3. 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.