The city of Toruń, located in northern Poland, is a historic city with so many medieval monuments and landmarks that the entire Old Quarter had to be designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO in order to protect it. No other Polish city except Krakow has such a vast collection of historic buildings in the middle of a bustling urban area. Get a car for hire in Toruń so that you can see everything from the 1274 Town Hall building to the 13th century Teutonic Knights' Castle and the 15th century home where astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born.
You can start the tour with a visit to the red-brick house which was the Copernicus family home. It is now a museum. Get a car for rent in Toruń and head for the 14th century St. John’s Cathedral, which has a number of Copernicus related items on display. There is a plaque from 1589, and a marble bust made in 1766. Another must-visit attraction on this tour is the magnificent Copernicus Memorial statue in the Old Market Square in front of the Old Town Hall. Do not forget to drop by at the Astronomical Observatory, which is a part of Nicolaus Copernicus University. They have one of the most powerful telescopes in the world.
Toruń has a lot more to offer apart from Copernicus. The entire Old Quarter is a beautiful place along the banks of the Vistula River, especially when the homes are illuminated at night. The star attractions are the Old Town Hall, the Teutonic Knights' Castle, and the Gothic Leaning Tower. Aside from St. John’s Cathedral, other Gothic churches you might want to see include St. Mary's Church and the Basilica of St. James, from the 14th century. The origins of the Toruń Fortress complex date back to the 13th century. What you can see now are the remnants of 15 forts and other fortifications mostly built in the 19th century.
The top two hotels for visitors are the Hotel Spichrz, located at Mostowa 1, and the Hotel Bulwar at Bulwar Filadelfijski 18. Budget travelers may prefer the Mercure Helios, located at Józefa Ignacego Kraszewskiego 1/3. Another very affordable choice is the Ibis Budget Torun, located at UL.Ks Jerzego Popieluski 2a. Both Hotel Petite Fleur and Hotel Filmar are fairly decent mid-range hotels.
The nearest destinations from Toruń are Bydgoszcz and Wloclawek. Apart from Warsaw, nearby big cities for day trips include Poznan and Lodzo. Book your car rental in Toruń right now and plan for day trips to Baltic Sea ports and resorts such as Ostrowo, Gdansk, Gdynia, and the famous moving sand dunes at Leda.
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