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Łódź has plenty of interesting architecture

Łódź [1] (Pronounced: Wooj) is Poland's third biggest city and an important industrial centre. The city, dubbed the Polish Manchester, has been famous for its textile industry, flourishing especially during the fin de siècle. The movie Promised Land [2] based on a novel by the Nobel laureate Władysław Reymont, depicts those times. Łódź is the capital of the Łódzkie Voivodship.

Contents

Understand

Name and history

The exact origin of the city's name is unknown; however, the word łódź translates to "boat" in English. This is referred to in the emblem and when you hear the dwellers of Łódź (łodzianin (men) łodzianka (women) łodzianie (plural)) calling themselves "the boat people".

A settlement on the area of present-day Łódź was first established in the 14th century and in 1423 it has been granted a town charter, along with the right to have a marketplace. However, the real development of Łódź starts with the industrial era at the beginning of the 19th century when the city was chosen to be the heart of the rapidly-growing textile industry. The population of Łódź soared from some 4k people in the 1830s and 40k in 1865 to over 300k inhabitants at the turn of the century, which was an unprecedented growth on a worldwide scale.

The rapid development of Łódź in the second half of the 19th century was brought about by the rise of enormous industrialist fortunes. New inhabitants, craftsmen and merchants came to Łódź; markets and town fairs came to life. The profits obtained from prosperous textile mills opened up practically unlimited possibilities for their owners. The city residences became expressions of the riches and power of the local tycoons. They were usually situated next to the owner's factory.

Andrzej Wajda's movie "The Promised Land" portrays Łódź's 19th century heyday [3].

Ever since the industrial revolution bringing a massive influx of workforce, Łódź has been a city almost equally divided between four cultures - Polish, Jewish, German and Russian. The day before the outbreak of World War II, Łódź was inhabited by approximately 672,000 people, among whom 35% were of Jewish faith and some 15% were ethnic German.

During the Nazi occupation, Łódź was incorporated directly into the Third Reich. The city was renamed to Litzmannstadt, and Piotrkowska Street was called Adolf-Hitler-Strasse. Although the city was not destroyed in the aftermath, the material losses were serious as the machinery, raw materials and finished goods have been taken away by the fleeing Nazis.

The day before the liberation, about 80,000 Germans left Łódź in panic. At the beginning of 1945, the number of population was estimated at 300,000.

Plac Wolności

Łódź today

In recent years, Łódź was seemingly forgotten by the government, investors, and travelers in favor for other cities, such as Krakow, Warsaw or Wroclaw. As a result, there is a strange atmosphere in Łódź - streets are littered with cracks and potholes, soviet architecture can be the norm in some areas, and, at first glance, for a city of 760,000 and aglomeration of 1.428,000, there does not seem to be much - compared to Warsaw or Wrocław. However, the situation is rapidly changing now with Łódź campaigning and redesigning itself as a up-and-coming destination. To accomplish this, Łódź has been capitalizing on its film history - Łódź is jokingly referred to as the "HollyŁódź" of Poland and hosts several film festivals and many other cultural events.

Łódź today may not have the glitz and glamour of its heyday, however, there is a certain charm to Łódź in its partially renovated façades and leitmotivs, not to mention its large artistic traditions, even if not immediately evident. With a little bit of persistence, you'll see the magic Łódź has to offer. For a different and eye-opening experience of the world and its cultures, Łódź is certainly a recommended destination.

Money

Every major Polish bank has an office in Łódź. You will find most of the banks located on Piotrkowska and Piłsudskiego Streets. Also, numerous ATMs are in every shopping mall.

If you need to change money, you will find numerous exchange offices (called kantor in Polish) in the city center. Probably, the best rates are offered by the two exchange offices located at Kościuszki Street next to Zielona Street (in front of the pink Telekomunikacja Polska S.A. building).

Orientation

The main tourist office [4] is located at Piotrkowska 87 Street. You should also be able to get a map and some tips at the airport.

Łódź is divided into five districts:

  • Śródmieście - central downtown area
  • Polesie - western residential area
  • Widzew - eastern residential area
  • Bałuty - northern residential area
  • Górna - southern residential area

Each district is subdivided into osiedla, which form the local residential communities.

Get in

By plane

Łódź Władysław Reymont Airport [5] (IATA: LCJ, ICAO: EPLL) is one of the smallest airports in Poland. It is located in the Polesie district, approximately 6 km from the city center. Apart from many charter airlines, and one legacy carrier it is also served by two low-cost airlines:

  • SAS [7] Copenhagen (CPH). With daily flights (apart from Sundays), Łódź can be reached from almost any other Star Alliance-served airport.

To travel between the city and the airport:

  • Public transport [8], buses 55 and 65 (but not 55A and 65A!) serve the airport. Read more in the public transport section.
  • Taxi, in front of the terminal there is a number taxis to choose from.

By train

See also: Poland - Get in - By train.

  • Łódź Kaliska is the station for transit trains and has connections with most major cities in Poland. Located not far away from center. You can get there using 8, 10, 12 or 14 tram lines and with many buses.
  • Łódź Widzew is the station located east of the center. Almost all trains to Warsaw leave from this station.
  • Łódź Fabryczna is a centrally-located terminal station for domestic trains (but the announcements are in English too). The station has been recently closed for maintenance works and underground tunnel construction. It will be opened within a few years.

By car

Last year, the nearby city of Stryków became an important highway junction and Łódź probably has the best road connections among all Polish cities:

  • The A2 E30 Poznań and Warszawa are easily reachable, and you can even go to Berlin. 2
  • A small part of A1 around Łódź, which is planned to substitute the 1 E75 road between Gdańsk and Katowice, the most congested road in Poland, is also ready. You can take A1 to reach Gdańsk (almost: a small part of the highway needs to be built near Włocławek).

The planned A8 highway to Wrocław has been downgraded in plans to S8 expressway.

By bus

Polski Express and ELA that used to connect Lodz to Warsaw and other major cities do not operate anymore. There is number of small minibus and bus companies that offer connections between Lodz and number of cities (big and small) around Poland. There also some minibuses that go to Okęcie airport. You should be able to find most up to date information on Lodz Kaliska station.

Polski bus [9] serves Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, Wrocław and Poznań. They offer free onboard wifi and the tickets should be bought online beforehand for the best price.

Eurolines [10] serves many European routes.

Get around

The Ultimate Tram
Łódź was one of the first cities in Poland to have trams in 1898 and today it has the longest tram link in Europe between Chocianowice and Ozorków (37 km).


On foot

Depending on your level of fitness, you can see the whole of the city center without needing any transport. However, for some attractions like the Old Jewish Cemetery or Botanical Garden you will be better off taking a bus.

Please be aware that in winter snow is sometimes not removed from the sidewalks, resulting in a mixture of snow and mud. Be sure to bring waterproof shoes if you plan to travel on foot in the winter.

By bike

Currently, there is no bicycle sharing system implemented in Łódź, but there are good bike paths connecting extreme points of the city. If you have your own bike, be careful to chain it when not using it. For more information, please contact Łódzka Masa Krytyczna[11] or Rowerowa Łódź[12] who promote bike riding in the city.

You will find a map of bike paths here[13]. Different path colors mean different road pavings.

Public transport

The public transport is operated by MPK Łódź [14]. It is definitely the cheapest way of moving around the city. The descriptions on the bus and tram stops are in Polish only, but they should be easy to follow. See the Polish phrasebook if you feel uncomfortable. The schedules are here: [15]. Outside of the rush hour (7-9 AM and 15-18 PM), the public transport is quite efficient and runs on time. During the rush hour and in early winter (when it has just started snowing), be prepared for some delays.

Since 1st March 2012, there are new ticket prices and a zone system was introduced: inner city and urban agglomeration. Urban agglomeration tickets have to be used if the line you are taking leaves the city borders. The list of such lines can be found here [16]. The 20 minute, 40 minute and 60 minute tickets can be used in both zones (no price difference), but for all other tickets you have to pay more when crossing the zone boundaries. If you intend to stay longer in Łódź, the most affordable ticket is the 90 day one (only 192 PLN for inner city and 230 PLN for two zones). If you are studying in Łódź, you can buy special semester tickets at even better prices.

Current ticket prices for inner city

  • 20 minute regular ticket 2.40 PLN,
  • 40 minute regular ticket 3.20 PLN,
  • 60 minute regular ticket 4.00 PLN,
  • 24 hour regular ticket 11.00 PLN,
  • 72 hour regular ticket 23 PLN,
  • weekly regular ticket 34.40 PLN,
  • single ride ticket is 3.60 PLN.


Every timed ticket allows you to change the vehicle an unlimited number of times within the ticket time (waiting time at the bust stop also counts, so be careful if you have a "short" ticket and a long connection!). If using the single ride ticket, you are not permitted to change the vehicle, which is the reason why the ticket is not very popular among the locals. If you use timed tickets, you can connect various ticket denominations to obtain the ticket you want (up to the 24 hour ticket, e.g. you can validate two 23 hour reduced tickets (5.50 PLN) one after another to get a 24 hour adult ticket that costs 11 PLN). All the reduced fare tickets (50% off the regular price) can be used only if you have valid documentation with yourself (e.g. a student ID) as it will be requested during the ticket control. Please remember to validate your ticket immediately after you enter a bus or a tram - it should be the first thing you do. It is also strongly recommended that you buy your tickets beforehand in numerous Kiosks (often with a name similar to "Kiosk Ruchu") or at most of the termini stations (this is especially important for the 72 hour and weekly tickets as you may not get them in an ordinary Kiosk). Starting from 1st June all the period tickets beginning with the 72 hour ticket can be only bought using the electronic city card.

You are expected to pay a regular fare ticket for large luggage exceeding 50 liters in volume and all animals (except guide dogs and animals kept on your lap or in your hands). Educational aids like musical instruments, drawing cases etc. are also exempted from this rule.

By tram

The tram network consists of 19 tram lines. If there is a change in the schedule (in other words, if something fails), the substitute bus lines are marked with the Z letter and the corresponding tram number (e.g. if line 1 fails, the substitute bus will be numbered Z1). The tram line map is here [17]. Currently, due to the renovations of the tram tracks, some lines have been closed and are served by substitute buses. The current map is here [18].

Tram 0

Łódź has one of the oldest tram networks in Poland which date 19th century. One of the attractions during the summer is taking the tram line 0[19]. It goes from Zdrowie stop to Wycieczkowa stop (near Arturówek lake). You buy the tickets on board.

By bus

The buses are the backbone of the public transport in Łódź. Almost all of the buses are the easily accessible low-floor buses. The bus line map is here [20].

Night buses

There are 9 night bus lines and they serve extreme points of the city. There is no fare increase compared to other public transport services, so you can use ordinary tickets on the night lines. It is important to note that all the night lines have a common stop at Kościuszki/Zielona intersection and depart every hour starting at 22:30 on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends. Be fast to board your bus as they stand in a long line and all depart at the same time! The night bus map is here [21].

By car

Driving in Łódź is quite easy and the rules of the road are adhered to. Be aware that pedestrians and bicycles have a right-of-way on pedestrian and bike crossings. During the rush hour, on the main arterial roads (Mickiewicza, Kopcińskiego, Pabianicka, Włokniarzy, Jana Pawła II, Paderewskiego, Śmigłego-Rydza, Rzgowska, Kościuszki, Strykowska and Zgierska) large traffic jams form.

There is a number of local and international car rental agencies that may arrange a car for you when you arrive at the airport [22][23][24][25]. When parking in the city center, make sure you pay the parking fee - such areas are well-marked. The fee is 2.00 PLN per every hour (or 10 PLN per day or 40 PLN per week). You only have to pay when you park between 8:00 and 18:00 on weekdays, and weekends and holidays are free. Sometimes, you may park on a privately-owned parking lot in the center (or in front of hospitals). Someone will approach you then and put a piece of paper behind the wiper with the time you started parking. When leaving, you will have the pay the fee - it is usually the same as for the public parking (or slightly more).

You can buy a daily pass directly at the parking lot, but to buy at least a weekly pass, you will need to go to Zarząd Dróg i Transportu (Road and Transport Authority) located at ul. Piotrkowska 171/173 (Tuesdays 9:30-16:00, every other weekday 8:30-15:30) and buy it there.

Taxis

Taxis are another option, and they are quite cheap for a Westerner. However, one should be sure that there is a taxi sign atop the cab and that the driver has a permit. 9622, 600400400 and 9191 are some of the known companies and they all have exactly same prices.

As of January 2013 the cheapest official taxi in town is http://www.green-cab.pl/ - around 20% cheaper than the usual price

Rickshaws

On Piotrkowska Street, you can travel any distance with them for 2.50 zł per person. It gets to 4.00 zł in the night and most of the rikshaw drivers will take you out of Piotrkowska if you offer to pay more.

See

Łódź is well-known for its architectural monuments which form a record of the city's heritage, particularly its unique nineteenth century development. Since 1989, the city of Łódź has rediscovered its industrial heritage, a unique ensemble of architecture, preserved despite two World Wars.

Piotrkowska Street
Karol Scheibler's Chapel in Łódź
  • Piotrkowska street, (Located in the city center), [26]. It is one of the longest commercial streets in Europe and one of the major attractions in the city. It runs in a straight line from the Liberty Square (Plac Wolności) to the Independence Square (Plac Niepodległości). A very large number of pubs, bars, restaurants, and, of course, attractions are located on this street.
  • Księży Młyn, (Next to Źródliska Park), [27]. A large complex of 19th century textile factories.
  • Karol Scheibler's Palace (Pałac Karola Scheiblera), Plac Zwycięstwa (Next to Księży Młyn), [28]. Neo-Renaissance palace today hosts the File Museum.
  • Jewish cemetery (Cmentarz Żydowski w Łodzi), enter from ul. Zmienna (Bałuty district), [29]. From Sunday to Friday (except a Jewish Holidays) 1st April - 1st November 09:00 till 17:00. From 2nd November till 31st March, 09:00 till 15:00. For centuries, Poland was place to the largest Jewish community in the world. Jewish people also strongly influenced the history of Łódź. This is the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe. 4 PLN (On every first Sunday in month admission free.).
  • Old cemetery (Stary Cmentarz w Łodzi), ul. Ogrodowa 43 (Next to Manufaktura), [30]. Located close to Manufaktura at Ogrodowa 43 Street, it is the most important active cemetery in Łódź. Here you will find one of the most exquisite sacral buildings in Europe and in the world, the Karol Scheibler's Chapel.
  • Karol Scheibler's Chapel (Kaplica Karola Scheiblera), ul. Ogrodowa 43 (Evangelical - Augsburg part of the Old Cemetery), [31]. Located in the Old Evangelical - Augsburg Cemetery, this chapel was for a long time neglected and its condition deteriorated, however, today, works are on the way to improve its past glory.
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Sobór św. Aleksandra Newskiego w Łodzi), ul. Kilinskiego 56 (On the intersection with Narutowicza Street, close to Łódź Fabryczna station), [32]. A rare example of Orthodox architecture in Poland.
  • Litzmannstadt Ghetto (Getto Łódzkie). The Litzmannstadt Ghetto was the second largest Jewish ghetto in Poland after the Warsaw Ghetto. It is referred to as both the Lodz Ghetto and the Litzmannstadt Ghetto, the latter name coming from the German general who captured the city in World War One (the entire city was later renamed Litzmannstadt in his honor). The ghetto was the last one to be liquidated due to the high productivity of the slave laborers and lack of armed resistance.
  • Old Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta), ul. Kilinskiego 56 (Next to Staromiejski Park), [33]. Was once incorporated into the Ghetto. It now serves as a venue for concerts and fairs.
  • The Decalogue Memorial (Pomnik Dekalogu w Łodzi), ul. Kilinskiego 56 (In the Staromiejski Park), [34]. It is a tribute to the coexistence of Poles and Jews. The memorial is located close to the Old Market Square in Staromiejski Park.
  • Manufaktura (Centrum Manufaktura), between Zachodnia, Ogrodowa, Karskiego and Drewnowska streets (The easiest way to get there is from Zachodnia Street which is the extension of Kościuszki Street), [35]. It is the largest shopping mall in the city and probably one of the most unique shopping malls in the world because it is located in old factory buildings. There has been some well-deserved criticism when the old buildings were renovated, but the overall effect is positive.


  • White Factory (Biała Fabryka Geyera), ul. Piotrkowska 282, [36]. This old factory currently holds the city's Textile Museum. Located next to a small lake, it is very nicely lit during the evenings.
  • Poznański Palace (Pałac Poznańskiego), ul. Ogrodowa 15 (Next to Manufaktura complex), [37]. A beautiful 19th century building that was built by Izrael Poznański - a textile magnate and a philanthropist. Today it holds the Museum of the City of Łódź.
  • Ludwik Geyer's Mansion (Dworek Ludwika Geyera), ul. Piotrkowska 286 (Near the Independence Square). A classicist mansion built in 1833 by Ludwik Geyer - one of the textile magnates. Currently, it is a privetely owned property.
  • Kopisch's bleachery (Bielnik Kopischa), ul. Tymienieckiego 5 (Just east off the Cathedral Square), [38]. It is the oldest (built in 1826) preserved building connected with textile Łódź.
  • Leopold Kindermann's Villa (Willa Leopolda Kindermanna), ul. Wólczańska 31/33 (Between Zielona and 6 Sierpnia Streets), [39]. One of the most important examples of secessionist architecture in Łódź. Built in 1903, it currently houses Łódź's Art Gallery. Definitely worth a visit!
  • St. Joseph's Church (Kościół św. Józefa), ul. Ogrodowa 22 (Near the Manufaktura mall), (+48) 42 633 45 37, [40]. Open during mass only.. This is the oldest building in the city - the only one built in the pre-industry period.
  • Łódź Walk of Fame (Aleja Gwiazd), ul. Piotrkowska (Between 6 Sierpnia Street and Rubinstein Passage). Being the Polish Hollywood, Łódź has its own Walk of Fame. Some of the names are Pola Negri, Roman Polański or Andrzej Wajda.

Museums & Art Galleries

  • Muzeum Sztuki (also called '''ms''' ), ul. Więckowskiego 36 (Corner. of ul. Gdanska), (, fax: +48 (42) 632 99 41), [41]. Hours: Monday: closed, Tuesday: 10 - 17, Wednesday: 11 - 17, Thursday: 12 - 19, Friday: 11 - 17, Saturday: 10 - 16, Sunday: 10 - 16. It was one of the first museums of modern art in Europe and it has a really impressing collection of Polish and international 20th century art. The building itself belonged to the Poznański family, same as the palace where Muzeum Historii Miasta Łodzi is located. (Tip: after leaving the museum take Gdańska street and go 50 meters up north to see the beautiful building of the Music Academy - previously also one of the houses of Izrael Poznański. If you are confident enough you can go in (entrance on ul. 1 Maja) to see an elegant stain glass window on the first floor.) Admission: Adults: 7,00 zł, Families: 13,00 zł; Temporary exhibitions: Adults: 4,00 zł, Reduced ticket: 3,00 zł; Free admission on Thursdays.
  • 2</sup> (Muzeum Sztuki squared)" alt="" address="ul. Ogrodowa 19" directions="In area of Manufactura shopping mall" phone="(+48) 42 634 39 48" url="http://www.muzeumsztuki.lodz.pl" hours="Hours: Monday: closed, Tuesday: 10 - 18, Wednesday: 10 - 20, Thursday: 10 - 20, Friday: 10 - 20, Saturday: 10 - 20, Sunday: 10 - 20" price="Admission: Adults: 8,00 zł, Reduced ticket:5,00 zł; Temporary exhibitions: Adults: 6,00 zł, Reduced ticket: 4,00 zł; Permanent and temporary exhibitions: Adults: 12,00 zł, Reduced ticket:7,00 zł; Free admission on Thursdays" lat="" long="" email="" fax="(+48) 42 634 39 62">Ms2 is dedicated mostly to the Collection of 20th and 21st Century Art. The museum is located in a building of 19th century weaving plant (former part of Poznański family textile manufacture, modern days part of shopping mall ‘’’Manufactura’’’ ). This museum should be consider as a extension to the ms (Muzeum Sztuki) and even name shows that ms2 is second and also has bigger expositions area. (ms to square).
  • Muzeum Historii Miasta Łodzi (Museum of the City of Łódź) (Poznański Palace), ul. Ogrodowa 15 (corner ul. Zachodnia), (+48) 42 6540323 (, fax: +48 (42) 6540323), [42]. Hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday: 10.00 - 16.00, Wednesday: 14.00 - 18.00, Thursday: 10.00 - 16.00, Friday: 10.00 - 14.00, Saturday: 10.00 - 14.00, Sunday: 10.00 - 14.00. Various beautiful rooms with exhibitions dedicated to some of the most famous people from Lodz including writer Julian Tuwim, pianist Artur Rubenstein, and collections of items from the daily lives of those who have lived in Lodz throughout the years. The museum itself is located within a beautiful building called Palace Poznańskiego. One of the major attractions in Łódź.
  • Dętka (Museum of Łódź Sewage System), plac Wolności (underground, at Plac Wolności), (+48) 42 254 90 11 (), [43]. Summer only. Museum of the old sewage system located in a circular water tank below pl. Wolnosci, built in brick in 1926. Accommodates max. 10 people inside, no big bags, do not go in if you are claustrophobic. A great experience otherwise. 5 zł, reduced 3 zł.
  • Central Museum of Textiles (White Factory), ul. Piotrkowska 282, [44]. Mondays closed. Permanent and temporary exhibitions concerning everything connected with textiles: industry, machines and fashion. Working machines on display on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 9:00 - 17:00, and on Thursdays: 11:00 - 15:00. 10 zł, reduced 6 zł, Saturdays free.
Also in the complex is the Open-air Museum of the Łódź Wooden Architecture [45].
The view on the Old Market Square from Park Staromiejski

Parks

Łódź is one of the "greenest" cities in Poland with 34 parks (11 of which are natural monuments) and one of the largest city forests in Europe located within the city borders. The most interesting ones are:

  • Łódź Hills Landscape Park (Park Krajobrazowy Wzniesień Łódzkich), Between Łódź and Brzeziny (Take the bus from Plac Dąbrowskiego or Academy of Art), [46]. A natural landscape reservation for walks and bike rides. Located 30 minutes by bus line 88 from the Academy of Art. Large part of Łagiewnicki Forest is a part of this park. Due the their location in the beautiful park, small outskirt villages like Kalonka, Dobieszków or Wódka are one of the most prestigious locations for house development.
  • Łagiewnicki Forest (Las Łagiewnicki), (North-eastern part of the city, bus line 56). One of the largest forest complexes in the world that is located within city boundaries. Arturówek lake is a very well known local attraction during the summer, but there are also numerous bike paths there.
  • Botanical Garden (Ogród Botaniczny), ul. Krzemieniecka 36/38 (Get there by bus 6, 76, 80, 99 or tram 9 or 43.), (+48) 42 688 44 20 (fax: (+48) 42 688 44 14), [47]. May-August (9:00-20:00), April and September (9:00-19:00), October (9:00-17:00). The ticket offices close one hour before the park.. Largest botanical garden in Poland with some very interesting natural architecture and plant exhibitions. Enter from Kusocińskiego or Krzemieniecka Street. Open from 1st April until 31st October. For 30/45 PLN (depending on the ticket type) you can hire an official guide. 4 PLN adult, 2 PLN reduced, 40 PLN season ticket.
  • Palm House (Park Źródliska), Plac Zwycięstwa (Right off Piłsudskiego Street), [48]. Closed on all Mondays, last week of March and July.. One of the most interesting buildings in Łódź. It is located within Źródliska Park. Inside, you will many unique plants. The total number of plants is estimated to 4500. For 30/45 PLN (depending on the ticket type) you can hire an official guide. 6 PLN adult, 3 PLN reduced. Be prepared to pay for the washrooms and the obligatory changing room..
  • Źródliska Park (Park Źródliska), Plac Zwycięstwa (Right off Piłsudskiego Street), [49]. The oldest park in Łódź. In 2007 it was selected the most beautiful city park in Poland and it also ranked 5th in Europe. It is located in the city center on Piłsudskiego Street. Located within is Palmiarnia Łódzka.
  • Józef Piłsudski Park (More popularly known as Zdrowie Park - Park na Zdrowiu), Polesie district near to City Zoo and the Botanical Garden (The easiest way to get there is by taking the 80 or 99 and dropping off at Krzemieniecka Street.), [50]. The largest park in Łódź. It is more a forest than a park with a few lakes and large alleys.
  • Poniatowski Park (Park Poniatowskiego), Located almost along the whole length of Mickiewicza Street (Located near Łódź Kaliska station), [51]. It is best to enter from Parkowa Street (near Real hypermarket). The park is a very popular venue for wedding photos and casual biking. There are also tennis courts there (entry from Mickiewicza Street).
  • Old City Park (Park Staromiejski (every local knows it by the name Park Śledzia)), Nowomiejska/Północna intersection (Located next to the Old Market Square), [52]. The Decalogue Memorial is located within and the park has an excellent view on the Old Market Square. You can play chess with the locals there.

Do

The main idea for promoting Łódź is make it a center of creative industries (art, design, fashion). The city hosts a number of cultural events, however, due to recent political moves by the authorities, this number has decreased. Nevertheless, if you are not only travelling to see beautiful architecture (which Łódź does not have a lot compared to Kraków, Wrocław or Gdańsk), but also to experience the local events, Łódź is a place to be.

Festivals

  • Łódź of Four Cultures Festival (Festiwal Łódź Czterech Kultur), [53]. Takes place every September. Intended to promote understanding and tolerance between the four nations that have built the city.
  • Explorers Festival, [54]. Extreme sports and tourism festival. Takes place every November.
  • International Festival of Photography (Fotofestiwal), [55]. Takes place every May. All the events take place in old factories, tenement buildings and villas of Łódź – post-industrial architecture creates a truly unique atmosphere for presentation of photographs.
  • International Festival of Comics and Games (Międzynarodowy Festiwal Komiksu i Gier), [56]. Held annually in October. It is the biggest comic event in Central-Eastern Europe.
  • Łódź Design Festival (Międzynarodowy Festiwal Designu), [57]. Held in October. Hosts various exhibitions and design events.
  • Se-ma-for Film Festival (Międzynarodowy Festiwal Designu), [58]. International festival of puppet movies and three-dimensional techniques. First such festival in Europe, second in the world.
  • International Festival of Music Producers Soundedit (Międzynarodowy Festiwal Producentów Muzycznych), [59]. Acoustic shows and much more.
  • Festival of Music Individualities Tansman (Festiwal Indywidualności Muzycznych Tansman), [60]. Hommage to Alexandre Tansman.
  • International Festival of Pleasant and Unpleasant Plays (Międzynarodowy Festiwal Sztuk Przyjemnych i Nieprzyjemnych), [61]. Held in the Common Theater, a long-running play festival.

Cinemas

  • Kino Charlie, ul.Piotrkowska 203/205, (+48) 42 636 00 92 (), [62]. A nice cinema with mostly interesting programme of (often European and Asian) films, not as commercial as Silver Screen.
  • Kino Cytryna (The Lemon), ul. Zachodnia 81/83, (+48) 42 632 18 59 (), [63]. They have similar repertoire to Charlie (mostly non-American films). If you order in advance they will show a film of your choice. Tickets are either 12 PLN minus 1 PLN discount for each yellow piece of your clothing, or 15 PLN for a pair with a lemon..
  • Kino Bałtyk, ul. Narutowicza 20, (+48) 42 630 36 03, [64]. Once it was the largest and the most important cinema in Łódź, but it has lost the market to chains like Silver Screen or Cinema City. The cinema is located right behind the philharmonic. It is well-known for its excellent sound system.
  • Kino Polonia, ul. Piotrkowska 67, (+48) 42 630 02 15, [65]. A small cinema located at Piotrkowska Street, right behind The Mexican restaurant. They play independent films (indie cinema).
  • Cinema City, ul. Karskiego 5 (Located in Manufaktura mall), (+48) 42 664 64 64 (, fax: (+48) 42 664 64 02), [66]. Comfortable, big theater with 14 cinema halls and 1 big IMAX hall offering projections of 3D movies. Movie selection contains the latest Hollywood hits with Polish subtitles.
  • Silver Screen, ul. Piłsudskiego 5, (+48) 42 639 58 00, [67]. Silver Screen is located in the city center, next to Galeria Łódzka shopping mall and Ibis hotel. The movies are usually offered with Polish subtitles. There are billiard tables if you are bored watching movies.

Theatres

  • Teatr Jaracza, ul. Jaracza 27, (+48) 42 662 33 33/35 (), [68]. The ticket offices are open from Monday till Sunday between 12:00 and 19:00. The reservations must be picked up before 18:00.. It is considered one of the best drama theaters in Poland. They play Tuesday to Sunday mid September till mid June. On its 3 performance halls you can see modern Polish and international drama as well as the classics.
  • Teatr Nowy, ul. Zachodnia 93 (Mała Sala - small performance hall) and ul. Więckowskiego 15 (Duża Sala - large performance hall), (+48) 42 636 05 92 (), [69]. The ticket offices are open from Tuesday till Friday between 09:00 and 19:00, on Saturdays from 12:00 till 19:00 and on Sundays one before the play. It offers varied, mostly contemporary repertoire. Also the quality is varied so better ask for advice someone local or ask staff for a honest recommendation. The building served a Jewish cabaret before the WWII and a Jewish theater until 1948 (later it moved to Warsaw).
  • Teatr Wielki (Grand Theater in Łódź), Plac Dąbrowskiego, (+48) 42 633 77 77 (, fax: (+48) 42 631 95 52), [70]. The ticket offices are open from Monday till Saturday between 12:00 and 19:00, and on Sundays from 15:00 till 19:00. It is the largest theatre in the city (second largest in Poland) with 1070 seats. It specializes in opera, operetta and ballet.
  • Teatr Powszechny (Common Theater), ul. Legionów 21, (+48) 42 633 25 39 (), [71]. A very popular theater in Łódź that hosts many well-known plays and a few festivals.

Live music

  • Artur Rubinstein's Łódz Philharmonic (Filharmonia Łódzka), ul. Narutowicza 20/22, (+48) 42 664 79 10 (), [73]. Ticket office open Monday-Friday from 12:00 till 18:00, one hour before every performance and during the first break in every performance. Second oldest philharmonic in Poland. If you are a fan of classical music, this is a place to go. Behind the philharmonic is Kino Bałtyk.

Tango

Milongas [74] usually take place on Mondays in Oranżada on ul. Piotrkowska 67 and on Sundays in Klub Mojito on ul. Piotrkowska 143. They usually start at 7-8 p.m. and don't last longer than till 10-12. Several long and short tango courses are usually organized trough the year [75].

Tattoo

  • Sigil Tattoo, Piotrkowka 25, +48 42/6319171 (), [76]. Unique and clean tattos by some of the best artists in poland. They have been awarded several times and are known beyond borders.
  • Tattoohead, Al. Włokniarzy 234a. Tatuaż. New tattoo studio near the Łódź Kaliska railway station. Author site portfolio design www.

Sports

  • Łódź Marathon (Dbam o Zdrowie). [77]. A major sports event held yearly in Łódź. Quite popular both among the locals and the visitors, it offers a few different distances to run.
  • Fala Aquapark. [78]. One of the largest aquaparks in Poland. Once it was the most popular swimming complex in the city, and after a complete renovation it aspires to its former glory.
  • AZS Clubs (Kluby Uczelniane AZS). [79]. Every major university has its own Academic Sports Society Club. They offer various activities (sekcje or sections) ranging from chess to sailing for low prices.

Learn

  • University of Łódź, ul. Narutowicza 65, (+48) 42 635 43 00 (fax: +48 (42) 665 57 71), [80].
  • The School of Polish for Foreigners in the University of Łódź - Offers courses in Polish for periods of one month, five months, and two nine month programs. [81]
  • Technical University of Łódź, Address, (+48) 42 636 74 77 (, fax: +48 (42) 636 85 22), [82].
  • Medical University of Łódź, Al. Kościuszki 4, (+48) 42 632-51-00 (, fax: +48 (42) 630-07-07), [83].
  • The Leon Schiller's National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre (Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna im. L. Schillera), ul.Targowa 61, (+48) 42 634-58-20 (, fax: +48 (42) 674 81 39), [84]. One of the most famous filmschools in the world, many famous filmmakers such as Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polanski, and Krzystof Kieslowski studied here. And also today there is a very active student community with students from Poland and from abroad.
  • Strzemiński Academy of Arts, ul. Wojska Polskiego 121, (+48) 42 2547 598 (, fax: (+48) 42 2547 560), [85].
  • Academy of Music in Łódź (Akademia Muzyczna im. Grażyna i Kiejstuta Bacewiczów w Łodzi), ul. Gdańska 32, (+48) 42 662 16 15 (), [86].

Work

Numerous international companies have operations in Lodz, since Lodz is the the third largest city in Poland and has an high amount of technically skilled labor. Native speakers of English, German, French, Spanish and Italian can usually easily find a job in one of many language schools in the city.

Buy

Zielony rynek

Shopping areas

  • Piotrkowska Street is the main commercial street in the city. It is supposedly the longest commercial street in the Europe with a length of four kilometers. There are many good shops selling jewelry, clothes and books.
  • Kościuszki Street not so glamorous as Piotrkowska Street, but you can usually buy the same things here and pay much, much less.

Malls

Łódź has its fair number of shopping malls. The most important are:

  • Manufaktura, Ul. Ogrodowa 17, +48 (42) 654 85 00, [87]. Manufaktura is a unique place - an old factory converted into a modern shopping mall. Apart from shops there is a cinema, hotel, museum and art gallery.
  • Galeria Łódzka, Al. Piłsudskiego 15/23 (Located on the intersection with Sienkiewicza Street), (+48) 42 639 1500 (fax: +48 (42) 639 1520), [88]. The largest single collection of shops is the Galeria Lodzka - a large mall on ul. Piłsudskiego - where you will find almost anything from the latest fashions and expensive perfume to modern electrical equipment and groceries.
  • Port Łódź, ul. Pabianicka 245 (Take tram line 11, get out on IKEA stop.), [89]. Another shopping mall. You can buy (also eat and drink) there almost everything. One of the shops there is IKEA. The mall is located within the city limits. From city center you can go there by car in the direction of Pabianice or just take the tram line 11 heading to IKEA/Chocianowice (it is the last stop you cannot miss it). Most shops and restaurant in Port Łódź can also be found in the city center or other existing malls. But if you love IKEA, it is the only place in Łódź where you will find it.
  • Ptak Trade Center (Centrum Handlowe Ptak), ul. Rzemieślnicza 35, Rzgów (Take bus 70 (or 50, but be prepared to walk). You drop off at the terminus.), [90]. Opened from 5:00/7:00 during weekdays, from 9:00 on the weekends. Closes at 15:00. If you thought that Thailand or China are the places to go to buy clothes, well, you are mistaken. This is one of the largest clothes-oriented wholesale and retail centers in Europe (if not the largest one). The prices are highly competitive, quality is high and you can get there anything from a wedding dress to hipster clothes. The mall is enormous, so be prepared to spend at least a whole day there. Do not go there on Mondays as most of the stands are closed. Located a few kilometers south of Łódź.
  • Polros (Centrum Handlowe Polros), Tuszyńska 72/74, Rzgów (Take bus 70 (or 50, but be prepared to walk). You drop off at the terminus.), [91]. Located just next to Ptak Trade Center, another very large clothes-oriented shopping mall. Located a few kilometers south of Łódź.
  • Retkinia Shopping Center (Centrum Handlowe Retkinia), ul. Maratońska 24/32 (Located in the western part of the city, close to the airport.), (), [92]. It is not a mall per se, but rather a small local shopping center that you will rarely find on a tourist map. There are no chain stores here, but still you can buy RPG and board games, clothes and many other things.

Markets

If you are up to buying groceries, clothes or anything else on a real market, these are the places to go:

  • Baluty Market (Rynek Bałucki) in the district of Baluty in the north of the city, big open air market, every saturday you can buy here everything from vegetables, over clothes to live pets. Not romantic, but an experience!
  • Dolna-Ceglana Market (Targowisko Dolna-Ceglana) on Dolna Street, the biggest vegatable open air market for individual people (2 minutes away, north from Bałuty Market) very often by mistake named as Rynek Bałucki - but they are two different places.
  • Zielony rynek ("The green market") on Plac Barlickiego (8 minutes away from Piotrkowska St.) is a great place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables as well as bread, meat, homemade honey and other products.
  • Górniak Market ("Rynek Górniak") Located at the very end of Piotrkowska Street (Piotrkowska 317), it is a well-known market among the locals. You can buy numerous gadgets here, as well as high-quality clothes for a very low price.


Wedding dresses

You will find numerous shops offering wedding dresses in Łódź. This is a derivative of Łódź being once a very large textile center. The "wedding district" is located on ul. Jaracza, ul. Sienkiewicza and ul. Kilińskiego, but you will also find other shops all around the city. If you buy something directly off-shelf, you may get a very good price (usually less than 250 EUR). It is cheaper if you decide to buy in autumn as it is considered to be the low season.

For groom clothes, you can visit either Ptak Trading Center, Polros or Pawis shop [93] where you can get a tailor-made suit (but it usually takes a few weeks). There is also Sunset Suits and Armani stores in Manufaktura mall that tailor wedding garments. Again, if you buy off-shelf, the price is highly competitive.

Eat

Łódź does not offer a lot when it comes to Polish cuisine if you do not dine in the most expensive places. For the cheapest food, you can go to one of the numerous kebab or Yem joints. You can easily get a tasty sandwich for around 6-8 PLN. Polish cuisine does not have any cheap fast food meals, so if you want to try something definitely Polish, it is wise to invest a bit more money and go to a splurge restaurant. They are costly only by Polish standards.

The cheaper option would be to look for a place called Pierogarnia (or ask someone about it). There are many of such places in Łódź and they sell Polish dumplings. The price is usually very competitive.

Food shopping

If you are not dining out, the cheapest way to buy food is in one of the numerous hypermarkets in Łódź. The most popular brands are Tesco[94], Carrefour[95], real[96] or E.Leclerc[97]. If you are on budget, you can go to Biedronka [98] or Lidl[99]. If you are prepared to spend some more money and buy some better produce, go to Bomi[100], Alma[101] or Piotr i Paweł[102]. The last three shops are 100% Polish-owned, so it is recommendable that you shop there.

If you want to support the local economy, please buy at small grocery stores.

Budget

  • Da Grasso, ul. Piotrkowska 88, +48 (42) 630 09 75 (, fax: +48 (42) 632 80 09), [103]. Daily: 11 - 22, except Sundays when they start at noon and Friday nights when they work till 1 a.m.. Their big pizza is more than enough for 2 hungry people. It is actually a chain, so you can find their restaurant all around the city. 15-25 PLN.
  • In Centro, ul. Piotrkowska 153, +48 (42) 636 99 92, [104]. Hours: Mon-Sat: 12 - 22; Sun 13-22. Small pizzeria in the center of the city near Galeria Lodzka and Ibis Hotel. The oldest one in Łódź. 12 - 30 PLN.
  • Green Way, ul. Piotrkowska 80, +48 (42) 632 08 52, [105]. A vegetarian fast food chain has one restaurant. They also offer free wireless access to the internet. A soup 3 PLN, second plate 6-9 PLN..
  • Manekin, ul. 6 Sierpnia 1, +48 (42) 671 07 84 (), [106]. Sun-Thu 10-22.30; Fri-Sat 10-23.30. The cheapest restaurant in the city.Huge variety of delicious pancakes, also soups and salads. 7-15.
  • Orfeusz, ul. Narutowicza 43, +48 (42) 631 98 06. Hours: Daily: 11 - 23. International restaurant with traditional Polish and Italian cuisine. There is also a salad bar and a big choice of dishes à la carte. 10 - 32 PLN.

Mid-range

  • Piotrkowska Klub 97, ul. Piotrkowska 97, +48 (42) 630-65-73 (, fax: +48 (42) 632-47-14), [107]. Piotrkowska Klub 97 is said to be David Lynch's favorite restaurant in Łódź. Good quality food and wines. There is a Milonga Milonga w Łodzi [108]- a tango evening in one of the halls most of Monday nights (starting around 19.30)
  • Da Antonio, ul. Jaracza 45 (Near to Plac Dąbrowskiego in a small villa), +48 42 630 50 70, [109]. Definitely the best pizza in town. Try their Italian-style pizza! 25-40 PLN for an Italian pizza.
  • Cafe Tuwim, ul. Pomorska 18, +48 (42) 631 14 71. Hours: Daily: 10:00 - 22:00. The only glat-kosher restaurant in the city About 30 PLN for one course and a drink.
  • Irish Pub, Piotrkowska 77, +48 (42) 632 48 76, [110]. Irish atmosphere, cosy interior and wide selection of dishes, including - but not limited to - vegetarian, lunch items, fish, sea food. Live music every night.

Splurge

  • Restauracja Polska, ul. Piotrkowska 12, +48 (42) 6338345 (), [111]. Nice, calm interior and impressive menu.
  • Restauracja Anatewka, ul. 6 Sierpnia 2/4, +48 (42) 6303635 (), [112]. If you are looking for original Jewish cuisine, this is a place to go. There is also a branch at Manufaktura. It is a popular place, so make sure you reserve if you plan to go there during the weekend.
  • Restauracja Soplicowo, ul. Wigury 12a, +48 (42) 6373081 (), [113]. Centrally located just off Piotrkowska, they mainly serve Polish cuisine. There is often a wedding reception there on Saturdays, so the whole restaurant may be closed.

Drink

Łódź is well-known for an excellent night scene. Nightlife is concentrated in the city center (Piotrkowska Street, Kościuszki Street and the adjoining streets). There are dozens of pubs and restaurants there. Another focal point is Manufaktura where many festivals and public concerts take place (but it usually closes much earlier).

Kawiarnia Syrena
  • Piwoteka, ul. 6 sierpnia 1/3, (), [114]. Located right off Piotrkowska Street, it is both a shop and a pub. You can try literally hundreds of Polish regional beers there. Highly recommended for beer tasters!
  • Bierhalle, ul. Drewnowska 58 (Located in Manufaktura), (+48) 42 632 03 76 (, fax: (+48) 42 632 03 69), [115]. Friday-Saturday 12:00-24:00, Sunday 12:00-22:00, weekdays 12:00-23:00. A German-style brewery. They close quite early, but the beer is good.
  • Cabaret Discoteque, ul. Tuwima 1/3 (Right off Piotrkowska Street), +48 42 630 05 13, [116]. Fridays-Saturdays from 22:00. A posh club with very nice interior. The prices are high, but a visit is well-worth it.
  • Pub Łódź Kaliska, ul.Piotrkowska 102, +48 (42) 630 69 55 (, fax: +48 (42) 630 69 55), [117]. One of the most popular pubs in Lodz, an institution! Named after the artist group "Łódź Kaliska". Decorated with pieces of art. On weekends very crowded. A must see are the womens toilets on the second floor!
  • Studio 102, ul. Piotrkowska 102, +48 (42) 632 15 34 (), [118]. Directly opposite Łódź Kaliska lies a much more laid back and down to earth establishment. Good music and an interesting gallery of pictures on the walls provide welcome refuge from the firday night throngs.
  • Jazzga, ul. Piotrkowska 17, +48 (42) 630 27 44 (), [119]. Musically off the beaten track. This eclectic venue attracts a wide variety of musicians/performers/DJs ranging from local bands to bearded Japanese psychedelia outfits via German jazz ensembles. Expect the unexpected!
  • Irish Pub, Piotrkowska 77, +48 (42) 632 48 76, [120]. Wide selection of beers - including Guinness and Kilkenny, Irish specialties - wines and other beverages. You can eat as well as have a drink here.
  • Peron 6, ul. Piotrkowska 6, +48 (42) 639 80 19 (), [121]. Offers a wide selection (160 in total) of beers from all over Poland and the world at varying prices. Recommended by the EU Beer Consumers' union.
  • Zapiecek, ul. Piotrkowska 43, +48 (0)695 750 081 (), [122]. Very popular with local students and with a stage in the cellar which plays host to musicians playing mainly folk and world music.
  • Lizard King, ul. Piotrkowska 62, +48 42 632 13 59, [123]. In a very nice setting decorated with all sort of artifacts and posters about rock culture, you can enjoy live performances from local and national rock bands. Wide choice of drinks and some food too. Beer (Żywiec) is 8 PLN.
  • Bagdad Cafe, ul. Jaracza 45, +48 42 63 997 99, [124]. Reggae, funk, breakbeat, elektro parties.
  • Rolling Stone, ul. Moniuszki 6, +48 (42) 633 65 41. A self-styled "English Pub". Here you can sit back on oak pews and laugh at caricatures of the Royal Family and Keith Richards to the sound of The Cure. Is much bigger than it looks from the outside.
  • Mała Litera (Bookshop-Cafe), ul. Nawrot 7, [125]. It is an artistic bookshop with books mostly in English, big range of CDs (mostly classical and ethnic music) and a small cafe. It is one of few places in Lodz where they know how to make a good macchiato. Concerts and meetings with artists are often organized in the evenings. Free Wi-Fi (ask staff for password).
  • Kawiarnia Syrena, ul. Piotrkowska 66. Also known as "u Husajna" or "chez Hussein" offers good coffee, huge ice-cream desserts, milkshakes and truly international atmosphere.
  • Niebieskie Migdały, ul. Sienkiewicza 40 and ul. Piotrkowska 200, +48 609 511 484, [126]. Offers a wide selection of reasonably priced teas in very pleasant, quiet and comfortable surroundings. Indeed, after five minutes you'll soon forget that you're in Poland's second largest city.
  • Dwie Dłonie, ul. Wólczańska 40/42, +48 (42) 630 10 05 / +48 (0) 605 99 46 99 (), [127]. The only pub in the city that aims to integrate those who hear and those who don't. Staff people know Polish sign language [128]. You can have a drink here as well as eat a pizza (9,5 - 27 PLN), play table football, billiard or darts or use internet for 2,50 PLN/h.

Sleep

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under 100 PLN
Mid-range 100 PLN to 300 PLN
Splurge Over 300 PLN

Łódź lacks cheap hostel accommodation, but with generally low prices for the mid-range hotels, everyone should be able to find something suiting their needs. A few years ago, the situation on the hotel market was very poor indeed and there were no 4-star hotels. Nevertheless, when andel's hotel was built, the situation has dramatically changed and now every year new high-end hotels are being built. It may be wise to choose one of the hotels in the city center as this will reduce the time you need to spend on the public transport or in taxis. Łódź is a fairly compact city, and while most attractions are located centrally, you need to travel some distances to a few other attractions that are on the outskirts.

Budget

  • Boutique Hostel, 90-537 Łódź, ul. Stefanowskiego 17, +48 42 636 22 01 (), [129]. Hostel located in the center of Lodz, newly refurbished lof hostel, parking and wi-fi are free for all guests tv with cable in every room, nice and tidy. 79 zł (ca. $25+ per person) per night.
  • Hotel Boss Łódź, ul. Tatrzańska 11 93-115 Łódź, +48 42 676 31 13 (), [130]. **Hotel located in the center of Lodz, nice clean rooms, good service and food in the restaurant, free parking for all guests, highly recommended for visitors with tigh budget. 59 zł (ca. $20+ per person) per night.
  • Hostelling International Youth Hostel, ul. Legionow 27, +48 42 630 66 80 (, fax: +48 (42) 6306683), [131]. This hostel is located near Ul. Piotrkowska. The rooms are clean, but very basic in terms of amenities. The hostel hosts large groups of young children that often run around the halls screaming. There's also a curfew requiring guests to be in the hostel no later than 22:59, though its possible to come back at a later time, when arranged in advance. 30+ zł (ca. $10+ per person) per night.
  • Cynamon Hostel Lodz, ul. Sienkiewicza 40/13 (GPS N 51°45’53.7798″ E 19°27’43.2144″), +48 42 209 34 79 (), [132]. This hostel is located in the centre of the city, near a small park, near Piotrkowska street, few minutes by foot to Manufaktura. Privates and shared rooms. Delicious free breakfast, WiFi 6 Mbit/s. prices start from 45 zł.


  • LaGranda Hostel, ul. Rewolucji 1905r. 48, +48 42 239 87 08 (), [133]. This hostel is located in the centre of the city, near Manufaktura, few minutes by foot to ul. Piotrkowska. Privates and shared rooms. 45 - 65 PLN (ca. $15+ per person).
  • Flamingo Hostel, ul. Sienkiewicza 61, +48 42 66 11 888 (), [134]. This hostel is located in the centre of the city, near Galeria Łódzka, few minutes by foot to ul. Piotrkowska and Pilsudskiego Av. Opposite to a small park. 40 - 65 PLN (ca. $15+ per person).
  • Nikon Guest Rooms, ul. Kosynierów Gdyńskich 18, +48 42 646-87-83, [135]. Double and triple rooms. double room 100 zł.
  • Hostel Molo, ul. Okopowa 70/106, +48 42 656 22 69 (), [136]. 220 beds in rooms from singles to dorms. 40 - 70 PLN.
  • Helenowek, ul. Okulickiego 10b, +48 42 658 22 39 (), [138]. In the northern outskirts of town, right by a large forest and with a pond on site. Very good tram connections (25-30 min. to the centre). Has a variety of singles, doubles/twins and bigger rooms, which are all en-suite (prices start from 75 zł). Excellent value for money.
  • Syrena, ul. Zachodnia 56, +48 42 633 38 69, [139]. Cheap hotel (shared bathroom facilities), reasonably close to points of interest and both train stations. Rooms with satellite TV 10 zł extra, showers 5 zł per use. 50 zł single, 70 zł double.

Mid-range

  • Boutique Hotel's (business), 93-193 Łódź, ul. Milionowa 25, (+48) 42 684 75 10, [140]. Newly refurbished Boutique Hotel's, located in te center of Lodz, parking and wi-fi free for all guests, breakfast 20 pln 140 PLN.
  • Boutique Hotel's (komfort), 90-273 Łódź, ul. Rewolucji 1905 roku 8, (+48) 42 630 63 15, [141]. Newly refurbished Boutique Hotel's, located in te center of Lodz close to Piotrkowska Street and Manufaktura shopping centre, parking and wi-fi free for all guests, breakfast 20 pln 144 PLN.
  • Ibis, Al. Pilsudskiego 11, (+48) 42 638 67 00, [142]. Very centrally located, expect the same standard as in any other Ibis hotel.
  • Hotel Ambasador Chojny, ul. Kosynierów Gdyńskich 8, (+48) 42 646 49 04, [143]. Located in the southern part of the city in a small park. Free parking, swimming pool and sauna included in the room price. The hotel restaurant is a popular place to hold a wedding reception.
  • Hotel Centrum, ul. Kilińskiego 59/63, (+48) 42 632 86 40 (), [144]. A very well known hotel located next to the Łódź Fabryczna train station. Once, it was considered the best hotel in the city, but today it has lost it glamour. The prices are reasonable.
  • Hotel Mazowiecki, ul. 28 Pułku Strzelców Kaniowskich 53/57, (+48) 42 637 43 33 (), [146]. It is not as good hotel (in term of number of stars) as the previous ones, but they good prices and reasonable rooms. Located a bit off the city center.
  • Hotel Polonia Palast, ul. Narutowicza 38, (+48) 42 632 87 73 (), [147]. Located very close to Łódź Fabryczna railway station, it is one of the oldest hotels in the city. A few years ago it lost its stars, which meant that it could not be called a hotel any more. However, in 2009 after a complete overhaul, the hotel has regained its 2 stars.
  • Hotel Savoy, ul. Traugutta 6, (+48) 42 632 93 60 (), [148]. Built in the 1912, it is a very well-known building among the locals. Not so posh and glamorous anymore, but still staying there is said to be like moving to the 1920s.
  • Hotel Focus, ul. Łąkowa 23/25, (+48) 42 637 12 00 (, fax: (+48) 42 636 98 18), [149]. A new hotel located close to the Film School.
  • Hotel Campanile, Al. Pilsudskiego 27, (+48) 42 664 26 00 (, fax: (+48) 42 664 26 01), [150]. A good and centrally located hotel.
  • mHOTEL, ul. św. Teresy 111 (near Szczecińska Street), (+48) 42 652 99 90 (, fax: (+48) 42 655 72 10), [151]. A conference hotel located completely outside of the city center in the north-western part of the town. If you stay there, be prepared for a commute to see the attractions.
  • iness Hotel, ul. Wróblewskiego 19/23, (+48) 42 684 45 54 (), [152]. A business hotel located close to the city center and the Technical University of Łódź.
  • Hotel Borowiecki, ul. Kasprzaka 7/9, (+48) 42 288 01 00 (), [153]. Located about 10 minutes from the city center by public transport. It is very close to Zdrowie Park.

Splurge

  • Orbis Grand Hotel, Ul. Piotrkowska 72, +48 42 633 99 20, [154]. The Grand Hotel is the oldest hotel in Lodz.
  • andel's Hotel Łódź, Ul. Ogrodowa 17, +48 42 279 10 00 (, fax: (+48) 42 279 10 01), [155]. A very original Hotel facility built in Łódź. The hotel is located in the Manufaktura complex in adapted historical textile manufacture next to Poznański Palace. It won the "Architecture of the Year" in 2009 in the prestigious European Hotel Design Award competition.
  • Hotel Ambasador Centrum, Al. Piłsudskiego 29, +48 42 677 15 20 (fax: +48 42 677 15 40), [156]. Centrally located, this is the newest 4-star hotel in town.
  • Nowa Gdynia SPA & Wellness Resort (Stacja Nowa Gdynia), ul. Sosnowa 1 (Just outside Łódź in the direction of Zgierz. Well-connected using public transport (tram lines 11, 16 and 46)), +48 42 714 21 61 (, fax: +48 42 714 21 62), [157]. Located just outside Łódź, this is a well-known SPA resort with many attractions like a sports center or an aquapark. Weekdays 390 PLN for a double room, weekends 330 PLN.
  • Qubus, Al. Mickiewicza 7, (+48) 42 275 51 00 (), [158]. It is a new hotel located one tram stop away from the city center, and very close to the Technical University of Lodz.
  • Holiday Inn, ul. Piotrkowska 229/231, (+48) 42 208 20 00 (fax: (+48) 42 208 20 02), [159]. A four star Holiday Inn located in the city center. Opening in May 2012 but the internet bookings can be done for stays that start from 31st August 2012 onwards (call if you wish to book on an earlier date).

Contact

Postal service

There are numerous post offices in Łódź. The main post office is located on Tuwima 38 Street in a century-old building. Do not be misguided by the name, the main post office is not open 24/7 (but the one next to Łódź Kaliska station is).

  • 24/7 Post Office, ul. Włókniarzy 227 (Next to Łódź Kaliska station), [160]. Open 24/7.
  • Main Post Office, ul. Tuwima 38 (On the intersection with Kilińskiego Street), [161]. Open 8-20 weekdays, 9-14 Saturdays.

Internet

There is a number of Internet cafes on Piotrkowska and nearby streets.

  • Internetowa Kawiarnia Spadochronowa - Skydiving Internet Cafe [162] on 41 Narutowicza St. is 5 minutes walk away from Łódź Fabryczna station and works 24/7. 1 PLN / 15 minutes. There are a pub and a pizzeria [163] in the same place.

Hot Spots

  • PWN Bookshop on ul. Więckowskiego 13 (corner with Zachodnia, just by Teatr Nowy). Open 10:00 - 18:00. You won't get coffee here but the staff is very nice and the bookshop itself has a good choice of academic books (not only). The building served a Jewish school between 1945 and 1968.
  • Greenway on ul. Piotrkowska 80. Open 10:00 - 22:00.
  • Wok Chinese restaurant - one on ul. Piłsudskiego 5 (silver Screen building) and one in Manufaktura (close to the main entry from Ogrodowa St.). Both open till late. A pot of nice green, black or jasmin tea 3 PLN. Chinese dishes 4-6 PLN. Portions are not big but cooks are Chinese and the chain seems to have a good quality control so it's still value for money.
  • Montenegro Balkan Restaurant on ul. Wólczańska 51. Phone: +48 42 6320094.
  • Manufaktura shopping mall on ul. Ogrodowa 17, free access on main square and in most restaurants and Pubs around.

Stay safe

Łódź has a rough reputation among Polish people from other cities, largely thanks to well-publicized events that shocked Poland in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Today, Łódź is a safe place. Contrary to typical newcomer's fears, the crime rate is relatively low and according to statistics [164], it is much lower than in any other large city in Poland (only 39 crimes per 1000 citizens were reported in the city in 2008). Also, violent crime is very rare. Some basic advice though:

Watch out for pickpockets. A common trick for thieves is to operate in groups and create artificial crowds on buses and trams which distract their victims' attention prior to being pickpocketed. Also, do not leave your belongings unattended and keep you wallet in your front pockets.

Do not visit the city parks after dark. During the day you are perfectly safe, but almost all city parks are open also during the night and there have been reported cases of muggings.

Avoid the following places. Even though the city is safe, the locals will tell that you should avoid certain places if going alone. These are: Włókiennicza Street (also a small part of Wschodnia and Kilińskiego Streets that is in the proximity of Włókiennicza), Abramowskiego Street, Solna Street and Limanowskiego Street.

Avoid displaying football-related emblems. The hooligan scene in Łódź is quite large and very divided. You never know who you will meet, so it is safer to keep your football affections to yourself. This is especially important during the local derby between ŁKS and Widzew football clubs. This advice holds for every Polish city.

Be careful when using pedestrian crossings. Even though pedestrians have right-of-way on pedestrian crossings, some Polish drivers do not respect that. So please be careful and always make sure that there are no cars approaching when you decide to cross the street. This applies to all Polish cities.

Beggars

Łódź hasn't been developing as rapidly as some other more successful Polish cities recently and it has some of the poorest urban areas in Poland, but those issues are handled by the government and (especially) the NGOs.

Do not ever give any money to beggars. This applies worldwide.

  • They may be thieves who are just waiting for you to take out your wallet on your own so they could do the rest.
  • The beggars you see in the tourist areas could be "professionals", making up to $1-2k/month during the season (which is quite a salary in Poland).

If you want to help consider donating to an accountable charity, like the Polish Red Cross [165] or Caritas Polska [166]. If you still want to give something to a beggar, offer buying food for them (and notice their reaction).

Cope

Łódź is a safe and friendly city, very eager to receive foreign visitors. The average English level among Łódź residents is high especially among young people. Older generation is more fluent in Russian and German. However, directions to major sights are not well-marked and you are better off with a map. Do not be afraid of asking directions, people will try to help you! It will be very well perceived if you learn at least a few Polish words like "dziękuję" (thank you) or "proszę" (please).

Religious services

  • Church of St. Theresa (Kościół Świętej Teresy od Dzieciątka Jezus i Świętego Jana Bosko), ul. Kopcińskiego 1/3, (+48) 42 678 35 22, [167]. The Holy Mass in English is held every Sunday at 10:00AM in one of the rectory rooms.
  • Synagogue (Synagoga/Bożnica przy Pomorskiej), ul. Pomorska 18, (+48) 42 6320427, [168]. Services are held every morning and afternoon. Kabbalat Shabbat services usually start 5pm in Winter and 6pm in Summer but it is worthwhile to call the Community office and ask for exact times before coming. This is an orthodox synagogue: services are in Hebrew, women and men seat separately, men are expected to have their heads covered and everyone to be dressed properly.

Laundries

  • Usługi Pralnicze S.C., ul. Snycerska 5, (+48) 42 654 34 36, [169].
  • Pralnia PERFECKT, ul. Radwańska 6, (+48) 42 636 12 90, [170].
  • Pralnia eko serwis, ul. Tatrzańska 110A - pavilion 619, (+48) 642 07 07 (), [171]. Monday-Friday 9:00-19:00.

Get out

Useful for one day trips:

  • Łęczyca a medieval town located about 40km north of Łódź with a royal castle, knight tournaments, old churches and Festival of Film Trailers. About 1 hour by coach from Łódź Kaliska bus station.
  • Łowicz In Poland, Łowicz is famous for the colorful regional costumes. It is located about 1.5h north-west of Łódź (take a bus from Łódź Kaliska). You will also find there the old residence of Polish archbishops, numerous churches, monasteries and museums.
  • Nieborów a splendid baroque palace with a large park is located there.
  • Arkadia[172] English-style, large romantic park with artificial ruins is located there. To get there, first go to Łowicz and then take a bus (PKS) in the direction of Skierniewice that stops in Arkadia and Nieborów.
  • Inowłódz is a small village south-east of Łódź, just beyond Tomaszów Mazowiecki. There is a famous, almost 1000 years old church there.
  • Spała is a village right before Inowłódz. There is the Spała Landscape Park and the village is known throughout Poland for its spa resorts and luxurious hotels.

Large cities nearby:

  • Warsaw the capital of Poland with numerous attractions. The fastest way to get there is to take the train from Łódź Widzew station. Before Euro 2012, the A2 highway should be finished and will connect both cities.
  • Toruń is one of the oldest Polish towns. Located about 160km north of Łódź.
  • Poznań one of the largest cities in Poland with the country's oldest cathedral. Located about 200km west by highway.


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