Łódź: The Black Sheep of Poland. Or so it seems….

Piotrkowska Street, Lodz, Poland, main shopping street, long

Don’t go to Łódź if you want to explore a beautiful city. Łódź is everything which beauty is not… at least in the stereotypical sense of the word.

But you should go to Łódź if you want to get your creativity ticking through film, art and history. Moreover, you should go if you want to explore a city that wears its experiences on its sleeve. For Łódź, modernisation doesn’t mean starting afresh and producing something minimal; instead its design stems from what is already there and available. Its process of urban development is built upon an ethos for preserving history: two areas which struggle to usually go hand in hand, yet in Łódź it does with an ease that feels organic.

Street art, Lodz, Poland, graffiti, abandoned buildings
Street art covers dilapidated buildings, and makes the city full of surprises and more exciting to explore.

The art work definitely makes any block of flats look less depressing- you can thank street artist Sainer, for the one below.

Street art lodz, tall girl, Poland, flats, Sainer

Every factory tells a story of its industrial age, and every corner of the city is etched with scars of hardship from the occupation of Nazi Germany, a time when most of its infrastructure was lost and rebuilt with communist tower blocks. But what is fascinating about this city is that you can see it morphing into a place that deserves attention – because attention is something it doesn’t receive. This lack of attention was never more felt during Euro 2012 when Warsaw, Wroclaw, Gdansk and Poznan served as host cities, while Łódź (which is Poland’s 3rd largest city) was completely overlooked. But to be honest, this is one of the attractive points about Łódź – it doesn’t attract the football, cheap booze kind of crowd, it attracts someone who wants to discover all the unique idiosyncrasies of a city, something Łódź has in abundance.

Although this city doesn’t receive attention like some of Poland’s other cities, people are slowly but steadily starting to gain interest, but what’s the reason for this? Well, what’s not to love about street art flourishing over abandoned buildings, new boutique shops cropping up around the place, and the likes of David Lynch using Łódź as the setting for scenes in Inland Empire. The latter in particular has knocked the city up as a unique tourist destination for those wanting to explore Lynch’s eccentric footsteps.

I was in Łódź, Poland. It’s spelled L-O-D-Z, but it’s pronounced “Wootch.” There’s a famous film school there, and it was the textile capital of the world, so there are huge old factories that were built in the 1800s… It has beautiful winter light, low-hanging grey clouds. The architecture and factories and leafless trees—it’s beautiful. ~ David Lynch

Lodz, winter, poland
Is this the beautiful winter light and leafless tree setting that captivates the world’s most unique film director?

Lodz, winter, snow, Poland, following David Lynch
Exploring the setting of David Lynch’s ‘Inland Empire’ is worth being paralysed by the cold… and he’s right – winter in Łódź is beautiful. Just make sure you’re fully equipped – Hat. Check. Big Coat. Check. Gloves.Check.

Lodz, winter, snow, cemetery

But unlike its neighbour Warsaw, which was completely rebuilt after the war, Łódź was left to piece back its own pieces – a slow and tiring process. But now, after a long period the city seems to be coming together through a dedicated display of street art, sculpture and its people – down the main shopping street Piotrkowska, you’ll find a mini ‘walk of fame’ with the likes of director Roman Polanski and pianist Arthur Rubinstein being immortalised.

Roman Polanski, Lodz, hall of fame, Piotrkowska street,
The man behind such classics, China Town, The Tenant, The Pianist and my favourite, Rosemary’s Baby.

Biggest street art in lodz, poland. graffiti, Piotrkowska
This is the biggest street art in Łódź, located at the bottom of Piotrkowska street, which at 4.9 kml long, is one of the longest shopping streets in Europe.

Adding to the list of reasons why you should visit Łódź is The Manufaktura – a shopping and leisure complex. But wait! This is no ordinary shopping complex, in fact I think it has more to do with architecture than it does shopping! Opening in 2006, it’s a huge cotton mill turned into a complex where people can shop, eat and entertain themselves from morning till night – it even includes a contemporary art museum which sees the likes of Picasso and Max Ernst adorning its walls. So whilst Łódź may be well known for its cotton mill roots, there is nothing run-of-the-mill about this city. Nothing at all.

Manufaktura shopping and leisure complex, Lodz, Poland, mill, industrial
A huge cotton mill has now been transformed in the Manufuktura – it is considered the second biggest development plan ever made in Poland following the rebuild of Warsaw after world war II.

Inside the Manufaktura in Lodz, Poland - a shopping and leisure complex
Inside the Manufaktura… definitely more than just a shopping complex.

Have you been to Lodz?



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  1. December 12, 2012 @ 10:52 pm Richard

    I’d always thought the place was pronounced to rhyme with “Mods” so thanks to you and David Lynch for clearing that one up for me. Polish must be a pretty tough language for English speakers to pick up.

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    • December 13, 2012 @ 11:23 am admin

      The correct pronunciation came as a surprise to me – I too thought it rhymed with ‘Mods’. I love everything to do with Poland, so I’m trying to pick up a few simple sentences… but I can’t say it’s rolling off my tongue easily, alas!

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      • December 14, 2012 @ 12:37 pm Tomasz

        You can pronounce it like: “Łódź (would) you like?” It comes easier.

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    • December 13, 2012 @ 9:21 pm axid

      It is, be sure of that. I have a friend Englishman, who has Polish ancestors and lives in Poland for two decades now, and he still struggles, despite learning hard. Polish is believed to be in Top 5 the most difficult languages in the world. Yet, I constantly hear it’s fun to learn. Fun through tears, quite often, but still fun 😉

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  2. December 13, 2012 @ 11:23 am dexter

    Very nice text, but two things – commieblocks were built mostly during communist occupation after ww2. During War almost every building sites were stopped by naziz. Exclluding demolishing…
    And the second one is just irrelevant correction – Kraków wasn’t a host city, Wrocław was.
    But It beautifully sums up how Kraków is promoted and how other cities in Poland are generally left for themselves.
    Anyway thank you!

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    • December 13, 2012 @ 12:00 pm admin

      Hello Dexter, thank you for your insightful comment! Oh I know that communist blocks were built during communist occupation after ww2, but perhaps I didn’t allude to that in the way I worded my text. And silly me… I just presumed that Krakow MUST have been a host city… but it’s a surprise to find out it wasn’t – it’s good to know that other cities were given more attention on that occasion! I will amend it to Wroclaw – thanks again.

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  3. December 13, 2012 @ 12:18 pm Lizzie | Wanderful World

    Great article! Often, the cities that are overlooked are the most interesting in terms of design and history because they predominantly remain the same for years with no interference. I had never heard of this Polish city before, so thanks for bringing my attention to it!

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    • December 13, 2012 @ 1:22 pm admin

      Glad you’ve heard of Lodz now – but doesn’t it go to show how overlooked the city is, considering it’s Poland’s 3rd largest??

      I totally agree with your comment – that a lack of interference perpetuates a city’s fascinating history. And on the other-hand these cities also come up with innovative ways to inject new life into their city to attract new visitors, whilst still maintaining historical values … Lodz is definitely a fine example of this – it’s a really exciting time for the city at the moment. Thanks for your comment Lizzie!

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  4. December 13, 2012 @ 12:37 pm Pawel

    Hi, actually a closer pronunciation would be “Woodge” :-) Thanks for the article, Lodz is one hell of a place, you either hate it or love it, often many times in the same day 😉 It’s probably due to extreme contrasts, poverty, underdevelopment, proximity of the capital (Warsaw), sucking in all young talent.

    But there are quite a few maniacs who love the place and believe in it.

    Apart from Manufaktura commercial center (with a great museum of modern art – http://www.msl.org.pl), you can check out:

    Street art gallery all over the place:
    http://www.urbanforms.org/UF_Walls/pl/

    Ksiezy Mlyn (a huge, complete textile factory complex with employee buildings, schools, etc.) — do an google image search for this name to see what I mean

    Museum of the Canal — an old torus-shaped canal under one of the squares in central Lodz:
    http://www.muzeum-lodz.pl/pl/practical-information

    Off Piotrkowska — an alternative Berlin-like culture/commercial space full of cafes, bistros, designer boutiques and in very central location
    138/140 Piotrkowska Street, Lodz
    https://www.facebook.com/OFFPiotrkowska

    WI-MA — a community of alternative initiatives (music, film, painting, etc.) in an old XIX-century factory complex (thanks to a very open-minded owner):
    http://wi-ma.org
    http://www.facebook.com/wima.hq

    And so on… definitely worth exploring.

    (you might need google translation service for some of the above;-)

    All the best,
    Pawel

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    • December 13, 2012 @ 1:55 pm admin

      Hey Pawel, thank you so much for this – it’s really helpful! Are you one of the ‘maniacs’ who believe in Lodz? 😉 Luckily I printed off the map provided on the Urban Forms website before I visited, and tried to search for as much of the street art while I was there – I will write another post on Lodz specifically dedicated to this!

      Oh yes – Woodge – that’s the perfect way to pronounce it. You need to tell Mr Lynch about that… !!

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      • December 13, 2012 @ 2:22 pm Pawel

        Yes, I guess you can call me a maniac, since I’ve lived here for more than 30 years (with some not-so-long breaks) :-)

        I guess Mr Lynch is not so fond of Lodz any more (it’s a long story). There was a time when he even wanted to start a film studio and a festival complex in one of the old power plants in Lodz, but a messy funding-related conflict broke out with the City Hall. That old place is now being renovated, it can be something really cool in near future (due to be opened in 2014). Take a look:

        http://www.ec1lodz.pl/

        (again, no English version)

        And you can also check out this art space under construction (EU funds):

        http://www.artinkubator.com/en/

        There is also an interesting movie about cities which like Lodz, partially collapsed after the decline of local industry. The movie is called “After the factory” and shows how similar people feel in two distant places – Lodz and Detroit.

        http://afterthefactoryfilm.com/

        All the best,
        Pawel

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        • December 13, 2012 @ 7:36 pm admin

          Thanks again for more insights Pawel! It seems my actions had already aligned with your words, because the day before I went to Lodz I sent a ‘tweet’ to Detroit Lives to ask them if they knew the location of the street art depicted in picture no.3&4 http://detroitlives.com/2012/detroit-and-lodz-hygienic-dress-league-takes-the-connection-one-step-further/ because it’s not included on the Urban Forms map… I suppose the map now needs updating. However, I didn’t hear back from Detroit Lives until about an hour ago (because our lives exist outside of social media ;-)).

          I’ll make sure I watch the film, because I think it also relates to my home town, Bradford, which once thrived as the wool capital of the world, but is now economically starved. As a result the city has beautiful, architecturally buildings that are now completely run down. I wrote a little bit about it here – http://www.theculturemap.com/forget-explore-doorstep/

          Wow, the Art Incubator sounds amazing, I would love to come back to Lodz and see it after its completion. And as for Lynch, well it’s disappointing that his visions were unable to be met, but at least the space is still going to be used productively.

          Thanks again for your valuable comments, they will be very useful for when I’m planning my next trip back!

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  5. December 13, 2012 @ 4:53 pm Magdalena

    Hello,
    amazing post :). I agree with Pawel that Lodz is a city that you love or hate. No other city in Poland was so strongly associated with 4 different nations, Poles, Russians, Germans and Jews. Their traces can be seen in many places. In my opinion it also makes this city so unique place.
    Greetings from Lodz,
    Magda

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    • December 13, 2012 @ 8:30 pm admin

      Hello Magda, you perfectly illustrated the diversity packed into Lodz, and why it stands out from other Polish cities. I definitely saw the Russian influence – Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is absolutely stunning – I love how colourful it is, and how it’s surrounded by tram lines and run down buildings. This combination of opulence and decay makes your home so surprising to explore!

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  6. December 13, 2012 @ 4:59 pm Aneta Kaczmarek

    Thank you so so much for this article about my beloved city!
    It’s true that Łódź is the city od contrast -you may love it and hate it several times within an hour. And since it’s winter now – it looks so beautiful I makes me forget about the cold sometimes.

    It’s a shame David Lynch didn’t create anything permanent here – I know everyone is more or less familiar with the existence of Łódź since he got interested in it – but it would be so lovely to see how it would have been developed if the plans for his film center would be carried out!

    If you are interested, here’s a website about Poland’s biggest comics festival: http://komiksfestiwal.com/, there’s English version available though it hasn’t been updated for quite a long time now 😉 I’m proud to be one of the orginezers of this festival and a cooperator of a comics project about my city.

    Again, thank you so much for this article – it warms my heart <3
    Next time your in Lodz me and my friends can take you for a trip through the city – we have already hosted many comic artists in Lodz so we're an experienced bunch in terms of guiding 😉

    Aneta

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    • December 13, 2012 @ 11:57 pm admin

      Hi Aneta, lovely to have a homegirl of Lodz commenting on my piece! Haha yes you really do have freezing weather – it made England feel like Spain upon my return!

      Despite Lodz’s connection with Lynch you’d still be very surprised how little people know of your city – most of the people I talked to before going had never heard of Lodz, let alone knew where to place it on a map. I agree, it’s a shame that his plans never materialised but you are still very lucky that a part of cinematic history lies within the place you call home. Furthermore he was inspired by it, which speaks volumes about the city.

      I would LOVE the opportunity to be shown around Lodz by you and your friends! I’m not a comic artist but hopefully my company will still suffice 😉

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  7. December 13, 2012 @ 9:05 pm Madzia (@magicmadzik)

    YEAH ŁÓDŹ! 😀 I was going to mention the Sewer Museum but Paweł beat me to it. But there’s so much to see here, you just need to take the time to look- unlike Cracow, this city doesn’t just hand you all the touristy stuff on a plate.

    But it’s there. To name just a few, the Textile Museum in the old Geyer factory, the incredible Museum of Cinematography and Museum of Lodz, both housed in old factory-owner’s palaces. The Jewish Cemetery, and the heartbreaking Radegast station monument, with an actual freight train from the 1930s still on the track. The beautiful parks: Zdrowie, and Łagiewniki. So much to see!

    The charm of Lodz lies in the stories- a field of dandelions in the park is just that until you find out that all the executed revolutionaries of 1905 are buried there. An old factory is just a factory until you learn that its German owner was shot by the advancing Nazis when he protested against an invasion of Lodz- his beloved home town, and home town of many Poles, Jews, and Russians. Street names reveal fascinating meanings- did you know that Czerwona, or ‘Red’ street was called that way because of the red-tinged textile mill sewage that flowed down the middle?

    I love Lodz. No, it isn’t the prettiest or the most polished city, but it has the rugged charm of a survivor. And beautiful things grow among the peeling plaster and rubble.

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    • December 14, 2012 @ 6:43 pm admin

      “it isn’t the prettiest or the most polished city, but it has the rugged charm of a survivor. And beautiful things grow among the peeling plaster and rubble” – beautifully put Madzia.

      I went to the Cinematography museum, which is fantastic as you say, but I was hoping to find things on Polanski in there… but alas there was nothing! I thought the best part of the museum was the fotoplastykon – such an unusual way to see 19th Century Poland!

      I wasn’t aware of ‘Red’ street, so thanks for revealing more of Lodz to me – there’s so many layers to this city!

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  8. December 13, 2012 @ 9:37 pm Madeleine

    I’m living in lodz and this article is so true about this city! Of course it has its flaws but if you imagine what is hiding under the layer of dirt you will really find Lodz’s beauty.

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    • December 15, 2012 @ 10:42 am admin

      Exactly… Lodz’s beauty is primitive!

      I’m happy you liked reading my piece, thank you.

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  9. December 13, 2012 @ 10:06 pm axid

    Łódź is a very unusual city (“unusual” is not the most fortunate word, but it’ll do), as it is the true image of Poland, as it is. Many try to deny that, but this is the truth. All the big cities in Poland are mostly fake, to be honest. It’s rather frustrating that being an average citizen, you simply can’t afford a flat downtown in Warsaw, Wroclaw, Krakow, Gdansk. In Lodz – you can. All those cities are some kind of show-offs. All they care about is being pretty, expensive, exclusive even, yet they forget about the people… They become places “to look”, “to rent”, not places to live. Łódź is different. It’s natural, authentic. My friend told me once that he can’t bear the thought that the main street sits next to one of the most dangerous streets in the city; that we don’t have a so-called city centre in a form known from other cities – no market, no main park, etc.; that the city centre is pretty much slums. It is, but so is Poland. What you see in the streets of Łódź, is the true image of this country. That’s why I love it and always will.

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    • December 15, 2012 @ 11:31 am admin

      Hello Axid, it’s so refreshing to read comments from people who love Lodz because it seems to be everything the ideal city is not. As you mentioned, Lodz isn’t an illusion like so many other places that appear to have success based upon what success looks like – what does it look like anyway? It’s all materialistic vanity.

      So many people lust after the Dubai’s of the world, and this baffles me because it’s all fakery and sterile – not to mention wallowing in debt. Furthermore, Dubai contains 90% expats… so what really am I visiting? But with Lodz, there is something to experience and learn from, it has history on every street – and most importantly it doesn’t pretend to be something its not.

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  10. December 14, 2012 @ 2:03 pm 2323

    I live in this city and I agree with your every word.

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    • December 15, 2012 @ 10:58 pm admin

      I’m so please you found my commentary of Lodz agreeable – it means a lot from someone who lives there!

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  11. December 14, 2012 @ 11:44 pm TheTuscan (@anylatitude)

    A lot of old, something renovated, something new… not that bad in the end.
    It’s not a showcase for sure.. but us travel addicted look for something else, like exploring the real essence of a country and its everyday life.

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    • December 15, 2012 @ 11:28 am agata

      Besides your fantastic article I loved reading comments of Lodz citizens, you’ve created very cozy spot for conversation. I wish Madzia (@magicmadzik) could tell more stories- I live here whole life and still learning my city!
      I’m proud many youngs started spreading their wings in Lodz, opening small pubs, art galleries, shops, their own projects, creating new energy, transforming local culture.

      What is one of the biggest blessings to us was idea of covering the city with murals. It’s like a shot of dopamine Lodz got into the veins. I’m waiting for your street art review! :)

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      • December 15, 2012 @ 11:37 pm admin

        I too have loved reading the comments by the citizens of Lodz, I’ve learnt so much more about the city!

        I agree, there’s a great creative energy that’s rising out of Lodz, I was only there for a few days but it was difficult not to get swept up in it! And your way of putting it – ‘transforming local culture’ is so true.

        Haha the murals are like ‘shot of dopamine’ into Lodz’s veins – I’ll have to use that quote! Thanks for reading and commenting – I hope you enjoy exploring more of your city!

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    • December 15, 2012 @ 11:24 pm admin

      This city is definitely ‘something else’ – and it’s certainly not a looker compared to most European cities, but its unique feel makes it very appealing!

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  12. December 16, 2012 @ 7:56 pm chris

    ‘been livin here for my 25 years…

    if you dont live in Poland, come to Lodz for a party:) you won’t be dissappointed…
    a lot of nice clubs on piotrkowska street, one from another only 100meters or so! Visit gossip club, kokoo club, spinka (especially in the summer! – great outside area..), lordis club and foo foo bar….. for a before party you schould visit biblioteka pub (library pub) on struga,kosciuszki corner 50m from piotrkowska – impossible to find a free table on sat and fri during, lets say – 8:30pm to 10 pm hours
    visit Lodz Kaliska pub – the biggest in town, 3 floors, nice place with nice music..

    why to party in Lodz in general? nice clubs, located one close to another, some may be small but u will be delighted with people, music, prices…:) (4 pln – 1 euro) and a beer for 8 pln in these places:) …and beautiful girls of course:))

    ps. dont forget small bistro bars: Meta, Śledzik but getting there for some shots may and hard way;)

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    • December 17, 2012 @ 8:32 am admin

      Haha oh Chris don’t remind me! Polish women must be among some of the most beautiful women in the world – my boyfriend’s eyes were popping out of his face throughout the duration of our whole trip!

      Thanks for the recommendations! :)

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  13. December 18, 2012 @ 1:06 am Jakub Bizon Michalski

    Great entry :) I studied in Łódź and have lived there on and off for the last 10 years. I must say the place is quite strange. Many ugly places all around the city, half-demolished or just simply devastated. But if you look closer, you can find great areas. Have you seen the Księży Młyn area? It’s another post-industrial area, similar to Manufaktura, but not converted into a mall. Instead, there are some offices and flats prepared in the renovated old factory buildings. Looks great. And the Jewish cemetary is just awesome with all those big palace-like tombs of Jewish textile producers from the 18th and 19th century. Worth checking out definitely. And btw – Łódź means “Boat”, that’s why you have the big boat painted on Piotrkowska street 😉

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    • December 19, 2012 @ 7:00 pm admin

      I know some of the ugly, demolished areas look as though the city is the setting of an apocalyptic film! Sadly I didn’t see the Księży Młyn area but thanks to you and many others who have replied to this post I now have a whole list of new things to do on another visit to Lodz!

      Yes I went to the Jewish cemetary and as you say, some of the tombs look like miniature palaces – quite extraordinary- and another sign of Lodz’s once wealthy heritage.

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  14. December 18, 2012 @ 1:15 pm agnesstramp

    Hey! I’m Polish but I have never visited Lodz before. It’s a beautiful city in the summer. You can play around and visit local markets there – I have heard it. Yeah, Lodz is full of Graffiti, the art is everywhere :) I’m glad you enjoyed it. Have you visited the famous movie school?

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    • December 19, 2012 @ 7:07 pm admin

      I didn’t visit the film school (damn) but it’s on my ever-growing list! I can’t wait to see more of Poland in the summer Agness – and I hope you make most posts of your home country, because I can’t get enough of anything to do with it!

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  15. December 18, 2012 @ 3:59 pm When I Think Of Warsaw, I Think Of Christmas.

    […] visit to Warsaw was very brief, too brief. I visited for the day from Łódź which takes just under two hours by train. I would definitely suggest that Warsaw requires at least […]

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  16. January 7, 2013 @ 12:40 am Przemek

    Hi greetings from Lodz,
    I was born and grew up in Lodz. It is a city of contrasts. Thousands of block of flats and the biggest forest inside the city in whole Europe. Hills and artificial lakes you may find too. Lodz means boat, but all rivers are below the city. The textile empire raised here because of water used for cotton coloring and cleaning. You might find the longest street -Piotrkowska- which is almost dead in winter and full of live during other seasons. Try to make marathon from pub to pub with single small bear – you won’t manage to pass more than 1/100 of the length of the street 😉 Crowds of open-minded students (1/4 of whole population) willing to play and have fun, and many unemployed people after collapsing of textile industry. Nowadays it is a nice place for BPO, services and IT companies. Five universities deals with high-tech, others deals with film, music, art, etc (if I count correctly almost 20 universities is located here). Recently many A and A+ offices was constructed but still some streets even in close center looks like just after WW2. Still living in shadow of Warsaw because the higher salaries. Many citizens travels each day to the capital – it takes only 1.5h – but the main railroad is rebuild to shorter this time. City in the center of Poland – 3h to go Cracow, 4h to go to the see (Gdansk), 5h to go to Berlin. That is why a lot of logistic companies bought teens of square miles to construct centers.
    Yes Lodz is nice and ugly, depends how you like cities. I saw many of them included Edinburgh, San Francisco, Detroid, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, Roma, Barcelona, etc –each has it own climate. Come here and check if you like it… The airport is open 😉
    See you in Lodz
    Przemek
    (Try to read it 😉

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    • January 10, 2013 @ 6:27 pm admin

      Wow thanks for your in-depth reply Przemek! I had no idea that Lodz had up to 20 universities! I like your description of Piotrowska and would love to experience its liveliness during the summer – I thought it looked wonderful in the winter though, with the Christmas tree lights and heavy fog.

      I agree each city has a certain climate, and one city doesn’t appeal to everyone but Lodz appealed to me because it feels so ‘liveable’ and full of character.

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  17. November 7, 2013 @ 6:30 pm The East-West route constructor (just kidding)

    Łódź is prounounced [“Wutz”] in polish languange but as the english spelling of the city is Lodz the proper english pronounciation is also [“Lotz” ] (suffix -tz prounounced like in the word Auschwitz…). Both pronounciations (polish and english one) are easily understood by an average passer-by…..by the way – come and visit the centre of Lodz now……you will be hmmm……….pleasantly surprised by the “MODEL”, “SUUPERB” organisation of the Lodz Urban Communication (Public Transport)…..its a good psychological lesson of how to overcome frustration and maintain the patience of Job (or of a saint) when ur bus is 30 min delayed……and you have to go through all the city centre on foot…..yep, Englishmen learn some of reality of Polish life…..Just cheer up, Englishmen….Poland welcomes You with widely spread arms…..xDD…LoL

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  18. December 30, 2013 @ 6:01 am Tom

    I’m here in Lodz at the moment. I don’t know what kind of backgrounds some of you have or what you’ve seen but this place is dismal. A shopping center as an attraction? Back in Canada there are 3-5 huge ones in every city.
    I’m trying to dine at the best places here and seriously it is at best medium flavor and quality. Tons of apartment blocks, people look sad and broken. Some of the youth looks vibrant still. I am here for 2 weeks. After the first one I am already looking forward to going home.

    Sorry for those who prop up this place. It just doesn’t cut it for a decent place to visit unless you have to be here for a reason.

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  19. November 20, 2015 @ 3:42 am Robert Capria

    I came across this website while researching Poland. I like the comments about Lodz. I only know it for it’s famous film school. I’ve written a script about a young American who is invited to Poland for an English teaching job but it turns out there’s no school. In real life, I had this experience in Gdansk but wanted the setting to be more grim. Is Lodz a great place to film or could people recommend somewhere else? I’ve research Silesia (I worked in Rybnik area too) and thought this area could be good for factories and general greyness. I’ll try to visit this site but if anybody wants to contact me, my email is: robertcapria@hotmail.com

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    • November 22, 2015 @ 7:26 pm Shing Yoong

      Hi Robert, your script sounds interesting especially since it’s based upon your own experience (!).

      I’ve not been to Silesia so I cannot offer a fair comparison but I do know that if you’re after a location where you can find grim and run-down areas that include factories and commi blocks I would say Lodz offers that. Personally I find Lodz very cinematic and hopefully you’ll agree. Good luck with your film, let me know how you get on!

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