City of Film & Fashion
Łódź is the third largest city in Poland, located in the central part of the country and is the capital of the Łódź Voivodeship. The actual pronunciation of Łódź (which means boat in Polish) is woodge.
During the 19th century, Łódź enjoyed a period of extreme wealth due to the textile industry. It’s a story of, ‘riches to rags’ however and the period between 1989 and 2000 was a particularly depressing time for the city when it experienced a significant demographic and economic decline. Since then, everything has been getting much better. Łódź has experienced a period of reinvention and rejuvenation, particularly the main thoroughfare ul. Piotrkowska and its once-crumbling city centre.
Piotrkowska Street runs north to south for a little over 5km and is one of the longest commercial streets in Europe. It is the location of the majority of restaurants, bars and cafes in Łódź's city centre. Many of the building façades on the street have been renovated including many which date back to the 19th century.
The street features many statues of famous Polish artists including one of Artur Rubinstein playing the piano. This is an obligatory photo opportunity you won’t be able to resist!
Piotrkowska Street is the preferred venue for many events, including: the Hokus Pokus Festival of Street Art & Magic; the Light Move Festival; the Songwriter Festival and the Łódź of Four Cultures Festival.
Swanky shopping malls
As part of the rejuvenation of the city, decaying, derelict, old industrial complexes have been turned into swanky shopping malls and modern business centres. The most impressive recent addition to the city is the EC1 complex and the striking transformation of the main Łódź Fabryczna train station. Other good examples of urban regeneration include the Manufaktura complex, occupying a large area of a former cotton factory dating back to the nineteenth century.
The EC1 building is home to the most modern planetarium in Poland and a fascinating Science and Technology Centre. The building itself is quite remarkable and occupies the restored buildings of what used to be a power plant. Lovers of the film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory may notice a resemblance!
Łódź is internationally known for its National Film School. In 2017, the city was inducted into the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and named UNESCO City of Film and is the centre of Poland's film industry. Graduates of the renowned Łódź Film School include Roman Polański, Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Kieślowski.
Łódź today is a city famous for its architecture, its colourful street art, its Jewish heritage, and its many fine museums and art galleries. It also has plenty of green spaces for recreation.
On Bracka Street, you will find one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe. Established in 1892, the cemetery contains over 180,000 graves.
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Discover Łódź on a private tour! Explore the city, while hearing fascinating facts about what makes it so special. You will be surprised how many stories are hidden in the streets, buildings and corners of Łódź. Perfect for those who are visiting the city for the first time and want to get the most of it.