Lodz from Polish means "boat", which is located in the very heart of Poland. Despite the fact that this is an industrial city, with numerous working quarters, factories and Europe's oldest industrial complex of Poznański, it is also a major fount of architectural, intellectual and cultural heritage. Various cultural events and festivals are held in the city, it is also called the "capital of Polish cinema". It is also worth noting that here is the largest in Europe Jewish cemetery and the longest street - Piotrkowska.
While probably not the most impressive city in Poland, Lodz has a lot to offer to its visitors. Tight cultural schedule, a number of museums, traces of Jewish culture, the best film school in the country and old tenement houses that tell the tragic history of the city make it impossible to get bored here. Unfourtanely, this post-industrial city is still being overlooked by tourists. Here is the list of five things you can’t miss in Lodz.
Piotrkowska Street. Almost five kilometers long and ranked as the longest pedestrian street in Europe Piotrkowska appears to be the actual heart of Lodz. Lined with restaurants, beer gardens, and a mix of neo-renaissance and art nouveau buildings, it’s the perfect place for tourists to start their tour around the city. Monuments of Arthur Rubinstein’s Piano, Jaracz’s Chair, Julian Tuwim’s Bench and Miś Uszatek (children’s beloved bear) are scaterred along Piotrkowska. The main highlight, however, is the ‘Walk of Fame’ – star-shaped plaques celebrating Poland’s most famous cinema artists and directors.
Museum of Cinematography. A true heaven for the fans of Polish cinema pays honour to its history and points to the greats that come from Lodz. The museum has in its collection over 50,000 items including film posters, art exhibits and projectors and camera equipment of every kind.
Experymentarium. This one of a kind museum proves that science too can be fun. Created by Polish scientists and students Experymentarium allows its visitors to play around with ideas of light, sound, anatomy and nature.
Jewish Cemetery. Holding 180,000 graves, it is the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe. Many of the tombs found here look like a real work of art, especially the biggest Jewish mausoleum belonging to Israel Poznański.
Manufaktura. What used to be a complex of factories is now a cultural extravaganza. A ginormous shopping centre, a multitude of restaurants and pubs, and a cinema are located in an area that could hold 54 football pitches.
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