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Łódź has been included in National Geographic Traveler’s prestigious "Best of the World 2022" list. It featured in the “Sustainability” category as a recognition of the evolution of the city. Since the turn of the century the city of Łódź has been transformed from an industrial factory town into a leading destination for sustainable-living.

There has never been a better time to visit Łódź and discover how the city of textiles is adapting for a greener future. Łódź was a major textile manufacturing hub in the 19th and 20th centuries but is now a modern city home to green parks, creative cultural centres and great gastronomy, with a population of around 700,000.

Unwind in one of Łódź’ 30 picture-perfect parks

Did you know over 30% of Łódź is green space? This includes the magnificent 2,977-acre Łagiewnicki Forest, one of the largest urban forest complexes in Europe. Relax from the city's hustle and bustle in over 30 city parks, the city ZOO and newly-created pocket parks. If you’re here at the beginning of May make sure to check out the botanical garden where nearly 70,000 beautiful tulips will be in bloom! There are regularly free photography workshops held in Łódź's parks where you can learn to take stunning photos of the natural scenery. The parks are also an excellent place to take part in Nordic walking or cross-country skiing depending on the time of year you visit.

Travel guilt-free thanks to Łódź’ commitment to electric vehicles and cutting carbon emissions

Łódź has been making a significant push to reduce carbon emissions with innovative solutions from using pre-RDF (refuse-derived fuel) and biomass energy that heats homes to partnering with the European e-commerce delivery platform InPost for 70 parcel locker locations in the city centre. Łódź has embraced the electric vehicle revolution by significantly upgrading its electric charging infrastructure; there are now 17 electric charging stations installed at six terminals across the city. The city has also purchased 17 brand new electric buses as part of the low-emissions city transport program.

Welcome the future whilst celebrating the past, discover a fascinating cultural scene housed in former industrial buildings

Former industrial areas and abandoned factories across Łódź have been transformed into modern creative spaces with vibrant nightlife and culture attracting visitors from across the world. Discover the unique history of Łódź at Manufaktura, a huge former cotton factory which has been reimagined to house Poland’s largest arts centre, shopping mall and leisure complex, spread across 13 historic buildings. The Muzeum Fabryki is a reminder of the factory's past, exploring the Poznański family’s ‘cotton empire’ and the lives of those who worked there; at its industrial peak in 1913 the factory employed around 7000 workers.

Visit EC1 - the City of Culture, a former power plant which has been reborn as a cultural hub. It now houses an interactive Center of Science and Technology, a planetarium and the National Center of Film Culture. Łódź has an illustrious cinematic history and was named a UNESCO City of Film in 2017, it is even known as Poland’s answer to Hollywood!

Immerse yourself in Łódź’ edgy cultural hub, Piotrkowska

The hipster heaven of Piotrkowska is Europe’s longest shopping promenade at 4.9km. The lively street offers a fantastic atmosphere with art studios, fashion designers, boutiques, bars and restaurants all waiting to be explored. The cultural hotspot OFF Piotrkowska is another former cotton factory which has been revitalised as a buzzing art, design, dining, and club district.

History, culture, art and more… plan your visit today!

The former industrial powerhouse is brimming with cultural experiences throughout the year. See some of the world's finest contemporary art at the Museum of Art or visit the awe-inspiring Poznański Palace. Learn about the rich history of Łódź's at its many fascinating museums, whether it's at the museum of textiles or the museum of film, there is something for everyone to learn about Łódź.

Whilst exploring all the city has to offer, make sure to keep an eye out for the colourful buildings! Łódź is home to the largest urban gallery in Poland with over 70 buildings adorned with incredible street art from both Polish and foreign artists. One building even held the Guinness world record for the largest piece of graffiti art.

In 2022 come and see for yourself why Łódź is becoming an increasingly sustainable place, friendly to residents, tourists and the natural environment!

Read more about Łódź here: https://www.poland.travel/en/cities/lodz

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