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 offers numerous educational opportunities to young people who may study at 23 university level schools. Lodz is a major academic center – 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. Lodz's academic facilities offer great development opportunities for representatives of the humanities, sciences, and arts. In 2014, the number of students enrolled in both public and non-public higher education institutions was over 80 thousand. Most of the universities are situated in the city center, which enhances the students' experience.
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, the Leon Schiller National Film, Television and Theatre School, the University of Lodz, the Academy of Fine Arts and the Medical University of Lodz. Another major advantage of Lodz is the presence of two compact academic campuses (owned by Lodz University of Technology and the University of Lodz) located in the city center, close to the Lodz Fabryczna railway station (the main railway station in the city).
Lodz - a city of sports
Lodz is a city of sports. Recently, a number of investment projects related to sports infrastructure have been carried out and many more are planned in the future. Such infrastructure is also used for purposes of cultural and mass events. Examples include the Atlas Arena sports and entertainment venue, stadiums of KS Orzeł and ŁKS Lodz, Widzew Lodz, or the new swimming pool built on the premises of Lodz University of Technology with a potential to host international competitions. A new speedway stadium will also be built in Lodz so that the city will have the facilities to support an even wider range of sports disciplines.
Many newly constructed or planned facilities are a clear manifestation of the city's commitment to various sports activities. Different disciplines are developing in Lodz and the results of teams and individual athletes reflect the high potential of sports in Lodz. Examples include a local rugby club and a women's volleyball team Budowlani Lodz, as well as a public sports school. 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 center 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. The city's thematic tourist routes exploring industrial architecture, Piotrkowska street (main street), as well as historic residences and palaces of Lodz are designed to reflect the character of the city.
One of Lodz's tourist attractions is the abundance of residences and palaces. There are over 200 of them located all over the city. They represent the wealth and splendor of local industrialists who built their fortunes in Lodz. Today, these residences are seats of public administration bodies, museums, and other institutions.
Another feature of Lodz is the abundance 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.
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.
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.
Another tourist attraction of Lodz are the city's tourist routes, including a horse riding trail, which is the longest (1,817 km) European bridle path; the “Residences and Palaces” route; the Gallery of Great LodzCitizens; the “Fairytale Lodz” route; the film legacy route; Julian Tuwim route and the industrial architecture route.
For more tourist information, visit Lodz Tourist Information Center website