The best place for Pub Crawling in Poland
Pietryna- this is a popular name of the main street of Łódź, used by its inhabitants. Today it is not only the heart of the town, but also the longest shopping street and promenade in Europe. On weekend nights, Pietryna becomes a clubbing centre and the street is then even more crowded than during the day. At Piotrkowska Street there are over 100 pubs, clubs and discos. Here everyone may find something of interest. Beer lovers may visit the Peron 6 (The Platform 6) pub, where they may taste beer from any place in the world. Jazz fans will find the Jazzga Club, rock fans - The Lizard King, motorcyclists - The Iron Horse and avant-garde followers - the controversial pub Łódź Kaliska. Anyone willing to dance all night should visit the clubs like: The Blue, The Soda Club, The Logo, The Opium, The Port West, The Cabaret, The Viva... Here you may find places located in adapted shop floors - like the Fabryka (The Factory) or combining boutique and coffee house - like The Pret a Cafe. And if you are after sophisticated cuisine, then a walk along Pietryna is like a culinary trip around the world. What is worth recommendation? Polish cuisine in the Karczma u Chochoła (The Straw Man Inn), Art Nouveau interiors and local delicacies in the Klub Spadkobierców (The Inheritors' Club) and the Piotrkowska Klub 97, Jewish specialities in The Anatewka, with live music provided by the violinist residing over.... the bar. It is easy to move along the promenade by rickshaw, or a tram built according to the old design. And you may see unique street monuments: The Turn of the Millennium Monument Honouring Łódź Residents or the Gallery of Famous Inhabitants of Łódź (Kufer Reymonta- Władysław Reymont's Trunk, Ławeczka Tuwima - Julian Tuwim's Bench, Fortepian Rubinsteina - Arthur Rubinstein's Piano, Łódzkich Fabrykantów - The Factory Owners).
Pietryna is the best place to organize a pre-wedding meeting for your friends; come and turn the night into an exceptional journey. (average prices- a glass of beer - £ 1; dinner for two people - £ 10)
The best place for Pub Crawling...
Łódź is famous in the world because of its associations with the names famous in film industry - like Krzysztof Kieślowski (Dekalog, Trois couleurs: Rouge, Double vie de Véronique), Roman Polański (Nóż w wodzie, The Pianist, Cul-de-sac, Rosemary's Baby), Krzysztof Zanussi (Cwał), Jerzy Skolimowski (Moonlighting, The Stout) or Andrzej Wajda (Ziemia obiecana, Człowiek z marmuru). All of them are known all over the world and have one feature in common: they have graduated from The Filmówka in Łódź, i.e. the Higher School of Film, Theatre and Television. Some of the students reveal their talents already during the International Festival of Film Schools - Mediaschool, organized by the Filmówka every October. And every December Łódź hosts also the International Festival of Film Operators - Camerimage, also relating to film traditions of the town. The festival provides an excellent opportunity for the confrontation of talents, during film shows, exhibitions, workshops. And the chance to meet celebrities like David Lynch, John Malkovich, James Ivory, Charlize Theron... And more inquisitive fans of the film world will find here the Muzeum Kinematografii (The Museum of Cinematography), the only one in Poland, dedicated to the Polish art of photography, media and giant productions. And in order to point out to the essence of Łódź film tradition, at the main street there is also the Star Alley, copying the Hollywood alley of famous stars, with the names of famous Polish film artists recorded there.
The city of four cultures
The unique character of Łódź, so easy to notice today, is due to the variety of cultures nurtured by national minorities participating in the formation of the 19th century industrial centre. Jew, Germans, Russians and other nationalities formed a significant portion of the population. Today you may still find numerous traces that remind us on the unique and multi-cultural history of Łódź. At the Jewish Cemetary at the Bracka Street, the largest one in Europe, you will find mausoleums of factory owners and ghetto field dedicated to the victims of the 2nd World War.
Tenement houses erected by German and Jewish owners stand next to each other. You may admire the St. Alexander Newski's Orthodox Cathedral and the St. Olga's Orthodox Church, the St. Matthew's Evangelic Church, and the nearby St. Stanisław Kostka's Cathedral. Among the splendid synagogues of Łódź, the only one to survive the war was the small private synagogue owned by the Richters family. The city is full of mystery tales concerning its previous inhabitants. Every September Łódź hosts the Festival of the Dialogue of Four Cultures, reviving the multi-cultural atmosphere of the city and combining exhibitions, performances and concerts of Polish, German, Jewish and Russian artists. In 2004 the 60th Anniversary of the Extermination of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto was celebrated. Extensive celebrations were accompanied by the wide program of exhibitions, concerts and meetings with the survivors. Numerous performances, exhibitions and seminars, organized within the framework of the Year of the German-speaking Countries Region, were planned for 2005.
And on top of that...
Łódź is the city of festivals, hosting on regular basis a few dozen cultural events every year. Explorers Festival is the event to be recommended to enthusiasts of extreme sports, mountains and traveling. And the lovers of the art. of photography have yearly exhibitions organized during the Fotofestival; in 2005 its organizers called for the Union of 30 European Festivals of Photography. The Art Biennale draws unique pieces of art., designed especially for this very occasion. They are ideally complemented by the oldest collection of modern art. in Europe, started in 1933, presented in the Muzeum Sztuki (The Museum of Art). And the largest collection of fabrics in Europe, displayed in the Muzeum Włókiennictwa (The Museum of Textile Industry), organizer of Triennale of Fabric, is also worth visiting.
And if you wish to learn about the history of Łódź, then you should also visit the Muzeum Historii Miasta (The Historical Museum of Łódź), located in the biggest palace in Poland erected by the factory owner, I. K. Poznański. The palace forms a section of the 19th century building complex including factories and residences, erected in the area covering 60 ha, where today the Manufaktura (The Manufacture) - the cultural and entertainment centre, is under construction. And everyone interested in industrial architecture is recommended to see the previous empire of the Scheiblers and Grohmans families - the Księży Młyn quarter.
Tht city of post industrial architecture
Textile factories, industrialist's residencies, and workers parcels were making up Lodz's landscape at the XIX century. Lots of post-industrial buildings has become the part of city architecture. The most important complexes are situated within the area of so called "Ksiezy Mlyn". They were erected by a famous man of industry, Karol Wilchelm Scheibler.
Another complex is situated in the city centre. It used to belong to Scheibler's competitor - Izrael Kalmanowicz Poznanski. The post-industrial city is coming back from the dead because of revitalizations processes that are taking place. The historical places are discovered proving how unique the city of Lodz is. The imperium by Poznanski has been transformed into a commercial and entertainment centre -'Manufatura'. Visitors find here many restaurants, over 300 shops, discotheques, a bowling alley, climbing wall and multi-cinema. A luxurious hotel, the Museum of Science and Technology for kids, the Museum of the Place, and International Fashion Promotion Centre are under construction.
Surrounded by unique historic atmosphere of Ksiezy Mlyn, one of the biggest factory buildings will be turned into unusual modern apartments - lofts. High standard, spacious interiors and postindustrial character make this place special. The apartments will partially keep the elements of XIX century construction. The historical factory façade will contrast with bright and spacious interior build in brick, steel and glass. The unique factories are also converted into clubs and pubs (Fabryka, De Mode, Stereo Krogs, Cube) - open till the crack of dawn!
Post industrial architecture