More about Lodz

Tourists are delighted by the beautifully restored buildings and the magnificent residential structures of the industrial tycoons, edifices which combine Art Nouveau architecture with eclecticism, the museum collection as well as unparalleled 19th century industrial architecture. While a lot of the erstwhile factories have been converted to cultural centers, and they lack the splendor of other buildings, it is interesting to observe the industrial aesthetics, which provides a stark contrast against the luxurious residences of the Lodz aristocracy.

It is very well situated in the center of the nation, which means that it has become extremely important for commercial contacts and the process of integration with the European Union. In fact it is the only city in Poland that has the National Training Center of European Social Fund.

Interestingly, Lodz is also the Hollywood equivalent in Poland. It has the famous Lodz Film School which has served as an important educational center for stalwart Polish directors and is considered a vital cultural center. Unlike Warsaw, Lodz was spared the annihilation by the Nazis in WWII, and rose to prominence after the war as an important cultural center, especially after the establishment of the National Film School. The graduates of the school include eminent and distinguished names such as Andrej Munk, Andrej Wajda, and Januz Morgenstern among others. Roman Polanski, the internationally acclaimed, Oscar winning, film director is also a product of the Lodz Film School.