Toruń is a city with an interesting geographical location. Located in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, the right-bank part is located in Pomerania, while the left-bank part is in Kuyavia. As one of the oldest Polish cities, in 1997 Toruń's Old Town complex was inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.
In the current city already in the period of IX-XIII century there was a Toruń castle, but the beginning of the modern city was given by the Teutonic Knights in 1230. Toruń obtained city rights on December 28, 1233. Less than 200 years later, on February 1, 1411. the first peace of Toruń was concluded in Toruń, which ended the great Polish-Teutonic war. Over the next centuries, like other cities in Poland, Toruń participated in many battles and became the object of invasions and occupation.
Currently, Toruń is focused primarily on tourism. The Old Town Square, whose area was established in the years 1252-1259, certainly belongs to the city's main attractions. In its center is the rebuilt Gothic Town Hall, dating back to around the 13th century. The oldest part of the current building is the tower from around 1274. Currently, the town hall houses the main branch of the District Museum.
There are many cinemas and theaters in the city, which constitute the permanent cultural environment of the city. In addition, there are numerous festivals every year in Toruń. Since 1991, the city has been the organizer of the "Kontakt" International Theater Festival, while the extensive street scene is focused on the Summer Meetings of Street Theaters. Other events include the Toruń Festival of Science and Arts or the Book Festival.
Characteristic for the city are also the Planetarium and Astronomical Observatory, the Zoobotanical Garden, in which almost 300 animals currently live, as well as the famous Toruń gingerbread. The tradition of baking gingerbread has been going on continuously since the 13th century, and the Gingerbread Avenue of Stars initiated in 2003, similar to Aleja w Międzyzdroje, collects autographs of famous people associated with Toruń.