Lodz has a very convenient geographical location. Situated in the heart of Poland and Europe, the city and the agglomeration of Lodz lie at the intersection of major communication routes. With a systematically expanding transport system (construction of new roads and modernization of the railway infrastructure), this once leading Polish industrial center has again been growing in importance as a major transport and logistics hub. The whole Lodz agglomeration with over 1,1 million inhabitants is one of Poland's most important economic centers and a prominent cultural and academic hub.
Lodz is a major academic centre – the fourth in Poland in terms of the number of university level schools and the sixth in terms of the number of students. Every year, thousands of secondary school graduates come to Lodz to study at one of the six public or sixteen private universities.
With a diversified educational offer, Lodz renowned higher education institutions provide a variety of academic courses. The main institutions offering courses in a wide range of academic fields include Lodz University of Technology, University of Lodz, the Leon Schiller National Film, Television and Theatre School, the Academy of Fine Arts and the Medical University of Lodz.
LODZ – A CITY OF SPORTS
Lodz is a city of sports. Many newly constructed and planned facilities are a clear manifestation of the city's commitment to various activities. Different disciplines are developing in Lodz and the results of teams and individual athletes reflect the high potential of sports in Lodz. The best known athletes who began their international careers at Lodz clubs include Adam Kszczot (athletics), Marcin Gortat (basketball) and Jerzy Janowicz (tennis).
Lodz is often referred to as the volleyball capital of Poland because it has held many high-profile volleyball events. In 2017, FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship was organized in Lodz. Another big international event Lodz has applied to host is the European Men's Handball Championship 2023.
CULTURE AND TOURISM IN LODZ
Lodz is a major tourist and cultural centre which is now increasingly seen as a city of unique industrial history, with past industrialists' monuments attracting tourists from Poland and all over the world.
One of Lodz's main tourist attractions is the abundance of residences and palaces. There are over 200 of them located all over the city, representing the wealth of local industrialists who built their fortunes in Lodz. Today, these residences are seats of public administration bodies, museums and other institutions.
Former manufacturing plants have regained their splendour and are now considered unique monuments of the history of Lodz. The most recognizable are: Manufaktura, the EC1 power plant, Izrael Poznański's Palace and Ludwik Geyer's White Factory.
The most recognizable symbol of Lodz is the busy and vibrant Piotrkowska street. Restaurants, cafés and hotels are located along the street, which is lined with historic tenement houses of unique architectural design. The place is considered the centre of Lodz entertainment and cultural life.
Another notable feature of Lodz is the myriad of murals decorating various parts of the city. These large format artworks are the expression of the artistic nature of Lodz, highlighting its original urban character.
For more tourist information, see Lodz Tourist Guide