Łódź, after the factory

This documentary based on Detroit and Łódź allows me to summarize the essence that follows this post-industrial city and the consequent evolution, but let's start with their origins.

Łódź was an agricultural village until early in the nineteenth century, due to its strategic position less than 150 km from Warszawa, should become an industrial power and thus was, Łódź, which then belonged to Russia was attracting people, mostly of Polish origin and Jewish to the extent that, just before the first world war was one of the cities with more density of population of Eastern Europe.

 It was one of the biggest cities punished during World War II and many of its inhabitants were killed under the nazi extermination, but at the same time it became an important industrial center, providing supplies to the German war machine. Due to their productivity, the ghetto managed to survive until August 1944, when the remaining population was deported to Auschwitz, being the last ghetto in Poland.

The type of industrial city it involves not have many monuments or historical buildings to admire. But it has a rhythm and a charisma that characterizes making it unique. The main artery of the city is the Piotrkowska street along which, in addition to bourgeois houses and palaces of the manufacturers, Łódź, art and social life is conducted without overlook the exquisite restaurants in buildings of the 19th century Polish cuisine, from spring to summer terraces with many, many pubs can be found along the street.

Getting there and moving around the city.
Public transport operates 24 hours a day by tram or bus to the Center without problem. The 55 bus arrives at the airport in 20 min and stops in Politechniki, 15 tram takes you between the campus of Politechniki to Uniwersytet Lumumbowo through the commercial center of Manufaktura and plac Wolnosci.

This web page will guide you: http://lodz.jakdojade.pl

Essential places... There, it is a city that changes constantly and with a high cultural level. Surely you can find a place that you like of this enigmatic city, but if you don't have much time, here are a few:

  • Close to Manufaktura, the Poznanski Palace, including the Museum of Rubinstein
  • The Palace of oscar Kon, currently the seat of the Superior School of theatre, Television and film "Between street kilinskiego and Targowa"
  • Textile factories: Księży Młyn - Priest's Mill, line 55
  • Biała Fabryka  - White Factory Piotrkowska 282
  • Piotrkowska street with great architecture of century XIX (including some palaces)
  • Bear Uszatek, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quRxfmb0cVc
  • The sculpture of Artur Rubinstein, famous pianist born in Lodz
  • The sculpture of one of the most popular Polish poets of century XX, Julian Tuwim, also born in Łódź

Are you thirsty?

  • Owoce i Warzywa Traugutta 9
  • Lodz Kaliska, Piotrkowska 102
  • 6 Perón, 6 Piotrkowska
  • Biblioteka, ul. Struga 7
  • Spaleni Słońcem, 140 Piotrkowska
  • LizardKing, 62 Piotrkowska
  • Jazzga, Piotrkowska 17
  • Iron Horse, Sienkiewicza/Tuwima
  • Baghdad Cafe, 45 Jaracza
  • U Milscha, ul. Łąkowa 21

If you've got reading until the end or not, well deserve to see Łódź from another perspective... Salut! ;)

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