Toruń (Kashubian: Torń, German: Thorn) is a beautiful, medieval city in North-Western Poland, situated on the Vistula River. Its architecture has managed to escape bombing, and as such represents one of the only examples of true gothic architecture in Poland. Still reasonably off the radars of most European travellers, one can expect to have an amazing Polish experience here without the nightmares of a million and one interail travellers.
One of the capitals of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship (since 1999), previously the capital of the Toruń Voivodship (1975-1998) and the Pomeranian Voivodship (1921-1939), the city is located near the Geographic Center of Europe.
Toruń's medieval Old Town or Starowka is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Toruń is a birthplace of world famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. The house where Copernicus was born and the chapel where he was christened are still standing in the city. From Middle Ages town is known for its gingerbreads.
As of the last census in 2004, Torun has 208,386 inhabitants.
Torun's main railway station, Torun Glowny is situated across the river Vistula from the city. To walk into town takes 35 minutes. Alternatively, buses #22 and #27 run directly to the old town. These depart from both sides of the railway station; however, the kiosk for buying tickets is on the south side of the station. Take the bus two stops to Plac Rapackiego (You'll also notice the old town as you cross the bridge - it's the stop that immediately follows the bridge). You may need an additional ticket if carrying a large bag.
Torun's old town is quite small, and has no public transportaion system. Walking around the old town is your best option. Outside the old town, there are plentiful buses and trams, while taxis are quite cheap. To get further afield, cars can be hired for around 100zl a day.
Nicolaus Copernicus Museum, ul. Kopernika 15-17 (Old Town). Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Toruń in 1473.
Ratusz Staromiejski (Old Town Hall), Rynek Staromiejski 1 (on Old town square (Rynek Staromiejski)). One of the most beautiful gothic town halls in Europe. Despite its many treasures it is however not too rewarding for foreign visitors as it is almost entirely explained in Polish. Translations are very sparse or non-existent. The Museum consists of Gallery of Gothic art, Exhibition of old Toruń 1233-1793, Exhibition of Toruń coins, Court hall, Hall of Polish kings etc. Climb the tower for a beautiful view!
Cathedral of SS. Johns (Katedra świętych Janów), ul. Żeglarska, . Gothic church where astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was christened. On its tower hangs Tuba Dei bell from 1500, one of the largest Medieval bells in Europe.
Leaning Tower. Part of old Toruń defence wall system.
View from left bank of the Vistula River. Excellent panorama from left bank of the river Vistula.
Bydgoskie Przedmieście (Bromberger Vorstadt), (west of the Old Town). Mostly residential district build in the late 19th and early 20th century. It comprises many monuments of architecture, as well as a city park and zoobotanical garden.
Przedmieście Świętej Katarzyny (Wilhelmstadt). Built in the late 19th and early 20th century east of the Old Town, is a specific combination of residential and military architecture. St. Catherine's church is located at Wilhelmstad's main square; with its over 80 meter high tower it still remains the highest building in Toruń.
Teutonic Knights Castle Ruins, ul. Przedzamcze, . 10 am - 6 pm. An outdoor museum. The castle is almost completely destroyed except for one tower and a dungeon that you can set foot on.Admission: 2 zl.
Dybowski Castle Ruins, opposite the river and small walk from the bridge. An old skeleton of what is left of the old Castle, built by Polish king Władysław Jagiełło (Jogaila) in 15th century. You can explore the ruins at your own leisure and walk the walls.
Fortresses (12), (Some are located close to old town, others like the forth fortress are just outside the city).
Motoarena Toruń. The biggest and most modern purpose build speedway stadium in the world, in use since 2009. It is one of the sites for FIM Speedway Grand Prix since 2010.
Piwnice Radio Observatory, (Piwnice). A radio observatory with two dishes (diameters: 32 meters and 15 meters).
Krzywa Wieża (The Leaning Tower), ul. Pod Krzywą Wieżą. Old watchtower, built in 13th century as a part of Medieval fortification of Toruń. Soon after beeing built it leaned out due to ground instability.
Dwor Artusa (Artus Court, Artushof), Rynek Staromiejski 6, . Monumental building on the place of medieval Artus Court in the end of 19th century. Now it hosts cultural centre.
A list of events, entertainment, culture in Torun - updated daily (also in English) can be found online: 
Make Gingerbread @ Gingerbread Museum, Rabianska street.
There are many shops, boutiques in old town selling clothes, souvenirs, jewellery, music, food, drinks, vegetables and fruits (on New Town market), etc.
Galeria Copernicus, (40 min walk from old town, reachable by bus #15, 19, 21, 30, tram #2), . Large shopping centre
Dom Towarowy, Rynek Staromiejski 36/37 (in houses on Old Town Square). Shopping center
Toruńskie pierniki, Rynek Staromiejski 6, Żeglarska 24. Specialized gingebread shops.
At warm times of year Toruń's old town is full of street cafes, restaurants where you can eat or drink outdoors and enjoy the medieval atmosphere. Some cafés are located on the bank of river Vistula, and at least two are on boats on the river. Various dishes - traditional and fast food, drinks - beer, soft drinks and ice cream are offered there.
If you are a football lover there are many street cafes where you can watch a game on TV while drinking good Polish beer.
Toruń is known for its gingerbread (Toruńskie Pierniki). You must try it.
Leniwa (Pierogarnia), ul. Ślusarska 5 (close to New Town Market), ☎ +48 564775403, . 8-16 PLN.
Manekin, ul. Wysoka 5, Rynek Staromiejski 16, ☎ +48 566522885, . Delicious, huge, naleśniki (filled crêpes) with a large choice of fillings for only about 10 PLN each. It can get quite busy at peak times, but you will be warned if there will be a long wait. The staff are friendly and helpful and the restaurants have a nice ambiance. The restaurant on the old market square (Rynek Staromiejski) is particularly nice.
Metropolis (Restaurant & Bar), ul. Strumykowa, ul. Podmurna, .
GreenWay (Restaurant & Bar), ul. Łazienna 13, . vegetarian / vegan food for reasonable price :) nice location
Kona Coast, ul. Chełmińska (near Old Town Market Place), .