Lodz ( the city name means “boat” in Polish) is the third-largest city in Poland, located in the central part of the country, it has a population of 720,000. Łódź, known as a former textile-manufacturing hub, having historically been an industrial city, Łódź is mostly shunned by tourists in favor of the more popular Polish cities, Krakow, Warsaw or Wroclaw. There are, however, many fascinating and beautiful things to see in the city, whether you prefer shopping, visiting parks or learning more about the city’s history.
Today Lodz is a significant cultural centre, internationally known for its National Film School, a cradle for the best Polish cameramen, actors and directors, including Andrzej Wajda and Roman Polanski. The local Museum of Art has the best collection of contemporary Polish art in the country.
The city host to two important festivals: the Festival of Dialogues of Four Cultures (festival of art) and the Camerimage film festival. Although it is rarely considered to be a tourist destination, it is popular for its specific industrial ambience, interesting architecture and friendly atmosphere.
Lodz is located in the very centre of Poland, and still remains particularly favourable for the development of trade. The landscape can be described as being rather flat, as Lodz lies on the Central Poland Lowland area, and there are only few moraine hills on its outskirts to offset this. Although the city name means “boat” in Polish, there are no particularly large bodies of water or rivers nearby. Lodz lies on the border between the catchment areas of the Vistula and the Odra Rivers, so locally there are only some smaller rivers and brooks and these are usually hidden underground.