Be Open to Lodz (Łódź)
Centrally located and the third largest city in Poland, Lodz is famous for its multicultural history and industrial design. The 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, Lodz 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, a downtown district and the suburbs, Piotrkowska Street and thousands of side-streets. The industrial architecture of the city is reflected by the factories which serve cultural functions and perform the role of service centres. The post-industrial history can also be observed in the Priest’s Mill (Księży Młyn), EC-1 – an electric power station transformed into the cradle of science and technology, or the biggest shopping centre in Europe – Manufaktura.
One of the sightseeing pleasures of Lodz 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 Lodz makes an impression! Greenery, parks, gardens and green squares cover 1/3 of the city area and that is why łodz is one of Poland’s greenest cities, with over 60 parks out of which 11 are recognized as cultural monuments. The Łagiewnicki Forest (Las Łagiewnicki) is the biggest urban forest in Europe, offering a whole range of outdoor possibilities throughout the year. Lodz also has one of the most modern palm houses. And…don’t miss the park whose name means… „health” (Zdrowie).
See also: Lodz tourist Information
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Exhibitions & Art
The Palace of Izrael Poznański (ul. Ogrodowa 15), which currently houses the the Museum of the City of Łódź, is one of the most representative sights and is called „The Louvre of Lodz”. It is the place where Andrzej Wajda shot the scenes for Ziemia Obiecana (The Promised Land).
The ms Museum 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. Also, film screenings and concerts take place in the palace garden.
ms2 (ul. Ogrodowa 19) presents the works of avangarde of the late 1920s. The exhibition includes „The a.r. group International Modern Art Collection” and the priceless works by such Polish modern and contemporary artists as Władysław Strzemiński, Katarzyna Kobro, Julian Przyboś, Tytus Czyżewski and Stanisław Witkiewicz.
Edward Herbst Palace (Księży Młyn Residence) (ul. Przędzalniana 72) is a beautifully revitalized Neo-Renaissance villa with paintings of well-known Polish painters. The old carrier house next to the Palace houses the Old Art Gallery.
Monopolis – a revitalized factory complex of the old Vodka Monopoly established in 1902. The third largest plant complex after Karol Scheibler and Izrael Poznański’s complex, where exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, photo shoots and fashion shows are held.
„EC1 Łódź -The City of Culture” – a 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.
The Museum of Cinematography (Pl. Zwycięstwa 1) – Lodz is famous for the Leon Schiller Polish National School of Film, Television 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 such Polish film greats as Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polański, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Sławomir Idziak, Jerzy Skolimowski, Małgorzata Szumowska and 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 touring rickshaws (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” it is 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. A stunning project by Joanna Rajkowska.
The White Factory of Ludwik Geyer (Biała Fabryka) – the Central Textile Industry Museum in Lodz is one of the most important symbols of the old Lodz and its weaving history. The museum of technology, industry, art, design, fashion and the history of the region, i.e. everything that is characteristic of Lodz.