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Category: Cities, Local time: 15:50:26

Pros

flat surrounding area

Cons

chilly in winter
rather expensive

Suitable for

shopping
history
nightlife
nature
study
active vacation
health tourism
romantic vacation

Why to go there?

old&new architecture
skyscrapers

Transportation and means of transport

railway
air
international airport


Information and Facts

GPS: 51.7626, 19.458
Altitude: 214 m
Last update: Oct 22, 2012 7:33:09 AM

Lodź: Reviews

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 Aura: 69Reviews: 124Aug 24, 2011 10:06:24 AM
Lódź is the third largest city in Poland and the capital city of Lódź Voivodeship. It is located in the central part of Poland, approximately 140 km to the south-west from the capital city of Warsaw. At present, Lódź has a population over 740 thousand.

A glance at the history of Lódź

Lódź is first mentioned in 1332. In 1423 the village of Lódź was granted town rights. The biggest development of Lódź is connected with the period of Industrial Revolution. At that time Lódź became an important industrial centre. Due to job opportunities and rapid development it was attractive for immigrants from various countries.

The most severe tragedy happened in Lódź is connected with our modern history, during the Second World War. The city was captured by the Nazi Army on 8th September 1939. At that time the city had a population of some 670 thousand, of which one third were Jews. When the Nazi took the control of the city after four months they set up the Lódź Ghetto in the city and populated it with Jews from the Lódź area.

Nazi terror and the Ghetto

Over 150 thousand people were instantly deported in the Ghetto, where living conditions were inhuman - they all were squeezed in mere 4 square kilometres. Later the Nazis deported in the Ghetto even more unwanted people, in particular from Germany. The prisoners, living poorly in the cruel conditions, had to work for the German government. Those who were not able to manage the hard physical work were transported in the nearby death camp in Chełmno. The concentration camp was closed in 1944 but nearly all prisoners were taken away and murdered. Murders on Jews, Polish people deported in concentration camps, after-war forced resettlement of Germans - it was the reason why during the Second World War the population of Lódź decreased from 670 thousand to 300 thousand.

Present, modern Lódź

Today´s Lódź is an important Polish centre. It is the seat of numerous big companies. The structure of the industry shifted into the field of technology.

Tourist attractions in Lódź

The biggest attractions in Lódź are the Zoo, the Botanical Gardens, the beautiful city parks and the Łagiewniki - obviously the largest urban forest in Europe. Another interesting place is the large mural (900 m²) in Piotrkowska Street, registered in the Guinness Book of Records. There is an artificial hill in Lódź, called Rudzka Góra. It offers a bobsleigh track and cycling trails. In addition, there is the Manufaktura, a business and entertainment centre that occupies 27 hectares, previously used as a factory. In Piotrkowska Street you will come across a group of interesting bronze statues that commemorate famous natives of the city and personalities connected with the city of Lódź. Every Sunday you can take a ride on a historical tram. The tourist tram line no. "0" was established to enhance the tourism in the city. For more detailed information about current events in the city, visit the Tourist Information Centre Lódź at 1987 Piotrkowska Street.

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