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Top attractions of Łódź

Łódź provides for some very distinctive and exclusive points of interest.  Once a major hub for the textile industry, now its postindustrial red bricked factory buildings are home to art galleries and museums. Elegantly aligned along the Piotrkowska street renovated tenement houses and textile tycoon’s manors are just a few examples of those things that Łódź has to offer.

Izrael Poznański's Complex
Izrael Poznański's complex consists of Poznański's industrial-residential edifices with his monumental palace (often referred to as "the Louvre of Łódź"), the most elegant in Łódź. This is a magnificent example of the thriving textile industry in the 19th century Łódź. Some of the buildings have recently been refurbished and turned into "Manufaktura" - one of the largest commercial centers in Europe.

Priest's Mill
Its name is associated with the history of the site, which originally belonged to the rector of Łódź parish. In 1870 the grounds were purchased by the city's largest manufacturer, Karol Wilhelm Scheibler, who developed a huge industrial-residential estate. It comprised a factory, a spinning mill, shops, a school, a hospital, the owner's residence, and employee housing estate. The fact that most of the buildings have been preserved until the present day means that Priest's Mill is perceived as one of the most valuable post-industrial architecture complexes.

Edward Herbst's mansion
Built in 1876, it was the first residence in Łódź which consisted of a villa and a garden. The Renaissance and Rococo-styled interiors, including the Mirror, Flower and Eastern Chambers and a Ball Room, are beautifully decorated. Nowadays the building houses the Museum of the Manufacture Interiors and Art Gallery, a branch of the Museum of Art in Łódź.

The Old Cemetery
Situated at 38 Ogrodowa Street, the Old Cemetery was established in 1856. It is a complex of the oldest Christian graveyards in Łódź and includes Catholic, Evangelical and Orthodox tombs. Some of the tombs are unrivaled works of art, the most valuable one being Karol Scheibler's burial place. The artistic merits of the Heinzel family tomb, modeled on the Italian Renaissance, are worth noting; nowadays it serves as a Catholic cemetery chapel. The whole cemetery is a historical monument and a pearl of Neo-Gothic architecture.

Karol Scheibler's Palace
The Scheiblers were a family of manufacturers, owners of some of Europe's largest factories. They owned a lot of estates in Poland and abroad. The simple exterior of Karol Scheibler's Palace stands in contrast to its interiors, which are rich in varied architectural styles and lavish ornamentation. In spite of appearing so modest from the outside, it was one of the most imposing palaces of Łódź at the time. The building was used as a location for The Promised Land and other motion pictures. Nowadays it houses the Cinematography Museum, the only one of its kind in Poland.

Piotrkowska Street
Piotrkowska St. - approximately 3.6 km (2.2 miles) long and lined with museums, art galleries, shops, and boutiques - is a great place to be at any time of day or night. A lot of restaurants, pubs, and clubs make Piotrkowska a perfect route for all-night-long clubbing. A majority of all the attractions in Łódź can be found either along this street or just a few blocks away. One of the unique features of this street are the omnipresent rickshaws.

Oscar Kon Palace
Despite lacking the exterior ornaments so popular in the nineteenth century, this building is unique. The reason for this is that in the late 1940s it was selected to become the headquarters of the famous Łódź Film School. Thanks to such celebrities as Kieślowski, Polański, and Wajda, the building became famous not only in Europe but all over the world.

Radegast (Radogoszcz) is a former railway station, built during World War II next to the Łódź Ghetto to serve as its main transport link to the "outside world." During the Holocaust, this station was where Jews and other inhabitants of Łódź were gathered for transportation to death camps. In 2 years about 150,000 Jews passed through the station on the way to their demise.
In 2005 this former station building was transformed into a Holocaust museum, and a monument commemorating the Jewish victims was unveiled.

OFF Piotrkowska

An innovative project, reclaiming and rejuvenating former cotton factory into a trendy and bohemian art/gourmet/fashion venue.

Green Space

Łódź proudly sports one of the largest forest complexes within the city limits in Europe. Green spaces include over 30 city parks, including 11 historic parks under the care of the conservator, Botanical Garden, City ZOO, numerous squares, greenstones, newly-created pocket parks, as well as the Łagiewnicki Forest.

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