History and modernity combine in spectacular fashion in the dynamic capital of the Łódzkie province, where Poland’s third-largest city delights visitors with its rich variety of tourist attractions. It seems like all Polish roads lead to Łódź – after all, the city lies at the junction between the two main motorways, the A1 and A2. Full of contrasts, immersed in greenery and boasting amazing avant-garde installations, the city is currently enjoying its second youth. Manufaktura is a favorite spot for both locals and visitors. This showstopping red-brick, multi-story shopping mall and leisure center has been brought to life thanks to an epic renovation project of former industrial textile factories. In addition to several bars, restaurants, and cafes, the complex includes a theatre and cinema, the ms2 Art Museum, and the Factory Museum, which recounts the long and interesting history of the site. The enviable list of attractions also includes a climbing wall, a bowling alley, an urban beach with deckchairs, and a zip line offering a bird’s-eye view of Manufaktura for braver visitors. Equally popular is Piotrkowska Street – Poland’s longest promenade, lined with boutiques, clubs, pubs, and statues of famous Polish artists; the most spectacular of which portrays Artur Rubinstein playing the piano.
This is an obligatory photo opportunity that you won’t be able to resist! Vibrant by day and buzzing at night, no matter what time of year you visit, Piotrkowska Street is the chosen venue for dozens of events, which include: the Hokus Pokus Festival of Street Art and Magic; the Light Move Festival; the Songwriter Festival and the Łódź of Four Cultures Festival, to name just a few. Keep your eye out for Łódź’s very own walk of fame, known here as the Avenue of Stars.