Toruń is one of the most-beautiful small cities located in the very centre of Europe. Its undeniable atmosphere is created by huge Gothic monuments, the Vistula flowing through the centre of the city, the history of aromatic gingerbread, magical narrow, medieval streets and bustling old local markets, which today are full of tourists from different parts of the world. We invite you to learn about the mysteries of the Nicolaus Copernicus Castle:
1. Copernicus Castle - a two-hour walk around the medieval town
The tour includes a the Old Town Square, the Cathedral of St. Johns, and the House of Copernicus. You’ll also have the opportunity to try maintain your balance when standing with your back towards the Leaning Tower. Then on to Broad Street, and from there to the ruins of the Teutonic Castle, which is a walk along the city walls and gates. During the tour, you’ll learn more about the life and secrets of the most-famous astronomer – Nicolaus Copernicus – as well as the Teutonic Knights, who founded the city. You will learn the legend of gingerbread Katherine and of the Raftsman, who used his violin to save the city from a plague of frogs, making them "dance while he played".
2. Gingerbread and Copernicus
A two-hour stroll around the most-important monuments of Toruń and a visit to the Museum of Gingerbread for a workshop on the production of Toruń's famous delicacies.
As well as seeing the beautiful sights of Toruń, this tour guarantees a visit to the Live Museum of Gingerbread. The tour includes a tour of the Old Town Square, the Cathedral of St. John, and the House of Copernicus. You’ll also have the opportunity to try maintain your balance when standing with your back towards the Leaning Tower. Then on to Broad Street, and from there over to the ruins of the Teutonic Castle, which is a walk along the city walls and gates. During the tour, you’ll learn more about the life and secrets of the most-famous astronomer – Nicolaus Copernicus – as well as the Teutonic Knights, who founded the city. You’ll learn the legend of gingerbread Katherine and of the Raftsman, who used his violin to save the city from a plague of frogs, making them "dance while he played".
To finish off, you’ll go to a workshop in the medieval mill, filled with the smell of spices and wonderful local honey, where you’ll be able to personally mould and bake authentic Toruń gingerbread.
3. "He stopped the sun and moved the earth ..."
An hour and a half tour with Nicolaus Copernicus. During the walk, you’ll learn interesting facts about the life of the most-famous Polish astronomer, who was born in Toruń, and then visit the family home, located here till today. The walk will take you through places that Nick liked to visit, as well as the Cathedral, in which he was baptised. You’ll learn many facts about the life of the great Pole, as well as some of his secrets. At the end of the walk, you can visit the Planetarium, and feel like you’re in heaven.
4. Gingerbread love
A three-hour culinary tour tasting Toruń's most-delicious baked goods. The walk will begin with a gingerbread-making workshop where you will learn all about the history of this very aromatic cake, as well as ways of kneading it. Practise kneading and moulding gingerbread, and then stroll to a restaurant for a gingerbread lunch. Afterwards, it’s time for another walk and a cup of coffee with gingerbread on the side!
5. Impregnable fortress
A three-hour tour for those who love military history and nineteenth-century fortresses. The car tour takes you through both known and unknown forts of Toruń. One of the highlights is Fort IV, which is Toruń's most famous fort and currently has a hostel and restaurant. We’ll also see less-popular buildings. You’ll hear extraordinary stories of Prussian soldiers who lived and worked here.
6. A visit to the vineyard
The Lower Vistula Valley is a land of Mennonites – people who settled and subdued these inhospitable floodplains. Their legacy can be seen today, preserved in the old homes, leaning willows and plots of land of equal chequerboard sizes. Take a trip to this unique land, which today is famous for the production of organic foods and a small family vineyard, where while drinking in the view of the valley, you can forget about the whole world ...
The tour also includes a visit to “Vineyard at a Plate” in Topolno. There, you’ll taste four wines from the vineyard accompanied by bread and a selection of cheeses. During the tour, you’ll learn about the winery and how it came about.
Then on to Chełmno – the city of lovers and birthplace of the great surgeon L. Rydygier.
Would you like a romantic stroll enriched with interesting stories? Take your loved one's hand and enjoy the charms of Bydgoszcz.
1. Start at the Bridge of Love...
...and walk on to Mill Island (Bydgoszcz Island of Museums) and the Venice of Bydgoszcz and, just for a moment, feel as if you were in Southern Europe. From there, take a pleasant stroll to the oldest temple in Bydgoszcz, where you will hear the extraordinary story of the miraculous painting, and the mystery of the crooked walls will be revealed. The next step is the nineteenth-century Long Street and the beautiful Old Market Square, where the Master of Magic – Twardowski – still sees his customers. Then take a walk to the Old Harbour, where you can see the symbol of Bydgoszcz - the Man Crossing the River, as well as granaries remembering the times of fishing boat makers.
Then on to Gdańsk Street, which in the nineteenth century was an elegant urban alley, reserved for wealthy Prussian factory owners with their luxury apartments, expensive hotels, colonial shops, and exquisite cafés and restaurants. At the end of the walk, enjoy the spectacular Deluge fountain.
2. Follow the footsteps of the Enigma
Marian Rejewski – a Polish mathematician, philosopher and the most-important World War II cryptographer, who was born and lived in Bydgoszcz. During the two-hour tour, you will learn his incredible life story. There will also be an opportunity to see the house where he was born and grew up, the place where he went to school and the house in which he lived with his family after the war. You will learn many interesting facts about the contribution of Marian Rejewski to Polish history and his life abroad, the latter not always colourful.
3. A night hike with ghosts (Ghost tour)
During this tour you will hear legends and dark stories of the streets of the city, which after dark take on a completely different character ... Why is the isthmus at the court called the Bridge of Sighs? You might hear them. Most definitely, though, you’ll be able to find out what happened to the daughter of the Bydgoszcz castellan and learn the secret of the treasure of the mint.
4. "Venice of the North"
If you don’t have much time but fancy a pleasant and relaxed afternoon, why not take a short one-hour walk around the Old Town followed by an hour-long cruise on the Brda River? You’ll see the city from a different perspective and learn why Bydgoszcz is called the "Venice of the North".
If you enjoy tasting local beers, be sure to go on the Beerwalk around Bydgoszcz. A visit to two excellent restaurants, and especially to one of the craft breweries, will allow you to sample some of the local beer and lager typical of this region.
The history of the Bydgoszcz brewery dates back to the fifteenth century and is much more interesting than you might think. It’s here where the famous conflict between Toruń and Bydgoszcz began. Almost every brewery, and there were dozens of them, has a different legend attached to each lightly carbonated golden beverage. Trivia, legends and stories will be told throughout the trip, and the grand finale will take place in the brewery.
The walk includes: a tour of the Old Port, Barge Lemar, walk to the Old Market Square (plenty of opportunities for tasting), Museum of Soaps, where you will see how a “male” soap is made (you will receive a bar of soap as a gift), and strolling on Long Street you will hear the legend of beer from the tap, then see a brewing show or meet with a brewer in a brewery (depending on the availability of the brewer and the stage of brewing), and finally the long-awaited tasting of different kinds of beers.
6. Bydgoszcz: the coffee capital
Can’t live without caffeine? Curious about the phenomenon of the small black coffee or of the tasty latte? Be sure to take a trip to the coffee roaster Audun, which won the World Coffee Roasting Championship in 2015. Workshops and lessons will be waiting for you on professional tasting techniques to determine the flavour and aroma of coffee, i.e. cupping. Then you’ll visit a café with coffee alternatives and, of course, tasting.
The tour will begin at the Old Market Square – a stroll down the street of bridges, where there was once a café called Bristol, and which today houses a patisserie called The Owl. A stop for tasting, during which you’ll be able to reminisce and hear about the craft of pre-war pastry and confectionery factories. The walk will continue down Rail Station Street, which once housed a roaster and wholesaler of coffee, then down Śniadeckich Street to coffee roaster Audun, where guests will have the opportunity to try real cupping – an unusual tasting of coffees from around the world – and learn how the process of roasting coffee works. The next stop is Freedom Square, where you will find Cristal, one of the oldest and best-known cafés in Bydgoszcz. The sweet culmination of the trip will be a stop at the Under the Eagle Hotel for a tasting of legumina – Bydgoszcz's famous dessert of the 1920s.
7. Taste of Bydgoszcz
A walk combined with tasting various dishes local to the Bydgoszcz region in various bars and restaurants.
Do you think the cuisine in Poland consists of only pierogi and bigos? If you do, and would like to experience new culinary experiences, this walk is exactly what you need! Start with a cold appetiser and an aperitif to whet your appetite at one of the local bars in the Old Market Square. Then we’ll taste czernina, also known as black soup, in a regional restaurant. Wrapped in a touch of mystery, the selection of main courses will make you dizzy. Of course, you can’t miss the delicious dessert and coffee. On this tour, you’ll feast not only your eyes... Bon apetit!
8. Trail of monuments
The TeH20 (tech 20) tour trail of monuments (also called the tour of industry, craft and water) is an unusual tourist trail leading through areas of great significance to the industrial development of the city, as well as interesting and unique places.
It consists of 15 buildings, from which we can create an individual tour plan. Together we can choose the places that you are particularly interested in and learn as much as possible about them. The choices are: Wood Machine Tools Factory, Municipal Gasworks, the Museum of Soap and of the History of Dirt, Exploseum, and the Technical Museum of World War II, the Museum of Pharmacy and more.