Go to the main Square in town...
Go to the main Square in town & eat in the Bars & Restaurants there, very good value! Nice posh hotel in the middle of town where they do excellent cakes! Also visit the Russian Markets, brilliant bargins to be found but remember to 'best price' barter! Spending the day having a picnic in a nice park!
Check out the old mills!
Lodz has many old mills that are currently being regenerated to create more galleries and shopping complexes. This one is near Poznanski's Palace and is the sie of the new Manufaktura complex, which will be open in late 2005. This complex will consist of a hotel, museums and a huge shopping centre. The foreign investment will help the city develop. Check out the web link for further information on one of Europe's largest projects. English version coming soon
Many of these parks provide...
Many of these parks provide leisure activities.
You can go horse back riding in the Lagiewniki Forest. Zdrowie offers the thrills of the amusement park. A mountain biking course is situated in Park ks. Poniatowskiego (picture).
Visit the Museum of the City...
Visit the Museum of the City (on the right in my photo) - it is housed in the splendour of the former mansion of the textile industrialist Poznanski. The building dates back to the end of the 19th century and its architecture is French Neo-Renaissance. Next to it is a typical textile mill.
As well as exhibits relating to the history of Lodz, the museum contains an exhibition dedicated to Arthur Rubinstein, the world-famous pianist who was born in the city.
IZRAEL POZNANSKI'S PALACE
Izrael Poznanski was the second great producer of cotton goods in the Lodz market and was a serious competition for Karol Wilhelm Scheilbler's firm.
The palace together with the factory and workers' estate situated on the other side of the street forms an industrial-residential complex characteristic of Lodz.
The palace acquired its present monumental Neo-Baroque form with the exuberant decoration in 1901-1903. Both the internal and external decorations represented a defined ideological programme. It was to emphasise monumental architecture, the residential character of the seat, power of the owner and industry. When asked by an architect in what style he wanted his palace to be built Poznanski answered that he was so rich that he could have it in all styles. And such is the palace.