic Museum House of Nicolas Copernicus. Learn about the history, life, and achievements of the famous Polish scientist and astronomer.

Torun: Private Polish Beer Tasting Tour

3. Torun: Private Polish Beer Tasting Tour

Go on a fun journey through Polish beer with this private beer tasting tour in Torun. Sample beers from major Polish breweries, specialty regional beers from the Great Poland region, and craft beers from microbreweries located in Torun. Savor traditional Polish appetizers with your drinks, and learn about the beers with an expert local guide. During your tour, get an insightful introduction to Polish beer, and find out about its history, traditions, and customs in the country. Discover Torun's huge tradition of craft beer, and enjoy spending time only with your friends or family on a private tour. Each venue you visit will provide a different experience, including a different atmosphere and selection of beers for you to choose from. This tour has 3 options. On the 2-hour budget option, taste a set of 7 beers and some appetizers at 3 different venues. To try more beers, select the 3-hour option, which includes 11 beers at 4 different venues with perfectly matched appetizers. Or, indulge in the complete experience with the 4-hour beer and food option. Delight in 13 beers and more food than you are able to eat.

Torun: Private Copernicus Trail and Old Town Walking Tour

4. Torun: Private Copernicus Trail and Old Town Walking Tour

Visit the museum dedicated to the great astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, then take a walking tour of the Old Town of Torun. Benefit from the services of a private expert guide exclusive to your group. Select the 2-hour option for a more condensed exploration of the Old Town, or upgrade to the 3-hour option to explore the area even better. First, meet your guide at the House of Nicolaus Copernicus Museum, supposedly the birthplace of Copernicus Once inside, discover documents and mementos connected with his life and work, as well as interactive exhibitions that bring his great achievements to life. Explore real life artifacts, 3D displays, light shows with a view of the Universe, and more. The museum covers not only the man and his work but also other subjects, such as the period he lived in, medieval Torun, the history of astronomy, architecture, the earth and solar system, and even economics. After your fantastic lesson, follow your guide to see the paths Copernicus walked along centuries ago. See the big sculptured monument to him in the center of Market Square, an icon of Torun. The tour ends here for the 2-hour option but if you select the 3-hour option, continue on a longer walk in the Old Town. Head to the Planetarium with your guide and find out about the existence of the universe. Admire one of the best views in the city by the Vistula River, and try to stand upright under the Leaning Tower. Finally, see the Medieval Defensive City Walls, the remains of a Teutonic Castle.

Torun: 3-Hour Private City Tour

5. Torun: 3-Hour Private City Tour

Begin your tour in the heart of Torun – Rynek (main square). In the middle of the square, you will find a Gothic town hall, which houses the town museum. Inside, see a rich collection of sculptures, paintings and stained glass. Climb the tower (extra) to admire a gorgeous panorama of Torun and the Vistula River. In front of the entrance, there is a bronze statue of Mikołaj Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus). Around Rynek, have a look at the mansions of the Hansa merchants like Pod Gwiazdą or Dwór Artusa. Most of them are richly decorated and well-preserved. Just next to the main square, you will visit the Holy Spirit’s Church and Saint Mary’s Church. The second one comes from the 14th century and was founded by the Franciscans. You will be charmed by the genuine organ from the beginning of the 16th century, medieval tombstones and colorful stained glass. Afterwards, you may admire the magnificent Saint John’s Cathedral. Some of the oldest elements of this enormous building date from the 13th century. Through the years, this church was a religious center for the local community and was a witness of important Christian ceremonies. For example, Mikołaj Kopernik was baptized here. While visiting the cathedral, listen to the history of Tuba Dei – the biggest medieval bell in Poland from 1500. Passing the defensive walls and several towers like Sailor’s Gate or Bridge Gate, you will reach the castle ruins of the Teutonic Knights – the headquarters of the commander on the Vistula Bank. In the newer part of historical Torun –  Nowe Miasto, you will see representative commercial residences like a pharmacy with a golden lion and Pod Modrym Fartuchem Inn. Another historical object is the former Church of the Holy Trinity (now functioning as a gallery) and Saint James’s Church.

Torun: Private Traditional Polish Food and Sightseeing Tour

6. Torun: Private Traditional Polish Food and Sightseeing Tour

Discover the culture of eating which has strong roots among Polish people on a guided walking tour in Torun. Meet your professional guide who will take you on a guided walk to see the main highlights of Torun. You'll then be shown the best dishes from Polish cuisine at 2, 3, or 4 carefully chosen local venues - depending on the length of the tour you wish to take. At these venues, seize the opportunity to try a rich range of traditional dishes.  Choose the 2.5-hour tour and try a basic set of food in 2 places. Sample dishes including different kinds of dumplings, Polish meats, and other specialities. This option includes 1 soft drink and cake and coffee/tea. It does not include soup or beer. Alternatively, pick the 3.5-hour tour and taste traditional Polish food at 3 venues. This option includes 3 kinds of dumplings, different kinds of polish meats, other specialties, and traditional soup. Also savor 1 soft drink, beer, as well as cake and coffee/tea. During the tasting your guide will tell you about some Polish traditions and customs and what meals are related to which occasion. If you wish to explore the culture of Poland even further, select the special 5-hour tour option. Feast on traditional foods at 4 different venues, combined with your choice of a tasting of 8 kinds of vodka or 8 kinds of beer. This option includes a longer guided walking tour of the city.

Torun: Living Museum of Gingerbread & Old Town Private Tour

7. Torun: Living Museum of Gingerbread & Old Town Private Tour

Discover the deep regional tradition of making gingerbread in Torun at the Living Museum of Gingerbread, the first interactive museum of its kind in Europe. Then, take a walking tour around Torun Old Town and see the sights. Enjoy a private tour with a licensed guide exclusive to your group.  After meeting your guide, enter the Living Museum of Gingerbread. Enjoy a special show, an innovative history lesson, and an interesting lecture from a local specialist. Find out not only about gingerbread but the medieval era, the first kings, and Polish customs. At the end of your museum tour, help the Gingerbread Master to make your own cookie. After your gingerbread lesson, follow your guide to see the city highlights nearby. Go for a short walk and admire the Market Square, the Town Hall, and the Nicolaus Copernicus Monument, as well as the famous astronomer's house. See the Planetarium and the Leaning Tower, listen to incredible legends, and try to stand upright under the tower. This trip lasts 2 hours but if you're hungry for knowledge, upgrade to the 3-hour option. Follow your guide to one of the best views in the city by the Vistula River and admire the landscapes. Then, head to the icon of Torun, the Medieval Defensive City Walls, which are the remains of a Teutonic Castle. Finally, make your way to the Torun Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist (entry not included).

Torun - City of Copernicus: Day Tour from Gdansk

8. Torun - City of Copernicus: Day Tour from Gdansk

See one of the best examples of a medieval Gothic town in Poland, and one of the country’s oldest cities on a full-day guided tour from Gdansk or Poznan. Torun was the birthplace of Copernicus, the renowned astronomer who made the crucial discovery that Earth is not the center of the universe. During a walking tour of Torun’s Old Town you’ll visit the Copernicus House and the cathedral with its bell tower. Admire the splendid views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site from the tower. After seeing the sights of Old Town, there will be time to hunt for souvenirs. Try the gingerbread, a specialty of Torun that’s baked according to recipes dating from the 16th century! At the end of the tour you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in either Gdansk or Poznan.

From Warsaw: Full-Day Private Visit to Torun

9. From Warsaw: Full-Day Private Visit to Torun

Learn about the charming city of Torun, one of the few Polish cities to escape major damage in World War II. Snap pictures of the beautifully preserved Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was included in the list of the Seven Wonders of Poland in 2007.  The day starts with pickup from your accommodation in a Mercedes Benz. Travel with up to 6 passengers to Torun with your English-speaking driver and meet your local guide.  Explore the Old Town, the New City, and the Teutonic Castle and admire the city defense walls and fortified towers that form part of the skyline. Learn about the founding of Torun by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century and see the ruins of the castle, left pretty much unchanged since its destruction by disgruntled medieval townsfolk. Visit St John's Cathedral, home to the seven-ton Tuba Dei (God's Trumpet), one of the largest medieval bells in Europe. Said to be the place where the world-famous astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, was baptized, it is also where the heart of King Jan Olbracht is buried.  Explore the picturesque Old Town and admire the Leaning Tower, which is displaced 1.5 meters from where it would be if the tower were completely verticle.  Next, choose between following in the footsteps of Nicolaus Copernicus in a visit to his former home turned multimedia museum or check out the Gingerbread Museum, a former factory that popularized gingerbread all over the world.  Take a break for lunch during the tour before the return transfer to Warsaw.

Toruń: Full-Day Tour of the City of Copernicus

10. Toruń: Full-Day Tour of the City of Copernicus

Travel back in time and explore the charming old city of Toruń on the banks of the River Vistula. With easy pick-ups from the Tri-City towns of Gdańsk, Sopot, and Gdynia, you will drive south to see all the most significant monuments of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, a guide will meet you to lead you through the Old Town, starting with the Leaning Tower, part of the city’s medieval walls. Left undamaged by World War II, the Old Town of Toruń was inscribed by UNESCO in 1997 for its largely intact medieval street plan and outstanding buildings. You will also explore the adjacent New Town, founded in 1264 and amalgamated into the Hanseatic League 12 years later. Admire the red-brick merchant houses and Gothic spires of churches, such as the late Gothic Church of St. James. Go to the ruins of the Castle of the Teutonic Order, destroyed by the town’s residents in 1454. Step into the house where Nicolaus Copernicus was born, and learn about his life and work in astronomy, continued at the Planetarium. Finally, sample some of Toruń’s famous gingerbread, baked according to a 16th-century recipe.

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What people are saying about Toruń

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4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Lucas was full of great stories about the local history, he really brought to life the interesting people and places that he showed us, we had an amazing time, would definitely recommend!

A very entertaining tour with various funny questions to be answered, a short break in the right place and all kinds of urban and personal anecdotes. We recommend!

Lucas was great, very knowledgeable about the different beers and locations, we had a great time, would definitely recommend this tour!