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A Day Trip to Torun, Poland

I had an opportunity to spend a few weeks just outside Torun, Poland in a tiny town called Kutno.  If you’ve never heard of Kutno then that wouldn’t surprise me.  There are only two reasons people are familiar with Kutno:  1) you have ancestors from there or 2) your son has competed in the European and African Little League Championship.  The second is what brought us there. 

Other than being home to the baseball championship games, not much else goes on in Kutno. So when we had a game-free day we decided to explore the surrounding areas and take a short drive to the neighboring town of Torun.  We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of this little known European city.  We found the town to be a refreshing change from the tourist driven cities around the world.  Torun has one of the quaintest European town squares.  We had great time exploring on foot and grabbing some lunch in one of the outdoor cafes.

Torun is one of the oldest most historic cities in Poland.  The city is well known for its stunning medieval architecture.  It is one of the few Polish cities to escape major damage during World War II.  It is also birthplace to the polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.  A monument of the famous astronomer stands just outside town square and there is a lot of town pride for their well-known former resident. 

At the heart of Old Town is the magnificent Old Town Hall.  It’s one of the few gothic structures that is not a church.  We climbed the narrow stairway of the tower to enjoy some breathtakingly charming views of the city and captured some beautiful photos. 

Walk just a few minutes outside of center square and you’ll find Torun’s version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  We discovered that composer Frederick Chopin has ties to the city as well.  The family of one of his good friends was connected to the city so Chopin spent quite a bit of time there.  Places where he frequently stayed honor him with a plaque. 

One of the best reasons to book a home exchange for your next holiday is that it allows you to escape the tourist scene and experience your travels like a local.  Whatever part of the world you’re planning on exploring International Vacation Home Exchange is sure to have a luxury property nearby.  Search properties near your next travel destination.   If your travel happens to include watching boys play baseball in Little League games then best wishes on the team making it to Williamsport and yes, IVHE does have properties in Pennsylvania.  

Thank you travel writer Lisa Medeiros.  Follow her on Twitter @lisamedeiros_


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