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A gingerbread city guards its spicy secrets

A girl eating pierniki, the gingerbread cookies for which Torun, in Poland is famed. Besides bakeries and sweets shops, there are two different museums dedicated to the cookies in Torun.

Torun, Poland

THIS medieval city on the banks of the Vistula River is known for two things: astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and gingerbread cookies.

Copernicus was born here, although he would move as a student and live most of his life elsewhere. Yet it is the aromatic gingerbread...