Toruń – the hometown of Nicolaus Copernicus, was founded over 750 years ago and its glorious history is present all around. Toruń is second only to Cracow in the number of historic monuments of international UNESCO class. Copernicus was born here in a burger’s house in 1473 and spent his young school years in Toruń. His main work “De revolutionibus…” contained the first heliocentric theory of universe.
Old part of the town, separated from the new housing areas with the green belt, retains its medieval character. The Old Town Hall (at present the city museum) and three monumental gothic churches (Sts Jones’, Our Lady’s and St. Jacob’s) are the most splendid examples of historic Toruń architecture. Narrow old streets with their special atmosphere coexist very nicely with the University which is the biggest employer in the city.
Toruń is located in central Poland, easy available by car, train and plane. More information about whole region you will find here.
The official language in Poland is Polish, but many Poles, particularly younger people, speak English.
The standard unit of currency of Poland is zloty. Currency can be exchanged at airports, banks and currency exchange offices (kantor). You will get a better deal by using a kantor. Exchange rates ; 1 USD = 3,93 PLN (rate 01-06-2016), 1 EURO = 4,38 PLN (rate 01-06-2016). In the hotels, most of markets only Polish zlotys or credit cards will be accepted.
Health & Emergency
No vaccination certificates are required on entry except for those countries registered in epidemic areas.
In case of an emergency those dialing from a land line or public payphone should use the following numbers: 999 for an ambulance, 998 for the fire brigade and 997 for the police. Mobile phone users should call 112 to be forwarded to the relevant department.
In general, Polish cities are safe cities, and most welcoming to visitors. However, as in all burgeoning cities, it is recommended that you are on your guard against pickpockets in trains, buses and trams, as well as other crowded places, and avoid dimply lit areas and parks at night.
Poland is in the Central European (CET) time zone (GMT +1 hr). Polish summer time (GMT + 2 hrs) starts and ends on the last Sundays of March and October.
Electricity in Poland is 230V, 50HzAC. Plug sockets are round with two round pin sockets.
Temperatures in Toruń in June may vary from 15 to 25˚C. Usually, there is a lot of sunshine at this time of the year, but rain is possible.
The organiser of the mass public transport in Toruń is the City County of Toruń. All matters related to the issue of the public transport shall be handled by the Department for the Municipal Services of the City of Toruń, while the transport services for inhabitants is supplied by the Municipal Transport Authority in Toruń (Miejski Zakład Komunikacji w Toruniu Sp. z o.o.) which belongs to the City.
The network of the mass public transport consists of:
- day and night tram lines
- day and night bus lines
At the Miejski Zakład Komunikacji w Toruniu website you can find:
- municipal public transport TIMETABLES
- general regulations
- ticket sales outlets
Maps of public transport are available here (https://mzk-torun.pl/wersja-angielska).
Entry Documents Required
National Identity Card for citizens from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican,
Passport (valid up to 6 months) is required for all other visitors.
Citizens of the following countries are not required to be in possession of a visa when entering Poland for less than 90 days: Albania (only for holders of biometric passports), Andorra, Antigua Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina (only for holders of biometric passports), Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (only for holders of biometric passports), Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro (only for holders of biometric passports), Netherlands, New Zeland, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia (only for holders of biometric passports), Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (for holders of passports which include an identity card number), United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican (Holy See), Venezuela. If a visa is necessary, please contact the nearest Polish Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible, since the Conference Secretariat is not in the position to assist in the visa application procedure. If a special invitation is needed to attend the Symposium, please contact the Conference Secretariat.