Toruń, one of the most beautifully historic cities in Poland, cut in the middle by the stately waters of the Vistula River, is located in an area where ancient trade routes used to intersect. The Gothic buildings of Toruń's Old Quarter, which won the designation of World Heritage Site from UNESCO in 1997, present proof of the economic, cultural, and intellectual ties of Toruń with the leading cities of Europe associated with the Hanseatic League dating back to the Middle Ages.
This situation has remained to this day: Toruń is one of the most recognized academic centers. The Nicolaus Copernicus University, a successor to the traditions of the Stefan Batory University of Vilnius, puts its primary focus on the propagation and creative development of the fine arts, literature, history, and astronomy. The so-called Toruń school of preservation of cultural properties has been widely known throughout the world. The accomplishments of the Astronomical Research Centre of the University are highly regarded by scientists.
Toruń, with its everlasting beauty of medieval architecture, decorated with a colorful palette of squares and gardens, a plethora of cozy cafes, restaurants, and comfortable hotels, invites you to its always open and hospitable gates.