The university town of Torun, Poland, dates from the 13th century—it was an important trading city in the Middle Ages. But it's perhaps best known as the birthplace of the great astronomer Copernicus. Tour his home and museum as well as the Old Town Hall museum, which displays antique stained glass and paintings.
Located 135 mi/220 km northwest of Warsaw, Torun is considered the best-preserved Gothic town in Poland—the atmosphere of the Old Town is worth making the day trip from Warsaw. Its medieval walls and remaining gates are gems. While you're in Torun, sample the delicious local gingerbread, which is popular throughout Poland.
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