Be Open to Łódź 

Centrally located and the third largest city in Poland is famous for its multicultural history and industrial design. Traces of the presence of Poles, Germans, Russians, and Jews in the history of the city can be found almost everywhere. 

A young city, but burdened with six centuries of history, Łódź is alleged to be both a “bad city” and a “promised land”. 

The city  has many kilometres of streets, thousands of tenement houses, palaces, ruins, downtown district and suburbs, Piotrkowska Street, and thousands of side-streets. Industrial architecture of the city is reflected by the factories which play cultural functions and provide role as a service centres. The post-industrial history can also be observed in the Priest’s Mill (Księży Młyn), electric power station transformed into the cradle of science and technology – EC-1, or in the biggest shopping centre in Europe – Manufaktura. 

One of the sightseeing pleasures is Polish street art. More than 20 large square paintings have been installed on elevations in the city promoting the work of street artists from around the world.  

The nature of Łódź  makes an impression ! Greenery, parks, gardens, and green squares cover 1/3 of the city area that is why  Łódź is one of Poland’s greenest cities, with over 60 parks out of which 11 recognized as cultural monuments. Łagiewnicki Forest (Las Łagiewnicki) is the biggest urban forest in Europe  offering a whole range of outdoor possibilities throughout the year. Łódź has one of the most modern palm houses. And…don’t miss a park whose name means… Health (Zdrowie). 

See also: Lodz tourist Information


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Exhibitions & Art 

Palace of Izrael Poznański (ul. Ogrodowa 15) which currently houses the City of Łódź Historical Museum, is one of the most representative sights called „The Louvre of Łódź”. It is the place where Andrzej Wajda shoot the scenes from Ziemia Obiecana (The Promised Land). 

ms Museu m of Art (ul. Więckowskiego 36) is the oldest museum in Europe presenting modern art.  

ms1 (ul. Więckowskiego 36) presents famous Neo-visual-art Hall designed by Władysław Strzemiński with sculptures by Katarzyna Kobro,  as well as temporary modern art. exhibitions. Film screenings and concerts in the palace garden also take place here. 

ms2 (ul. 19 Ogrodowa) presents the works of avangarde of the late 20s of XX century. The exhibition includes „The a.r. group International  Modern Art Collection” and the priceless works of the Polish modern and contemporary artists, like Władysław Strzemiński, Katarzyna Kobro, Przybosia, Czyżewskiego, Stanisław Witkiewicza. 

Edward Herbst Palace (Księży Młyn Residence) (ul. Przędzalniana 72) beautifully revitalized, Neo-Renaissance villa with paintings of well-known Polish painters. The old carrier house next to the Palace, which houses the Old Art Gallery. 

Monopolis – revitalized factory complex of old Vodka Monopoly from 1902. The third largest plant complex after Karol  Scheibler and Izrael Poznański complex where exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, photo shoots, and fashion shows are held. 

„EC1 Łódź -The City of Culture” – revitalized and developed complex of buildings of the former power plant combining the architectural trends from the beginning of the past century with the modern postindustrial trends. It is an open space for various artists. 

„Priest’s Mill” (Księży Młyn) – a complex with factories, working housing, and the factory owner’s residence. A city within the city with a living history of the biggest textile factory in Europe.  

Museum of Cinematography (Pl.  Zwycięstwa 1) – Łódź is famous for The Leon schiller National High School of Film, TV and Theatre, and a film production company.  According to „The Hollywood Reporter” the famous Filmówka is one of the 15 best film schools in the world. It is here, where the multitude of Polish film greats like Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polański, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Sławomir Idziak, Jerzy Skolimowski, Małgorzata Szumowska, or Agnieszka Holland started their career. 

Piotrkowska Street – the longest pedestrian street in Europe lined with restaurants, beer gardens, and art noveau buildings. The street starts at the Tadeusz Kościuszko statue and stretches southwards. You can meet there crews of all-year-round rickshaws travellers (around 10 PLN from end to end including the destination of choice). It is here, where the heart of the city beats… 

Off Piotrkowska (ul. Piotrkowska 138/140) – according to „National Geographic Traveler” one of the 7 new wonders of Poland. The complex is full of clubs, restaurants, showrooms and cafes.  

Rose Passage (ul. Piotrkowska 3) – the biggest glass mosaic in Poland. Stunning project by Joanna Rajkowska.   

White Factory of Ludwik Geyer (Biała Fabryka) – the Central Textile Industry Museum in Łódź –  is one of the most important symbols of the old Łódź and its weaving history. The museum of technology, industry, art., design, fashion and the history of the Region, i.e. everything what is characteristic for Łódź.