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Northern Poland’s Gothic red-brick architecture reaches its climax in Toruń, one of Poland’s most attractive historical towns situated on the mother of all Polish rivers, the Vistula. In fact, this confection of ornate Gothic townhouses, slender church spires and beefy medieval defenses should arguably be second on any visitor’s itinerary through Poland (after Krakow), but remains something of a hidden gem. What’s more, unlike many cities in this part of the world, what you're looking at is the real deal, not a post-war rebuild, as WWII chose to leave Toruń intact. The town’s most illustrious son is Copernicus; the house where he was born ...

Northern Poland’s Gothic red-brick architecture reaches its climax in Toruń, one of Poland’s most attractive historical towns situated on the mother of all Polish rivers, the Vistula. In fact, this confection of ornate Gothic townhouses, slender church spires and beefy medieval defenses should arguably be second on any visitor’s itinerary through Poland (after Krakow), but remains something of a hidden gem. What’s more, unlike many cities in this part of the world, what you're looking at is the real deal, not a post-war rebuild, as WWII chose to leave Toruń intact. The town’s most illustrious son is Copernicus; the house where he was born (allegedly) is now a museum and references to the great astronomer are everywhere, even on the local gingerbread, Toruń’s signature specialty and the most popular souvenir among tourists. There’s more than enough to keep you occupied here for at least three days, and when you’re finished with red-brick churches, jam-packed museums and weird-and-wonderful statuary, there are town walls and gates to be explored, river cruises to be taken and some pleasant cycling in the surrounding countryside to be enjoyed — if only to burn off all that gingerbread you ate!

Marc Di Duca
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Marc Di Duca has written and updated more than 40 guides, mainly for Lonely Planet but also for AA, Thomas Cook, Berlitz and Bradt. Having spent the last 20 years exploring the former communist world, his main field of expertise is Eastern Europe and Siberia.

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