The central province of Lodz is surrounded by six regions, making it a crucial transit hub. It is also the melting pot of ethnic folk traditions, particularly coming from Łęczyca, Rawa Mazowiecka, and Sieradz. Genuine folk art is proudly maintained and nurtured in Lodz, which has many folk art associations, mostly those involving folk music. The province has hundreds of folk artists who engage in embroidery, paper cut-out, sculpture and bouquet making, and who also seek to preserve and pass on these traditional activities through workshops and seminars.
Due to its ideal location that makes it easily accessible by rail and by road, the province’s great outdoors have become popular attractions. Hiking, biking and horse riding are favourite leisure activities, while its lovely lakes and rivers are main destinations for water lovers.
Making the most of its industrial past, the city of Lodz has renovated and maintained its 19th century factories. Yet the city has also been adding allure to its reputation by having one of Poland’s best museums for modern art, Muzeum Sztuki, as well as Europe’s biggest urban park, Łagiewniki. It also has a botanical garden and zoo.
Lodz, however, is best known for having the world’s longest street devoted to commerce, the five-kilometre Piotrkowska Street. Nicknamed Pietryna, it is lined with restored merchant homes and Art Nouveau townhouses. Pubs and restaurants rub shoulders with art galleries, antique shops, small boutiques, government offices and homes. Pietryna is a favourite venue for international cultural and sports events.