At the end of our trip to Scandinavia we are planning on seeing Poland. We would like to see Krakow and also see Torun. How long should we spend in both places and is Torun worth visiting? Thanks! We will be visiting in Summer.
Hi, Yes, the city of Torun (Thorn) is worth seeing at least two full days, three if you intend to take a day trip r/t to Chelmo (Kulm) or Grudziadz (Graudenz). I like Krakow and would suggest 3-4 days there, basically survived the war undamaged. Normally, it's hot in Poland in the summer.
It depends. How much time do you have for Poland? How much time do you have to travel between the two cities? What attracts you to Torun? If you must go, I would devote a day and maybe a night. Though I would rank Warsaw much higher than Torun - but that is my opinion.
Gdansk is a long way from Krakow unless flying. This all comes down to how much time you have in Poland. If short and Krakow is your first option, then Gdansk is probably not a possibility.
I enjoyed a day and night in Torun, but felt I didn't need any more time there. If you are only visiting 2 Polish cities, I would opt for Gdansk, Warsaw or Wroclaw over Torun.
I second the suggestion for Gdansk, which is a really interesting and beautiful city. If your interest in Torun is related to Copernicus, you can do a half-day trip from Gdansk to Frombork where he worked and is buried. They have a very interesting exhibit on the finding of his grave within the cathedral. PM if you want more information on that.
In Torun, a beautiful and relatively less known medieval old town awaits you with many interesting streets in the historic centre and a myriad of cute bars and cafes. We really would recommend you spend a couple or three days in Torun on your trip to give you a good feel for the City. With a unique Gothic atmosphere, as you cross the bridge from the Main railway station to the centre, enjoy the view of the medieval city walls which stretch along the side of the river on Boulevard Philadelphia.
In the centre, take time to wander around the cathedrals via the leaning tower and the remains of the Teutonic castle. Visit the birthplace of Copernicus, a fascinating exhibition which sits in the old town along with boutique museums devoted to amongst other subjects, travel, oriental art, Gingerbread (you can learn how to make it in authentic period surroundings) as well as the Town Hall Museum, the Planetarium and of course the Modern Art Gallery, the first such construction in Poland since World War II. Look over Torun from the tallest point in the city above the City Hall to marvel at this remarkable mercantile city dating back a thousand years.
In terms of eating, asides from several lovely cafes, there is world class sushi at Koi Sushi (thanks to a Sharp factory in the industrial zone outside the city), and some splendid local food too. I would recommend you sample Gingerbread Beer (in the gastropub Jan Olbracht) and eat a delicious meal at Kartoflarnia (serving a wide variety of dishes made of potatos). Kartoflarnia is situated in the old town, right in front of the Copernicus monument. All in all, Torun offers many great options to visit. True, we're biased as we live here but then again our Irish owner invested in Torun because he was excited by the wonderful medieval charms of this fascinating old City. A lovely place to stay in: http://vistulaapartments.com/ Have a nice stay in Toru?! With best wishes, Agata