Travelling to Łódź:
There are three major airports in the area:
1. Reymont’s Łódź Airport– location: 5 km from the city center. A taxi stand and a municipal transport stop (service 55, 65) is in the direct neighbourhood. Car rentals (Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, EuropCar) are available.
2. Warsaw Chopin Airport – location: 131 km from Łódź:
3. Warsaw Modlin Airport(low cost) – location: 141 km from Łódź. Łódź-Warsaw Shuttle Bus (2hrs 55 min. drive) runs 5 times a day, 7 days a week (tickets). Car rentals: (Avis, Budget, Express, Hertz) are available.
On-line PKP train search website in English
On-line Polski Bus (Polish Bus) bus search&reservation website
Łódź is a relatively young city in the heart of Poland. Its uniqueness lies in the combination of revitalized red-brick factories with modern culture, art and entertainment. At every step you meet traces of the coexistence of four nationalities that in the 19th century formed the cultural identity of this city: Poles, Jews, Germans and Russians. It is a cosmopolitan city, full of contrasts, which, leaves no one indifferent.
TOP 10 tourist attractions:
Israel Poznański built his palace right next to the factory complex (today Manufaktura) in order to watch his workers filing every morning through its enormous red-brick gate. Originally the palace held a 770 sq.m. winter garden topped with a glass roof. Today the richly decorated interiors hold Łódź’s history exhibition, including the unofficial museum dedicated to Arthur Rubinstein
Open: Mon 10.00 a.m.-2.00 p.m., Tue & Thu 10.00 a.m.- 4.00 p.m.; Wed 2.00 p.m.- 6.00 p.m., Sat & Sun 11.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m.; Fri – closed.
The White Factory of Ludwig Geyer (Łódź Textile Museum)
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This is another extraordinary 19th-century palace where you can see oak panelled floors and walls with ceramic-tiled stoves as well as a collection of over 50,000 items including over 12,000 film posters, art exhibits, projectors and camera equipment of every kind. Standouts include the fotoplastikon, a giant drum-like contraption popular in the early 20th century for showing 3D films, and the exhibit of animated photography featuring many stop-motion characters.
Open 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tue 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Wed, Fri 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Mon – closed.
This part of the city is a jewel in the crown of preserved factory complexes not only in Poland but throughout Europe. The founder of the complex was Karol Scheibler, the richest industrialist of Łódź and one of the richest inhabitants of the whole Russian Empire, who made his fortune in the cotton trade. Today we take a walk down the cobbled streets of the old working-class housing estates, admiring the huge factories, built in the likeness of medieval castles. The complex also includes hospital buildings, a school, a fire station and two palaces – one belonging to Scheibler (now the Museum of Cinematography) and a villa owned by the his son-in-law Edward Herbst, with beautiful interiors and a painting gallery
Herbst Palace, Tue-Sun 11.00 a.m.–5.00 p.m.; Mon – closed. ENGLISH WEBSITE
Litzmanstadt Ghetto (Łódź Ghetto)
Aquapark Fala is one of the largest water parks in Poland. Situated close to the city centre, next to the Botanical Gardens, Zoo and the Lodz Kaliska railway station, it makes a perfect go-to-rest place in Łódź. It includes 8 indoor & outdoor swimming pools (one with artificial waves), a pool for kids with colourful water toys, two water playgrounds, elephant slide and warmer water. There are also 5 saunas, 2 indoor water slides, an extreme Kamikaze slide and a ‘wild river’ ride.
Open daily 9.00 a.m.-10.00 p.m. – pool area; Spa&Wellness: Weekdays 12.00-9.00 p.m., Weekends: 10.00 a.m.- 9.00 p.m.
Famous people connected with Łódź:
Andrzej Sapkowski – Polish fantasy writer, who was born and still lives in Łódź. He gained world fame primarily as the creator of The Witcher. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.
Ira Aldridge - American and later British stage actor and playwright who made his career largely on the London stage and in Europe, especially in Shakespearean roles. He is the only actor of African-American descent among the 33 actors of the English stage honored with bronze plaques at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon. We visited Poland seven times and died probably of pneumonia in Łódź while preparing an Otello play. His grave can be visited in an evangelical part of the Old Cemetery (39 Ogrodowa Street).
Jan Karski - was a Polish World War II resistance movement fighter and later professor at Georgetown University. In 1942 and 1943 Karski reported to the Polish government in exile located in London and the Western Allies on the situation in German-occupied Poland, especially the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the secretive German-Nazi extermination camps. He was born in Łódź, and drew his sensitivity and openness to others from the multicultural heritage of the city. The Łódź City Museum holds Karski's office with numerous memorabillias, documents and decorations.
Artur Rubinstein – was a Polish classical pianist of Jewish origin that was born in Łódź. He received international acclaim for his performances of the music written by a variety of composers and many critics regard him as the greatest Chopin interpreter of his time. He played in public for eight decades. An unique exhibition dedicated to Rubinstein can be seen in the Łódź City Museum.
Daniel Libeskind – is a Polish-American architect and artist who was born and grew up in Łódź. His most famous and completed projects include the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Imperial War Museum North in Manchaster, Run-Run-Shaw Creative Media Centre in Hong Kong and especially World Trade Center Site Plan in Lower Manhattan, New York City.
Marek Edelman – political and social activist and one of the leaders of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. He took also part in Warsaw Uprising in 1944. After World War II he moved to Łódź, graduated Łódź Medical School and later became a noted cardiologist.
Antoni Cierplikowski (Antoine) – was a Polish hairdresser who became a world celebrity thanks to opening in Paris his salon „Antoine de Paris”. He was born in Sieradz (about 50 km from Łódź), but he learnt and improved hairdressing skills in his uncle's salon in Łódź. He was named the hairdresser of the stars, and his iconic, „garconne” hairstyle was worn by Coco Chanel, Josephine Baker and Edith Piah.
Roman Polanski – a film director, producer, writer and actor that was born in Paris but move to Poland before World War II. He survived the Holocaust in Cracow Ghetto and in hiding by a Polish family and then in 1950s he attended the National Film School in Łódź. He became the most famous graduate of the film school, and among his works can be mentioned „Rosemary's Baby” (1968), „Frantic” (1988), „Chinatown” (1974), or „The Pianist” (2002 – Oscar Academy Award for the best director)
Michał Urbaniak – a Polish jazz musician and composer who was born in Warsaw (1943). In Łódź he attended and graduated musical high school and in a local club „Siódemki” (Piotrkowska 77) he gave his first concerts. He played and cooperated with the biggest names in jazz industry – Miles Davies, Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock.
Jerzy Kosiński (Józef Lewinkopf) – was a Polish-American novelist born in Lodz in a Jewish family of Lewinkopf. Survived the Holocaust under the false identity Jerzy Kosiński, given by his father. After the war he studied history and sociology at the University of Łódź. Then in 1957 he emigrated to the United States, where in a few years he became a lecturer at Yale and Princeton Universities. He was known for various novels, among them The Painted Bird (1965) and Being There (1971), which was adapted as an Academy Award-winning film in 1979.
Marcin Gortat - is a Polish professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6 ft 11 in, 240-pound center was born in Lodz, grew up here, graduated Lodz Technical School and ŁKS (Lodz Sport Klub) was his first professional basketball team. He was a second-round draft choice of the Phoenix Suns in the 2005 NBA draft and has also played for the Orlando Magic.
Taxis in Łódź are generally trustworthy, although you should check that the taxi has clearly displayed prices (normally found in the rear passenger window). As a yardstick, rates should start at around 6zł, and be around 1,80-2 zł per km. Night and public holiday and Sunday rates are approx. 50% higher. A standard day fare to/from Lodz Airport to the centre of Łódź will be around 30-40zł.
Modern Art Museum / MS²
2016 ISSEI conference
The University of Lodz, Poland
The past mixes with the present in this 19th-century building complex that belonged to Israel Poznanski, one of Łódź’s richest citizens. Enter through the Poznański gate, where workers used to file through every day on their way to the mills, and you’ll arrive at the project’s ground zero: the Rynek (main square). In summer, this place comes to life, with a variety of beer gardens, an artificial beach and open-air concerts plus a modern shopping mall. The three museums – an interactive Museum of the Factory, a Modern Art Museum (ms²), and the City of Łódź Museum – make the Manufaktura Complex Łódź’s brightest landmark.
Open: daily, from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. (9.00 p.m. on Sundays). Most restaurants on the main square are open till at least 11.00 p.m.
Priest Mill District (Księży Młyn)
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tel. (+48) 42 640 04 00
This is a good place to get an idea of what Łódź—often referred to as the Polish Manchester—is all about. The three floors of the museum offer an array of steam-driven looms, fabric-printing machines, reproductions showing how the workers and their employers and factory owners lived and worked, original paintings of Łódź in its 19th-century heyday, and samples of the textile manufactured there such as lace, rugs and other textiles. Behind The White Factory there is a beautiful open-air museum of the wooden architecture that characterized early 19th-century Łódź.
Open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Thu 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sat, Sun 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Mon – closed. ENGLISH WEBSITE
Karol Scheiblers Palace (the Museum of Cinematography)
Tourist Information Centers:
87 Piotrkowska Street, 90-423 Łódź,
tel.: +48 42 638 59 55, firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Weekdays 9.00-18.00, Weekend 10.00-15.00
Manufaktura Market, 91-071 Łódź
tel.: +48 695 13 11 13, email@example.com
Open daily: 10.00-22.00 (Sun till 21.00)
Reymont’s Łódź Airport (on Arrival Terminal)
35 Maczka Street, 94-328 Łódź
tel.: +48 42 253 14 03
Open Weekdays: 9.00-17.00
Recommended Websites about Łódź:
Official Tourist Website of Łódź
Tourist Information Centre in Łódź
Ghetto in Łódź was created by the Nazis in 1940 in the Baluty District, and it was the second largest Jewish ghetto in Nazi-controlled Poland. Here over 230,000 Jews were forced to work for the German war industry, many of whom died from malnutrition and diseases. In 1942 the Nazis started to deport the inhabitants from the Radegast Station to the extermination camps of Chelmno over Ner and Auschwitz. Only 7,000-12,000 of the ghetto population survived by the end of the war. Many of the original buildings can be seen on the tourist trail of the ghetto (which also extends to neglected parts of the city). Must see places are the Marek Edelman Dialogue Centre in the Survivors’ Park, Europe’s largest Jewish cemetery on Bracka Street, and the ghetto memorial at Radegast station.
Splitting Łódź into two, Piotrkowska Street stands out as the commercial and social heart of the city. Measuring just under five kilometres, it ranks as one of the Europe’s longest pedestrian street. It is lined with restaurants, beer gardens, pubs and music clubs, and a mix of neo-renaissance and art nouveau buildings; many of them restored to their former glory. Starting at the Tadeusz Kościuszko statue the street stretches southwards with crews of all-year-round rickshaws (5zł per person from end to end), transferring travellers to the destination of choice. Many of Łódź’s major industrialists kept residences on this street, and many of the buildings boast intricate details on their facades, ranging from reliefs of dolphins to dragons & demons.
Directly next to the Grand Hotel is the ‘Walk of Fame’, with plaques celebrating Poland’s leading cinema artists and directors Roman Polanski, Pola Negri, Allan Starski or Andrzej Wajda. Other highlights include the home of Arthur Rubinstein (Piotrkowska 78) and the ‘Turn of the Millennium’ walk: from Piotrkowska 98 to 146, the names of 12,859 Łódź residents are engraved on the pavement. Along the street there are also monuments of some of the most famous figures related to Łódź (Arthur Rubinstein, Nobel Prize winner Władysław Reymont, Julian Tuwim etc.). For local entertainment, good food and a special atmosphere you should go to OFF Piotrkowska (Piotrkowska 138/140), located at the former Ramisch factory.
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This is the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe, comprises 180,000 graves and includes the largest Jewish mausoleum. Around 45,000 of the Jews who died in the ghetto are also buried there in the ‘Ghetto Field’ in the southern part of the cemetery.
Cemetery: open 8:00 a.m.–17:00 p.m.; Sat – closed
Israel Poznanski Palace (Łódź City Museum)
This museum is located in the Manufaktura Complex in a building that was once a weaving plant. Home to both temporary and permanent exhibitions, the Museum is primarily a venue for exploring its 20th- and 21st-century art collections. Its 400 works of contemporary art include works by among others Pablo Picasso, Tamasz Kasasz, and Paul Klee. A special feature of the museum is that the works exhibited are not arranged chronologically but thematically around central artistic motifs, which order is more attuned to contemporary public tastes and interests.
English translations and brochures/guides are available, as well as the Avant-Garde Cafe and bookshop. Open 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Tue 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Mon – closed.
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tel.: (+48) 664 608 608,
(+48) 42 233 63 33,