Poland's third-largest city after Krakow and Warsaw has been dubbed the 'Manchester of Poland' due to its rich industrial roots. Today, Łódź is home to Poland's most prestigious film school, and is certainly on an upward trajectory as artists, students and entrepreneurs flock here to profit from a vibrant social and street art scene. Business travellers can choose from a range of hotels in Łódź, one of Poland's greenest cities.
Why should I visit Łódź on my business trip?
Pronounced 'Woodge', the first thing that strikes the newcomer are multi-storey murals across the city, several based on Polish folklore. Europe's longest pedestrian commercial street, ul. Piotrowska, boasts a vibrant party scene along with cafés, bars, attractions, and of course, shopping. The historic city centre can easily be explored on foot and you can easily take a public bus to see the Botanical Garden and the Old Jewish Cemetery. Business travellers might also enjoy how bike-friendly this city is, and rent two wheels to commute to work. Those interested in Polish history should consider visiting the Museum of the City of Łódź, housed within the Poznański Palace. And the stained glass windows at Muzeum Sztuki are as beautiful as the 20th century Polish art that awaits inside.
Where do I find big business events?
With quicker train connections to Warsaw, investors have lined up to invest in Łódź which is served by the Łódź Władysław Reymont Airport, a mere 6km away. Many travellers, however, prefer Katowice Airport, a 3.5 hour drive away, as it has direct connections to cities all over the world. Most important business events are held at the Conference Centre University of Lodz and Expo. Events as diverse as Poland's Animal Husbandry & Livestock Trade Exhibition are held here.
How do I enjoy my downtime from my hotel in Łódź?
On a day off, head out from your Łódź hotel to visit Manufaktura, an erstwhile Gothic factory which is now Central Europe's largest entertainment and shopping development. Or after work, blow off steam at a warehouse party on ul Piotrowska. If you're lucky, you might catch a concert at the Old Market Square. With its impressive film pedigree, Łódź boasts a Walk of Fame, which features the likes of Roman Polanski and Andrzej Wajda. The city also hosts regular festivals related to film, music, photography, comics, and theatre.