- Area: 293.25 km² (113.2 sq mi)
- Calling Code: +4842
- Currency: Złoty (PLN)
- Population (EST): 744,541
- Official language: Polish
- Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)
Łódź – Overview
The city of Łódź is located in Central Poland, some 135 km south-west of the capital city of Warsaw. Once a thriving industrial town, it has now expanded into the third largest city in Poland covering 293km2. It has numerous museums, shopping facilities, parks and activities that will keep visitors of all ages entertained.
There are plenty of places to do a spot of shopping, including on Piotrkowska Street which runs from Liberty Square to Independence square and is home to many western clothing brands. The enormous Manufaktura shopping complex is also perfect for some retail therapy, and boasts additional amusements such as a bowling alley and cinema. Several gifts shops are dotted around the city and provide the perfect place to purchase a traditional souvenir to take home.
Łódź has a selection of accommodation options that are generally great value for money. The four star Andel’s Hotel offers clean and comfortable rooms in a convenient location. For a unique accommodation option try the charming Hotel Focus, which is located in an traditional 19th century textile factory. Its 60 rooms are clean and comfortable, and decorated in keeping with the original factory. The Hotel Focus also offers free WiFi in all the rooms, and a popular restaurant serving up authentic Polish cuisine. There are several campsites, caravan parks and chalets located on the outskirts of the city which allow visitors to experience the beautiful Polish countryside.
Restaurants and cafés line the streets and provide visitors with a number of local and international dining options. Polish cuisine’s most typical ingredients include beetroot, sauerkraut, gherkins, smoked sausages and mushrooms. The cities multi-cultural influences have provided Łódź with many restaurants serving fusion and international foods, including Italian, French, Japanese, Israeli and Chinese cuisine. Vegetarians are also catered for in a number of meat-free eateries, such as the popular Greenway restaurant which offers delightful fresh food in modern surroundings. Dining out is superb value for money, and generally much lower than what it costs in the UK.
Łódź experiences a varied climate with warm and sunny summers and relatively cold winters. In the summers months the temperature averages around the mid-twenties, while in winter it stays around the 0°C mark, with occasional snowfall that transforms the city into a beautiful winter wonderland. Rainfall occurs throughout the year, so pack an umbrella just in case!
The city has a number of modern and convenient facilities, including ATM’s that accept international cards, bureaux de change booths and a tourist centre. The currency used is the Polish zloty (PLN).