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Łódź is a friendly and hospitable city.

For many years people mainly perceived Łódź as the city of factories and greyness of every-day life. Only a few noticed its architectonic, landscape, natural and cultural advantages. Nowadays this situation has changed.

Beautifully restored buildings and residences of the industrialists – the monuments of the Secession and Eclectic architecture, exceptional museums, and also unique in the world-scale complexes representing the 19th cent. industrial architecture, attract tourists to Łódź. Piotrkowska, the top elegant street of the city, which houses Łódź’s biggest institutions, banks, shops, numerous restaurants, pubs, discotheques, second-hand bookshops, art galleries, cinemas and other cultural institutions, is another great attraction.
Łódź is an important cultural, scientific, educational and medical centre, which is highly valued for both its rich heritage of traditions and the latest achievements. Artur Rubinstein and Julian Tuwim came from Łódź. Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polański and Krzysztof Kieślowsk studied in the Łódź Film Academy. Its geographical location in the centre of Poland is particularly important for commercial contacts and processes of integration with the EU. The European Institute in Łódź is the only site in Poland that houses the National Training Centre of the European Social Fund. The need for participating in the integration processes was a stimulus for the city authorities to start work on establishing the body representing Łódzkie Region in Brussels. The material, intellectual, scientific, cultural and arts base, together with the dynamic development of these disciplines and initiatives undertaken by the local authorities, nowadays provide Łódź with the position of the metropolitan centre, which is recognised both nation and world-wide.

Tourists in Łódź gravitate to Piotrkowska Street, which stretches north to south for a little over four kilometres, making it the longest commercial street in the world. Recently renovated, it has many beautiful buildings dating back to the 19th century, in the architectural style of the Secession. Well worth visiting from late Spring to early Autumn, strolling from one pub to another on Piotrkowska Street allows one to immerse oneself in the friendly atmosphere of this unique Polish city.

Although Łódź does not have any hills nor any large body of water, one can still get close to nature in one of the city's many parks, most notably Łagiewniki (the largest city park in Europe), Zdrowie, and Poniatowski. Łódź Zoo, and Łódź Botanical Gardens also offer pleasant opportunities for leisure.

Łódź has one of the best museums of modern art in Poland, Muzeum Sztuki on Więckowskiego Street, which displays art by all important contemporary Polish artists. Despite insufficient exhibition space (many very impressive paintings and sculptures lie in storage in the basement), what is on display is well worth seeing, and there are plans to move the museum to a larger space in the near future.

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