Torun (Toruń) was founded in the 13th century by
the Teutonic Knights and developped in the following centuries to
an important trade center. The city survived World War II almost
unscattered. The Old Town breathes a medieval atmosphere and
still has many of the gothic buildings from the
days of the rule of the Teutonic Order, including the city walls
and granaries along the Vistula River. Other historic buildings
that date back to the heydays of Torun include the Town
Hall, St Jacob's Church and St
John's Cathedral. It is not without reason that the city
center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Toruń is also the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, the famous 16th century astronomer. The house where he lived is now a museum known as the Copernicus House. Gingerbread (piernik) is another thing that this town is famous for, and can be bought in almost every souvernir shop and bakery.
As a student town, Torun has a wide cultural offer and a varied nightlife. With a number of large malls, it is also a good place to spend some shopping time.