Flights to Lodz
Lodz is the third largest city in Poland and although this was historically an industrial centre today Lodz has some beautiful architecture and culture to experience.
The local airport for flights to Lodz is the Lodz Wladyslaw Reymont Airport (airport code: LCJ), but there is limited air traffic there and it’s primarily with budget airline Ryanair. There are no direct flights to Lodz from South Africa, so plan to arrive at the Katowice Airport (code: KTW) instead which is about 140 kilometres away. To that airport, you can get a flight with South African Airways that connects in Frankfurt, or with Lufthansa for a stop-over in Munich.
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The Tourist Attractions of Lodz:
Sometimes known as the Manchester of Poland for its industrial heritage, particularly the textile industry, Lodz today still features a number of historical buildings that were constructed during the city’s heyday in the 19th century.
The major attraction of Lodz is Piotrkowska Street. It’s full of shops and at a length of just over 5 kilometres it’s one of the longest commercial streets in the world. There are several examples of 19th century architecture along here and while the insides of the buildings may have greatly changed, the exteriors have been renovated to their former glory.
If you enjoy shopping and want to do more while in Lodz then you can visit the Manufaktura shopping centre. This is a modern shopping centre housed within an historic building which was formerly the largest 19th century textile factory in Lodz.
Museums in Lodz
Lodz has several museums for visitors interested in art and culture. The main art museum is Muzeum Sztuki which was one of the first museums of modern art in Europe. There’s a very good collection of both Polish and international art from the last century here. A spin-off from this museum is MS2 and you will find this within the Manufaktura shopping centre. It too is dedicated to modern art of the 20th and 21st century.
Lodz has another museum that anyone should visit who has an interest in the history of the city. The Museum of History of the City of Lodz is an interesting look at the history of the city through the eyes of some of its most famous residents, and exhibits include items from their lives.
A change of pace and scenery can be found at Lodz’s amusement park, Lunapark. This isn’t exactly Disney World, but if you’re visiting Lodz with children it will keep them occupied for an afternoon! There’s no admission into the park but you pay for each individual ride you go on, which include a roller coaster, carousel, Ferris Wheel and more.
When Should You Visit?:
September can be a good time to visit Lodz as temperatures are warm and rainfall is a little lower than in the preceding summer months. You’ll have daily highs getting up to around 20C. June, July and August are warmer though wetter and from November through to March temperatures drop to between 5 and 0C (average highs).