Things to do in Łódź

Our most recommended things to do in Łódź

Lodz Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

1. Lodz Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Meet the guide and start the 2-hour tour from the Museum of the City of Lodz, the unusual neo-baroque palace of Izrael Poznański. Right next to it you will find Old Market Square with an often-changing installation highlighting Lodz’ focus on modern art. Walk through the picturesque Freedom Square and find the fantastic Pasaz Rozy. Go further to see the great Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a very cheerful orthodox cathedral. Discover Piotrkowska Street, filled with adorable old buildings and hear fascinating stories. On the 3-hour tour, you’ll then follow the guide to explore hidden gems such as the house of Julian Tuwim, the Grand Theatre, and the interesting Gutenberg Home. Discover Kipper Palace and admire its architecture. Look carefully to discover small sculptures of fairy tale characters located in different places around Srodmiescie. For the 4-hour itinerary, continue onwards to see other stunning buildings such as Scheibler Palace, Juliusz Kindermann Palace, and the Schlosser Tenement to reach the pearl of architectural heritage: the Archcathedral Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, a beautiful and breathtaking church that some even compare to the church of Notre Dame.

Lodz: Jewish Heritage Private Tour

2. Lodz: Jewish Heritage Private Tour

Your guide will greet you at the hotel and invite you for the fully private sightseeing. Before the outbreak of World War II Lodz was inhabited by over 200,000 Jews. They constituted as many as one third of the total population in this multinational city. Get to know the history of Jews of Lodz – once one of the biggest Jewish society in Poland. Stop by the Radegast station, the final point of trains transporting Jews from western European countries and provincial ghettos from Wartheland. See the Jewish cemetery, the largest Jewish necropolis in Poland. Pass the Children’s Martyrdom Monument, also called the monument of the Broken Heart, dedicated to Polish children who died or were murdered while being imprisoned in the camp in Przemysłowa Street. Take a rest in the Survivors’ Park commemorating the liquidation of the ghetto and stop under one of over 600 “memory trees” planted by those who survived the Litzmannstadt Ghetto. Visit the only remaining pre-war synagogue – Reicher synagogue which survived the times of occupation as a salt warehouse. Discover the renovated industrial complex of the Manufaktura, belonged to a Jewish businessman Israel Poznanski with an open-air plaza surrounded by large brick buildings and the longest stretch of fountains in Europe. At the end take a walk along Piotrkowska Street, a popular avenue full of shops, pubs, restaurants, and sculptures that commemorate famous inhabitants of Lodz and learn from your guide what else you can discover on your own after this tour.

Lodz: Private 3-Hour City Tour

3. Lodz: Private 3-Hour City Tour

Discover how to become a millionaire by being a bootblack and follow the traces of 19th-century factory owners. To get the best walking tour around Lodz, you must visit Manufaktura - a former factory that was renovated a few years ago. Nowadays, this complex is located in the city center and is a shopping mall. It is also a center for culture, trade, and entertainment. One of the gates of the triumphal arch of the old mill remains. See Poznanski Palace belonging to the most famous factory magnate in Poland. Currently, this building houses the City Museum of Lodz, where you can admire the Neo-Baroque facade, staircase, dining- and ballroom. Then, have a walk along the longest European trading route – Piotrkowska Street. This pedestrian street is the heart of the city, full of clubs, restaurants, bars, and a wide range of cultural sites. Admire old buildings, renovated factories, and a Lodz’ specialty – Rickshaws. At the end, you will be invited to the White Factory (Biała Fabryka), which is home of Textile Museum (Muzeum Włókiennictwa). The museum houses a number of looms, old materials and examples of the weaver’s art. 5-hours walking tour option: After the 3-hour walk, you will also see the places connected to Jewish history and the Litzmannstadt Ghetto. First, visit the Jewish cemetery, the largest in Europe. A number of the tombs commemorate factory owners like Silberstein, Prusak or Stiller. Do not miss the spectacular Israel Poznanski Mausoleum in an Art Nouveau style. Then, visit Radegast Station (Stacja Radogoszcz) – railway station where more than 140,000 people (mostly Jews) were deported to the German concentration camps in Poland. Hear stories about the brave people who smuggled food from the countryside to the ghetto and escaped from the forced labor camps in Germany.

From Lodz: Auschwitz-Birkenau Small-Group Tour with Lunch

4. From Lodz: Auschwitz-Birkenau Small-Group Tour with Lunch

Explore the tragic history of the Holocaust on a guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. Depart Lodz and travel to the town of Oświęcim with an English-speaking driver. Upon arrival, learn more about the history of the camp at exhibitions that detail how almost 1.3 million people were put to death. See original documents and items belonging to the prisoners, such as shoes and suitcases. Learn about the terrible events that took place at both the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps, where more than 90% of the prisoners were killed behind the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate.

Lodz: Private City Walking Tour

5. Lodz: Private City Walking Tour

Your guide will be waiting for you with your name by the Planetarium EC1 main entrance (Targowa 1/3, 90-001 Łódź). After a century marred by wartime occupation, economic woes, and industrial decline, Lodz - Poland’s third-largest city - is on the rise. Visit this vibrant metropolis, explore its rich cultural heritage and experience the renewed energy of a city in the midst of an exciting revitalization. Start your tour at the Planetarium EC1 main entrance. Head towards Piotrkowska street, a popular avenue full of shops, pubs, restaurants, and sculptures commemorating famous inhabitants of Lodz. Next, walk to the Old Town Square, where your guide shares how this area was home to a thriving Jewish community before World War II. Learn how the look of this square changed during and after the war as your guide points out the simple, Soviet-style architecture. At the end discover the renovated industrial complex of the Manufaktura, which boasts an open-air plaza surrounded by large brick buildings and the longest stretch of fountains in Europe. Once you've had your fill of the third-biggest city in Poland, learn from your guide what else you can discover on your own after this tour.

Lodz: Magic Christmas Tour

6. Lodz: Magic Christmas Tour

Get into the Christmas spirit by taking a guided walking tour through the beautiful and festive Lodz. Discover a wide variety of traditions and customs when it’s filled with colors and traditional Christmas offerings. Wander through the streets draped in Christmas lights, and feel spellbound by the magical atmosphere during the festive time. Learn about the history of the Christmas tree and the first person who decorated it. Hear interesting the stories of the Christmas spells, and the Christmas legends of the city from your charming guide.  See the beautifully decorated Christmas Market of Lodz. At the authentic markets, savor some of the most renowned local products of the city. Fill your heart with joy and experience the magic of Lodz. 

Warsaw to Łódź: Discover Poland's Coolest City

7. Warsaw to Łódź: Discover Poland's Coolest City

On this tour you will discover the energy of Łódź, a city that used to be dominated by industrial activity and now is being transformed into a modern and innovative hub. Visit the former industrial complexes which have been transformed into beautiful art museums and buzzing commercial centers. Visit a beautifully restored palace that used to belong to the Herbst family, one of the richest factory owners in Łódź. After lunch you will be taken to the Jewish cemetery in Łódź (once the largest one in Europe) and listen to the history of the Jews who built this city along with Polish, German and Russian inhabitants. Then your guide will take you to the hidden backyards with artistic installations off the beaten track. The tour will finish with a walk along the longest promenade in Poland, Piotrkowska Street. Here you can take a rickshaw while you admire the beautiful facades of bourgeois palaces and tenement houses built in the 19th century.

Lodz: Full Day Tour from Warsaw by Private Car

8. Lodz: Full Day Tour from Warsaw by Private Car

A private driver will pick you up from the address provided in Warsaw by Mercedes car, comfortable for up to six passengers and will take you to Łodź for a full-day tour. During this 3-hour city tour, the local English speaking guide will introduce you to the atmosphere of this beautiful industrial city. It is often compared to Manchester – the largest 19th-century textile industry centre in the world. Lodz is therefore often called the “Polish Manchester”. One of the first steam engines in the Kingdom of Poland was run at Ludwik Geyer’s White Factory in 1839 and it was here that the first factory chimney appeared on the Lodz skyline. Księży Młyn (‘Priest’s Mill’) is a well-preserved, complete industrial quarter with a factory, workers’ dwellings, hospital, school, fire station, owner’s villa, stalls and garden. In recent years the factory has been redeveloped into exclusive apartments. The villa holds a museum presenting the luxurious 19th-century interiors. Not far away, there’s the Scheibler Palace with the Cinematography Museum.  This engaging 5-kilometer catwalk is Łódź's primary playground and personifies everything this city is attempting to achieve in the coming years. It's with good reason that visitors will spend a significant amount of time on this street. Piotrkowska not only keeps going but it has even more alternative culture, terrific gastronomy and more post-industrial complexes for you to explore! OFF Piotrkowska is an altogether different, unique and alternative proposition. Situated just off ul. Piotrkowska (hence the name) between numbers 138-140, the complex has taken over the beautiful old cotton mill buildings of the former Ramisch factory. Originally from Czechoslovakia, the Ramisch family relocated to Łódź in the 1830s and in 1850 purchased the first plot of land on which construction of the factory began; adjoining plots were purchased as the empire expanded. By 1909 the factory, in the very heart of the city, was firing on all cylinders. Production continued right up until 1990, after which the buildings and their rich heritage were all but forgotten about and the area fell into a sad and dilapidated state. Manufaktura today is the result of Poland’s largest renovation project since the reconstruction of Warsaw’s Old Town in the 1950s. The history of the site is one of the fortunes made and lost, of war, nationalisation and destitution. What you see before you was once a series of factories – all producing various textiles – that were constructed in the latter part of the 19th century. After sightseeing and lunch, the driver will take you back to Warsaw and drop you off at your chosen location.

From Lodz: Warsaw City Private Guided Day Trip

9. From Lodz: Warsaw City Private Guided Day Trip

Meet your driver at the hotel and take a full day trip to Warsaw. Get to know the sights in Poland's capital on a tour to explore the city of Warsaw. With the company of a private guide, visit some of the most important sites from the city's long and remarkable past, all as you get to know the city's background and its role in the history of Poland. Start your route with a visit to the city's Old Town. Now inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, after World War II, much of Warsaw lay in ruins. But it has been painstakingly restored to its former glory, with buildings dating from the 13th to the 20th-Century. Pass the former residence of Polish monarchs at the Royal Castle, the Baroque edifice of Krasinski Palace, the modern columns of the Supreme Court building, and the monument dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Next, visit the city's largest park, Lazienki Park, where you see the famous monument to Frederic Chopin. During World War II, the Royal Lazienki was extensively plundered and heavily damaged by the German occupiers. In 1960, after many years of careful restoration, the Royal Lazienki was returned to the Polish people as a museum. Walk around the sublime park with its serene Palace on the Water, see the beautiful Orangery and Amphitheatre, and admire the exquisite Island Theatre, nestled among the sound of ducks and swans. Take the chance to relax in the beautiful rose garden and among the amazing nature of this place before the tour comes to an end with a ride back to your hotel in Lodz.

From Warsaw: Lodz & Litzmannstadt Jewish Ghetto Private Tour

10. From Warsaw: Lodz & Litzmannstadt Jewish Ghetto Private Tour

Discover the cultural relevance and unique architecture of Lodz, Poland’s third-largest city, on a private tour that commemorates the tragic history of the Jewish Ghetto enacted during World War II. Depart Warsaw on a 1.5-hour drive to Lodz, which was the once center of the polish industry and was referred to as the Promised Land or the Polish Manchester.  Learn about its grim history during World War II, where, under Nazi control, it was annexed and its name changed to Litzmannstadt.  Walk around the Jewish Ghetto, where over 200.000 Polish Jews were retained, and unfortunately only a few survived. See how this historic district has survived and now serves a memorial, commemorating the tragic events of the Holocaust.   Explore the maze of factories and workshops that contrast with the splendid pre-war buildings with richly decorated facades found in the picturesque city center.

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Excellent because very complex open-minded sightseeing.

Ewa is a very well-prepared guide and did not get angry at all when I came up with a lot of questions. I also really enjoyed the fact that she proposed me several options of important points to see and let me chose what I was more interested in. I am more culture, religion and history oriented... She also was very kind to help me choose the best souvenirs for some friends I have at home depending on their tastes and knew what shop to recommend. Her English is very good and her personality is very pleasant, which makes the tour with her one of the nicest memories one could have. I highly recommend her for presentations of Lodz and consider her one of the most professional guides I met, yet also having an openness that makes her a presence everyone can enjoy. She is a good asset for your company, so I congratulate you for hiring her and I hope Lodz will always have many tourists as there are so many charming points to see!

Joanna kindly picked us up at our hotel and made several suggestions for our walking tour. We opted for the Scheibler/autumn theme and let ourselves be carried away to the heyday of cotton spinning and processing. From the very beginning it was an exciting walk through the history of Lodz, the attractively renovated spinning mill halls and the Autumn Villa with a beautiful park. The villa can be visited free of charge on Fridays and is absolutely worth seeing. Joanna's explanations give a complete picture of Lodz and the heyday of its development.

It was wonderful to walk through Lódz and get to know the history of the city. We gathered a lot of impressions and learned a lot from our companion Ewa. thank you for the beautiful day