Łódź is one of the cities in the Mazovia region and has always been a city of great manufactures and factories. For a very long time the town was neglected and left to its own devices without any changes. It is only in the last few years that the town has undergone an amazing transformation and become very open to tourists. I will tell you about some super places that you absolutely must see!
- Łódź Fabryczna station – was under construction for 5 years. Even before its opening it was hailed as the most beautiful railway station in Poland.
- Wolności Square (and Nowosolna) – Freedom Square in Łódź, formerly known as New Market. It can be said that this is where Łódź begins. It is here that a new clothmakers’ settlement was once delineated, which gave rise to the rapid development of the city. It is also here where Piotrkowska street begins, probably the most famous promenade in Poland. Here you will find three important buildings: the Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, the Church of the Holy Spirit and the State Archive in Lodz. The square itself has an octagonal shape, which makes it very unique. There are not many such squares in the whole world.
- The Radegast station – is a place which, surprisingly, many Łódź people do not know about. It is a pity, because it is a very important point on the map of Łódź, closely connected with the history of the Łódź ghetto. It was a place from which thousands of people left… to extermination camps, including Auschwitz. Today there is a monument and a small museum there.
- Manufaktura (together with the adjacent beautiful Poznański Palace) is nothing else but a factory complex of Izrael Poznański, another great Lodz factory owner. Similarly to Księży Młyn, it has been dilapidating and forgotten for years. Thousands of Łódź citizens drove past it every day to work, not knowing the history of this place, which is unique on a global scale. Poznanski Palace itself is called “Louvre of Lodz”. Built in many styles, today it serves, among others, as the Museum of History of the City of Łódź, which you must visit.
- Survivors’ Park and the Marek Edelman Dialogue Centre located there – The park was created quite recently (in 2004) to commemorate the people locked in the Lodz ghetto. On the opening day, the survivors planted their trees here, 450 in all, as well as the Mound of Remembrance and the Monument to Poles Saving Jews with plaques commemorating the “Righteous Among the Nations”.
Dominika, polish voluteer, In Situ Foundation in Sokołowsko